Useful Word of the Day 2020

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 Word of the Day
Since the 9/11 attacks, New York City has been preparing makeshift mortuary space, readying refrigerated lorries to help hospitals as the death toll rises. - BBC
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mortuary   Speak
n.  a place in which dead bodies are kept until burial

makeshift   Speak
a.  serving as a temporary substitute; sufficient for the time being

ready   Speak
v.  prepare someone or something for an activity or purpose
Added on: 2020-03-28
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30 Words list: 2020-03-26, 2020-02-29
by far   Speak
ad. far and away, much more of a particular quality than anything else
depict   Speak
v. show or represent by a drawing, painting, or other art forms
By far the worst-affected state is New York which has seen 365 deaths and reports from hospitals in New York City depict a health system on the brink.
bout   Speak
n. a short period of intense activity of a specified kind, outbreak
wind up   Speak
v. conclude or finish something
There will be younger people who do unfortunately suffer more severe bouts of the illness, and wind up getting seriously ill.
congregate   Speak
v. gather into a crowd or mass
chant   Speak
v. say or shout repeatedly in a singsong tone
Mr Modi called on Indians to clap the emergency services, but many misunderstood it and congregated in the streets as they danced and chanted.
spook   Speak
v. frighten; unnerve
accordance   Speak
n. following or obeying a rule, law, wish
Ensure that your drone does not spook animals or disturb them, and always conduct yourself within accordance of local regulations.
curfew   Speak
n. a regulation requiring people to remain indoors between specified hours, typically at night
menace   Speak
n. a person or thing that is likely to cause harm
Let us all be a part of this curfew, which will add tremendous strength to the fight against Covid-19 menace.
curate   Speak
v. select, organize, and look after the items in a collection or exhibition
binge-watch   Speak
v. watch multiple episodes of a television program in rapid succession
stellar   Speak
a. of an extremely high standard
The company announced that in addition to its preexisting library, it would be curating two new playlists for anyone hoping to binge-watch some seriously stellar performances.
come under fire   Speak
v. be criticized, be attacked with guns
constituent   Speak
n. a member of an electoral district
dire   Speak
a. extremely serious or urgent
He has come under fire after US outlet NPR obtained a recording of him warning a group of wealthy constituents about the dire economic impact of the coronavirus.
pandemic   Speak
n. a disease prevalent over a whole country or the world
kick   Speak
v. run at a faster speed during the last part of a race
clog   Speak
v. block or become blocked with an accumulation of thick, wet matter
The new rules kicked in Friday to combat the coronavirus pandemic, but we worried that the clogged situation at O’Hare is making the spread of the virus more likely.
dropout   Speak
n. a person who has abandoned a course of study
free fall   Speak
v. move under the force of gravity only; fall rapidly
The definition of success varies as per the individuals and the societies; it lures some dropouts leave school so young that they free fall in future careers.
draconian   Speak
a. excessively harsh and severe
lock down   Speak
v. confine of prisoners to their cells, typically after an escape or to regain control during a riot
More and more countries are considering draconian measures, whether forcing all international arrivals into quarantine or locking down regions.
shoot up   Speak
v. increase quickly by a large amount
mitigation   Speak
n. action of reducing the severity, seriousness, or painfulness of something
I don't think it would be as strict as nobody in and out, but if we continue to let cases shoot up, particularly at the community level, there will be what we call mitigation.
excruciate   Speak
v. torment someone physically or mentally
shortfall   Speak
n. a deficit of something required or expected
stark   Speak
a. severe or bare in appearance or outline
The shortfall could be stark, potentially forcing doctors to make excruciating life-or-death decisions about who would get such help.
perusal   Speak
n. the action of reading or examining something
surfeit   Speak
n. an excessive amount of something