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Definitions 01
One definition of the word 'audacious' is 'brave'.

Definitions 01

Definitions are the meaning of words. Every word has a definition - and many words have more than one! If you don't know the meaning of a word, the best thing to do is ask, or check a dictionary. It can also be fun to guess! Sometimes you have a hunch about the meaning, other times it turns out that you were confusing a word with one spelled similarly. And sometimes you can work out a word's meaning by considering the context in which it is used. Knowing the meaning of words can make such a difference in understanding what is being written or spoken.

Words follow fashions, just as music, clothing and art do. Some dictionaries even list the most popular words for particular years! It can be helpful to be aware of words that are no longer in fashion so that you can understand books written a few decades, or even centuries, ago. Sometimes words become less and less common because the world has changed and the items or ideas to which the words refer become less relevant. If a word is especially old-fashioned, it is called "archaic" and if it completely dies out from modern English, it is known as "obsolete".

See if you know the meanings of the following ten words.

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1.
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Auspicious
Favourable
Lowly
Poor
Threatening
Auspicious weather meant that the regatta could begin
2.
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Biennial
Constantly happening
Every two years
Never occurring
Twice each year
The biennial festival took place in 2010, 2012, 2014, etc.
3.
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Xylem
Percussion instrument
Plant tissue
Twigs
Wooden instrument
Xylem carries water in plants. Phloem carries food!
4.
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Audacious
Brave
Fearful
Frightened
Timid
The audacious tailor swatted seven flies at once!
5.
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Wherry
Ferry
Rowing boat
Steamer
Yacht
"Wherry" rhymes with "ferry" but is a "rowing boat"
6.
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Collegiate
Belonging to a college
Connect
Destroy
Disconnect
"Collegiate" means "belonging to a college"!
7.
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Irrefragable
Answer for
Answer to
Answered
Unanswerable
The prefix irr- is negative and means "not" or "un-"
8.
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Roster
Chicken
Cockerel
Hen
List
A "roster" is a list. A "rooster" is a cockerel!
9.
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Rigorous
Lax
Loose
Relaxed
Strict
"Rigour" is a noun; "rigorous" is an adjective; "rigorously" is an adverb
10.
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Edifice
Building
Cake
Decoration
Delight
The new town hall was a huge marble edifice

 

Author:  Sue Daish

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