Shape Up your Vocabulary from Newspaper Wordlist: 1st January 2021

By Nilanjan Paul|Updated : January 1st, 2021

Vocabulary plays a very important role in enhancing your communication skills, be it written or spoken. As you glance through the newspaper every day, you come across a number of new words. Shape Up your Vocabulary from Newspaper Wordlist from BYJU'S Exam Prep is a daily vocabulary exercise that will help enhance your vocabulary skills.

Over the last couple of years, the English section of the competitive exams has given good surprises. You must have encountered one or more new types of questions in almost every exam you appear for. Many of these questions exclusively check your vocabulary skills. So, apart from enhancing your reading, writing and speaking skills, a sound grip on vocabulary helps you score better in examinations. 

Reading is one of the best ways to boost your vocabulary. As you read a piece of writing, you come across new words which you might not have come across before. So, we must always try to inculcate a habit of reading.

Keeping this vision in mind, we bring to you the series, ‘Shape up your Vocabulary from Newspaper Wordlist’. The articles in this series fulfil your daily intake of English words. The series tries to feature words from an article, with their meanings, contextual usage, pronunciation, synonyms, antonyms, proper use in sentences, etc. Given below is an important editorial from the newspaper ‘The Hindu’. Read it, understand the context and go through the meanings of words to boost up your learning.

Happy Reading!

Himalayan manoeuvres: On India and the Nepal political crisis

Important Words from the Article

1. WordMeddle (दखल देना)

  • Pronunciation: med-l/मेडल
  • Part of Speech: Verb
  • Meaning:  interfere in something that is not one's concern.
  • Synonyms: obtrude, hinder, interrupt
  • Antonyms: ignore, avoid, neglect
  • Usage in a Sentence: She had no right to meddle in somebody's affairs.

2. Word:  Manoeuvre (पैंतरेबाज़ी करना)

  • Pronunciation: muh-noo-ver/मनूवर
  • Part of Speech: Noun, Verb
  • Meaning:
    a. move skilfully or carefully.
    b. carefully guide or manipulate (someone or something) in order to achieve an end.
  • Synonyms: artifice, manipulate
  • Antonyms: innocence, sincerity
  • Usage in a Sentence: His resignation from the competition was a tactical manoeuvre.

 3Word: Controversial (विविदास्पाद)

  • Pronunciation: kon-truh-vur-shuhl/कान्ट्रवर्शल
  • Part of Speech: Adjective
  • Meaning
    a. causing disagreement or discussion
  • Synonyms: contentious, disputable, debatable
  • Antonyms: agreeable, peaceful, 
  • Usage in a sentence: They hold widely divergent opinions on controversial issues like abortion.

4. Word: Intervene (हस्तक्षेप करना)

  • Pronunciation: in-ter-veen/ इन्टर्वीन
  • Part of Speech: Verb
  • Meaning: 
    a. take part in something so as to prevent or alter a result or course of events.
    b. occur in the time between events.
  • Synonyms: interfere, interpose, intercede, meddle
  • Antonyms: ignore, disregard, leave, avoid
  • Usage in a Sentence: The prisoner asked me to intervene with the authorities on his behalf.

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5. Word: Delegation (प्रत्यायोजन, प्रतिनिधि मंडल)

  • Pronunciation: del-i-gey-shuhn/ डेलगेशन
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning:
    a. a body of delegates or representatives; a deputation.
    b. the action or process of delegating or being delegated.
  • Synonyms: deputation, commission mission, assignment
  • Antonyms: retention, discharge, acquisition
  • Usage in a sentence: He's been chosen to lead the delegation to the conference.

6. Word: Budge (हटना)

  • Pronunciation: buhj/ बज
  • Part of Speech: Verb
  • Meaning
    a. make or cause to make the slightest movement.
    b. change an opinion.
  • Synonyms: move, shift, stir, change
  • Antonyms: stay, continue, adhere
  • Usage in a Sentence: I've tried moving the desk but it won't budge.

7. Word: Endorsement (तसदीक़)

  • Pronunciation: en-dawrs-muh nt/एन्डॉर्स्मन्ट
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: the act of declaring one's public approval or support of someone or something.
  • Synonyms: sanction, approval, affirmation
  • Antonyms: dissent, disapproval
  • Use in a Sentence: These measures have a strong endorsement of the community.

8. Word: Faction (उपद्रवी दल)

  • Pronunciation: fak-shuhn/ फैक्शन
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: a small organized dissenting group within a larger one, especially in politics.
  • Synonyms: party, group, sect
  • Antonyms: unity, conformity, agreement
  • Usage in a Sentence: A rebel faction has split away from the main group.

9. Word: Pragmatic (तथ्यात्मक)

  • Pronunciation: prag-mat-ik/प्रैग्मैटिक
  • Part of Speech: Adjective
  • Meaning: 
    a. dealing with things sensibly and realistically in a way that is based on practical rather than theoretical considerations.
  • Synonyms: realistic, practical
  • Antonyms: unrealistic, impracticable
  • Usage in Sentence: You need to adopt a more pragmatic approach.

10. Word: Penchant (रुचि)

  • Pronunciation: pen-chuh nt/पेन्चन्ट
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning:  
    a. a strong or habitual liking for something or tendency to do something.
  • Synonyms: inclination, fondness
  • Antonyms: indifference, aversion
  • Usage in a Sentence: A penchant for setting oneself apart and above mere mortals.

'Writer's Corner'

Based on the description of the words, we have some practice questions for you. Answer these questions in the comments section. Our team will review them at the earliest!

Exercise 1. 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!

  • Meddle
  • Manoeuvre
  • Delegation
  • Controversial
  • Penchant

Exercise 2: Match the columns.

SR No.WordSynonym
1 inclination impracticable
2 unrealistic commission
3 sanction interpose
4 interfere approval
5 deputation fondness

Share your answers in the comment section. 

More from us:

For practice, attempt the quiz based on this daily wordlist from the link below to enhance your exam preparation: Vocabulary Quiz, Click here to attempt!

You can also check the wordlist articles for the previous days from the link below: Shape Up your Vocabulary from Newspaper Wordlist

That was your Vocabulary dose for the day. 

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