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Plumb

Plumb  [  pluhm   ]   [  noun, verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (n.) lead hung on a string to establish the vertical line or to determine the depth of water 2. (adj.) exactly vertical or perpendicular 3. (intr. v.) to work as a plumber 4. (tr. v.) to make vertical 5. (tr. v.) to examine closely   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   He was an experienced fisherman and would plumb the depth of the lake where he intended to fish.

Rapture

Rapture  [  RAP-cher   ]   [  noun, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (n.) joyful ecstasy or delight 2. (n.) the carrying of a person to another place or plane of existence 3. (tr. v.) to entrance   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Tourists climbed the hill to take in the rapture of the setting sun.

Subside

Subside  [  suh'b-SAHYD   ]   [  intransitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. to abate or become less severe 2. to precipitate or sink to the bottom 3. to fall to a lower level or to become quiet or less violent   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   As soon as the laughter subsided, the comedian cracked another joke which had the audience in splits once again.

Dissipate

Dissipate  [  DIS-uh'-peyt   ]   [  intransitive verb, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (tr. v.) to spread out or disperse 2. (tr. v.) to squander, use up or spend wastefully 3. (intr. v.) to vanish or become invisible 4. (intr. v.) indulge in the intemperate pursuit of pleasure   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The farmer dissipated the seeds over the ploughed area of the field.

Oratorio

Oratorio  [  awr-uh'-TAWR-ee-oh   ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. a musical composition for voices and orchestra portraying a sacred story enacted without costumes, scenery, or dramatic action   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The students performed the oratorio composed by the music teacher on the life of a martyr.

Garish

Garish  [  GAIR-ish, GAR-   ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. crudely showy or tastelessly colourful 2. elaborate or excessively ornate 3. gaudy or dressed in bright colours   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Due to the absence of a formal dress code, many students wore garish clothes to college.

Purvey

Purvey  [  per-VEY  ]   [  transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. to supply provisions 2. to publicize   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Volunteers would purvey provisions and medicines to the survivors of the deluge. 

Poncho

Poncho  [  PON-choh  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. a square or rectangular piece of cloth with a hole in the centre for the head- used as a cloak   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   She adjusted her poncho before swinging onto the back of her horse.

Palpability

Palpability  [   PAL-puh'-buh'l-it-ee   ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. (n.) the act of sensing by touch   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Many people prefer reading a book to an e-book to appease their sense of palpability.

Redeem

Redeem  [  ri-DEEM  ]   [  transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. to recover possession of by paying the dues 2. to pay off 3. to save from sins 4. to make up for 5. to tender in exchange for   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   As soon as he got his salary, he redeemed his property from the money-lender.

Stigma

Stigma  [  STIG-muh'  ] [  noun  ] MEANING : 1. the mark of dishonour 2. the stain of shame USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : After testing positive for HIV, he said that he did not want to live any longer because of the social stigma attached to the disease.

Sublime

Sublime  [  suh'-BLAHYM  ]   [  noun, verb, adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. (adj.) absolute or sheer 2. (adj.) high or grand in thought 3. (adj.) stir the mind with a sense of grandeur 4. (n.) the quality of the greatest 5. to convert a solid into vapour by heating   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The young executive impressed everyone at the meeting with his sublime acumen and knowledge of the intricacies of the management process.

Mundane

Mundane  [   muhn-DEYN   ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. (adj.) worldly or earthly 2. (adj.) commonplace, unimaginary or ordinary   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Mundane household chores barely left her with any time for herself.

Codify

Codify  [  KOD-uh-fahy, KOH-duh-  ]   [  transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. to reduce to a code 2. to systematize, classify or arrange   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   All rules were codified into the rule book to aid people to understand them better.

Careen

Careen  [  kuh'-Reen  ]   [  intransitive verb, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (intr. v.) to swerve while moving 2. (intr. v.) to rush headlong and carelessly 3. (intr. v.) to tilt or lean 4. (tr. v.) to cause to lean or tilt   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The speeding car careened off the road and fell into the gully.
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