Vocabulary - Exceptional English Words With Meanings : 17 April 2021

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Exceptional words of English vocabulary from the newspaper ‘The Hindu’ are listed here. Go through these words and read the usages to learn how to use them in sentences. After this, take the quiz based on the vocabulary to check how much you learnt. This will really help you boost up your learning. 
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1.DITHER (verb) अनिश्चय में होना
Pronunciation: di·thuh
Meaning: to hesitate or be indecisive
Synonyms: hesitate, falter, waver, teeter, vacillate, oscillate, fluctuate
Antonyms: calm, peaceful, decisive
Usage: Stop dithering and choose which one you want.     
 
2.DEVOUT (adjective) – धर्मनिष्ठ
Pronunciation: di-vaut
Meaning: totally committed to a cause or belief
Synonyms: pious, religious, devoted, dedicated, committed, loyal, faithful
Antonyms: insincere, lapsed
Usage: His grandfather is a devout Buddhist.
 
3.QUIRKY (adjective) विचित्र
Pronunciation: kwuh·kee
Meaning: having or characterized by peculiar or unexpected traits or aspects
Synonyms: eccentric, unconventional, strange, bizarre, weird, peculiar, odd
Antonyms: normal, usual
Usage: I like his quirky sense of humor.       
 
4.LUSCIOUS (adjective) सुस्वाद
Pronunciation: luh·shuhs
Meaning: having a pleasingly rich, sweet taste
Synonyms: delicious, succulent, lush, juicy, sweet, tasty, flavorful
Antonyms: unappetizing, distasteful, bland
Usage: I wanted to take a bite of the luscious apple.
  
5.CORROBORATE (verb) समर्थन करना
Pronunciation: kuh·ro·buh·reit
Meaning: confirm or give support to
Synonyms: confirm, verify, endorse, ratify, authenticate, validate, certify
Antonyms: contradict, deny, reject
Usage: If his words are not enough, the evidence will corroborate his claim.
 
6.EMBARK (verb) प्रारम्भ करना
Pronunciation: uhm·baak
Meaning: to begin a course of action
Synonyms: begin, start, commence, undertake, set about, enter on, go into, take-up
Antonyms: disembark, end, finish, cease
Usage: Lawrence has plans to embark on a new career as a journalist.       
 
7.HEYDAY (noun) समृद्धि का उत्कर्ष
Pronunciation: hei·dei
Meaning: the period of greatest prosperity or productivity
Synonyms: prime, peak, height, acme, pinnacle, zenith
Antonyms: base, bottom, nadir    
Usage: She was a great singer in her heyday.  
 
8.FRACTION (noun) अंश, खण्ड
Pronunciation: frak·shn
Meaning: a small part of something
Synonyms: chunk, part, portion, fragment, section
Antonyms: whole, total, entirety
Usage: Lightning strikes so quickly that it travels between the sky and the ground in a fraction of a second.
 
9.BRAWN (noun)  शारीरिक शक्ति, बाहुबल
Pronunciation: brawn
Meaning: physical strength
Synonyms: muscles, robustness, toughness, might
Antonyms: weakness, frailness
Usage: The football player showed his brawn by moving a parked truck.  
 
10.UNIFY (verb)  जोड़ना, एक करना
Pronunciation: yoo·nuh·fai
Meaning: to bring or combine together
Synonyms: unite, merge, fuse, amalgamate, coalesce, combine, blend
Antonyms: separate, split
Usage: In an effort to unify the groups, the politician drew up a bill that would make both sides happy.       
                                  
Now choose any 2 or 3 words, try to use them in your own sentences and share your sentences in the comment section. This will help you to retain the learnt words for a longer duration.   
 
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