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Today’s article title is: Prez, PM Modi, CDS among 10,000 people under Chinese surveillance: Report

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SURVEILLANCE

Noun

Pronunciation: ser-vey-luhns

Meaning: an act or period of watching for signs of activity, danger, or opportunity

Synonyms: lookout, vigil, watch

Usage: The meetings are under constant surveillance 


HYBRID

Adjective

Pronunciation: hahy-brid

Meaning: composite; formed or composed of heterogeneous elements

Synonyms: crossbred, mixed

Usage: This new car model is a hybrid of our two most successful cars


STANDOFF

Adjective

Pronunciation: stand-awf

Meaning: having or showing a lack of friendliness or interest in others

Synonyms: aloof, antisocial, frosty

Antonyms: cordial, friendly, sociable, social, warm

Usage: His standoff attitude was disliked by everyone 


INTERIM

Adjective

Pronunciation: in-ter-uhm

Meaning: serving in a position for the time being

Synonyms: acting, ad interim, provisional, provisionary, provisory, temporary

Antonyms: long-term, permanent

Usage: She will be serving as the interim chief 

Forms: Interim (noun)


SUBVERT

Verb

Pronunciation: suhb-vurt 

Meaning: to lower in character, dignity, or quality

Synonyms:  cheapen, corrupt, debase, debauch, degrade, demean, vitiate

Antonyms: elevate, ennoble, uplift

Usage: His actions to subvert the operation are condemnable 
Forms: Subversion (noun)