New English Words of the Month – October 2019
1. (adj) infinitesimal: to be very small
Example: There is an infinitesimal chance that the country’s economy will collapse next year.
2. (v) protract: to lengthen in time or space
Example: The new construction plans will significantly protract the university’s library.
3. (adj) despondent: to be disappointed because something bad keeps happening to you
Example: The student feels despondent because he has failed the Economics exam twice.
4. (n) rebate: a discount of price or a refund of money
Example: The new tax rebates offered by the central government help small-sized businesses reduce expenses.
5. (adj) fortuitous: something which happens accidentally
Example: The fall in unemployment rates was fortuitous because the central government did not implement any expansionary fiscal policy.
6. (adj) capricious: to change your opinion suddenly without a good reason
Example: Being capricious is often a signal of lack of detailed understanding about a problem.
7. (v) revamp: to improve how something looks by making big changes to it
Example: The university decided to revamp its cafeteria to serve a rising student population.
8. (v) burrow: to push your hand into or under something
Example: The policemen are burrowing into the group to look for evidence of a murder case.
9. (v) mumble: to say something in a way that is not loud or clear enough to make your words understandable
Example: The women mumble so that their husbands cannot hear their conversation.
10. (n) ribbing: this is an informal expression which means a friendly joke about someone
Example: The young girl created a ribbing to break the ice in the dinner.
What other new words have you learned this month? Please share with others by commenting below!