Elevates your Vocabulary from Newspaper Wordlist – 27th February 2018

Today’s article ‘Can a cash-on-delivery model work for global aid?‘ has been picked from ‘Down to Earth’

Can a cash-on-delivery model work for global aid?

1)Adjudicate (verb) (निर्णय करना): adjudi-kate
Meaning – 
 to make a decision on an issue
Synonyms –
 judge, adjudge, give/declare a verdict (on a disputed matter).
Antonyms – 
Defer, dodge, adjourn
Example –
The jeweler can adjudicate the value of the diamond ring.

2)Tranquillity (noun)   (शांति): trang-kwil-i-tee
Meaning –
 free from disturbance
Synonyms – calmness, peacefulness/quietness, silence.
Antonyms –Agitation, clamor, disturbance
Example –  I enjoyed the tranquillity of village life.
3)Curtail (verb) (घटाना):  cur-tail
Meaning – 
to limit something
Synonyms – reduce, cut down, decrease/lessen.
Antonyms – extend, prolong, amplify
Example – Unfortunately the economic crisis will force us to curtail most of the school’s extracurricular activities.

4)Merrily (adverb) (ख़ुशी से) : mer-ii-lee
Meaning –
 in a cheerful way.
Synonyms – delightedly, joyfully, cheerfully.
Antonyms – Gloomily, grimly, despondently
Example –
 Seeing her name in the list of selected candidates, her eyes sparkled merrily.

5)Presumably (adverb)  (शायद): pri-zoo-mu-blee
Meaning –  by a sensible guess
Synonyms –  probably, in all likelihood, undoubtedly.
Antonyms – unlikely, impossibly, implausibly 
Example – Presumably,
 the lottery winner will eventually come forward and claim the huge prize.

6)Appellate (adjective) (अपीलीय): ap-pel-late
Meaning –  (of a court) dealing with cases on appeal to review the decision of a lower court.
Synonyms – judicial , objective, accusatory 
Example – 
The appellate court might not believe you, or might decide you are speaking up too late.

7) Disconcerting (adjective)  (चिंताजनक):   dis-kun-sur-ting
Meaning – 
tending to cause discomfort, uneasiness or alarm; unsettling; troubling; upsetting.
Synonyms – unsettling, disturbing, embarrassing.
Antonyms – soothing, affable, comforting
Example –  I found it very disconcerting to be in the function in which I was not invited.

Idioms and Phrases

8) Set store by (phrase) (सम्मान, सराहना)
Meaning – consider to be of a particular degree of importance or value.

Synonyms – value; respect, appreciate.
Antonyms – decline, disagree, disallow
Example -.We live in a society that sets great store by science and technology.

9)Set aside (phrasal verb) 
 (रद्द  करना, खारिज करना  )
Meaning – to keep or save something from a larger amount or supply in order to use it later for a particular purpose
Synonyms –  cancel, dismiss, reject.
Antonyms – Mandate, disburse, overview
Example – The money set aside for the new project has been reallocated to the expansion of a different project.

Now that you have read the words and the editorial, it is time to test your English writing ability. Make sentences with the words given below and write in Comments Section which will be reviewed by us.

  • Offenders
  • Probably
  • Ironically
  • Evidence
  • Consistently

Word of the Day

  • Inconsolable  (Adjective)  –  असांत्वनीय
  • Meaning –  (of a person or their grief) not able to be comforted or alleviated, sad beyond comforting
  • Synonyms –heartbroken, devastated, wretched, comfortless, unhappy, sad
  • Antonyms –consolable, happy, cheerful
  • Example (English) –Janhvi Kapoor is inconsolable after Sridevi’s death.
  • Example (Hindi) –  श्रीदेवी की मृत्यु के बाद जान्हवी कपूर असांत्वनीय है।


All the best for your exams


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