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Engrossing  [  en-GROH-sing  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   absorbing or occupying complete attention   USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :   Distractions, such as having someone to talk to on the plane or focusing on an engrossing book, can also work to ease the tension. CNN, Seeing crash reports can worsen flying phobia, Shahreen Abedin, 13 February 2009   USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :   Distractions, such as having someone to talk to on the plane or focusing on an engrossing book, can also work to ease the tension.


Emote [ i-MOHT ]  [ transitive verb ]  MEANING :  1. to display emotion 2. to behave in a theatrical manner  USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :  She could emote self-pity at the blink of an eye.  USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :  On television, moist-eyed celebrities emote over their forgotten progenitors, now found to have ended their days either in the workhouse or on a throne.


Legend  [  LEJ-uh'nd   ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. any unverifiable story handed down by tradition from earlier times and popularly accepted as historical 2. an inscription 3. a collection of stories about a great person   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The old man told the little children the legend of the farmer’s son who became king by slaying the dragon.   USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :   Legend has it that Friar Tuck poisoned King John in Newark Castle as revenge for the murder of Maid Marian.


Oblation  [  o-BLEY-shuh’ n  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   the act of offering something to God   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   All over the country, people pay oblation to Lord Shiva during the time of Mahashivaratri.   USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :   Deokund has an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, popularly known as Dugdheshwar Nath temple, and a sacred tank where devotees and pilgrims in thousands come to offer oblation to Lord Shiva during Mahashivaratri.


Crux  [  kruhks  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. (n.) a decisive, or pivotal point 2. (n.) a puzzling difficulty 3. (n.) a cross   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   By the time he came to the crux of the matter, the audience had lost interest in his story.   USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :   Tony Blair has set out his vision of a United Kingdom at the crux of world affairs.


Embezzle  [  em-BEZ-uh’ l  ]   [  transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   to fraudulently take away for one's own use by violating another's trust   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   He embezzled money from many banks over a period of ten years.   USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :   A businessman who embezzled a million pounds to fund a champagne lifestyle was jailed yesterday for five years and three months.


Harass  [  huh'-RAS, HAR-uh's  ]   [  transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (tr. v.) to disturb or bother persistently 2. (tr. v.) to torment or persecute 3. (tr. v.) to exhaust by repeated attacks   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The lawyer told him that he should not harass his wife or the court would issue a restraining order against him.   USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :   Police officers, pressurised by diversity training, seem to feel duty bound to come down like a ton of bricks on people who express disagreement with the behaviour of some gay rights activists, and members of the public are left feeling harassed and frightened.


Welt  [  welt  ]   [  noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (n.) a ridge on the skin caused by whip or cane 2. (n.) a strip of leather stitched into a shoe between the upper and the sole 3. (n.) a blow or lash which produces a ridge on the body 4. (tr. v.) to flog or beat soundly 5. (tr. v.) to reinforce with a welt 6. (intr. v.) to be marked with welts   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The jockey was fined for indiscriminately whipping his horse during the race thereby causing welts on its flanks.   USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :   Some will bear the scars, in the form of welts shaped like the drain, on their bodies forever.


Loath  [  lohth, lohth   ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. an extreme dislike for 2. averse or reluctant 3. unwilling   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   He loathes having to do his homework before going out to play.   USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :   As one senior Foreign Office minister put it on the Today programme, the Government is loath to match the IRA propaganda blow by blow. 


Endearing  [  en-DEER-ing  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. causing or inspiring to make well-liked or dear 2. manifesting affection   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Her most endearing quality was her helpful nature.   USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :   The most endearing thing about Switzerland is that, away from the financial centres and the cities, Swiss life and Swiss people are unpretentious and uncomplicated. 


Reckon  [  REK-uh'n  ]   [  intransitive verb, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (tr.v.) to consider 2. (tr. v.) count or calculate 3. (intr. v.) to make a calculation 4. (tr. v.) to confidently rely upon   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   They reckoned they could get away with stealing the fruit because the vendor was taking a nap.   USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :   He reckons he'll not only miss them but the whole thing - from the early mornings to the Friday night showdowns! Madness... 


Discretion  [  di-SKRESH-uh' n  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. prudence, circumspection or the quality of being discreet 2. authority, power, right or ability to make decisions or judgements 3. freedom or choice to decide or judge one's own   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   He was not trusted as his discretion was called into question.   USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :   One of those officials said Craig was "highly regarded" and trusted for his discretion by Obama.

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