The Hindu Editorial (A narrowing window) – Apr 15, 2020

The Hindu Editorial (A narrowing window) – Apr 15, 2020

It appeared inevitable, and the Centre has accepted the view of several States to extend the national lockdown for the novel coronavirus until May 3. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s word list-1 for The Hindu Editorial (A narrowing window) – Apr 15, 2020.

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  1. narrowing (adjective) – reducing, decreasing, lessening, restricting, limiting, contracting.
  2. window (noun) – opportunity, chance, opening.
  3. lockdown (noun) – an emergency protocol implemented by the authorities that prevents people from leaving from a place; An extended state of confinement/encirclement/isolation of a person by the authority.
  4. orderly (adjective) – systematic, methodical, organized/planned.
  5. inevitable (adjective) – unavoidable, sure to happen, unpreventable.
  6. novel coronavirus (nCoV) (SARS-CoV-2) (noun) – a new strain (type/variety) coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans. (Courtesy: WHO)
  7. continuity (noun) – stability, constancy, continuance.
  8. pandemic (noun) – the worldwide spread of a new disease; The illness spreads around the world and typically affects a large number of people across a wide area.
  9. speak of (verb) – mention, refer to, remark on, discuss.
  10. incentivise (verb) – encourage, motivate, galvanize.
  11. avert (verb) – prevent, stop, avoid.
  12. spike (noun) – a sharp rise/increase of something.
  13. rigorous (adjective) – strict/stern, severe, tough, stringent.
  14. enforcement (noun) – imposition, implementation, execution.
  15. exemption (noun) – exclusion, relief, exception.
  16. litmus test (noun) – severe challenge.
  17. hotspot (noun) – a place of significant activity.
  18. presume (verb) – assume, suppose, judge, postulate.
  19. confirmatory test (noun) – diagnostic test; it confirms or cancels a medical condition in an individual with concerning symptoms (or an out-of-range screening result).
  20. align with (verb) – join up with, give support to, form an alliance with, combine with.
  21. protocol (noun) – procedure, convention, policy/rule.
  22. subsequent (adjective) – following, ensuing, successive.
  23. enable (verb) – allow, permit, validate, authorize.
  24. abide by (verb) – conform to, adhere to, comply with.
  25. so much so (that) (phrase) – to such an extent or large degree that.
  26. provision (noun) – term, clause, requirement.
  27. inter- (prefix) – between.
  28. intra- (prefix) – within.
  29. curfew (noun) – a rule which is instructing people to stay at home, typically at night.
  30. affirm (verb) – declare, state, vow, guarantee.
  31. rabi crops/sowing (noun) – winter crops; seeds sowing in the beginning (Nov) of the winter and harvesting at the end of the season (Apr) in the South Asia.
  32. kharif crops (noun) – monsoon crops; seeds sowing in the beginning (Jun) of the monsoon and harvesting at the end of the season (Oct) in the South Asia.
  33. harvest (noun) – the process of gathering a ripe crop from the fields.
  34. produce (noun) – (natural) products, foods.
  35. distressing (adjective) – upsetting, worrying, affecting.
  36. arbitrary (adjective) – random casual, capricious; oppressive, domineering, high-handed, unmotivated/unreasonable.
  37. policing (noun) – the enforcement of rules/regulations.
  38. less and less (phrase) – gradually decreasing.
  39. feasible (adjective) – practicable, viable, realistic.
  40. build up (phrasal verb) – increase, escalate, raise, intensify.
  41. render (verb) – make, cause to be, cause to become.
  42. moribund (noun) – dying, decaying, declining, crumbling; stagnant.
  43. dependent (adjective) – reliant on, relying on, counting on.
  44. meagre (adjective) – small, little, paltry, inadequate/deficient.
  45. debt (noun) – liability, financial obligation, borrowed capital.
  46. infusion (noun) – the introduction/instilling/imbuing of a new thing.
  47. provision (noun) – supply, providing, giving, delivery.
  48. enrol (verb) – register, apply.
  49. Public Distribution System (PDS) (noun) – The Public Distribution System (PDS) in the country facilitates the supply of food grains and distribution of essential commodities to a large number of poor people through a network of Fair Price Shops at a subsidized price on a recurring basis.
  50. go beyond (phrasal verb) – to do more than required/expected.
  51. classification (noun) – sorting, classifying, categorization.
  52. COVID-19 (noun) – coronavirus disease 2019.
  53. overnight (adverb) – very quickly; instantly.
  54. sequential (adjective) – continuous, consecutive, uninterrupted.
  55. workforce (noun) – employees, staff, personnel.


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