Useful Word of the Day 2020

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 Word of the Day
He says he gave it to the FBI in December, a subpoena provided by Giuliani is dated December 19;  but on Friday Giuliani offered a marginally different version of events. - Daily Mail
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subpoena   Speak
n.  a legal document ordering someone to appear in a law court

marginally   Speak
ad.  to only a limited extent; slightly
Added on: 2020-10-17
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30 Words list: 2020-10-15, 2020-08-29
equity   Speak
n. the value of the shares issued by a company
email chain   Speak
n. an email message that includes a running list of all the succeeding replies starting with the original email
Joe Biden is the person referred to as the 'the big guy' who would receive 10 percent equity in a deal with a Chinese energy firm, as referenced in an email chain including his son Hunter.
haptic   Speak
a. relating to the sense of touch
acoustic   Speak
a. relating to sound or the sense of hearing
The system needs to be accepted by drivers, which supports the most flexible approach, with a cascaded warning system - first visual, then acoustic or haptic.
render   Speak
v. cause to be or become; make
bleeping   Speak
a. making a short high-pitched sound or sounds
The EU is proposing a kit that renders the accelerator pedal temporarily unresponsive, whereas car makers suggest the cheaper option of a bleeping light on the dashboard.
dieback   Speak
n. a condition in which a tree begins to die from the tip of its leaves or roots backwards
severity   Speak
n. fact or condition of being severe
Our landscapes are irrevocably changing, and this year's combination of a dry spring and late frost may have dramatically sped up the severity of ash dieback.
meadow   Speak
n. a piece of grassland, especially one used for hay
ranger   Speak
n. a keeper of a park, forest, or area of countryside
We were not able to undertake regular conservation, such as managing flower-rich meadows, and rangers now forced to spend time to manage safety.
creaky   Speak
a. bad in some way because it is old or old-fashioned
ill-timed   Speak
a. occurring at or planned for an unsuitable time
A high number of cases in a vast country with a creaky public health system was inevitable; but, such a high number is blaming an ill-timed lockdown.
adherence   Speak
n. attachment or commitment to a person, cause, or belief
soar   Speak
v. quickly increases by a great deal
With increased mobility and reduced adherence to social distancing, mask wearing, and personal hygiene, the virus will soar again.
terrace   Speak
v. make sloping land into a number of level flat areas resembling a series of steps
irrigation   Speak
n. supply of water to land or crops to help growth, typically by means of channels
The Maya connected their cities with raised highways; and they made the land usable, and sustainable, with complex irrigation and terracing systems.
prick   Speak
v. make a small hole in (something) with a sharp point
electrified   Speak
a. having a sudden sense of great excitement, thrilled
wriggle   Speak
v. twist and turn with quick writhing movements
Despite my caution, I soon feel a sensation on my back, somewhere between being pricked and electrified and wriggle in shock.
vilification   Speak
n. abusively disparaging speech or writing
frenzied   Speak
a. wildly excited or uncontrolled
prime-time   Speak
n. regularly occurring time at which a television audience is expected to be greatest
The frenzied coverage of his death and vilification of his actor-girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty has dominated prime-time in India.
circus   Speak
n. something noisy and confused
at a time   Speak
ad. during one particular moment
The media circus around the case comes at a time when India faces a host of critical issues.
stipend   Speak
n. a fixed regular sum paid as a salary or allowance
collaborator   Speak
n. a person who works jointly on an activity or project; an associate
Zhang received a monthly stipend of $1,900; and was also required to submit a report every six months, which his collaborator would read and sign.
indictment   Speak
n. a thing that serves to illustrate that a system or situation is bad and deserves to be condemned
grounds   Speak
n. (pl) factors forming a basis for action or the justification for a belief
A series of indictments against these researchers suggest the suspicions of US authorities have some grounds.
enshrine   Speak
v. place a revered or precious object in an appropriate receptacle
infringe   Speak
v. actively break the terms of a law or agreement