Shape Up your Vocabulary from Newspaper Wordlist: 5th Nov'21

By Oindrila Banerjee|Updated : November 5th, 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!

Bypoll results hold lessons for the centralising politics of the BJP and the Congress

Important Words from the Article

1. Word: Resounding (गुंजायमान)

  • Pronunciation: ri-zoun-ding/ रीसाउन्डिंग
  • Part of Speech: Adjective
  • Meaning: 
    a. unmistakable; emphatic
    b. (of a sound) loud enough to reverberate.
  • Synonyms: resonant, echoing, vibrant
  • Antonyms: faint, soft, muffled
  • Usage in a sentence: The resounding cry of emancipation from the tyranny of imitation was echoed well into the twentieth century.

2. 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
  • Usage in a Sentence: These measures have a strong endorsement from the community.

 3. Word: Ally (मित्रपक्ष)

  • Pronunciation: uh-lahy/ऐली
  • Part of Speech: Noun, Verb
  • Meaning: 
    a. a state formally cooperating with another for a military or other purpose. [Noun]
    b. combine or unite a resource or commodity with (another) for mutual benefit. [Verb]
  • Synonyms: collaborator, associate, friend
  • Antonyms: rival, foe, antagonist
  • Usage in a Sentence: She had found an ally in her old teacher.

4. Word: Leave no stone unturned (कोई कसर न छोड़ना)

  • Part of speech:  Idiom
  • Meaning: try every possible course of action in order to achieve something.
  • Synonyms: endure, persist, pursue, press on
  • Antonyms: ignore , neglect 
  • Usage in a sentence: The researcher left no stone unturned to make sure that she produced the most authentic proposal.

5. Word: Decisive (निर्णायक)

  • Pronunciation: dih-sahy-siv/डिसाइसिव
  • Part of Speech: Adjective
  • Meaning: 
    a. settling an issue; producing a definite result.
    b. having or showing the ability to make decisions quickly and effectively.
  • Synonyms: conclusive, resolute, final
  • Antonyms: uncertain, indefinite, conditional
  • Usage in a Sentence: They have declared a quick and decisive result.

6. Word: Definitive (निर्णायक)

  • Pronunciation: dih-fin-i-tiv/ डिफिनिटिव
  • Part of Speech: Adjective
  • Meaning
    a. (of a conclusion or agreement) done or reached decisively and with authority.
    b. (of a book or other text) the most authoritative of its kind.
  • Synonyms: conclusive, final, ultimate; decisive, unconditional,
  • Antonyms: doubtful, inconclusive, ambiguous
  • Usage in a Sentence: The definitive version of the text is ready to be published.

7. WordSetback (असफलता)

  • Pronunciation: set-bak/ सेट्बैक
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: a reversal or check in progress.
  • Synonyms: problem, difficulty, complication, disappointment 
  • Antonyms: positive outcome, success, breakthrough
  • Usage in a sentence: The December elections were a major setback for the party. 

8. Word: Noteworthy (ध्यान देने योग्य)

  • Pronunciation: noht-wur-thee/ नोट्वर्दी 
  • Part of Speech: Adjective
  • Meaning: Worth paying attention to; interesting or significant.
  • Synonyms: notable, important
  • Antonyms: insignificant, ordinary
  • Usage in a sentence: It is noteworthy that only 15% of senior managers are women.

9. WordDrub (पीटना)

  • Pronunciation: druhb/ ड्रब
  • Part of Speech: Verb
  • Meaning: 
    a. hit or beat (someone) repeatedly
    b. defeat thoroughly in a match or contest.
  • Synonyms: beat, thrash, batter
  • Antonyms: aid, help, give up, surrender
  • Usage in a sentence: Continuing to drub the victim with his fist, the attacker didn’t stop until the police showed up. 

10Word: Rout (कोलाहल/ पराजय)

  • Pronunciation: rawt/ राउट
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: 
    a. a disorderly retreat of defeated troops.
    b. a decisive defeat.
    c. a disorderly or tumultuous crowd of people.
  • Synonyms: defeat, retreat, flight, annihilation
  • Antonyms: victory, triumph
  • Usage in a sentence: The game was a rout, with the home team winning by 10 goals to nil.

'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!

  • resounding
  • endorsement 
  • ally
  • leave no stone unturned
  • decisive 

Exercise 2: Match the columns.

SR No.WordSynonym
1definitivedefeat
2setbackthrash
3noteworthycomplication
4drubconclusive
5routnotable

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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