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Today’s article title is: Covid-19 crisis: Employment of young women hit most amid lockdown

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

AMID

Preposition

Pronunciation: uh-mid

Meaning: in the middle of; surrounded by; among: during; in or throughout the course of

Synonyms: among (also amongst), mid, midst, through, during

Antonyms: out of

Usage: Amid the chaos, one can see a ray of hope 


INSIGHT

Noun

Pronunciation: in-sahyt 

Meaning: the ability to understand inner qualities or relationships

Synonyms: discernment, perception, perceptiveness, perceptivity, sagaciousness, sagacity, sageness, sapience, wisdom

Usage: The psychologist has a real insight into people’s personalities  

Forms: Insightful (adjective)


COMPREHENSIVE

Adjective

Pronunciation: kom-pri-hen-siv 

Meaning: covering everything or all important points

Synonyms: compendious, complete, cyclopedic, embracive, encyclopedic, exhaustive,

Antonyms: circumscribed, limited, narrow, restricted, specialized

Usage: After years of study, he has comprehensive knowledge about his subject 

Forms: Comprehensiveness (noun)


DEBILITATE

Verb

Pronunciation: dih-bil-i-teyt 

Meaning: to diminish the physical strength of

Synonyms: devitalize, enervate, enfeeble, etiolate, prostrate, sap, soften, tire, waste, weaken

Antonyms: beef (up), fortify, strengthen

Usage: The stress will further debilitate them. 

Forms: Debilitation, debility (noun), Debilitating (adjective)


REPRESENTATIVE

Noun

Pronunciation: rep-ri-zen-tuh-tiv 

Meaning: one of a group or collection that shows what the whole is like

Synonyms: case, example, exemplar, exemplification, illustration, agent, assignee, attorney, commissary, delegate

Usage: He will be my representative in case I cannot come. 

Forms: Represent (verb), Representation (noun)


Practice Questions

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

  1. Debilitate-Strengthen
  2. Comprehensive-Circumscribed
  3. Insight-Discernment
  4. Amid-Out of

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

  1. Debilitation
  2. Comprehensive
  3. Represent
  4. Amid

Tell us your answers in the comments below.