Shape Up your Vocabulary from Newspaper Wordlist: 16th February, 2021

By Oindrila Banerjee|Updated : February 16th, 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 few years, aspirants of competitive examinations have been witnessing new types of questions in almost every examination they take. The questions based on new patterns mostly appear in the English section as the subject provides the maximum scope for experimentation. The examination bodies twist the questions to stimulate the analytical skills of the candidates. However, the basics never change and Vocabulary is one one of the most essential basics of the English language. A sound command over Vocabulary allows you to tackle the questions and solve problems efficiently.

Our series, ‘Shape up your Vocabulary from Newspaper Wordlist’ aims to help you completely understand the commonly used words with their meanings, pronunciations, synonyms, antonyms, proper use in sentences, etc.

Here is an important editorial for you from ‘The Indian Express’, followed by important words from the same, to help you strengthen your vocabulary.

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Important Words from the Article

1. WordImperative (आज्ञार्थक,जरूरी)

  • Pronunciation: im-per-uh-tiv/इम्पेरटिव
  • Part of Speech: Adjective, Noun
  • Meaning: 
    a. of vital importance; crucial. [Adjective]
    b. giving an authoritative command; peremptory. [Adjective]
    c. an essential or urgent thing. [Noun]
  • Synonyms: necessary, obligatory, requisite
  • Antonyms: nonessential, insignificant, needless
  • Usage in a Sentence: In an organization, a prompt reply is imperative.

2. Word: Hobble (अटकाना)

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

 3Word: Paucity (अभाव )

  • Pronunciation: paw-si-tee/पॉसिटी
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: the presence of something in only small or insufficient quantities or amounts.
  • Synonyms: insufficiency, dearth, scarcity
  • Antonyms: plethora, abundance, plenty
  • Usage in a Sentence: There is a paucity of data on the ingredients of many products.

4. Word: Protocol (नयाचार)

  • Pronunciation: proh-tuh-kawl/ प्रोटोकोल
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning:
    a. the customs and regulations dealing with diplomatic formality, precedence, and etiquette.
    b. an original draft, minute, or record from which a document, especially a treaty, is prepared.
    c. a supplementary international agreement.
    d. an agreement between states.
    e. an annex to a treaty giving data relating to it.
  • Synonyms: etiquette, convention, treaty, decorum
  • Antonyms: crudeness, disagreement, lawlessness
  • Usage in a sentence: It was imperative to follow the protocols to ensure safe passage.

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5. Word: Epidemiology (जानपदिक रोग विज्ञान)

  • Pronunciation: ep-i-dee-mee-ol-uh-jee/एपडेमीआलजी
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: the scientific study of diseases and how they are found, spread, and controlled in groups of people
  • Synonyms: study of the distribution of disease, study of the cause of disease, study of the control of disease
  • Usage in a sentence: An epidemiological study was conducted to find out the root cause between the sudden spread of the pathogen.

6. Word: Dodgy (कुटिल)

  • Pronunciation: doj-ee/डाजी
  • Part of Speech: Adjective
  • Meaning: dishonest or unreliable
  • Synonyms: tricky, cunning, sly
  • Antonyms: candid, honest, trustworthy
  • Usage in a Sentence: You never know how dodgy the witness is going to be.

7. Word: Infringement (अतिलंघन)

  • Pronunciation: in-frinj-muhnt/इन्फ्रिन्ज्मन्ट
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning:
    a. an action that breaks a rule, law, etc.b. a breach or infraction, as of a law, right, or obligation; violation; transgression
  • Synonyms: violation, breach. infraction, transgression
  • Antonyms: compliance, obedience
  • Usage in a sentence: Even minor infringements of the law will be severely punished. 

8. Word: Augment (बढ़ाना)

  • Part of Speech: Verb
  • Pronunciation: awg-ment/ऑग्मेन्ट
  • Meaning: make (something) greater by adding to it; increase.
  • Synonyms: expand, enlarge, increase
  • Antonyms: abridge, diminish, decrease
  • Usage in a Sentence: He would have to find work to augment his income.

9. Word: Substantial (संतोषजनक)

  • Pronunciation: subs-tan-cial/ सब्स्टैन्शल
  • Meaning: referring to something that is greater or larger than normal
  • Synonyms: considerable, real, material, weighty,
  • Antonyms: insubstantial, worthless
  • Usage in a sentence: Known for his substantial efforts in winning, the competitive boy rarely could find someone to play against because the opponent knew he would lose.

10. Word: Probe (जांच करना)

  • Pronunciation: prohb/ प्रोब
  • Part of Speech: Noun, Verb 
  • Meaning: 
    a. a thorough investigation into a crime or other matter. [Noun]
    b. explore or examine (something), especially with the hands or an instrument. [Verb]
  • Synonyms: scrutinize, inquiry
  • Antonyms: glimpse, absurd
  • Usage in a Sentence: I don't want to probe too deeply into your personal affairs.

'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!

  • imperative
  • hobble
  • paucity
  • protocol 
  • epidemiology

Exercise 2: Match the columns.

SR No.WordSynonym

Share your answers in the comment section. 

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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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