The Hindu Editorial (A wide Democratic field) – Jan 23, 2019

The Hindu Editorial (A wide Democratic field) – Jan 23, 2019

As expected, the array of presidential hopefuls for the 2020 U.S. election has widened considerably on the Democratic Party side,… For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s word list-2 for The Hindu Editorial (A wide Democratic field) – Jan 23, 2019.

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  1. capitalise on (verb) – take advantage of, exploit, benefit from.
  2. soaring (adjective) – escalating, increasing. ballooning.
  3. primary (noun) – (in the US) an election in which members of the same political party run against each other for the chance to be in a larger and more important election, especially presidential election.
  4. array (noun) – arrangement, line-up, disposition.
  5. run (verb) – compete, take part, participate (in a competition).
  6. entrant (noun) – new member, beginner, newcomer.
  7. sit on the fence (phrase) – undecided, uncertain, unsure.
  8. potential (adjective) – possible, likely, prospective.
  9. pool (noun) – a group of people.
  10. heft (noun) – ability, influence.
  11. accumulate (verb) – gather, build up, collect.
  12. capital (noun) – resources of something.
  13. grill (verb) – questioning, cross-examining, probing.
  14. nevertheless (adverb) – in spite of that, nonetheless, however.
  15. take on (phrasal verb) – compete against, oppose, challenge/confront.
  16. ancestry (noun) – line of descent, family tree, origin/heredity.
  17. ballot (noun) – election, referendum, vote.
  18. drop out (phrasal verb) – withdraw from, give up, cancel.
  19. throw one’s hat in the ring (phrase) – contend for, challenge for, struggle for.
  20. juncture (noun) – point, time/moment, stage.
  21. prospect (noun) – future, chances/opportunities, possibilities.
  22. inherit (verb) – assume, take over, come into (a situation from a predecessor).
  23. swirl (verb) – circulate, revolve, spiral/spin.
  24. diverse (adjective) – various, multiple, manifold.
  25. lie in (phrasal verb) – be present, be contained, exist.
  26. spectrum (noun) – range, gamut, span.
  27. popular vote (noun) – the popular vote is simply the total votes cast for each candidate across the whole country. The electoral vote is the total votes cast by the Electors of electoral college (a group of people whose job is to choose a leader/President). Electors are chosen depending on which candidate wins the state popular vote.
  28. loom (verb) – be imminent/close, about to happen, impend/brew.
  29. pollster (noun) – a person who does opinion polls.
  30. undoing (noun) – downfall, defeat, failure/collapse.
  31. tip the scales (phrase) – be the deciding point/make crucial difference.
  32. populism (noun) – related to policies that supposedly represent the opinions of ordinary people (Courtesy: VOA Learning English).


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