(v) to improve, make better, correct a flaw or shortcoming
A hot meal can_______the discomforts of even the coldest day.
Sym.: amend, better; Ant.: worsen, aggravate, exacerbate
(n) poise, assurance, great self-confidence; perdendicularity
Considering the family’s tense mood, you handled the situation with_____.
Syn.: composure, self-possession, levelheadedness; Ant.: confusion, embarrassment, abashment
(adj.) pompous or overblown in language; full of high-sounding words intended to conceal
a lack of ideas.
He delivered a______speech that did not even address our problems.
Syn.: inflated, highfalutin, high-flown, pretentious; Ant.: unadorned, simple, plain, austere
(adj.) without experience, immature, not fully developed; lacking sophistication and pose;
They entered the army as___recruits and left as seasoned veterans.
Syn.: green, raw, unfledged, inexperienced; Ant.: mature, grown-up, polished, sophisticated
(n) salvia or mucus flowing from the mouth or nose; foolish, aimless talk or thinking; nonsense (v)
to let saliva flow from the mouth ; to utter nonsense or childish twaddle; to waste or fritter away
To me, my dream made perfect sense, but when I told it to my friend it sounded like___.
Knowing that his time was nearly up, we kept silence and let him____.
Syn.(n): balderdash, hogwash, tommyrot, slaver
(n) a summary, condensed account; an instance that represents a large reality
Admitting when you have been fairly defeated is the____of sportsmanship.
Syn.: abstact, digest, model, archetype
(v) to urge strongly, advise earnestly
With dramatic gestures, our fans vigorously___the team to play harder.
Syn.: entreat, implore, adjure; Ant.: discourage, advise against, deprecate
(adj., adv.) by virtue of holding a certain office
The President is the____commander-in-chief of the armed forces in time of war.
(v) to violate, trespass, go beyong recognized bounds
If you continue to____on my responsibilities, will you also take the blame for any mistakes?
Syn.: encroach, impinge, intrude, poach; Ant.: stay in bounds
(v) to make oneself agreeable and thus gain favor or acceptance by others (sometimes used in a
critical or derogatory sense)
It is not a good idea to____onself by paying cloying compliments.
Syn.: coxy up to, curry favor with; Ant.: alienate, humiliate oneself, mortify oneself