Shape Up your Vocabulary from Newspaper Wordlist: 2nd July, 2021

By Shruti Kapoor|Updated : July 2nd, 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.

In keeping with the idea of learning and scoring better in English, we bring to you our series, ‘Shape up your Vocabulary from Newspaper Wordlist’. A daily dose of this article acquaints you with commonly (and not so commonly) used English words. The series tries to feature every such word, with its meaning, contextual usage, pronunciation, synonym, antonym, proper use in sentences, etc., that could save you from sitting with a dictionary while reading. Ultimately, it facilitates smooth reading and better intake of the newspaper article.

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.

Desert home: On UAE as India’s cricket venue

Important Words from the Article

1. Word: Inevitable (अनिवार्य)

  • Pronunciation: in-ev-i-tuh-buh l/ इनेविटबल
  • Part of Speech: Adjective, Noun
  • Meaning:
    a. certain to happen; unavoidable. [Adjective]
    b. a situation that is unavoidable. [Noun]
  • Synonyms: unavoidable, necessary, ineluctable
  • Antonyms: avoidable, preventable, evitable
  • Usage in a sentence: Accidents are the inevitable results of driving too fast.

2. Word:  Misgiving (संदेह करनेवाला)

  • Pronunciation: mis-giv-ing/मिस्गिविंग
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning:
    a. a feeling of doubt or worry about a future event
  • Synonyms: apprehension, suspicion, qualm
  • Antonyms: faith, trust, confidence
  • Usage in a sentence: Many teachers expressed serious misgivings about the new tests.

 3Word: Proximity (निकटता) 

  • Pronunciation: proxi-miti/ प्राक्सिमिटी
  • Part of speech: Noun
  • Meaning: the nearness of one thing or person to another
  • Synonyms: Closeness, nearness, adjacency, vicinity
  • Antonyms: far, distant
  • Usage in a sentence: Because of the town’s proximity to the airport, its property values are really low.

4. Word: Ambivalence (उभयभाविता)

  • Pronunciation: am-biv-uh-luhns/ऐम्बिवलन्स
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning:
    a. uncertainty or fluctuation, especially when caused by inability to make a choice or by a simultaneous desire to say or do two opposite or conflicting things.
    b. Psychology. the coexistence within an individual of positive and negative feelings toward the same person, object, or action, simultaneously drawing him or her in opposite directions.
  • Synonyms: ambiguous, dubiety, uncertainty, equivocation
  • Antonyms: certainty, clarity, unambiguous
  • Usage in a sentence: There was ambivalence in his acceptance of the invitation.

5.  Word: Turf (घास का मैदान)

  • Pronunciation: t-urf/टर्फ
  • Part of Speech: Noun, Verb
  • Meaning
    a. a layer of matted earth formed by grass and plant roots (Noun)
    b. peat, especially as material for fuel (Noun)
    c. a block or piece of peat dug for fuel (Noun)
    d. to cover with turf or sod (Verb)
  • Synonyms: field, area, grass, lawn
  • Antonyms: lodge, shelter, harbour
  • Usage in a sentence: Lush turf lined the river’s banks.

6. Word: Scarred (क्षतिग्रस्त)

  • Pronunciation: skahrd/स्कार्ड
  • Part of Speech: Verb
  • Meaning:
    a. to form a scar in healing.
  • Synonyms: marred, blemished, damaged
  • Antonyms: unblemished, silken
  • Usage in a sentence: She found a city still physically scarred by the war years, but vigorous in its self renewal. 

7. Word: Tackle (स्पष्टीकरण माँगना/काबू में करना)

  • Pronunciation: tak-uhl/टैकल
  • Part of Speech: Verb, Noun
  • Meaning:
    a. to try to deal with something or someone (verb)
    b. any system of leverage using several pulleys. (noun)
  • Synonyms: address, handle, confront
  • Antonyms: avoid, dodge, forget
  • Usage in a sentence: There are many ways of tackling this problem. 

8. Word: Vintage (विशिष्ट)

  • Pronunciation: vin-tij/विन्टिज
  • Part of Speech: Adjective, Noun
  • Meaning:
    a. produced in the past, and typical of the period in which it was made
    b.of high quality and lasting value, or showing the best and most typical characteristics of a particular type of thing
    c. the wine from a particular harvest or crop. (Noun)
  • Synonyms: classic, antique, old
  • Antonyms: new, fresh, modern
  • Usage in a sentence: She loves buying vintage clothing. 

9. Word: Fraught (भरपूर)

  • Pronunciation: frawt/फ्रॉट
  • Part of Speech: Adjective
  • Meaning:
    a. full of (unpleasant things such as problems or dangers)
  • Synonyms: abounding, abundant, distressing, disturbing
  • Antonyms: bare, barren, blank, devoid, empty, calming, comfortable
  • Usage in a sentence: Writing about science at a popular level is a task fraught with difficulty.

10. Word: Drought (शुष्कता)

  • Pronunciation: drout/ड्राउट
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning:
    a. a long period when there is little or no rain
  • Synonyms: dry, arid, dearth
  • Antonyms: flood, deluge, overflow
  • Usage in a sentence: This year (a) severe drought has ruined the crops.

'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!

  • Inevitable
  • Misgiving
  • Proximity
  • Ambivalence
  • Vintage

Exercise 2: Match the columns.

SR No.WordSynonym
1 Turf arid
2 Drought address
3 Scarred grass
4 Tackle distressing
5 Fraught marred

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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