Daily Vocabulary from THE HINDU – Episode 184 – August 12, 2017

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In today’s episode we will be going to explore THE HINDU’s editorial “Risks to growth: mid-year economic concerns”for words with rich vocabulary.

1. Sombre

Class : Adjective
Meaning : having or conveying a feeling of deep seriousness and sadness.

Synonyms: Depressing, Extremely serious
Antonyms : Clean, Happy

Example Sentences

  • His voice was sombre, because he had a correct sentiment of the situation.
  • Japan marks 72nd anniversary of Hiroshima bombing with sombre ceremony

2. Dampen

Class : Verb
Meaning : to make less strong or intense.

Synonyms: Moisten, Humidify
Antonyms : Brighten, Encourage

Example Sentences

  • Delay in setting rules, GST could dampen sponsors
  • German think tank says world economy to dampen in Q3 of 2017

3. Impart

Class : Verb
Meaning : to make known or to grant a part.

Synonyms: Convey, Admit
Antonyms : Keep, Withhold

Example Sentences

  • Tata Power targets to impart skills to over 54000 people by 2020
  • Indian Army Delegation to impart UN Peacekeeping training to Myanmar Armed Forces

4. Retard

Class : Verb
Meaning : to make slow.

Synonyms: Decelerate, Lessen
Antonyms : Assist, Promote

Example Sentences

  • The mould acts as a covering to retard the loss of heat
  • The development of commerce is retarded by lack of communications; the country possesses no railways and few roads.

5. Obviate

Class : Verb
Meaning : to anticipate and prevent or eliminate.

Synonyms: Counteract, Preclude
Antonyms : Support, Assist

Example Sentences

  • The company hopes increased sales with the advent of Technology, obviating the need for substantial additions to their workforce.
  • Automation is obviating more and more jobs


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