The Hindu Editorial (Bridging the Gulf) – Jan 12, 2021

The Hindu Editorial (Bridging the Gulf) – Jan 12, 2021

The Gulf reconciliation summit, in Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia, where the kingdom and its allies decided to end their blockade of Qatar,… For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s word list-2 for The Hindu Editorial (Bridging the Gulf) – Jan 12, 2021.

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Today’s word list-2 for The Hindu Editorial (Bridging the Gulf) – Jan 12, 2021:

  1. bridge the gulf/gap (phrase) – try to find a way to reduce the gap and bring the two separate viewpoints together.
  2. reconciliation (noun) – reunion, resolution, compromise.
  3. summit (noun) – meeting, conference.
  4. tie (noun) – bond, connection, association, relationship.
  5. neighbour (noun) – a country that is next to another country; (bordering) country.
  6. ally (noun) – associate, colleague, confederate, partner.
  7. blockade (noun) – barricade, barrier, obstacle/impediment.
  8. bring something to an end (phrase) – cease, stop something, terminate.
  9. feud (noun) – argument, dispute, disagreement, quarrel, row, fight.
  10. sever (verb) – break off, discontinue, suspend; bring to an end, end, put an end to, terminate.
  11. diplomatic (adjective) – (delicate & sensitive) consular, foreign-policy.
  12. lift (verb) – cancel, raise, remove, withdraw, revoke.
  13. shut down (phrasal verb) – discontinue, cease activity, close.
  14. base (noun) – (military) camp, post.
  15. budge (verb) – change one’s mind, give way, give in, yield.
  16. cost (noun) – loss, damage, undesirable consequences, adverse effects, disadvantage.
  17. bolster (verb) – strengthen, support, boost, reinforce/buttress.
  18. play a part/role (phrase) – contribute to, be instrumental in, be a factor in.
  19. moreover (adverb) – besides, furthermore, in addition.
  20. host (verb) – present, organize, arrange (an event).
  21. make someone kneel (phrase) – make someone bow down; make someone get down on one’s knees; make someone show reverence.
  22. backfire (verb) – rebound/boomerang, come back, have an adverse effect.
  23. strategic (adjective) – relating to achieving long-term or overall (military) goals; planned, calculated, deliberate.
  24. folly (noun) – foolishness, stupidity, madness, irresponsibility, thoughtlessness.
  25. concession (noun) – compromise, adjustment.
  26. intervention (noun) – the process of intervening in something; involvement, interference.
  27. non-intervention (noun) – non-involvement, non-interference, non-meddling.
  28. affairs (noun) – concerns, matters, activities.
  29. stability (noun) – safety, security, strength.
  30. interpretation (noun) – explanation, understanding/reading, clarification.
  31. in practice (phrase) – in reality, actually, practically.
  32. step down (phrasal verb) – give up, stand down, abdicate, renounce.
  33. make amends (phrase) – compensate, recompense, make it up to (for a wrongdoing).
  34. unshaken (adjective) – single-minded, determined, purposive.
  35. U-turn (noun) – about-turn, a reversal of policy, change of mind/plan, about-face, a sea change.
  36. rethink (noun) – reassessment, reconsideration, review.
  37. rift (noun) – break, division, split; disagreement, difference of opinion (in a relationship).
  38. rival (noun) – opponent, adversary, contender, competitor.
  39. scuttle (verb) – (intentionally) cause something to fail.
  40. standing (noun) – reputation, status, position.
  41. reel under (phrase) – to suffer (due to a burden).
  42. sanctions (noun) – action taken, or an order given to force a country to obey international laws by limiting or stopping trade with that country, by not allowing economic aid for that country, etc (Courtesy: VOA Learning English).
  43. payout (noun) – payment, reward, recompense.
  44. put up (phrasal verb) – construct; present, display, show (a specific amount of effort).
  45. front (noun) – group, camp.
  46. Iran nuclear deal (or) Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) (noun) – JCPOA, known commonly as the Iran nuclear deal or Iran deal, is an agreement on the Iranian nuclear program reached in Vienna on 14 July 2015, between Iran and the P5+1 (China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) together with the European Union.
  47. warm up (phrasal verb) – prepare, get ready, get into condition.
  48. overlook (verb) – neglect, ignore, disregard, turn a blind eye.
  49. born out of (phrase) – has happened as a result of something.
  50. ill-thought-out (adjective) – not carefully considered, not carefully planned.
  51. strategy (noun) – plan of action (in order to achieve a more expansive set of political, economic, and security interests).
  52. coercion (noun) – force/pressure, oppression, harassment, intimidation.
  53. reflect on (phrasal verb) – to affect other people’s opinion of someone, particularly in a bad/poor way.


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