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ESL Word of the Day – Pursue

Wednesday, February 9, 2011 @ 10:02 AM
posted by Jo


Meaning 1: to chase or follow someone or something, in order to catch them, attack them. Example:  The police officer decided to pursue the suspicious-looking man.

Meaning 2: to continue doing an activity or trying to achieve something over a long period of time. Example: I would like to pursue a career in politics.

Similar words: chase, follow

Did you know...?  The word 'pursue' was the 114th most-viewed word in the Oxford Dictionary last year.


ESL Word of the Day: Anonymous

Tuesday, February 8, 2011 @ 11:02 AM
posted by Jo


Unknown by name.  A person who wants to be anonymous sends, does or gives something without their name being known or revealed.

Example: The donor wished to remain anonymous;  The author of the collection of poems is anonymous.

Similar words:  unknown, nameless

ESL Word of the Day – Obedient

Monday, February 7, 2011 @ 12:02 PM
posted by Jo


(Adjective) - Always doing what you are told to do, or what the law, a rule etc says you must do.

Example:  The students in her class were very obedient;  The soldiers were trained to be disciplined and obedient.

Similar word: compliant


ESL Word of the Day – Rescue

Friday, February 4, 2011 @ 09:02 AM
posted by Jo


(Verb) - to save someone or something from a situation of danger or harm.

Example: Survivors of the crash were rescued by a helicopter

(Noun) - when someone or something is rescued from danger.

Example: It was a dangerous rescue


ESL Word of the Day – Confused

Thursday, February 3, 2011 @ 08:02 AM
posted by Jo


Unable to understand or think clearly what someone is saying or what is happening.

Example:  I'm totally confused. Could you explain that again? 


ESL Word of the Day – Stubborn

Wednesday, February 2, 2011 @ 08:02 AM
posted by Jo


Determined not to change your mind, even when people think you are being unreasonable;  a very strong and determined refusal.

Example: Why are you being so stubborn?   Paul is refusing to go to the dentist, he is being very stubborn.


ESL Word of the Day – Perspective

Tuesday, February 1, 2011 @ 10:02 AM
posted by Jo


A way of thinking about something, especially one which is influenced by the type of person you are or by your experiences.

Example: His father's death gave him a whole new perspective on life;  We have to look at everything from an international perspective.

Did you know...?  The word 'perspective' was in the Oxford Dictionary's top 200 most-viewed words last year.


ESL Word of the Day – Apologise

Monday, January 31, 2011 @ 09:01 AM
posted by Jo


To tell someone that you are sorry that you have done something wrong.

Spelling: Spelt apologise in the UK and Australia and apologize in the USA.

Example: I think you better apologise to John for what you said to him this morning;  I apologise for losing my temper.

Did you know...?  The word 'apologize' was in the Oxford Dictionary's top 300 most-viewed words last year.