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Bate [ beyt ][ intransitive verb, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (tr. v.) to moderate or to lessen the intensity of 2. (tr. v.) to make less or take away some 3. (intr. v.) (of a hawk or falcon) to flap its wings frantically in an attempt to escapeUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The fever bated with the medication.
Prepossessing [ pree-puh'-ZES-ing ][ adjective, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (adj.) serving to impress favourably 2. (adj.) pleasing or attractive 3. (tr. v.) to preoccupy the mind blocking out other thoughts or feelingsUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :While not physically prepossessing and perhaps less obviously glamorous than her contemporaries, she has an enigma that is hard to ignore.
Ruddy [ RUHD-ee ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. a fresh and healthy red colour 2. rosyUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :At night they returned ruddy faced and tired, but elated by vigorous exercise in such inspiring surroundings.
Ostracize [ OS-truh'-sahyz ][ transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (tr. v.) to exclude from 2. (tr. v.) to banish 3. (tr. v.) to shun or avoidUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Radical thinkers have known to be ostracized by the society owing to their unfathomable ideas.
Colossus [ kuh'-LOS-uh's ][ noun ]MEANING :1. (n.) anything gigantic or very powerful 2. (n.) a statue of gigantic size 3. (n.) the legendary bronze statue of Helios which is at RhodesUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :She has been described as the creative colossus of the literary world.
Infinitesimal [ in-fin-i-TES-uh'-muh'l ][ noun, adjective ]MEANING :1. (adj.) minute or negligible in quantity 2. (adj.) pertaining to or involving extremely small quantities 2. (n.) a negligible quantityUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :It was a pause so infinitesimal that I almost didn't catch it, but I knew what I glimpsed.
Demeanour [ di-MEE-ner ][ noun ]MEANING :1. (n.) conduct or behaviour of a person 2. (n.) manner or style 3. (n.) facial expression or appearance 4. (n.) attitudeUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Both men are renowned for their friendly demeanour and reassuring manner.