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 Today’s word of the day is harsh (adj.). Someone is harsh when they make no attempt to hide unpleasantness or is violent. For example:


She did not wear the proper winter gear and suffered frostbite from exposure to the harsh Arctic winds.
He is a successful businessman who is little liked for his harshness towards others without thinking about their feelings.

Today’s word of the day is squander (v.). A person who wastes something or misses an opportunity is said to squander it. For example: 
Only a foolish person would squander such a large sum of money on a luxury car that he doesn’t know how to drive.
In the finals of the World Cup match, many opportunities to score were squandered by both teams.

Today’s word of the day is lavish (adj.) and describes a person or thing that is generous, extravagant and luxurious. For example: 
Spare no expense – I want my husband to have a lavish banquet for his 30th birthday.
She was an only child and was used to lavish praise showered upon her by everyone in her family.

Today’s word of the day is magnanimous (adj.).  A person who is kind and forgiving can be described as magnanimous. For example: 
No matter what hardships we experience, we should try to be magnanimous and generous in our dealings with others.

Today’s word of the day is endeavour (v.) and endeavour (n.). As a noun, an endeavour refers to an attempt or effort to do something. Endeavour (v.) is the action of trying to do or achieve something. For example:


In his endeavour (n.) to give back to society, Paul volunteers at the homeless shelter twice a week. 

The political party must endeavour (v.) to win the campaign otherwise widespread riots will break out. 


Today’s word of the day is strive (v.). When you struggle against something or make great efforts to achieve something, you strive for it. For example: 

Helen is a smart girl and she will make great improvements in her studies if she strives to work harder. 

Since ancient times, people have been striving against injustice and cruelty to live better lives.


Today’s word of the day is dwell (v.). When you are told not to dwell on something, it means you have been focusing a lot on something that is causing unhappiness. Another meaning of dwell is to live in or at a specified place, which is the base of the noun, dwelling (n.) which means place of residence. For example: 
Look to the successes of the future instead of dwell on the failures of the past. 
Be careful when you go into the forest because a group of hyenas dwell there. 
That old, rickety house used to be the dwelling (n.) of a serial murderer who buried all his victims in his backyard.


Today’s word of the day is instigate (v.). Starting something or encouraging someone to do something is to instigate an action or event. For example: 
This whole ugly divorce was instigated (v.) by the husband who refused to part with a cent of his money.
The gang leader would instigate innocent boys to commit hate crimes in their neighbourhoods. 

Today’s word of the day is jubilation/jubilance (n.). Where a jubilee (n.) refers to an event that celebrates a 25th or 50th anniversary, jubilation/jubilance (n.) refers to feelings of extreme joy and triumph. For example: 
The rough four-week boot camp was finally over and the screams of jubilation could be heard throughout the island.
My father has loved my mother more than half his life and this year, he is surprising her with a trip around the world for their jubilee anniversary.


Today’s word of the day is vex (v.). This refers to the act of bothering or distressing someone. It can also be used as a noun, as in vexation. For example: 
Music examiners are always reminded to speak kindly to candidates and not to vex (v.) them unnecessarily.
Travers punched the wall in vexation (n.) after his mother scolded him.

Today’s word of the day is rave (v.) and rave (n.). As a noun, rave is an enthusiastic recommendation. The other meaning of rave (v.) in more common use is the act of talking endlessly. For example: 
There was no doubt the film would win awards after the raves (n.) it received from everyone who went to watch it in the cinema.
Everyone at the Christmas dinner was not given a second to speak because Greg was raving (v.) about how his son had just won a scholarship.


Today’s word of the day is lauded (v.). This refers to the act of praising someone publicly for his achievements. For example: 
Adrian Brody was lauded for his portrayal of a Jew in WWII Germany in the movie, The Pianist.
The newspaper report lauded the late Prime Minister for all the great things he did for the country. 

Today’s word of the day is rebuke (n.) and refers to an expression of harsh disapproval. For example: 
Jake’s success and lawful ways was a standing rebuke to every member of his family of criminals.
Nelly didn’t mean it as a rebuke of his behaviour, but Charles was offended and immediately left.

Today’s word of the day is upbraid (v.). You upbraid someone when you find fault with or scold them. For example:
The supervisor was so understanding that he never upbraided his employees for showing up later for work.
I only upbraided you earlier because you never fail to embarrass me in front of my friends.

Today’s word of the day is admonish (v.). To warn against, urge to or reprimand someone is to admonish them. The noun, admonition (n.) refers to an authoritative warning or strong criticism. For example: 
I was so afraid of her that any look from her would be a forceful admonition (n.) and I would stop what I was doing straightaway.
During his illness, the nurse admonished (v.) him to avoid consuming alcohol. 
The teacher admonished Carl for pulling Jane’s hair and sent him to the Principal’s office. 

Today’s word of the day is recapitulate (v.). When you go over or explain the main points of a concept again, you are recapitulating. The noun is recapitulation (n.). For example: 
It is very advisable to attend the final lesson of the semester because that is when you will get a recapitulation (n.) of the entire course. 
Thank you for your attention. I will now recapitulate (v.) the section of my presentation that gives reasons why you should invest in this project.

Today’s word of the day is yield (v). As a noun, yield refers to the amount that is produced by a process. Yield (v.), on the other hand, bears the same meaning as surrender or give something up.
For example: 
The yield (n.) of mixing substance A and B is half what was expected. 
If you keep torturing those prisoners of war, they are sure to yield (v.) their unit’s secrets. 
Enough! I can’t be bothered to argue with you anymore – I yield

Today’s word of the day is succumb (v.). When you give in to disease, temptation or a negative force, you are said to succumb to it. For example: 
After a brave seven-year battle with cancer, Yatchi finally succumbed and passed away last week.
No one will respect you if you succumb to external pressure and lose your determination to succeed.

Today’s word of the day is omit (v.).  When used as a noun, omission happens when something is excluded or left out. Omit (v.) is the act of excluding something intentionally or forgetfully. For example: 
The omission (n.) of the father-in-law’s name in the wedding invitation caused many arguments in the family. 
She is so spiteful and loud that everyone noticed when she omitted (v.) an important point in the presentation. 

Today’s word of the day is neglect (v). Neglect (n.) refers to the state of being uncared for; whilst neglect (v.) refers to a failure to pay proper attention to or failure to do something.  For example: 
Little Timmy’s clothes are often torn and he looks like he hasn’t had a bath in days. Clearly, he suffers from neglect (n.).
When he neglected (v.) to call her after two weeks of silence, she decided to leave the country and forget about him.  

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