Marooned once more – The Hindu (Nov 6, 2017)

Marooned once more – The Hindu (Nov 6, 2017)

Chennai’s date with a strong northeast monsoon ought to be a cause for all-round relief since the water fortunes of more than eight million residents of the metropolitan region depend on this weather system.For further reading, visit “The Hindu”.

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Word List-1 (To Improve English Vocabulary)

  1. maroon (verb) – strand, leave isolated, abandon.
  2. revival (noun) – improvement, betterment; restoration.
  3. ought to (modal verb) – must, should.
  4. fortunes (noun) – circumstances, condition, position/status.
  5. torrential (adjective) – (of rain) heavy, severe, relentless.
  6. despair (noun) – distress, anguish, pain.
  7. flee (verb) – flight, escape, exit.
  8. deluge (noun) – severe flood, torrent; torrential rain.
  9. alleviate (verb) – reduce, lessen, mitigate.
  10. drought (noun) – dry spell/period, lack of rain, shortage of water.
  11. preservation (noun) – conservation, protection, safeguarding.
  12. downpour (noun) – a heavy rainfall.
  13. window (noun) –  interval, (right) moment, (suitable) time.
  14. catastrophic (adjective) – destructive, ruinous, disastrous/calamitous.
  15. impoverished (adjective) – weakened, exhausted, drained.
  16. viable (adjective) – feasible practical, realistic.
  17. sprawl (noun) – spread, stretch, straggle.
  18. wisdom (noun) – intelligence/knowledge, common sense, foresight.
  19. rejuvenate (verb) – revive/renew, restore; reorganize.
  20. silted (adjective) – filled with mud/sediment/silt.
  21. harvest (verb) – gather, bring in; collect/obtain.
  22. replenish (verb) – refill, restore, fill up (again).
  23. underscore (verb) – call attention to, emphasize, highlight.
  24. encroacher (noun) – trespasser, infiltrator, encroacher, violator.
  25. patron-politician (noun) – politician who is inclined to do favoritism, nepotism, partiality.
  26. deficit (noun) – shortfall, deficiency, shortage.
  27. fragile (adjective) – risky, tenuous/vulnerable.
  28. mushroom (verb) – grow/increase rapidly, burgeon.
  29. mire (verb) – entangle, mix up, involve (in a tough situation).
  30. bear the brunt (phrase) – to suffer/get the worst (bad) part of some action.
  31. exacerbate (verb) – aggravate, make worse/worsen.
  32. cut off (phrasal verb) – stop/end; disconnect, interrupt.
  33. dole out (phrasal verb) – allocate, allot, distribute.
  34. patronage (noun) – help/aid, assistance, support.
  35. forge (verb) – build, construct, create.


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