Daily Words from Other Days: September 2020

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31st August

And the word was...  bossy /bɑsi:/ from Human Being Look at these examples, then choose the correct definition below:
  • "If you weren`t so bossy, maybe other people would offer their ideas about how we could do things better."
  • "She's always got some advice to give you, but I wouldn't call her bossy."
  • "The problem with bossy people is that they don't ask for anyone else's opinion, and rarely admit to their own mistakes."
A) always telling people what to do
B) very responsible
C) keen to be involved in other people’s situations

1st September

And the word was...  launch /lɔ:ntʃ/ from Celebrations Look at these examples, then choose the correct definition below:
  • "So we've planned for the book launch to coincide with the publication of the story by all the major newspapers."
  • "Do you fancy coming to the launch of the new L'Oréal line of makeup? I've got a spare ticket, and I hear it's the last time Jean Paul will be making a public appearance before his retirement."
  • "Bad news I'm afraid. The launch is going to have to be three weeks earlier than we'd planned. We've found out that Carneson plan on going public with their version at the end of next month."
A) event at which something is presented to the public for the first time
B) formal lunch held for important or famous guests
C) party to celebrate the commercial success of a product

2nd September

And the word was...  daft /da:ft/ from Funny Business Look at these examples, then choose the correct definition below:
  • "Don't listen to a word John says– he's daft in the head!"
  • "Oh, it was just some daft joke about a talking dog. Made me laugh though!"
  • "It seemed daft at the time, but turned out to be a really good idea."
A) without meaning, or impossible to understand
B) painful and continuous
C) silly, stupid, or impractical

3rd September

And the word was...  brand new /bræ'nju:/ from House and Home Look at these examples, then choose the correct definition below:
  • "Careful! It's brand new and I don't want to replace it before I've even got it out of the box!"
  • "We were thinking of getting a brand new sofa, but then we saw the prices and decided a decent secondhand one would be just fine."
  • "I was really lucky to get the job. They'd just created a brand new position in the company, and they decided I was the best person they had on the team to fill it. "
A) new within a range of products
B) not completely new, but desirable because of something’s high quality
C) totally new and unused

4th September

And the word was...  enable /ɪ'neɪbəl/ from Creativity and Invention Look at these examples, then choose the correct definition below:
  • "Insect farms like this will enable us to manufacture high protein food without the high costs associated with meat production."
  • "And this little control enables me to alter the temperature to a hundredth of a degree."
  • "Having three extra weeks to finish the project enabled us to deal with a few technical issues we were still having."
A) support or assist in the development of something
B) make something possible, or give the necessary things to do something
C) convert something imagined into something real

5th/6th September

And the word was...  boundary /'baʊndri:/ from Universe Look at these examples, then choose the correct definition below:
  • "A galaxy has no real boundary, but its limits are defined by the gas, dust, stars and their solar systems that are held together by gravity. "
  • "The children are at that age where they're continuously testing the boundaries and seeing how we react."
  • "As there is no clear boundary separating the campsite from the owner's property, our clients had no idea their tents and caravans were in fact on private land."
A) a line that marks the edge or limit of something
B) a group of things tied together to form a single unit
C) the distance between two objects at rest

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