Category: Word of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information for all who want to increase and hone their vocabulary.

Mar
26
2017

abash

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@ baesh

transitive verb
to cause to feel embarrassed, uneasy, or ashamed.
He was abashed by his drunken behavior of the night before.
One disapproving glance from her father was enough to abash her.
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Mar
20
2017

vouchsafe

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vaUch seIf   [or]  vauch seIf

transitive verb
to grant or give with condescension or as a special favor.
At long last, the company president vouchsafed us fifteen minutes of his precious time to air our grievances.
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Mar
13
2017

abate

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@ beIt

intransitive verb
to become less in amount, degree, or intensity; subside.
The wind died down as the storm abated.
Their anger abated after they received a good explanation.
When the pain finally abated, he fell asleep.

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Mar
06
2017

siege

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sij

noun
1.  a military maneuver in which a fortification, such as a city or a fort, is surrounded, subjected to attack, and cut off from supplies or reinforcements in order to bring about complete surrender.
Many were killed in the siege of the fort.
The siege of Leningrad by Nazi Germany began in 1941 and ended in 1944.

2.  a prolonged bout, as of illness or difficulty.
He succumbed to typhoid fever, and the siege lasted for three weeks before he began to recover.
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Feb
27
2017

ovation

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o veI sh@n

noun
a prolonged or enthusiastic episode of applause for someone, as following a performance.
The dancers received several ovations from the audience after their brilliant performance.
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