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Agile

Agile Tortoise is believed to be quite slow in movement and so is the snail. Of course, it is said tat slow and steady wins the race, but sometimes it is better to be quick on feet and quick on thinking to and that is when agility comes into play. Agile is an Adjective. Pronunciation: aj-uh l, -ahyl The dictionary definitions for agile are as follows: 1) Quick in movement 2) An active person 3) An ability to think quickly Master tip to learn agile: Agile can be easily learnt by picturing a runner, running in a hurdle race. The runner is quick and well coordinated in his movements. Also, he quickly finishes the race and actively builds strategies to pass the hurdles. Agile can be used in following ways: 1) She is an agile girl, as she is a gold medal winner in 500 meters race. (Adjective) 2) She agilely sprinted her way to the other end of the town. (Adverb) 3) Her agileness has won her many accolades in the field of running. (Noun) 4) Her agileness of mind has made her what she is today. (Noun) 5) She is mentally agile. (Adjective)

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Anorexia

Anorexia The dictionary definitions for Anorexia are as follows: 1. A prolonged disorder of eating due to loss of appetite Usage examples for Anorexia: 1. Super-models are generally anorexic, and it seems to be a demand of their professions. 2. Young girls often fall in trap of appearing slimmer and slimmer and in turn, become anorexic.

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Entourage

Entourage When you walk in an entourage, the question is why: are you peripatetic (A person who walks from place to place) or influenced by the leader of the pack? In general, an entourage is a group of people travelling along with an important person for the purpose of facilitating the work he/she is going to do there. Pronunciation: ahn-too-rahzh Dictionary definitions of Entourage: 1. A group of attendants or associates; a retinue 2. One's environment or surroundings. 3. Followers Master Tip to learn Entourage: Think of a person who is so affluent and famous, and is followed and accompanied by a group who is always there to help him out with his work, and also the followers have a sense of security by being with him. Usage Examples: 1. His students smirk at his arriving for classes with an entourage offlunkies. 2. Later, he and his entourage are still buzzing about the experience. 3. Some billionaire and his entourage were stranded when their jet broke down.

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Ilk

Ilk Ilk is used when referring to similar kind of people. Way back in school, when we also used to study, there was a gang of girls that was known as ‘the plastic girls’ because they used to put on a lot of make- up (yeah, makeup in school!) and they even used to take an off from school when they had a bad hair-day or a pimple. Well, my response to that situation was: I used to hate them and I just could not tolerate people of that ilk. Now you know why I built that whole story, so that we could learn the meaning of the word from a practical every day example. Pronunciation :ee-lk Meaning of Ilk 1. Type or kind 2.a group of entities that have common characteristics such that they may be grouped together Master’s tip to learn ilk : Ilk can be rearranged as ‘lik’, a short-hand form of like. Ilk, as we know from above refers to the same kinds or class and or we can say, ‘like classes’. Usage examples of ilk: 1. I think what I dislike most about that ilk is their smug assumption of superiority. 2. The static thinking of John Avlon and other of his ilk is wrong in the [21st] Century. 3. I can't tolerate people of his ilk and can't trust people of that ilk.

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Premonition

Premonition Premonition is the type of word that we have should a premonition about? What did that mean? Well, premonition is an intuition about the future. Word origin : 1425–75; late Middle English premunicioun ( compare praemunire) <Late Latin praemonitiōn(stem of praemonitiō ) forewarning. Pronunciation: pree-muh-nish-uhn, prem-uhMeanings of Premonition 1. An intuition of a future, usually unwelcome, occurrence; foreboding 2. An early warning of a future event; forewarning 3. A feeling of anticipation of or anxiety over a future event; presentiment 4. A forewarning. Master’s tip to learn Premonition Premonition can be split up as pre + monition ( monitor ). Now “pre” means beforehand and monition ( monitor) can be thought as “ to monitor the situation to give a warning in advance.” Sentences examples for Premonition 1. Every Thursday, the villagers would gather under the mango tree to hear the seer’s premonitions. 2. I'm not saying i'm psychic, of course, but i sometimes do get these alarmingly strong premonitions of the future.

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Timorous

Timorous Pronunciation: tim-er-uhs Meanings of Timorous 1. Full of fear, timid 2. Subject of fear 3. Characterized by or indicating fear Master’s tip to learn Timorous Timorous sounds like the word tumorous. We all know about brain tumor, infection in the brain which could even lead to death. The thought of having brain tumor instills fear in our minds. Timorous can also be related to the word timid which also means fear. Sentences examples for Timorous 1. The sound of a lion’s roar at night in the jungle made them timorous (adjective). 2. One could see the timorousness in his eyes before going for war (noun). 3. The society is too timorous to raise their voice against the authorities (adjective). 4. He timorously asked his father’s permission to go out of station with his friends (adverb). 5. If we want change then timorousness should not be instilled in the youth of the nation (noun).

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Unwieldy

Unwieldy Unwieldy is an object that is slow moving, because it is difficult to handle because of its size. It is also used in the context of systems that are slow and inefficient. In many organizations, decision making system is too slow because it has to go through various hierarchies. It is often delayed and is less efficient as we compare it with the centralized organizations where decisions are quick and more efficient, and therefore communication is clear. Well, in these organizations, we can refer to the process as ‘unwieldy’. Pronunciation: uhn-weel-dee Meanings of Unwieldy 1. Difficult to use or handle or manage because of size or weight or shape 2. Difficult to work or manipulate 3. Lacking grace in movement or posture Master’s Tip to learn Unwieldy Thinks of all the things you have to carry/wield that you never wished to carry. Well, as the picture shows above, all of them were unwieldy. Sentence Examples for Unwieldy 1. Now the agency has decided that things were a bit unwieldy and it is reorganizing the seven departments into three divisions. 2. Scholars who are familiar with such citations agree that the current formats remain unwieldy.

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Work Out Zone
Work Out 1: Match the following words with their respective meanings or synonyms. Word 1 Agile 2 Pesky 3 Entourage 4 ilk 5 Premonition 6 Timorous 7 Unwieldy Meaning or Synonym A forewarning B lot C unassertive D annoying E companions F cumbersome G swift

Work Out 2: Did you really understand the word? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Old people are agile. Some children are really pesky. An adjusting entourage is always helpful. One should always beware of ilk of goons. I had a premonition of some misfortune. Timorous people make great leaders. Unwieldy objects are helpful while travelling. yes yes yes yes yes yes yes no no no no no no no

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Answers: Work Out Zone
Work Out 1 1-G, 2-D, 3-E, 4-B, 5-A, 6-C, 7-F Work Out 2 1-no, 2-yes, 3-yes, 4-yes, 5-yes, 6-no, 7-no

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