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Today’s article title is: India, US likely to sign fourth and final `foundational military pact’ called BECA

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RECIPROCAL

Adjective

Pronunciation: ri-sip-ruh-kuhl

Meaning: related to each other in such a way that one completes the other

Synonyms: complementary, correlative, supplemental, supplementary

Antonyms: nonreciprocal

Usage: There needs to be reciprocal respect in a relationship 

Forms: Reciprocal (noun)


EXPEDITE

Verb

Pronunciation:  ek-spi-dahyt

Meaning: to cause (something) to happen faster

Synonyms: accelerate, bundle, fast-track, hasten, hurry, quicken, rush, speed (up), whisk

Antonyms: delay, encumber, fetter, hamper, hinder, hobble, hold back, hold up, impede

Usage: They’ve asked the judge to expedite the lawsuits. 

Forms: Expeditious (adjective)


CLINCH

Verb

Pronunciation: klinch 

Meaning: to make final, definite, or beyond dispute

Synonyms: decide, determine, nail, settle

Antonyms: confuse, muddle, muddy, unsettle

Usage: This seems to clinch the matter 


PROD

Verb

Pronunciation: Prod

Meaning: to urge or push forward with or as if with a pointed object/ to try to persuade (someone) through earnest appeals to follow a course of action

Synonyms: dig, goad, spur/egg (on), encourage, exhort, goad, nudge, press, prompt, urge

Antonyms: deter, discourage, dissuade

Usage: He prodded him with his elbow/I shall prod him to work faster 

Forms: Prod (noun)


LUCRATIVE

Adjective

Pronunciation: loo-kruh-tiv

Meaning: yielding a profit

Synonyms: economic, gainful, moneymaking, paying, profitable, remunerative 

Antonyms: unprofitable
Usage: This can turn out to be a lucrative business