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Today’s article talks about how it is important to fund art institutions around the world. 

The article title is: Call of the arts.

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 in the article

FLOURISH

Pronunciation: flaw-ruhsh

Part of Speech: verb

Meaning: to develop in a healthy vigorous way

Synonyms: bloom, blossom, thrive, boom

Antonyms: decrease, lose, shrink, lessen

Usage: The Mughal empire flourished under the reign of Akbar.


IMPOSE

Pronunciation: uhm-powz

Part of Speech: verb

Meaning: force an opinion or task on someone

Synonyms: appoint, charge, demand, enforce

Antonyms: overlook, displace, prevent

Usage: He imposed his own ambitions of becoming a doctor on his child.

Forms: Imposition (noun)


STRATEGY

Pronunciation: stra-tuh-jee

Part of Speech: noun

Meaning: a plan of action to achieve a long term goal

Synonyms: action, approach, blueprint, design

Forms: openness, unplanned

Usage: He crafted out a careful strategy to top the exams this time.

Forms: strategic(adjective


LIMBO

Pronunciation: lim-bow

Part of Speech: noun

Meaning: a period of uncertainty, an intermediate period

Synonyms: nothingness, uncertainty, inactivity

Antonyms: certainty, sureness, surety

Usage: We were in a limbo till the teachers and the authority decided when the exams will be conducted.


PRECARIOUSLY

Pronunciation: pruh-keuh-ree-uhs-lee

Part of Speech: adverb

Meaning: in a uncertain or risky way

Synonyms: perilously, recklessly, severely, 

Antonyms: carefully, safely, securely

Usage: Suneel has no goals in life, he likes to live precariously.

Forms: precarious(adjective)


FRAMEWORK

Pronunciation: freim-vuhk

Part of Speech: noun

Meaning: a basic structure underlying a system

Synonyms: groundwork, scheme, plan, rigid

Antonyms: unstructured, unplanned

Usage: The preamble is the framework to the constitution.

Forms: frame(noun)


PURSUE

Pronunciation: puh-syoo

Part of Speech: verb

Meaning: a) follow or chase something

                 b) continue or proceed along a path

Synonyms: seek, persevere, persist, adhere

Antonyms: ignore, neglect, stop, retreat

Usage: Since she was a child she wanted to pursue a career as an artist.

Forms: pursuit(noun)


HARMONIOUS

Pronunciation: haa-mow-nee-uhs

Part of Speech: adjective

Meaning: a) forming a pleasing consistent whole

                b) not discordant

Synonyms: amicable, balanced, congenial, coordinated

Antonyms: disagreeable, unfriendly, hostile

Usage: The choir performed the gospels as a harmonious whole

Forms: harmony(noun), harmoniously(adverb) 


TECHNICIAN

Pronunciation: tek-ni-shn

Part of Speech: noun

Meaning: a person who is skilled in his field

Synonyms: specialist, professional, skilfull

Antonyms: beginner, amateur, unskilled 

Usage: Rana is a skilful technician in the field of software and technology.

Forms: technique(noun), technical(adjective, noun), technicality(noun),  technology(noun)


PRACTITIONER

Pronunciation: prak-ti-shuhn-uh

Part of Speech: noun

Meaning: a person actively associated with an art, field or profession

Synonyms: master, specialist, pro, professional

Antonyms: generalist, amateur

Usage: Dr, Susan is a practitioner of neurosurgery.

Forms: practice(noun, verb)


Practice Questions

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

  1. Precariously-Carefully
  2. Flourish-Bloom
  3. Harmonious-Discordant
  4. Impose-Expose

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

  1. Precariously
  2. Technician
  3. Strategy
  4. Practitioner
  5. Pursue

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