Category: Word of the Day

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

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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Feb
20
2017

collude

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k@ lud

intransitive verb
to act together through a secret agreement or plan, esp. for illicit purposes; conspire.
The two women colluded in stealing money from their employer.
He refused to collude with them in their scheme.

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Feb
13
2017

fastidious

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fae stI di @s

adjective
exceedingly particular or demanding esp. in matters of detail; exacting.
She was not particularly fond of organizing and keeping records, and so she appreciated an assistant who was fastidious.
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