Category: Vocabulary

Aug
15
2014

prostrate

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transitive verb

pra streIt

1: to lie or throw (oneself) flat on the ground, esp. face down in an act of humility, worship, or the like.
He prostrated himself in front of the altar and lay for some time on the cold floor.

2: to overcome or overthrow.

3: to exhaust physically or emotionally.

adjective

1: lying flat on the ground or other surface.
The bank customers and employees remained prostrate until the robbers left.

2: lying full-length, esp. face down as in submission or worship.

3: overcome or exhausted.
The new recruits were prostrate after completing the obstacle course.

 

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Aug
15
2014

local

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lo k@l

adjective
definition 1:  of or relating to a particular limited area such as a neighborhood or town.
example:  This is a matter for the local police to handle rather than the state police.
example:  Many people are not aware of issues involving the local government.

definition 2:  of or relating to one’s own residential area.
example:  We only eat local produce.

definition 3:  of or relating to a limited area in the body.
example:  The surgery is simple and can be carried out under a local anesthetic.
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Aug
14
2014

persuade

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p@r sweId

transitive verb
definition 1:  to cause (another) to do something through reasoning, arguing, or appealing to the emotions.
example:  Their commercial really persuades people to try their product.
example:  Her professor persuaded her to publish her research paper.

definition 2:  to cause (another) to believe something; convince.
example:  The lawyer persuaded the jury that her client was innocent.
example:  His sincere expression persuaded us that he was telling the truth.
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Aug
14
2014

repartee

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re pər ti [or] re par teI

noun

definition 1: a quick, clever reply; witty retort.
He was stunned at her clever repartee and was momentarily at a loss for words.
definition 2: conversation characterized by this type of reply; clever banter.
She invited brilliant playwrights and novelists to her dinner parties because she enjoyed their repartee.
definition 3: skill in making witty replies.
He’s intelligent and thoughtful, but he has little repartee.

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Aug
13
2014

aggrandize

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ə graen daIz
1. to increase in size or scope; enlarge; extend.
Plans were made to further aggrandize the palace.
2.  to make, or cause to appear, grander in wealth, stature, power, or influence; exalt.
In his autobiography, the former president aggrandizes his role in the peace agreement.
His service to the king had aggrandized him; he was now a member of the nobility with a large estate.

 

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