The Hindu Editorial (Back to school) – Nov 03, 2020

The Hindu Editorial (Back to school) – Nov 03, 2020

The most significant aspect of continued unlocking of public activity during the COVID-19 pandemic is the decision of many States to reopen schools in November. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s word list-2 for The Hindu Editorial (Back to school) – Nov 03, 2020.

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Today’s word list-2 for The Hindu Editorial (Back to school) – Nov 03, 2020:

  1. 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.
  2. washout (noun) – failure, disappointment, let-down.
  3. 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.
  4. past (adjective) – over, finished, ended.
  5. unlock (verb) – free (from restrictions); undo.
  6. pupil (noun) – student, protégé, learner.
  7. resume (verb) – restart, recommence, begin again, start again.
  8. voluntary (adjective) – optional, discretionary, non-compulsory, non-mandatory.
  9. ward (noun) – child, dependant, protégé, pupil.
  10. research scholar (noun) – a person who is involved in research & pursues academic and intellectual activities, particularly those that develop expertise in an area of study. A scholar may also be an academic, who works as a professor, teacher or researcher at a university or other higher education institution.
  11. take up (phrasal verb) – pursue, engage in, become involved in (an activity or course of action).
  12. staggered (adjective) – phased; relating to something carried out/performed/pursued in stages; timed at intervals (of something as they don’t happen at the same time).
  13. revitalised (adjective) – re-energized, rejuvenated, renewed.
  14. sphere (noun) – an area of activity; a field of activity; domain, realm.
  15. containment zone (noun) – infected zone; a defined area surrounding the initial cases (of a pandemic) to restrict the virus from spreading beyond its limits.
  16. on stream (phrase) – in operation.
  17. sinews (noun) – the parts of an organization that give strength to it.
  18. expose (verb) – be subjected to something (infectious agents & others).
  19. coronavirus (CoV) (noun) – a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. (Courtesy: WHO)
  20. fatiguing (adjective) – tiring, wearing out, exhausting, overtaxing, draining.
  21. transmission rate (Ro) (noun) – number of newly infected people from a single case.
  22. prompt (verb) – give rise to, bring about, cause, trigger.
  23. lax (adjective) – casual, careless, heedless, unmindful, inattentive.
  24. hygiene (noun) – cleanliness.
  25. (social/physical) distancing (noun) – a term means actively avoiding crowded public places, is a key element in decreasing the rapid spread of COVID-19. This is an effort intended to limit exposure by reducing face-to-face contact and preventing spread among people in community settings.
  26. norm (noun) – standard, convention, regulation.
  27. pose (verb) – raise, ask, put (a question/matter for consideration).
  28. unprecedented (adjective) – not done or experienced before.
  29. vulnerable (adjective) – relating to a weak/neglected person who is in need of special care/support; at risk, unsafe, unprotected.
  30. phenomenon (noun) – occurrence, event, happening.
  31. unlock (noun) – a process of freeing something from restrictions.
  32. vaccine (noun) – a biological preparation that improves immunity to a particular disease.
  33. unwavering (adjective) – steady, firm, resolute; steadfast, persistent, unflagging.
  34. adherence to (noun) – commitment to, attachment to (a clause/condition).
  35. protocol (noun) – procedure,  method, rules of conduct.
  36. vigilance (noun) – careful observation, surveillance, alertness/carefulness.
  37. elicit (verb) – obtain, bring forth, bring out, extract, evoke.
  38. defer (verb) – postpone, put off, delay.
  39. mixed (adjective) – having a mixture of both positive & negative qualities/reactions.
  40. defer (verb) – postpone, put off, delay.
  41. in any case (phrase) – whatever happens; moreover.
  42. call for (phrasal verb) – require, publicly ask/necessitate, demand.
  43. disadvantaged (adjective) – underprivileged, destitute, poor, needy, impoverished, dispossessed.
  44. parental (adjective) – relating to parents.
  45. consensus (noun) – an idea or opinion that is shared by all the people in a group, agreement, concurrence.
  46. ventilate (verb) – allow air to enter and circulate freely.
  47. revive (verb) – restore, revitalize, bring back.
  48. deadly (adjective) – fatal, lethal, life-threatening.
  49. price (noun) – consequence, result, cost, toll, penalty, sacrifice.
  50. the vulnerable (noun) – a weak/neglected person who is in need of special care/support.


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