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Today’s article talks about the thriving of kharif crops being a ray of hope amidst the crisis. 

The article title is: The good news.

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

BUMPER

Pronunciation: buhm-puh

Part of Speech: adjective

Meaning: extraordinarily large or fine

Synonyms: plentiful, abounding, extravagant, ample

Antonyms: few, lacking, little

Usage: As soon as the deal was sealed a bumper of congratulations flooded towards Mr.Verma

COVERAGE

Pronunciation: kuh-vuh-ruhj

Part of Speech: noun

Meaning: the extent to which something is covered

Synonyms: inclusion, scope, indemnity

Antonyms: exclusion

Usage: The media coverage of the scam was manipulative.

Forms: cover(verb,noun)

SOUGHT

Pronunciation: sawt

Part of Speech: verb

Meaning: to seek or want                 

Synonyms: desired, needed, wanted

Antonyms: inessential, undesired

Usage: Mohit is living the life that he sought out for.

 

INCLINATION

Pronunciation: ing-kli-nei-shn

Part of Speech: noun

Meaning: a tendency to feel a certain way or lean towards something

Synonyms: bias, penchant, disposition, proclivity 

Antonyms: antipathy, aversion, disgust

Usage: Meenal’s inclination towards arts and literature was noticeable since she was a child.

Forms: incline(verb).

TRUANT

Pronunciation: troo-uhnt

Part of Speech: adjective

Meaning: absent            

Synonyms: delinquent, shriker, deserter

Antonyms: present, involved

Usage: He is a truant when it comes to spending time with his family.

Forms: truancy(noun)

SUBSTANTIAL 

Pronunciation: suhb-stan-shl

Part of Speech: adjective

Meaning: of considerable importance

Synonyms: meaningful, serious, hefty, massive

Antonyms: minor, trivial, unimportant

Usage: The charges pressed against him were backed up with substantial proof.

Forms: substance(noun), substantive(adjective, noun)

PREEMPTIVE

Pronunciation: pree-empt-uhv

Part of Speech: adjective

Meaning: a measure taken against something

Synonyms: preventive, precautionary, defensive

Antonyms: permissive

Usage: There was a large amount of preemptive effort made before the cyclone hit.

Forms: preempt(verb,noun)

GRAPPLE

Pronunciation: gra-pl

Part of Speech: verb

Meaning: struggle to get hold of               

Synonyms: grab, grasp, clutch, clasp

Antonyms: free, liberate, loose, release

Usage: Mathematics is a subject that is very difficult for me to grapple.

PROCURE

Pronunciation: pruh-kyaw

Part of Speech: verb

Meaning: obtain with a lot of effort

Synonyms: acquire, compass, earn, gain

Antonyms: forfeit, let go, lose

Usage: We procured the means to buy clothes to donate to the NGO.

Forms: procurement(noun)

              

POTENTIAL 

Pronunciation: puh-ten-shl

Part of Speech: adjective

Meaning: having the capability of doing something in the future

Synonyms: promising, budding, probable

Antonyms: unlikely, unpromising

Usage: As soon as we spoke to him, we knew that we had our potential host for the function.

Forms: potent(adjective)

Practice Questions

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

  1. Bumper-Little
  2. Substantial-Important
  3. Grapple-Free
  4. Inclination-Deviation

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

  1. Sought
  2. Truant
  3. Procure
  4. Coverage
  5. Potential

Tell us your answers in the comments below.