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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: Key to Covid fight: Recovery rate almost 60%.

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

RECOVERY

Pronunciation: ri-kuhv-ree

Part of Speech: noun

Meaning: a) a state of regaining good health

                 b) regaining possession over something lost or stolen

Synonyms: improvement, restoration, readjustment, rehabilitation

Antonyms: degradation, deterioration, relapse

Usage: The recovery rate of the patient has been steady ever since the operation.

Forms: recover(verb,noun)


MARGINAL

Pronunciation: maa-juhn-uhl

Part of Speech: adjective

Meaning: a) relating to or at the edge

                 b)not central or focus

Synonyms: minimal, minor, negligible, insignificant

Antonyms: central, significant, major

Usage: The increase in this  year’s profit is only  marginal to that of last year’s.

Forms: marginally(adverb), marginalize(verb)


CONSISTENTLY

Pronunciation: kuhn-si-stuhnt-lee

Part of Speech: adverb

Meaning: a) in every case or on every occasion

                 b) in a fair and impartial way

Synonyms: constantly, persistently, regularly, routinely 

Usage: Atashi has been doing well in all her exams consistently. 

Forms : consistent(adjective), consistency(noun)


DISCHARGE

Pronunciation: dis-chahrj

Part of Speech: verb, noun

Meaning: a) releasing someone from a place or situation(verb)

                 b) pouring forth(verb)

                 c) the act of releasing(noun)

Synonyms: release, liberation, remittance, clearance

Antonyms: hold, keep, retention

Usage: Mr. Verma was discharged from the hospital after all his test results were fine.


ISOLATE

Pronunciation: ahy-suh-leyt

Part of Speech: verb, noun 

Meaning: a) to separate someone from others(verb)

                 b) identify or deal with something separately(verb)

                 c) a person who has become isolated(noun)

Synonyms: detach, disconnect, disengage, segregate

Antonyms: attach, combine, link, unite

Usage: He isolated himself from everyone at the party.

Forms: isolation(noun


SEVERE

Pronunciation: suh-veeuh

Part of Speech: adjective

Meaning: a) of great importance or seriousness

                 b) strict or harsh punishment 

Synonyms: stern, strict, relentless, austere

Antonyms: lax, easy

Usage: Isha received severe punishment for disobeying her teacher.

Forms: severely(adverb)


ASYMPTOMATIC

Pronunciation: ei-suhm-tuh-ma-tuhk

Part of Speech: adjective

Meaning: producing or showing no symptoms

Synonyms: symptomless

Antonyms: symptomatic

Usage: Sometimes asymptomatic people are the carriers of disease.


WELFARE

Pronunciation: vel-feuh

Part of Speech: noun

Meaning: a) the well-being of a person or group

                 b) the social effort to promote or bring about the well-being of a community

Synonyms: benefit, health, interest, progress

Antonyms: disadvantage, discontent, misery 

Usage: This NGO was started with the goal of taking care of the welfare of people.


GUIDELINE 

Pronunciation: gaid-lain

Part of Speech: noun

Meaning: a set of rules and principles 

Synonyms: code, ground rule, instruction, protocol

Usage: Take a thorough look at the guidelines of this task and then proceed.

Forms: guide(noun,verb), guidance(noun)


STEADILY 

Pronunciation: steh-duh-lee

Part of Speech: adverb

Meaning: in a regular, controlled or even manner

Synonyms: fixedly, undeviatingly, unwaveringly 

Antonyms: irregularly, unevenly

Usage: We walked steadily through the terrains lest we should fall.

Forms: stead(noun), steady(adjective,verb)


Practice Questions

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

  1. Discharge-Release
  2. Isolate-Separate
  3. Severe-Lax
  4. Welfare-Progress

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

  1. Marginal
  2. Guideline
  3. Recovery
  4. Welfare
  5. Consistently

Tell us your answers in the comments below.


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