IELTS TOEFL Words of the Day

 Words of the Day
Reed drove the getaway car, and Lee was positively identified on surveillance video while taking the laptop, investigators said.

getaway   Speak
n.  an escape or quick departure, especially after committing a crime  

surveillance   Speak
n.  close observation, especially of a suspected spy or criminal 
Added on: 2020-01-05
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bring to its knees   Speak
v. almost defeat someone, or to make them extremely weak
sack   Speak
v. plunder and destroy a captured town, building, or other place
It was also brought to its knees when Rome was sacked by the Visigoths in 410 and the Vandals in 455.
acquire   Speak
v. buy an object or asset for oneself, take over
envision   Speak
v. imagine as a future possibility; visualize
phenomenal   Speak
a. very remarkable; extraordinary
When Disney first acquired Lucasfilm, many people envisioned the franchise following in the footsteps of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's phenomenal success.
missionary   Speak
n. a person sent on a religious mission, especially one sent to promote Christianity in a foreign country
at times   Speak
ad. at intervals: occasionally, from time to time
stir   Speak
v. call forth, provoke, rouse to activity
He became involved in missionary work in Africa at a very young age and at times stirred controversy.
in the wake of   Speak
ad. happening after an event or as a result of it
smear   Speak
v. coat or mark something messily or carelessly with a greasy or sticky substance
In the wake of his allegations, the police claimed Wang had been found guilty of fraud, who had become a tool for the west to smear his homeland.
operative   Speak
n. a worker, especially a skilled one in a manufacturing industry
blow cover   Speak
v. expose true identity or motives after they had been intentionally
The spy is believed to be the first operative from the country to blow his cover in five years.
plague   Speak
v. cause continual trouble or distress to
categorical   Speak
a. unambiguously explicit and direct
About the claim that plagued the palace, there was a categorical denial, alongside a string of reasons why her story did not add up.
holocaust   Speak
n. destruction or slaughter on a mass scale, especially caused by fire or nuclear war
nudity   Speak
n. the state or fact of being naked
sequence   Speak
n. a part of a film dealing with one particular event or topic
ABC's standards and practices division agreed to an unprecedented waiver allowing frontal nudity during the lengthy holocaust sequences.
pretense   Speak
n. an attempt to make something that is not the case appear true
venue   Speak
n. place where something happens, especially an organized big event
The house was booked under a pretense for a small group, before being published on Instagram as the venue for a Halloween party.
down to earth   Speak
a. with no illusions or pretensions; practical and realistic
tarmac   Speak
n. an area of ground covered with a hard surface, esp. the areas where planes land and take off
After running the roads with him for years I can confirm he is a gentle giant and a down to earth man who lives and breaths trucking and tarmac.
vibrant   Speak
a. full of energy and enthusiasm
scattershot   Speak
a. broadly and often randomly inclusive
hit   Speak
n. a great success
That is an actual line of dialogue from the movie, a vibrant but scattershot sequel to a 2014 hit.
gastronomy   Speak
n. practice or art of choosing, cooking, and eating good food
paraglide   Speak
n. recreational sport of soaring from a slope or a cliff using a modified parachute
Tourists were looking for a product, either active holidays such as paragliding and diving, or more leisure-based breaks involving nature and gastronomy tourism.
bolster   Speak
v. support or strengthen; prop up
nurture   Speak
v. further the development of
They were seeking evidence that might bolster a conspiracy theory long nurtured by President Trump.
sensationalize   Speak
v. present information about (something) in a way that provokes public interest and excitement  
mitigate    Speak
v. make less severe, serious, or painful