18-Feb-2020


Ascribe

VERB

Ascribe [ uh-skrahyb ]
VERB

Regard something as being due to a cause

To attribute or think of as belonging, as a quality or characteristic

  • The doctors ascribed the baby's condition to guardian negligence but the tests showed that he did not have a major disease.

  • The government ascribe great importance to fiscal policies.

Synonyms : Attribute, Assign, Accredit, Impute

Antonyms : Deny, Dissociate, Disconnect, Exclude


February 2020
17-Feb-2020

Afflict

[ uh-flikt ] VERB

Afflict

Cause or become hurt

To distress with mental or bodily pain

"The old woman is afflicted with arthritis and, therefore, could not walk longer."

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16-Feb-2020

Engrave

[ en-greyv ] VERB

Engrave

Carve letters or designs into

To impress deeply

“The shopkeeper engraved the initials of the child on the ring for free.”

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15-Feb-2020

Oppressive

[ uh-pres-iv ] ADJECTIVE

Oppressive

Burdensome

Causing discomfort by being excessive

“The people in Arizona suffer from the oppressive heat in the summer months.”

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14-Feb-2020

Repentance

[ ri-pen-tuhns ] NOUN

Repentance

Feeling bad for past action

“The prisoner thought that his repentance would save him from capital punishment.”

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13-Feb-2020

Scalding

[ skowld-ing ] ADJECTIVE

Scalding

Very Hot or Burning

Intense and painful

“The waiter unknowingly handed over the scalding cup of coffee to the customer, thus burning his hand.”

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12-Feb-2020

Condemnation

[ kon-dem-ney-shuhn ] NOUN

Condemnation

Blaming

Conviction

“The US justified the condemnation of war to maintain its hegemony.”

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11-Feb-2020

Elated

[ ih-ley-tid ] ADJECTIVE

Elated

Very happy

“Apoorva was so elated on her wedding day that she forgot to wear her footwear.”

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10-Feb-2020

Nastiness

[ nas-tee-nes ] NOUN

Nastiness

The quality of being bad or very unpleasant

“The nastiness of politics did not attract aspiring youths.”

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09-Feb-2020

Malevolent

[ muh-lev-uh-luhnt ] ADJECTIVE

Malevolent

Hateful

Wishing evil or harm to others

"Shashank should not justify his malevolent act to get rid of punishment."

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08-Feb-2020

Tempestuous

[ tem-pes-choo-uhs ] ADJECTIVE

Tempestuous

Characterized by strong and turbulent or conflicting emotion

Violent or stormy

"The tempestuous ocean is indicating the occurrence of any hazardous event very soon."

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07-Feb-2020

Torpor

[ tawr-per ] NOUN

Torpor

State of physical or mental inactivity

"After eating heavy lunch, John fell into the state of torpor."

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06-Feb-2020

Aghast

[ uh-gast ] ADJECTIVE

Aghast

Filled with horror or shock

"Sam stood aghast at the sight of the bus drowning into the river."

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05-Feb-2020

Indolence

[ in-del-uhns ] NOUN

Indolence

Avoidance of activity or exertion

Laziness

"The indolence of camp life did not suit some army personnel as it did young children."

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04-Feb-2020

Hackneyed

[ hak-need ] ADJECTIVE

Hackneyed

Cliched, Tired

Having been overused

"Every teacher addressed Anu with some hackneyed compliment."

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03-Feb-2020

Intercalate

[ in-tur-kuh-leyt ] VERB

Intercalate

To interpolate
To insert an extra day or month in the calendar

"The rule to intercalate a day in every fourth year has been ruled out."

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02-Feb-2020

Riposte

[ ri-pohst ] NOUN

Riposte

A quick, sharp turn in speech or action
Counterstroke

"Shalu made a brilliant riposte to an insult done by her brother."

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01-Feb-2020

Cant

[ kant ] PRONOUN

Cant

Verb : To talk hypocritically
Noun : A sudden movement that tilts or overturns

The unique vocabulary used by a specific group of people

"Political leaders always cant about world peace."

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January 2020
31-Jan-2020

Affiliate

[ uh-fil-ee-eyt ] NOUN, VERB

Affiliate

Verb : To officially attach or connect with some organisation
Noun : A branch organisation
(Commerce) A subsidiary

"Shruti does not want to affiliate herself with any political party."

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30-Jan-2020

Taciturn

[ tas-i-turn ] ADJECTIVE

Taciturn

Reluctant to speak

“Shy and taciturn Nannu rarely speaks in public.”

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29-Jan-2020

Overtly

[ oh-vurt-lee ] ADVERB

Overtly

Openly; Clearly

“The government has been overtly training and funding troops for more than a year.”

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28-Jan-2020

Copse

[ kops ] NOUN

Copse

A small group of trees

“The children in the village loved to visit the copse by the river.”

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27-Jan-2020

Quotidian

[ kwoh-tid-ee-uhn ] NOUN, ADJECTIVE

Quotidian

Adjective : Customary; Daily

Noun : Something recurring daily

“Sam has no permanent solution for our quotidian problems.”

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26-Jan-2020

Glom

[ glom ] NOUN, VERB

Glom

Verb: To steal

To grab or catch

Noun: A look or glimpse

"Come over here and glom the view of the river from this window."

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25-Jan-2020

Proposition

[ prop-uh-zish-uh n ] NOUN, VERB

Proposition

Noun : The act of suggesting something

Verb : To propose a plan

Sachin did not accept the general proposition.

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24-Jan-2020

Contravene

[ kon-truh-veen ] VERB

Contravene

To be in conflict with

To violate or infringe

Sheela said that this would not contravene any building regulations or safety guidelines.

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23-Jan-2020

Forthwith

[ fawr-with ] ADVERB

Forthwith

Immediately, without any delay

He forthwith became an active member of the political party after he was introduced to top leaders.

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22-Jan-2020

Scant

[ skant ] VERB, ADJECTIVE, ADVERB

Scant

Adjective : Barely sufficient in quantity or limited

Verb : diminish

Adverb : scarcely, barely

He was treated with scant respect by his neighbours.

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21-Jan-2020

Aisle

[ ahyl ] NOUN

Aisle

A walkway between or along sections of seats

Luggage spilled into the aisle as the driver pressed the brakes.

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20-Jan-2020

Sozzled

[ soz-uhld ] ADJECTIVE

Sozzled

(Informal) Drunk

"The actor was sozzled still, he gave the most memorable performance."

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19-Jan-2020

Mayhem

[ may-uh m ] NOUN

Mayhem

Random or deliberate violence

A state of rowdy disorder

"Someone broke into his house, and some mayhem followed."

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18-Jan-2020

Inflict

[ in-flikt ] VERB

Inflict

To deal or deliver

To impose

"I won't inflict myself on you today as I know you are too busy."

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17-Jan-2020

Desecrate

[ des i-kreyt ] NOUN

Desecrate

To divert from a sacred purpose

To treat with sacrilege or violence

"It's a crime to desecrate the country's flag."

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16-Jan-2020

Tedium

[ tee-dee-uhm ] NOUN

Tedium

Dullness, Monotony

"Listen to the soothing music to ease the tedium of seeing traffic jams daily."

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15-Jan-2020

Exult

[ ig-zuhlt ] VERB

Exult

Be joyful

Boast

"The children were taught to exult over small victories and move forward through defeats."

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14-Jan-2020

Dreaded

[ dred-ed ] NOUN, VERB

Dreaded

Verb: Anticipate with horror

Noun: Great fear

"Shyam dreaded that his teacher would find out that he cheated in the exam."

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13-Jan-2020

Fruition

[ froo-ish-uhn ] NOUN

Fruition

Attainment of anything desired

"We are expecting that our plans come to fruition soon."

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12-Jan-2020

Credence

[ kreed-ns ] NOUN

Credence

Belief as to the truth of something

“Many Politicians have lost their credence with the public.”

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11-Jan-2020

Ransack

[ ran-sak ] VERB

Ransack

To Search thoroughly

To search through for plunder

“Raju ransacked his closet, looking for something to wear, and it just doesn't appear!”

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10-Jan-2020

Alacrity

[ uh-lak-ri-tee ] NOUN

Alacrity

Cheerful readiness

Liveliness

"Shanoo accepted the invitation to a party with alacrity, even before knowing the venue."

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09-Jan-2020

Elusive

[ ih-loo-siv ] ADJECTIVE

Elusive

Difficult to find, achieve or remember

"The student was unable to recall the elusive equation during his exam."

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08-Jan-2020

Ordain

[ awr-deyn ] VERB

Ordain

To command or order

To enact by law

“The Supreme Court ordained death sentence for the rape accused in the Nirbhaya case.”

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07-Jan-2020

Revile

[ ri-vahyl ] VERB

Revile

To criticize someone in an abusive or insulting manner

"The party tend to revile it's losing candidate and cherish the winning one." 

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06-Jan-2020

Sagging

[ sag-ing ] NOUN

Sagging

Declining or Becoming weaker

Sinking downward by weight or pressure

“Anshul maintained that his sagging performance would not affect the sales of the company.”

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05-Jan-2020

Enthralling

[ en-thrawl-ing ] VERB, ADJECTIVE

Enthralling

Adjective : Holding the attention completely

Verb : To fill with overwhelming emotion

“The prince lost himself by the enthralling voice of the singer.”

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04-Jan-2020

Hostility

[ ho-stil-i-tee ] NOUN

Hostility

Unfriendliness

"There is serious hostility between America and Iran due to their conflicting interests."

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03-Jan-2020

Inscrutable

[ in-skroo-tuh-buhl ] ADJECTIVE

Inscrutable

Not easily understood

Incapable of being analyzed

“One cannot predict the inscrutable depths of the ocean.”

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02-Jan-2020

Assuage

[ uh-sweyz ] VERB

Assuage

To make an unpleasant feeling less intense

To satisfy a desire

“The government did nothing to assuage the fears of the public regarding the new rules being imposed.”

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01-Jan-2020

Entwine

[ en-twahyn ] VERB

Entwine

Wind or twist together

"The grapevine will entwine around the stick as it grows."

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December 2019
31-Dec-2019

Outstrip

[ out-strip ] VERB

Outstrip

To exceed
To get ahead or leave behind in any competition

"If Shailendra wants to outstrip the competition, he needs to work out at the gym."

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30-Dec-2019

Clampdown

[ klamp-doun ] NOUN

Clampdown

A harsh attempt to supress something

"The clampdown on media has raised concerns among the journalists in the country."

 
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29-Dec-2019

Sputter

[ spuht-er ] NOUN, VERB

Sputter

Verb:  To make explosive sizzling sounds

To emit particles forcibly or explosively

Noun:  Incoherent utterance        

"Shivani continue to sputter up and down, without fully recovering."

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28-Dec-2019

Propel

[ pruh-pel ] VERB

Propel

Push something forwards

To impel or urge onward

“Mr. Singh used the social media platform to propel himself to the ministry.”

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27-Dec-2019

Obdurate

[ ob-dyoo-rit ] ADJECTIVE

Obdurate

Stubbornly refusing to change one’s opinion

Unmoved by pity or persuasion

“The judge was obdurate in his decision to give a death sentence to the rape accused.”

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26-Dec-2019

Swathe

[ sweyth ] NOUN, VERB

Swathe

Verb: To wrap or bind

Noun: A band of linen or the like in which something is wrapped

"The doctor swathes the wound with a bandage to stop bleeding." 

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25-Dec-2019

Paranoia

[ par-uh-noi-uh ] NOUN

Paranoia

(Psychiatry) It is a feeling that people around you are acting against you, even though there's no proof that it's true. 

Baseless or excessive suspicion of the motive of others.

"Samar is not admitting that his fears are just paranoia."

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24-Dec-2019

Haul

[ hawl ] NOUN, VERB

Haul

Verb: To pull or draw with force

Noun: A strong pull or tug

"The horse hauled the cart away towards the old house."

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23-Dec-2019

Usher

[ uhsh-er ] NOUN

Usher

Noun: A person who shows people to their seats, especially in a theater or at wedding

Verb: Cause or mark the start of something

"Philip felt insulted when he was compelled to usher Samuel to a waiting room."

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22-Dec-2019

Grim

[ grim ] ADJECTIVE

Grim

Very serious

Unattractive

"The grim shelter house looks like a haunted place for small children."

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21-Dec-2019

Reproach

[ ri-prohch ] NOUN, VERB

Reproach

Verb: To blame someone

Noun: Expression of disappointment

"Nitin gave his wife a look of reproach after she scolded the child for not completing the task."

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20-Dec-2019

Impair

[ im-pair ] VERB

Impair

To make or cause to make worse

To diminish in ability

"It is not good to drive while you are drunk as alcohol consumption impairs your judgement."

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19-Dec-2019

Whammy

[ wam-ee ] NOUN

Whammy

(Informal) An event with a powerful and unpleasant effect

Bad luck

“The flood, along with food inflation, is a double whammy to the people living in coastal regions.”

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18-Dec-2019

Versify

[ vur-suh-fahy ] VERB

Versify

To relate something in verse

To convert some writing into metrical form

"It was never asked to simply versify the ideas of a poet, you were supposed to do extensive research regarding this."

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17-Dec-2019

Impugn

[ im-pyoon ] VERB

Impugn

To call into question

"Rosie does not impugn Rahul's capacity as a good son."

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16-Dec-2019

Worrisome

[ wur-ee-suhm ] ADJECTIVE

Worrisome

Causing anxiety or concern

"The worrisome report is that there is a little lesion in his brain."

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15-Dec-2019

Precarious

[ pri-kair-ee-uhs ] ADJECTIVE

Precarious

Dependent on chance

Exposed to or involving danger

 "He was living a precarious life being on an island with a few resources."

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14-Dec-2019

Behemoth

[ bih-hee-muhth ] NOUN

Behemoth

Any creature or thing of monstrous size or power

"The new missile inducted into the army is a behemoth."

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13-Dec-2019

Curfew

[ kur-fyoo ] NOUN

Curfew

A regulation requiring people to remain indoors between specified hours, typically at night

A regulation requiring a person to be home at a certain prescribed time, as imposed by a parent on a child

"In Guwahati, the protesters defied a curfew, torching cars and burning tires."

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12-Dec-2019

Torpid

[ tawr-pid ] ADJECTIVE

Torpid

Dormant, as a hibernating animal

Mentally or physically inactive

"Missy sat in a torpid state after a sleepless night."

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11-Dec-2019

Divisive

[ dih-vahy-siv ] ADJECTIVE

Divisive

Tending to cause disagreement or hostility between people

"An MP made a divisive comment against the bill passed in the favour of Scheduled Tribes."

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10-Dec-2019

Delighted

[ dih-layh-tid ] ADJECTIVE

Delighted

Feeling or showing great pleasure

"Suman saw a delighted smile on her daughter's face after she gave her a barbie doll."

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09-Dec-2019

Amplify

[ am-pluh-fahy ] VERB

Amplify

To clarify by expanding

To make larger, greater, or stronger

“Mahima organized various seminars to amplify the voices of women in the country.”

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08-Dec-2019

Transpose

[ trans-pohz ] VERB

Transpose

To change the relative position, order or sequence of

(Mathematics) to interchange rows and columns in a matrix

“You can transpose the paintings to give a perfect appearance on the wall.”

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07-Dec-2019

Affix

[ af-iks ] NOUN, VERB

Affix

Verb: to put or add on

          to fasten, join, or attach 

Noun: something that is joined or attached

"The last step is to affix your signature to the application form, and you are ready for submitting it.”

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06-Dec-2019

Hurtle

[ hur-tl ] VERB

Hurtle

to rush violently

move with great speed

"The plane seems to hurtle towards the runway despite the pilot controlling it."

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05-Dec-2019

Bewhiskered

[ bih-hwis-kerd ] ADJECTIVE

Bewhiskered

Bearded

"A roughly dressed, bewhiskered beggar sat on the footpath to eat the bread given by a small girl." 

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04-Dec-2019

Incognito

[ in-kog-nee-toh ] ADJECTIVE, ADVERB

Incognito

having one's true identity concealed.

"Sanjana was able to compete in men's singles javelin throw event because she remained incognito throughout the tournament."

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03-Dec-2019

Douse

[ dous ] VERB

Douse

To extinguish

To splash water or other liquid on

Drench

Douse the clothes with some lemon juice to remove the stains."
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02-Dec-2019

Protract

[ proh-trakt ] VERB

Protract

To extend the duration of

(Anatomy) To extend or protrude

“The authority decided not to protract the power project beyond 31st December 2019.”

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01-Dec-2019

Exacerbate

[ ig-zas-er-beyt ] VERB

Exacerbate
To increase the severity or bitterness of something

“Rising levels of air pollution will exacerbate the ill-effects of climate change.”

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November 2019
30-Nov-2019

Precursory

[ pri-kur-ser ] NOUN

Precursory
A person or thing that comes before another of the same kind
(Biology) A cell or tissue that gives rise to a variant, specialized, or more mature form.

“The dark cloud in the sky is the precursor of an upcoming storm.”

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29-Nov-2019

Cranny

[ kran-ee ] NOUN

Cranny

a small, narrow opening in a wall, rock, etc.

"Sameera searched every nook and cranny for the missing ring at the party."

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28-Nov-2019

Avocation

[ av-uh-key-shuhn ] NOUN

Avocation

something a person does in addition to a principal occupation, especially for pleasure

" Jassi incurred heavy losses due to his avocation of investing in share market."

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27-Nov-2019

Carouse

[ kuh-rouz ] NOUN, VERB

Carouse

Verb: To drink deeply and frequently

Noun: A noisy, lively drinking party

“Tony carouse before the final match. Therefore, the coach suspended him from the team.”

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26-Nov-2019

Obfuscate

[ ob-fuh-skeyt ] VERB

Obfuscate
To confuse or bewilder someone
Unclear 

“The home loan papers are filled with such terminologies that tend to obfuscate the loanee.”

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25-Nov-2019

Controvert

[ kon-truh-vurt ] VERB

Controvert
To argue against
Debate, discuss

“The students are not supposed to controvert the theory about which they have not studied anything before.”

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