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Today’s article title is: Towards Self-reliance

Did you find words that were absolutely new? Great! Below are the explanations given for some of those difficult words you found. Go through them slowly and don’t forget to do the exercises at the end.

Important words and idioms from the article



Pronunciation:  ri-lahy-uhns 

Meaning: something or someone to which one looks for support/state of needing something or someone

Synonyms: dependence, anchor, mainstay, pillar

Antonyms: self-dependence, self-reliance, self-sufficiency, self-support

Usage: She has a great deal of reliance on her sister. 

Forms: Rely (verb), Reliable (adjective)



Pronunciation: huhb 

Meaning: a thing or place that is of greatest importance to an activity or interest

Synonyms: axis, base, capital, center, central, core, cynosure, epicenter, eye, focus

Usage: The central market is the hub of all economic activity in the city 



Pronunciation: klout 

Meaning: the power to direct the thinking or behavior of others usually indirectly

Synonyms: authority, credit, heft, in, influence, leverage, pull 

Antonyms: helplessness, impotence, impotency, powerlessness, weakness

Usage: She has a lot of clout in the movie industry



Pronunciation:  bloo-print

Meaning: a method worked out in advance for achieving some objective

Synonyms: arrangement, design, game, game plan, scheme, strategy

Usage:  We need to create a blueprint of the steps for higher efficiency

Forms: Blueprinting (verb)



Pronunciation: ik-skloo-siv

Meaning: belonging only to the one person, unit, or group named

Synonyms: single, sole, unshared

Antonyms: nonexclusive, common, communal

Usage: This is an exclusive club meant only for management students 

Forms: Exclude (verb), Exclusion (noun)

Practice Questions

Q1) If the words ‘Hub’ and ‘Axis’ make a perfect pair, select the correct pair from the following set of words following the same logic:

  1. Blueprint-Strategy
  2. Clout-Weakness
  3. Exclusive-Communal
  4. Reliance-Self-support

Q2) Create sentences of your own with the following words:

  1. Exclusive
  2. Blueprint
  3. Hub
  4. Reliance

Tell us your answers in the comments below.

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