CHAPTER 36 on Word Groups

Explanation:  Evict (Verb) means to force someone (especially a tenant) to leave a place or property.

EXPEL (Verb)

Meaning: 1) To force (someone) to leave a place or organization

2) To push or force (something) out

Use: “The university will be expelling students who refused to attend their classes and to complete their assignments.”

EJECT (Verb)

Meaning: To force (someone) to leave or to push (something) out

Use: The pilot ejected when his plane caught fire.

EVICT (Verb)

Meaning: to force someone (especially a tenant) to leave a place or property.

Use: His landlord has threatened to evict him if he does not pay the rent soon.

EXTRUDE (Verb)

Meaning: To force, press or push (something) out

Use: Maggie was extruding toothpaste from the tube on her toothbrush so she could brush her teeth.

 

 

OSTRACIZE (Verb)

Meaning: To not allow (someone) to be included in a group

Use: “After he made so many vulgar remarks, he was ostracized as a talk-show host.”

SHUN (Verb)

Meaning: To avoid or reject

Use: He was shunned publicly by his girlfriend.

SNUB (Verb)

Meaning: To ignore (someone) in an insulting way

Use: He snubbed the anchor.

 

 

ALIENATE (Verb)

Meaning: To cause (someone) to be no longer friendly or to cause (someone) to feel that he or she no longer belongs to a particular group.

Use: “People with such behavior often feel alienated from society.”

ESTRANGE (Verb)

Meaning: To cause (someone) to be no longer friendly or to cause (someone) to feel that he or she no longer belongs to a particular group.

Use: She estranged several of her coworkers when she let her promotion go to her head.

DISGRUNTLE (Verb)

Meaning: To make someone angry or dissatisfied

Use: The students were disgruntled because they couldn’t access the online dictionaries.

DISAFFECT (Verb)

Meaning: To make someone dissatisfied and no longer loyal

Use: It was a military plot by disaffected elements in the army not by the mercenaries.

 

 

Explanation: Apprehend (verb) means to understand something. It has second meaning also. It also means to arrest or catch someone for a crime. Assimilate (Verb) means to understand something. It also has second meaning also. Assimilate (Verb) also means to absorb someone into a larger group.

APPREHEND (Verb)

Meaning: 1) To notice and understand something

2) To arrest (someone) for a crime

Use: “The police officer apprehended the robber just as he was leaving the scene of the crime.”

ASSIMILATE (Verb)

Meaning: 1) To understand something

2) To absorb someone into a larger group

Use:  The new arrivals assimilated easily and quickly into their new culture.

COMPREHEND (Verb)

Meaning: To understand (something, such as a difficult or complex subject)

Use: Jimmy couldn’t comprehend the advanced textbook that was being used in his class.

CONSTRUE (Verb)

Meaning: To understand (an action, event, remark etc.) in a particular way.

Use: “Any change in our plan for the budget would be construed as indecision.”

FATHOM (Verb)

Meaning: To understand something

Use: I find his motives impossible to fathom; in fact, I am totally clueless about what goes on in his mind.

DECIPHER (Verb)

Meaning: To succeed in understanding

Use: I could not decipher the doctor’ s handwriting.

 

 

Explanation:  Nominal means existing as something in name only. For example: <Her title of Vice president had been nominal only>. It has second meaning also. Nominal means very small in amount.

FIGUREHEAD (Noun)

Meaning: A person who is called the head but who has no real power

Use: The ceremonial king or queen is a figurehead of a country and he or she can represent it, while others have the power to make actual governmental decisions.

NOMINAL (Adj.)

Meaning: 1) Existing as something in name only.

2) Very small in amount

Use: Thailand remained nominal independence under Japanese military occupation.

TITULAR (Adj.)

Meaning: Having an important title but not having the power

Use: “The king was the titular head of the country; however, the prime minister had the political power.”

 

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