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Superimpose  [  soo-per-im-POHZ   ]   [  transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. to place something over something else 2. to print one image over another   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   When he superimposed one signature over the other it became evident that they were not the same.


Tenacity  [  tuh'-NAS-i-tee  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. the quality of being persistent 2. perseverance   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   His tenacity finally paid off when he passed the exam of the law board on the fifth attempt.


Stupor  [  STOO-per, STYOO-  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. a state when sensibility has been suspended or greatly diminished 2. stupefaction, lethargy, daze or apathy   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   He was brought out of his stupor by a kick to his shins.


Submerge  [  suh'b-MURJ  ]   [  intransitive verb, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (tr. v.) to place below the surface of the water 2. (tr. v.) to be under water 3. (tr. v.) to hide from view 4. (intr. v.) to go below the surface as if underwater   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The buffaloes submerged themselves in the muddy water of the pond.


Trickle  [  TRIK-uh'l  ]   [  intransitive verb, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (intr. v.) to flow very slowly 2.(intr. v.) to pass very slowly 3. (tr. v.) to cause to flow slowly 4. (n.) the condition of flowing slowly   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Water trickled out of the faucet.


Disarray  [  DIS-uh'-rey  ]   [  noun, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (tr. v.) to throw into disorder or confusion 2. (tr. v.) to upset or lack order 3. (tr. v.) to undress 4. (n.) the state of confusion or chaos   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The government’s scheme to raise taxes was in disarray following massive agitations promoted by the opposition which resulted in strikes and protest rallies all over the nation.


Capsize  [  KAP-sahyz, kap-SAHYZ  ]   [  intransitive verb, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (tr. v. & intr. v.) to overturn or turn bottom up or to cause to overturn   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The trawler capsized because of the storm.


Transitory  [  TRAN-si-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, -zi-  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. lasting for a short while 2. fleeting or passing   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The doctor told his patient that the transitory, post-operational pain would diminish and disappear after a couple of days.


Trifling  [  TRAHY-fling  ]   [  noun, adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. (adj.) having only a very little importance 2. (adj.) of small value or quantity 3. (n.) conduct which is frivolous   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   She started her acting career with a trifling role in a b-grade movie.


Truce  [  troos  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. a cease-fire 2. a peace treaty   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Peace talks were underway and everyone hoped that the truce would be permanent.


Evocative  [  ih-VOK-uh'-tiv  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. being remindful 2. tending to arouse emotions   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   That painting of children huddled together by the hearth was evocative of a cold winter’s night. Wishing all our patrons A Colourful Holi! Be Safe, Be Happy!


Pallet  [  PAL-it  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. a straw mattress or a makeshift bed 2. a low portable platform on which goods are placed for storage or moving 3. a shovellike potter's tool made of wood, used for mixing and shaping clay.   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   A stray dog made itself comfortable on the pallet and fell asleep.


Telltale  [  TEL-teyl  ]   [  noun, adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. (adj.) that makes known something that is not intended to be known 2. (n.) one who shamelessly discloses personal matters   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   He denied having taken any drugs, but upon close examination of his hand, the telltale prick of the needle was discernable.


Whimsical  [  HWIM-zi-kuh'l, WIM-  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. capricious, arbitrary or marked by whims and fanciful ideas 2. unpredictable or erratic   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   His whimsical notions were ridiculed by society.


Supersede  [  soo-per-SEED  ]   [  transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. to replace something inferior 2. to set aside or displace   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The research department invented a new processor which superseded the old one.


Congenial  [  kuh'n-JEEN-yuh'l  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. pleasing or agreeable in nature 2. friendly or having a pleasant disposition 3. compatible or having similar temperament   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The congenial host saw to it that all his guests were enjoying themselves.


Concoct  [  kon-KOKT  ]   [  transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. to prepare by mixing ingredients 2. devise or make up using skill and intelligence 3. contrive or fabricate   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   He concocted a sumptuous meal from all the leftovers in the refrigerator.


Gourmet  [  goo'r-MEY  ]   [  noun, adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. (n.) a connoisseur of fine food and drink 2. (adj.) elaborately equipped for the preparation of exotic meals 3. (adj.) pertaining to skilful preparation of fancy foods   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   A gourmet was engaged to approve of the food for the banquet.


Antecede  [  an-tuh'-SEED  ]   [  transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (tr. v.) to precede 2. (tr. v.) to occur before in order or rank or time   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The teacher explained that it was adolescence which anteceded adulthood and not the other way around.

Trifle [ TRAHY-fuh'l ]

Trifle  [  TRAHY-fuh'l  ]   [  noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (n.) an article of little or no value 2. (n.) a type of dessert 3. (tr. v.) to waste 4. (intr. v.) to act as if something were of little value or significance   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The benefactor modestly exclaimed that the gift was just a trifle.


Concur  [  kuh’ n-KUR  ]   [  transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. to agree, approve or assent 2. to coincide or occur simultaneously 3. to cooperate, combine or act together   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The two teams concurred on the regulations within minutes.


Throes  [  throh  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. (n.) a painful spasm or a pang 2. (n.) the agony of or violent convulsion 3. (n.) a sharp attack of emotion   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The wounded policeman was in the throes of death by the time he was rushed to the hospital.


Askew  [  uh'-SKYOO   ]   [  adjective, adverb  ]   MEANING :   1. (adv.) to one side, in a crooked position or out of line 2. (adv.) with scorn, contempt or disapproval 3. (adj.) crooked or awry   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   When we told her that her hat was askew, her reply was that we knew nothing about the latest fashion.


Apex  [  EY-peks   ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. the tip or the summit 2. the vertex or peak 3. climax   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The climbers planted their club’s flag at the apex of the mountain as a tribute to their achievement.


Cherubic  [  chuh'-ROO-bik  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. (adj.) pertaining to an angel represented as a beautiful rosy-cheeked child with wings 2. (adj.) like a sweet child with a chubby innocent face   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Everyone fell in love with the cherubic little child.


Allusion  [  uh'-LOO-zhuh'n  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. of passing or casual reference, an instance of implied or indirect reference 2. the act of alluding or hinting at something   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Her allusion to the fact that she knew him was in doubt.

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