Shape Up your Vocabulary from Newspaper Wordlist: 20th Oct'21

By Oindrila Banerjee|Updated : October 20th, 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. Your reading exercise is impeded if you do not understand the meaning of a word, or its meaning in a given context. Such challenges could be overcome by inculcating a sound habit of reading. The habit lets you encounter something new every day in the form of words, the meaning of which you were unaware of.

To enhance your command over English vocabulary, you must learn new words regularly. Now, the question arises, how you can strengthen your vocabulary skills. For this, it is necessary that you improve your reading habit by going through newspapers on a daily basis and look up the new words. This exercise will also help you understand the context of the sentences.
Our series, ‘Shape up your Vocabulary from Newspaper Wordlist’ comes in very handy to boost this exercise. It helps you grasp the commonly used words with their meanings, pronunciation, synonym, antonym, 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 given below to scale-up your knowledge.

Happy Reading!

Greenfield hopes: On rebound of investments past pre-pandemic levels

Important Words from the Article

1. Word: Rebound (पलटाव)

  • Pronunciation: ri-bound/ रीबाउन्ड
  • Part of Speech: Verb, Noun
  • Meaning:  
    a. bounce back through the air after hitting something hard. (Verb) 
    b. recover in value, amount, or strength after a decrease or decline. (Verb)
    c. an increase in value, amount, or strength after a previous decline. (Noun)
  • Synonyms: recoil, bounce, ricochet, backfire
  • Antonyms: languish, wither, fade, decline, weaken
  • Usage in a sentence: The recent rebound in mortgage rates could snuff out the housing recovery.

2. Word: Ebb (कम होना/घटना)

  • Pronunciation: eb/एब
  • Part of Speech: Noun, Verb
  • Meaning
    a. the flowing back of the tide as the water returns to the sea (opposed to flood, flow) (Noun)
    b. a flowing backward or away; decline or decay (Noun)
    c. a point of decline (Noun)
    d. to decline or decay; fade away (Verb)
    e. to flow back or away, as the water of a tide (Verb)
  • Synonyms: wane, decline, decrease, subside
  • Antonyms: surge, increase, advance, tide
  • Usage in a sentence: He could feel his strength ebbing as he lay on the sidewalk bleeding from the gunshot wound.

 3. Word: Nurture (पालन-पोषण)

  • Pronunciationnur-cher/ नर्चर
  • Part of Speech: Verb, Noun
  • Meaning
    a. care for and protect (someone or something) while they are growing. [Verb]
    b. the action or process of nurturing someone or something. [Noun]
  • Synonyms: foster, nourish, cherish, nurse, raise, sustain
  • Antonyms: neglect, ignore, deprive, negligence
  • Usage in a Sentence: Teachers should nurture their students' creativity.

4. WordSpur (प्रेरित करना)

  • Pronunciation: spur/ स्पर
  • Part of Speech: Noun, Verb
  • Meaning: 
    a. a thing that prompts or encourages someone; an incentive. [Noun]
    b. give an incentive or encouragement to (someone). [Verb]
  • Synonyms: urge, encourage, motivate
  • Antonyms: discourage, hindrance, obstacle
  • Usage in a Sentence: The spur of the moment decision to change the major would go on tp define the rest of his life.

5. Word: Robust (मजबूत)

  • Pronunciation: roh-buhst/रोबस्ट
  • Part of Speech: Adjective
  • Meaning: 
    a. strong and healthy; vigorous.
  • Synonyms: powerful, persistent
  • Antonyms: weak, feeble
  • Usage in a Sentence: The organization is taking a more robust approach to management.

6. Word: Uptick (इजाफा)

  • Pronunciation: uhp-tik/ अपटिक
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning:
    a. a rise or improvement in business activity, in mood, etc.
  • Synonyms: rise, increment, addition 
  • Antonyms: downtick, decline, decrement 
  • Usage in a sentence: An uptick in the demand for Heaters brought down their prices.

7. WordOutlay (व्यय)

  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Pronunciation: out-ley/आउट्ले
  • Meaning: an amount of money spent on something.
  • Synonyms: expense, payment
  • Antonyms: perks, profit
  • Use in a Sentence: The project would require little financial outlay.

8. Word: Nudge (टहोका मारना)

  • Part of Speech: Verb, Noun
  • Pronunciation: nuhj/ नज
  • Meaning: 
    a. prod (someone) gently with one's elbow in order to attract attention. [Verb]
    b. a light touch or push. [Noun]
  • Synonyms: push, poke
  • Antonyms: discourage, dissuade
  • Usage in a Sentence: I gave him a nudge to wake him up.

9. WordAccrue (प्राप्ति होना/ इकट्ठा करना)

  • Pronunciationuh-kroo/ अक्रू
  • Part of Speech: Verb
  • Meaning:
    a. (of a benefit or sum of money) be received by someone in regular or increasing amounts over time.
    b. accumulate or receive (payments or benefits) over time.
  • Synonyms: accumulate, build-up, increase, amass, collect
  • Antonyms: decrease, disappear, lose, dissipate
  • Usage in a sentence: I'll get back all the money I invested, along with any interest and dividends that the shares have accrued.

10Word: Reiterate (दोहराना)

  • Pronunciation: ree-it-uh-reyt/ रीइटरैट
  • Part of Speech: Verb
  • Meaning: say something again or a number of times, typically for emphasis or clarity.
  • Synonyms: repeat, restate, renew
  • Antonyms: conceal, repudiate, contradict
  • Usage in a sentence: We would like to reiterate that a confirmation copy will be coming by mail soon.

'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!

  • rebound
  • nurture
  • ebb
  • spur
  • robust 

Exercise 2: Match the columns.

SR No.WordSynonym
1uptickpoke
2nudgeexpense
3outlayaccumulate
4accruerepeat
5reiterateincrement

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. 

from BYJU'S Exam Prep

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