Category: Vocabulary

Aug
25
2015

encroach

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ihn kroch

intransitive verb
definition 1:  to exceed the established or intended limits, usu. gradually.
example:  Farming families were forced to move to the cities as the desert encroached on their lands.
example:  The commercial district is encroaching on the residential zone.

definition 2:  to intrude or trespass.
example:  My roommate was always encroaching on my privacy.
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Aug
24
2015

presence

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pre z@ns

noun
definition 1:  the state or condition of being present.
example:  Your presence at every meeting is required.
example:  He was so quiet that I was not aware of his presence until he coughed.

definition 2:  a condition of close proximity in time and space.
example:  You must bow in the presence of the king.

definition 3:  a person’s projection of poise or self-assurance.
example:  The young girl’s presence, in addition to her talent, greatly impressed the audience.

definition 4:  a supernatural influence felt to be near.
example:  He did not believe in ghosts; nevertheless he felt a presence in the house that he could not explain.

definition 5:  a country’s influence in another country, esp. as shown by military or economic activity.
example:  The protesters demonstrated against the foreign nation’s continued presence in the region.
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Aug
21
2015

behalf

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b@ haef  [or]  bih haef

noun
definition 1:  support; aid (preceded by ” in” or “on” and followed by “of”).
example:  They raised funds on behalf of the homeless.

definition 2:  representation; proxy (preceded by “on” and followed by “of”).
example:  On behalf of the company’s president, the manager welcomed the new workers.
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Aug
21
2015

dead letter

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

ded le t@r
noun
1. a letter that the post office is unable to deliver or return, usu. because of an incorrect address or the lack of a return address.
2. any law, rule, or the like that is still on the books but is no longer enforced.

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Aug
20
2015

aid

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eId

transitive verb
definition :  to provide assistance, help, or relief to.
example:  The volunteers aided the earthquake victims as well as they could.
example:  A young man aided us in finding the hotel.

intransitive verb
definition:
 to give support, help, or assistance.
example:  The resource librarian will be happy to aid in your search.

noun
definition 1:  help, assistance, or relief.
example:  Many agencies provided aid to the disaster victims.
example:  With the aid of her friends, she was able to manage pretty well.
example:  He can walk with the aid of a cane.

definition 2:  a person or thing that helps or assists.
example:  He needs a hearing aid.
example:  His daughter was a wonderful aid to him when he was sick.
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