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Today’s article talks about the measures taken by the Delhi government to increase the recovery rate of covid-affected people. 

The article title is: Two expert members of Char Dham panel call the road project a ‘Himalayan blunder’.

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

BLUNDER

Noun

Pronunciation: bluhn-der 

Meaning: an unintentional mistake 

Synonyms: fumble, gaff, gaffe, goof, inaccuracy, lapse, miscue, misstep, mistake, oversight

Antonyms: correction, perfection

Usage: In my hurry, I ended up making an error 

Forms: Blunder (verb), blunderous (adjective)


CONTIGUOUS

Adjective

Pronunciation: kuhn-tig-yoo-uhs 

Meaning: touching; in contact

Synonyms: abutting, adjacent, adjoining, bordering, conterminous, flanking

Antonyms: apart, detached, disconnected, discrete, away, distant, far

Usage: The two contiguous pieces of land belong to the same person 

Forms: contiguousness (noun)


FLAG (1)

Verb

Pronunciation: flag

Meaning: to signal or warn

Synonyms: beckon, gesture, motion, signal, wave

Usage: I flagged the cars  towards the safer route 

Forms: Flag (noun), flagged (adjective)


FLAG (2)

Verb

Pronunciation: flag

Meaning: to lose bodily strength or vigor

Synonyms: decay, droop, emaciate, fade, fail, go, lag, languish, sag, sink, waste (away), weaken, wilt, wither

Antonyms: convalesce, rally, rebound, recover, recuperate

Usage:  They flagged by the end of the race


MITIGATION

Noun

Pronunciation: mit-i-gey-shuh n

Meaning: making less in intensity

Synonyms:  decrease, diminishment, moderation, mollification, alleviation, comfort, ease, release, relief

Antonyms: aggravation, intensification

Usage: The exercise today was just a mitigation measure 

Forms: Mitigate (verb)


Practice Questions

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

  1. Mollification-Alleviation
  2. Flag- Droop
  3. Flag-Beckon
  4. Blunder-Correction

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

  1. Flag (to weaken)
  2. Flag (to beckon)
  3. Blunder
  4. Mitigation
  5. Contiguous

Tell us your answers in the comments below.