Category: Word of the Day

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

Mar
06
2015

appease

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ə piz

transitive verb

1. to cause to become calmer or less agitated, esp. by satisfying demands or making concessions; placate.
The prime minister hoped to appease the dictator and prevent a full-scale war.
She appeased the howling child with the promise of a new toy.
2. to cause to subside; satisfy.
He appeased his thirst with a glass of beer.

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Mar
05
2015

bilateral

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baI lae tə rəl

adjective

1. having two, esp. symmetrical, sides.
Many animals, including humans, have a bilateral structure.
2. concerning or equally obligating two parties.
India and the US signed a bilateral agreement on defense.
The two countries resolved the issues that impeded bilateral trade.
3. in biology, relating to the right and left sides of a structure.
The surgeon recommended she have a bilateral mastectomy to prevent the recurrence of breast cancer.

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Mar
04
2015

protocol

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prokawl

noun

1. the rules pertaining to etiquette and ceremonial observances among diplomats, heads of state, and the military.
Diplomatic protocol demands that the host country display the flag of the visiting dignitary’s country.

2. the proper or agreed upon way of conducting oneself or of doing something.
Office protocol used to require that managers be addressed by their last name and title.
A new protocol has been established for the evacuation of students during an emergency.

3.  a set of conventions for treatment and formatting of computer data in communication across a network.
In Internet Protocol, each device in a network is assigned an address in the form of a number.
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Mar
03
2015

summit

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suh miht

noun

1. the part with the highest elevation, esp. of a mountain; peak.
They felt exhilarated when they reached the summit of the mountain.

2. the highest point of success or accomplishment.
She was at the summit of her career in 1986.

3.  a meeting of government leaders of the highest level, esp. one in which negotiations will take place.
The summit on arms limitations is scheduled to be held in Beijing.
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Mar
02
2015

diplomacy

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dih plo mə si

noun

1. the practice or skill of conducting negotiations between nations or governments.
The release of the hostages was hailed as a victory for diplomacy.

2. the talent or art of dealing tactfully with people; tact.
The manager exercised diplomacy in resolving misunderstandings between departments.

 

“Diplomacy is the art of telling people to go to hell in such a way that they ask for directions.”  (Winston Churchill)

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