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Today’s article title is: Jobs for youngsters dwindle in slowing economy hit by Covid-19, lockdown

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DWINDLE

Verb

Pronunciation: dwin-dl

Meaning: to make smaller in amount, volume, or extent/ to grow lower in intensity

Synonyms: abate, de-escalate, decrease, lessen, lower, reduce

Antonyms: aggrandize, amplify, augment, boost, enlarge, escalate, expand, increase, raise

Usage: The flame will dwindle when the oxygen decreases 


COMORBIDITY

Noun

Pronunciation: ko-mor-bi-dit-ee

Meaning: presence of one or more additional conditions often co-occurring with a primary condition (medical)

Synonyms: concurrent, co-occurring

Usage:  Anyone with a comorbidity like hypertension is at higher risk of COVID-19

Forms: Comorbidities (plural)


OVERWHELMING

Adjective

Pronunciation: oh-ver-hwel-ming

Meaning: causing strong emotion (can be both positive or negative based on context)

Synonyms: irresistible, overpowering, disarming, endearing, fetching, inviting, 

Antonyms: endurable, sufferable, tolerable

Usage: The sad tune of the song is overwhelming 

Forms: Overwhelm (verb)


DEBILITATING

Verb

Pronunciation: dee-bi-lit-teyt-ing

Meaning: to diminish the physical strength of

Synonyms: devitalizing, enervating, enfeebling, etiolating, prostrating, sapping, softening, tiring, wasting, weakening 

Antonyms: beefing (up), fortifying, strengthening 

Usage: The air pollution is debilitating the lungs of all the citizens 

Forms: Debilitating (adjective)


FATAL

Adjective

Pronunciation: feyt-l

Meaning: bringing about ruin, misfortune or death

Synonyms: calamitous, cataclysmal, catastrophic, damning, destructive, disastrous, fateful, ruinous, deadly, deathly

Antonyms: healthful, healthy, nonfatal, nonlethal, wholesome

Usage: The disease is fatal for everyone who comes in contact with it 
Forms: Fatality (noun)