Elevates your Vocabulary from Newspaper Wordlist – 09th March 2018

Today’s article ‘Rooftop energy: on boosting solar power‘ has been picked from ‘The Hindu’

This article talks about Bengaluru’s aerial mission to produce a three-dimensional map of rooftop solar power potential using Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) data to assess how much of the city’s power needs can be met through rooftop solar installations.The article says that surveys to map usable rooftops for solar power must be undertaken nationwide.

Rooftop energy: on boosting solar power

1)Apprehensive (adjective)  (भयभीत):  appri-hen-civ
Meaning – 
worried that something bad may happen; afraid
Synonyms –  
anxious, alarmed, worried, concerned
Antonyms – 
Example – 
The apprehensive parents kept their children indoors as neighbourhood crime increased.

2)Attune (verb)  (लय में करना):  at-une
Meaning – 
to customize or modify something to be more receptive or capable
Synonyms –  accustom, adjust, adapt, acclimatize, assimilate
Antonyms – disarrange, disagree, refuse

Example –
You can attune yourself to any future situation by participating in them more often, as practice at anything will inevitably make you better at it.

3)Augment (verb)  (बढ़ाना):  awg-ment
Meaning – 
to increase the size or amount of something
Synonyms –   increase,  add to, supplement,  enlarge, expand, extend
Antonyms – 
abate, decrease, diminish, downsize,  lessen, lower, minify, reduce
Example – 
Reading regularly will augment your vocabulary skills.

4)Strive (verb)  (प्रयास):  es-trive
Meaning – 
to struggle or try something very hard
Synonyms –   try, assay, attempt, endeavour,seek
Antonyms – drop, give up, quit

Example –
Even though she was the best swimmer on the team, she continued to strive to improve her swim times.

5)Underscore (verb)  (बल देना):  under-es-core
Meaning – 
to highlight, call attention to
Synonyms –  stress, accent, emphasize, underline
Antonyms –  de-emphasize ,understate

Example –
The speaker showed the students pictures of car crashes to underscore the danger of driving under the influence.

6)Imposition (noun)  (आरोपण):  im-posi-shun
Meaning – 
an unreasonable and burdening demand or request
Synonyms –  load, onus, encumbrance, strain, demand, pressure
Example – 
Everyone knew it would be an imposition to require all students to have test on Saturday in such short notice.

7)Map (verb)  (ख़ाका बनाना): map
Meaning –
to find the position of something/to discover or give information about something

Synonyms –  trace out, delineate, survey.
Antonyms – distort, disfigure, mangle

Example –
Scientists have succeeded in mapping the human genome.

Idioms/Phrases/Phrasal Verbs in the article  –

8)Come on stream (phrase)(प्रभावी होना)
Meaning – 
 to start to work or be effective/
in or into operation or existence
Synonyms – available, accessible, connected, possible
Antonyms – impossible, unavailable

Example – 
More jobs are coming on stream as the economy is booming.

9)Scale up (phrasal verb) (वृद्धि, विस्तार)
Meaning –  
to make something larger in size, amount etc than it used to be
Synonyms –
 increase, expand, extend, blow up, enlarge, lengthen
Antonyms –
scale down, decrease
Example –
Due to the large demand for the product, we need to scale up our production capacity.

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 –

  • Exploit
  • Boosting
  • Usable
  • Evaluate
  • Assessment

Word of the Day

  • Supplication (Noun)  –  दलील
  • Meaning – the action of asking or begging for something earnestly or humbly/a request made in an urgent and emotional manner
  • Synonyms –appeal, entreaty, plea, petition, justification
  • Antonyms –  command, instruction, decision
  • Example (English) –The Supreme Court said it will hear the supplication seeking the investigation into the alleged SSC exam scam.
  • Example (Hindi) –  सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने कहा कि वह तथाकथित एसएससी परीक्षा घोटाले की जांच की मांग कर रही दलील को सुनेगी।


All the best for your exams


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