Daily Words from Other Days: August 2020, Week 4

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29th/30th August

And the word was...  heatwave /'hi:tweɪv/ from Weather Look at these examples, then choose the correct definition below:
  • "The current heatwave is set to continue at least until the weekend, with record temperatures forecast for Saturday."
  • "What's not normal is that the number of summer heatwaves has over doubled in the last ten years."
  • "The best thing to do in a heatwave is to stay indoors as much as possible, stay in the shade when you're outside, and make sure you always have access to water."
A) movement with the hand or a fan in order to feel cooler
B) ultraviolet light from the sun responsible for sunburn
C) sustained period of unusually hot weather

28th August

And the word was...  bounce /baʊns/ from Movement and Travel Look at these examples, then choose the correct definition below:
  • "Quick! Stop the ball before it bounces into the road!"
  • "In basketball, you can take three steps and then you have to bounce the ball or pass it to another player."
  • "Wow, did you see that? The bottle just bounced on the ground without breaking."
A) hit a surface then move away from it, make something do this
B) roll along a surface because something is round in shape
C) of an object, return to its natural shape after it has hit something

27th August

And the word was...  announce /ə'naʊns/ from Communication Look at these examples, then choose the correct definition below:
  • "Later this afternoon, the government will announce the latest figures for total deaths from Covid-19 in the UK."
  • "At last they've announced they're going to get married. And about time too!"
  • "That's right, announce my problems to everyone in the room! I told you that was a secret. I'm not going to share anything private with you ever again!"
A) make information public, state something in an official manner
B) use mass media for marketing or to advertise something
C) reveal a secret, or other private information

26th August

And the word was...  chilled /tʃɪld/ from Food and Drink Look at these examples, then choose the correct definition below:
  • "I know chilled tomato soup doesn't sound very appetizing, but it's so hot out there in the summer, it's actually very refreshing and tastes great!"
  • "I'm afraid you'll have to wait a little longer for the beers, they're in the fridge, but still need a while to get really chilled."
  • "In the UK, chilled products must be kept in the fridge below 8ᵒC."
A) cooked and then quickly made cold
B) uncooked and served cold
C) cooled to a low temperature, but not frozen

25th August

And the word was...  allege /ə'ledʒ/ from Serious Business Look at these examples, then choose the correct definition below:
  • "Police sources confirm reports of an incident at the address at around 6pm last night, but refuse to say whether there was a kidnapping as family members of Mr Thompson allege."
  • "Yeah, they're alleging that he hit the barman before he was beaten up, but that doesn't sound like the John I know."
  • "Our client denies any knowledge of the alleged incident, if it happened at all, and that will be our line of defence in court."
A) confirm that something is true based on evidence
B) claim that something wrong or illegal has happened without proof
C) state something with the intention of causing harm

24th August

And the word was...  affordable /ə'fɔ:dəbəl/ from House and Home Look at these examples, then choose the correct definition below:
  • Giya: "Oh look at that sofa! If only we had enough to buy one like that.
    Jeff: "OK, let's have a look... Well, it's a bit expensive, but I think it's affordable."
  • "This offer looks very affordable. I'm just a bit concerned that a holiday like that could be so cheap. Frozen pizza for every meal?"
  • "We've managed to make this car affordable to most people by removing all the luxury fittings, and offering them as extras. So if you want leather seating and the cool sound system, well that's where you'll pay quite a lot more."
A) possible to pay for by making several monthly payments
B) low in price compared to other similar products
C) reasonably priced and within your financial limits

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