English Daily Vocabulary from THE HINDU – Episode 234 – November 08th, 2017

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1. Dampen

Class : Verb
Meaning : make less strong or intense..

Synonyms: depress, discourage
Antonyms : encourage, stimulate

Example Sentences

  • It is possible they could dampen down the rocketing prices of real estate.
  • Rain helping to dampen the fire that was raging out of control there last week.

2. Engulfing

Class : Verb
Meaning : sweep over (something) so as to surround or cover it completely..

Synonyms: deluging, drowning
Antonyms : amplifying, drying

Example Sentences

  • A woman was plucked from a car seconds before it was engulfed in flames.
  • He said by the time he arrived home, his entire house was engulfed in flames.

3. Hasty

Class : Adjective
Meaning : done or acting with excessive speed or urgency; hurried.

Synonyms: quick, rash
Antonyms : slow, prudent

Example Sentences

  • It looked like I had made a hasty and unthinking attempt to hide the fact.
  • It’s too early and it’s too different and we should be careful of making bad, hasty decisions.

4. Ratify

Class : Verb
Meaning : sign or give formal consent to (a treaty, contract, or agreement), making it officially valid.

Synonyms: approve, confirm
Antonyms : abolish, deny

Example Sentences

  • Both countries were due to ratify the treaty by the end of the year
  • All three are expected to be ratified unanimously at the party convention on the 16th November.

5. Ushers

Class : Verb
Meaning : show or guide (someone) somewhere..

Synonyms: guides, escorts
Antonyms : follows, deceives

Example Sentences

  • Sarah and Paul have asked me to be one of the two ushers at their wedding.
  • This gave us the special attention of the ushers and great seats in the front row.

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