The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary (Foreclosure) – 13 September, 2021


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  1. Foreclosure (noun) – preclusion, prevention, avoidance, ruling out (a course of action).
  2. prioritise (verb) – draw attention to, focus attention on, highlight (something as very important).
  3. lucrative (adjective) – remunerative, profitable, rewarding.
  4. touch-down (noun) – landing, making a landing, coming, arrival.
  5. dish out (phrasal verb) – dispense, issue, disburse, hand out, give out or provide something casually.
  6. riveting (adjective) – fascinating, thrilling, interesting, engrossing.
  7. fare (noun) – something offered to the public, for entertainment, enjoyment & etc.
  8. hastily (adverb) – swiftly, rapidly, quickly.
  9. Pandemic-induced (adjective) – caused/produced by the pandemic.
  10. cloud (noun) – a large number of something.
  11. subsequently (adverb) – afterwards, later on, in due course.
  12. make amends (phrase) – make up for, atone (for), make reparation; mend, put right/set right, sort out.
  13. set (adjective) – ready, prepared, organized.
  14. climactic (adjective) – final, culminating, concluding.
  15. precipitate (verb) – bring about, bring on, cause, lead to, give rise to, trigger.
  16. no-show (noun) – a group of people who do not go to an event that they had organized to go to.
  17. patient zero (noun) – also known as an index case, patient zero is a term used to describe the first human infected by a viral or bacterial disease in an outbreak. 
  18. cluster (noun) – a group (of people/things considered as a unit). (an aggregation of cases of a disease. A coronavirus cluster occurs when there is a concentration of infections in the same area at the same time).
  19. trio (noun) – a group of three people.
  20. quarantine (verb) – separate, set apart, segregate, detach (people from others for a period of time in order to control/restrict the spread of a contagious disease). Separate and restrict the movement of persons, who may have been exposed to infectious disease, but not yet known to be ill.
  21. squad (noun) – team.
  22. on the road (phrase) – on tour, touring, travelling.
  23. apprehensive (adjective) – anxious, worried, concerned, strained, stressed, frightened.
  24. weigh on (phrasal verb) – make worried, make sad, make depressed, make anxious.
  25. breach (verb) – break, contravene, violate.
  26. protocol (noun) – procedure, convention, rules of conduct, procedure.
  27. adhere to (verb) – abide by, follow, obey, comply with.
  28. tipping point (noun) – the point in a condition at which a small development/change causes major & unstoppable changes.
  29. scrutiny (noun) – examination, inspection, investigation.
  30. lean towards (phrasal verb) – incline to a view/opinion/position.
  31. bide one’s time (phrase) – wait quietly for, hold back, be patient (for a good time/chance to do something).
  32. matrix (noun) – network, template, pattern, frame/form.
  33. play a part/role (phrase) – contribute to, be instrumental in, be a factor in.
  34. open up (phrasal verb) – make/become accessible; make/become available.
  35. talismanic (adjective) – charismatic, lucky charm, mascot.
  36. fatigue (noun) – tiredness, weariness, exhaustion.
  37. relative (adjective) – some, reasonable, a fair degree of, considerable.
  38. persistent (adjective) – continuous, constant, unending, unrelenting, unceasing.
  39. foray (noun) – a brief & active attempt to get involved in a new activity/sphere.
  40. arena (noun) – sphere of action, sphere of activity, play ground.
  41. wind down (phrasal verb) – come to an end, draw to a close, wind up, close down.
  42. in limbo (phrase) – unresolved, in a state of/uncertainty/suspension, postponed.
  43. limbo (noun) – uncertain situation or state; a state of uncertainty.
  44. adjudicate (verb) – adjudge, judge, decide, settle, resolve.
  45. leap into (verb) – jump over, vault over, cross over.
  46. fog (noun) – a state of confusion; a state of disorientation.
  47. frantic (adjective) – panic-stricken, panic-struck, distraught, hurried, out of control, frenzied.
  48. remarkable (adjective) – extraordinary, exceptional, amazing, outstanding.
  49. decade (noun) – a period of ten years.
  50. maiden (adjective) – first.
  51. old blighty (noun) – an informal term for “Great Britain”.
  52. Cut to the present (phrase) – get/come to the point or present situation (without spending more time on other things).
  53. figure out (phrasal verb) – understand, comprehend, work out, find an answer/solution to.
  54. merely (adverb) – only, simply, just.

Source : The Hindu Newspaper

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