Elevates your Vocabulary from Newspaper Wordlist – 25th April 2018

Today’s article ‘Kotak Bank’s rise: Deserts of Diligence has been picked from ‘The Economic Times’

A good vocabulary is critical to score good marks in the English section of the competitive exams. It helps improve all the areas of communication, ranging from speaking, listening, reading and even writing. So, here is an important editorial for you, followed by important words from the same, to help you strengthen your vocabulary.

Happy Reading!

Kotak Bank’s rise: Deserts of Diligence

Important Words from the Article


  • Part of Speech: Verb
  • Meaning: exceeded; be greater than / be better than.
  • Pronunciation: सर-पास
  • Synonyms: exceed, excel, transcend, outpaced
  • Antonyms: fail, emanate, expose, lose
  • Use in a Sentence: Since I am practicing harder, I know this time I will surpass my last year’s exam score.


  • Part of Speech: Verb
  • Meaning: provide or serve as clear evidence of.
  • Pronunciation:  अटेस्ट
  • Synonyms: affirms, confirms, demonstrates
  • Antonyms: denies, denounce, refutes
  • Use in a Sentence: After signing the document, I attest that I am the author of this book.


  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: behavior showing high moral standards.
  • Pronunciation:  वर्चू / वर्ट्यू
  • Synonyms: excellence, morality, decency
  • Antonyms: evil, depravity, cowardice
  • Use in a Sentence: We can consider virtue and happiness as mother and daughter.


  • Part of Speech: Verb
  • Meaning: selectively choose (the most beneficial or profitable items, opportunities, etc.) from what is available.
  • Synonyms: picked, favoured, choice
  • Use in a Sentence: The services of the company were paid in cherry-picked profitable areas.


  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: careful and persistent work or effort.
  • Pronunciation: डिलजन्स / डिलिजन्स / डिलिजन्स
  • Synonyms: perseverance, patience, determination
  • Antonyms: inactivity, neglect, lethargy
  • Use in a Sentence: We need a diligence check of the results to improve the situation.


  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: the action of drawing or pulling something over a surface, especially a road or track.
  • Pronunciation: ट्रैक्शन
  • Synonyms: grip, friction, intensity
  • Antonyms: repulsion, slickness, berth
  • Use in a Sentence: Rubber tyres get good traction on wet roads.


  • Part of Speech: Adjective
  • Meaning: having arrived at the fitting stage or time for a particular action or purpose).
  • Pronunciation: राइप
  • Synonyms: Ready, matured, prepared
  • Antonyms: immature, inexperienced, jejune
  • Use in a Sentence: I realized that the time is always ripe to do right.


  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: a person or thing differing from all other members of a particular group or set.
  • Pronunciation: आउट्लाइअर
  • Synonyms: eccentric, exception
  • Antonyms: inlier, standard, normalcy
  • Use in a Sentence: His stepsister was treated as an outlier by his colleagues


  • Part of Speech: Verb
  • Meaning: walk in an awkward way, typically because of pain from an injury.
  • Pronunciation: हाबल
  • Synonyms: hinder, stagger, hamper
  • Antonyms: run, move, stride
  • Use in a Sentence: After the stiff and painful injury, I could only hobble.


  • Part of Speech: Verb, Noun
  • Meaning:

a. a complicated or unpleasant situation from which it is difficult to extricate oneself. (Noun)

b. cause to become stuck in the mud. (verb)

  • Pronunciation: माइअर / माइर / माइअर
  • Synonyms: Swamp, Entangle. Sink, Sludge
  • Antonyms: extricate, cleanliness, quicken
  • Use in a Sentence: I don’t want my name dragged through the mire.

Phrases of the day

 Bang for the buck

  • Part of Speech: Phrase of Bang
  • Meaning: value for money.
  • Use in a Sentence: Some exercises give you more bang for the buck.

Phrase: Rub Shoulders with

  • Part of Speech: Phrase of rub
  • Meaning: to meet and spend time with someone
  • Synonyms: associate with, socialize with, club together
  • Use in a Sentence: As a reporter, sometimes, he gets to rub shoulders with the famous personalities of the media.

Word of the day: Resilience

Part of Speech: Noun
Meaning: the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.
Pronunciation:  रिज़िलीअन्स / रिज़िल्यन्स / रिज़िल्यन्स
Synonyms: endurance, strength, toughness
Antonyms: frailty, weakness, feebleness
Use in a Sentence: Despite a cirrhosis diagnosis, Preeti would remain resilient and fight until the very end.


Make your own Sentences!

Here are some of the words from the above article. Try to frame sentences from them in your own words and share them with us in the comments section!

  • Mire
  • Surpass
  • Bang for the buck
  • Hobble
  • Diligence

Fill up the blanks

Words: Integral, Virtue, Liability, Outperformed,

  • Kotak Mahindra Bank has also _______ its peers in the private sector.
  • The bank has created value by courting risk ______ to lending to the industry.
  • Bank would gain ______ and retail asset size enough to rub shoulders with HDFC Bank.
  • It shows the ________ of integrity and strong leadership in a relatively young bank.



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