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Today’s article title is: National Education Policy 2020: All You Need to Know

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

OVERHAUL

Noun/ Verb

Pronunciation: oh-ver-hawl

Meaning: redesign, revamping/ to move fast enough to get even with

Synonyms: reconstruction, reconversion, redesign, redo/ catch, catch up (with), overtake

Antonyms: fixation, stabilization/ Fall short

Usage: The overhaul of the room took years/ The horses overhauled the rabbits in the race 


STANDALONE

Adjective

Pronunciation: stand-uh-lohn

Meaning: operating or standing on its own

Synonyms: independent, self-contained, discrete

Antonyms: attached, connected, joined, linked

Usage: The WX-567 is a standalone device and your one-stop guide for getting your queries answered 


NORM

Noun

Pronunciation: nawrm

Meaning:  typical/what is expected of a group, class, or series

Synonyms: average, normal, par, standard

Antonyms: abnormality, anomaly, deviation, exception, rarity

Usage: Getting up early is the norm at camp 


ALIGN

Verb

Pronunciation: uh-lahyn

Meaning: to bring to or be in a state of agreement/to set in order

Synonyms: sort, line up, arrange, array, balance, classify, codify

Antonyms: derange, disarrange, disarray, disorder, rumple, upset, misalign

Usage: The people standing to the right have to align with those standing to their left. 

Forms: Alignment (noun)


ADEPT

Adjective

Pronunciation: uh-dept

Meaning: having or showing exceptional knowledge, experience, or skill in a field 

Synonyms: accomplished, ace, skilled, competent, proficient

Antonyms: amateur, inexperienced, inexpert, unprofessional, unseasoned, unskilled

Usage:  After years of practice, she has become adept at the sport


Practice Questions

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

  1. Competent-Proficient
  2. Align-Derange
  3. Norm-Average
  4. Standalone-Discrete

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

  1. Align
  2. Norm
  3. Adept
  4. Overhaul

Tell us your answers in the comments below.