The Hindu Editorial (Exiting Afghanistan) – Apr 17, 2021

The Hindu Editorial (Exiting Afghanistan) – Apr 17, 2021

By announcing that all U.S. troops would be pulled out of Afghanistan by September 11, President Joe Biden has effectively upheld the spirit of the Trump-Taliban deal,rather than defying it. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s word list-2 for The Hindu Editorial (Exiting Afghanistan) – Apr 17, 2021.

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The Hindu Editorial (Exiting Afghanistan) – Apr 17, 2021:

  1. pullout (noun) – departure, withdrawal, retreat, disengagement, exit.
  2. settlement (noun) – agreement, deal, arrangement; resolution, solution.
  3. pull out (phrasal verb) – withdraw, retreat, get/move out.
  4. effectively (adverb) – practically, virtually, in effect, all but.
  5. uphold (verb) – confirm, endorse/approve, vindicate/validate.
  6. spirit (noun) – real/true meaning, intention, essence.
  7. rather than (phrase) – instead of.
  8. insurgent (noun) – dissenter, agitator/rioter, subversive.
  9. pull back (phrasal verb) – withdraw, retreat, disengage.
  10. in return for (phrase) – in exchange for.
  11. strategy (noun) – plan of action (in order to achieve a more expansive set of political, economic, and security interests).
  12. speculation (noun) – prediction, guesswork, opinion/thought.
  13. orderly (adjective) – well organized, methodical, systematic, careful.
  14. besides (preposition/linking adverb) – in addition to, as well, apart from.
  15. coalition (noun) – alliance, union, partnership.
  16. North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) (noun) – NATO was created in 1949 by the United States, Canada, and several Western European nations to provide collective security against the Soviet Union.
  17. command (noun) – authority, control, power; order, instruction, directive.
  18. push (noun) – effort, initiative, drive.
  19. revive (verb) – reintroduce, reinitiate, bring back.
  20. hit (verb) – crash into, run into, bang into, collide with.
  21. roadblock (noun) – barrier, hindrance, obstruction.
  22. hit a roadblock (phrase) – stop, stall.
  23. make clear (phrase) – explain, clarify, elucidate.
  24. step up (phrasal verb) – increase, intensify, scale up, escalate.
  25. go through (phrasal verb) – be carried through, be officially completed.
  26. shaky (adjective) – faltering, unsteady, weak, precarious.
  27. precarious (adjective) – risky, dangerous, unsafe; hazardous, perilous, unreliable.
  28. leave (verb) – abandon; left to oneself means “be alone”.
  29. hold together (phrasal verb) – cause something to remain united.
  30. provincial (adjective) – regional, territorial.
  31. stalemated (adjective) – deadlocked, standstilled, checkmated.
  32. decisively (adverb) – definitely.
  33. in favour of (phrase) – in support of, to the advantage of, approve of.
  34. overrun (verb) – invade, occupy, overwhelm, swamp, spread over (a place in large numbers).
  35. drive back (phrasal verb) – fight off, repulse, rebuff, repel, oppose.
  36. activist (noun) – a person who supports a political or societal change/cause.
  37. civil society (noun) – civil society refers to the space for collective action around shared interests, purposes, and values, generally distinct from government and commercial for-profit actors.
  38. verge (noun) – edge, border, margin, limit.
  39. shared interest (noun) – mutual benefit.
  40. might (noun) – strength, force, power.
  41. road map (noun) – schedule of a (complex) program.
  42. ominous (adjective) – threatening, menacing, inauspicious, unpromising, unfavourable.


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