Elevates your Vocabulary from Newspaper Wordlist – 9th May 2018

Vocabulary plays an important role in strengthening the command over the English Language. Reading habits will help you to ace the English section as well. Also, Reading skills & Vocabulary help you to answer the questions on topics like Reading comprehension, synonym/antonym, fillers, cloze test, RC, etc.

Our series, Elevates your Vocabulary from Newspaper Wordlist aims to help you understand the different aspects of the commonly used words, ranging from their meaning, pronunciation, synonym/antonym to proper use in sentences.

So, here is an important editorial for you from ‘The Hindu BusinessLine’, followed by important words from the same, to help you strengthen your vocabulary.

Happy Reading!

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Challenging Words from the Article

Word: Bounteous (ज़ोरदार)

  • Pronunciation: boun-tee-uh s/बाउन्टीअस
  • Part of Speech: Adjective
  • Meaning: generously given or giving; bountiful (large in quantity; abundant)
  • Synonyms: Ample, Plentiful, Bighearted
  • Antonyms: Scarce, inadequate, greedy
  • Use in a Sentence: I am grateful to her for the bounteous gifts.

Word: Opportune (उपयुक्त)

  • Pronunciation: op-er-toon/आपर्टून
  • Part of Speech: Adjective
  • Meaning: especially convenient or appropriate for a particular action or event, well timed
  • Synonyms: appropriate, favorable, suitable
  • Antonyms: disadvantageous, improper, inappropriate
  • Use in a Sentence: He arrived in the meeting at a very opportune moment.

Word: Exhort (आग्रह करना)

  • Pronunciation: ig-zawrt/इग्ज़ॉर्ट
  • Part of Speech: Verb
  • Meaning: strongly encourage or urge (someone) to do something.
  • Synonyms: advise, encourage, prompt, inspire
  • Antonyms: deter, discourage, inhibit
  • Use in a Sentence: The manager must exhort his team members to work well.

Word: Unheeded (अनदेखा)

  • Pronunciation: Un – heed/अन्हीडिड
  • Part of Speech: Adjective
  • Meaning: heard or noticed but disregarded.
  • Synonyms: Neglected, Ignored, Unconsidered
  • Antonyms: Noticed, Regarded, Focused, Considered
  • Use in a Sentence: We can hope that this time, our warnings will not be unheeded.

Word: Predicament (दुर्दशा)

  • Pronunciation: pri-dik-uh-muh nt/प्रीडिकमन्ट
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: a difficult, unpleasant, or embarrassing situation.
  • Synonyms: Difficulty, Dilemma, Quandary, crisis
  • Antonyms: Benefit, Advantage, Ease
  • Use in a Sentence: The decision of the meeting will leave the employees in a peculiar predicament.

Word: Palatable (स्वीकार्य)

  • Pronunciation: पैलटबल
  • Part of Speech: Adjective
  • Meaning: acceptable or satisfactory, pleasant to taste
  • Synonyms: Delicious, Delightful, Pleasing, Grateful
  • Antonyms: Distasteful, Unpleasant, Tasteless
  • Use in a Sentence: The new dish made by his mother was nutritious, palatable and simple to make.

Word: Upswing (उन्नति)

  • Pronunciation: uhp-swing/अप्स्विंग
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: an increase in strength or quantity; an upward trend.
  • Synonyms: rise, surge, progress
  • Antonyms: decline, decrease, drop off
  • Use in a Sentence: His commendable performance will definitely lead to an upswing in his career.

Idioms & Phrases

Between a rock and a hard place  (अव्यवस्था)

  • Part of Speech: Phrase of rock
  • Meaning: faced with two equally undesirable alternatives.
  • Synonyms: in a dilemma, difficulty, muddle
  • Antonyms: pleasure
  • Use in a Sentence: His company members were stuck between a rock and a hard place.

Around (or round) the corner (समीप)

  • Part of Speech: Phrase of corner
  • Meaning: very near.
  • Synonyms: close at hand, nearby
  • Antonyms: distant
  • Use in a Sentence: It is the foremost thing they see when they come round the corner.

Rake in (प्रचुर कमाना)

  • Part of Speech: Phrase of rake
  • Meaning: To earn a lot of money or earn money easily
  • Synonyms: generate (make money), make a killing (make a lot of money very quickly)
  • Use in a Sentence: How much do you expect to rake in over the month?

Knock off (बंद करना)

  • Part of Speech: Phrase of knock
  • Meaning: stop work, finish work,
  • Synonyms: finish, dispatch, eliminate, destroy
  • Antonyms: continue start, create, instigate
  • Use in a Sentence: My mother asked, when do I usually knock off for dinner.

Practice Time

Based on the above article, we have some practice questions for you. Try to answer these questions in the comments section & our team will review them at the earliest!

Match the column.

S No. Words Synonym/Antonym
1 Bounteous Instigate
2 Exhort Scarcely
3 Predicament Encourage
4 Palatable Benefit
5 Knock off Delightful

Make your own Sentences!

  • Opportune
  • Rake in 
  • Unheeded
  • Upswing
  • Between a rock and a hard place

GK Questions

Q1. Who is the current Minister of Road Transport and Highways?

Q2. Who is the chief minister of Karnataka?

Answer in the comment section.



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