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Today’s article title is: Wedding bells to the rescue of five-star hotel chains amid pandemic

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RESILIENCE

Noun

Pronunciation: ri-zil-yuhns

Meaning: the ability to withstand or adjust to challenges

Synonyms: doggedness, obdurateness, obstinacy, persistence, stubbornness, tenaciousness, tenacity

Antonyms: helplessness, weakness

Usage: She showed the resilience we have been looking for in our warriors 

Forms: Resilient (verb)


CONGREGATION

Noun

Pronunciation: kong-gri-gey-shuhn

Meaning: a body of people come together in one place, sometimes for a religious purpose

Synonyms: assemblage, assembly, conference, gathering, meeting, assembly

Usage: A congreagtion of holy men assembled near the lake 

Forms: Congregate (verb)


BESPOKE

Adjective

Pronunciation: bih-spohk

Meaning: made or fitted to the needs or preferences of a specific customer

Synonyms: custom, custom-made, custom-tailored, customized, made-to-order, tailor-made, tailored

Antonyms: mass-produced, ready-made

Usage: He can easily afford bespoke garments 


PITTANCE

Noun

Pronunciation: pit-ns

Meaning: a very small sum of money

Synonyms: slang: chicken feed, dime, mite, peanuts, shoestring, song, two cents

Antonyms: big buck(s), boodle, bundle, fortune, king’s ransom, megabuck(s), mint, wad

Usage: I will not work for a pittance! 


SYNCHRONIZE

Verb

Pronunciation: sing-kruh-nahyz

Meaning: to occur or exist at the same time

Synonyms: accompany, attend, co-occur, coexist, coincide, concur

Antonyms: antedate, precede, predate, follow, succeed

Usage: Her beats started synchronizing with his guitar strumming  
Forms: Synchronization (noun), Synchronized (adjective)