The Hindu Editorial (State action) – May 13, 2021

The Hindu Editorial (State action) – May 13, 2021

India’s national positivity rate, or the proportion of tested cases returning positive, is around 21%. Moreover, 533 of the 734 districts have reported positivity greater than 10%. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s word list-1 for The Hindu Editorial (State action) – May 13, 2021.

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The Hindu Editorial (State action) – May 13, 2021:

  1. state (noun) – the government, the regime, the establishment.
  2. 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.
  3. facilitator (noun) – a person/thing that encourages action and makes it easier.
  4. positivity rate (noun) – the proportion of positives to total tests done for disease; the percentage of tests that are turning out to be positive for disease; the rate at which people getting tested for disease receive positive results.
  5. proportion (noun) – ratio, portion; size/magnitude.
  6. couple (verb) – combine, integrate, incorporate, connect.
  7. faltering (adjective) – delaying, uncertain, unsteady/weak, precarious, irresolute, hesitant.
  8. vaccination (noun) – treatment with a vaccine to protect against a particular disease; immunization.
  9. drive (noun) – campaign, movement, effort, push.
  10. picture (noun) – situation, condition, circumstances.
  11. far from (phrase) – not, not at all.
  12. pretty (adjective) – pleasing, appealing.
  13. administer (verb) – dispense, provide, give, apply (a drug/vaccine).
  14. dose (noun) – an amount/quantity of something.
  15. vaccine (noun) – a biological preparation that improves immunity to a particular disease.
  16. lethal (adjective) – destructive, harmful, fatal, deadly, life-threatening. 
  17. macabre (adjective) – gruesome, horrible, shocking.
  18. surface (verb) – emerge, appear, come to light, become visible.
  19. stretch (noun) – a continuous area of land/water; extend, spread.
  20. point to (verb) – indicate, suggest, denote.
  21. pool (noun) – a group of people.
  22. prone to (adjective) – susceptible, vulnerable, liable; likely to get, likely to have, at risk of.
  23. bring up (phrasal verb) – mention, introduce, raise (something for consideration).
  24. 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.
  25. reimpose (verb) – reinstate, put back, bring back, reinstitute.
  26. impose (verb) – force, thrust, inflict (an unwelcome decision/ruling).
  27. grade (noun) – level.
  28. curfew (noun) – a rule which is instructing people to stay at home, typically at night.
  29. lay stress on (phrase) – to give importance to; to give attention to.
  30. shut down (phrasal verb) – cease activity, close down, cease operation.
  31. whereas (conjunction) – in comparison with the fact that.
  32. reminiscent (adjective) – similar to, comparable with, bearing comparison with.
  33. curb (noun) – control, restriction, limitation.
  34. in force (phrase) – in effect, in operation, in action.
  35. continued (adjective) – continuous, ongoing, uninterrupted.
  36. cosmetic (adjective) – superficial, outward, external; appealing, attractive (but not fundamental/functional).
  37. nosedive (noun) – decline, sharp fall, drop, plunge, plummet, tumble, slump.
  38. imposition (noun) – introduction, institution; enforcement.
  39. wreak havoc (phrase) – cause/inflict massive damage.
  40. migrant (noun as modifier) – a person who moves from one region to another – either within a country or across national borders in order to find work or better living conditions.
  41. workforce (noun) – workers, employees.
  42. brutality (noun) – cruelty, ferocity, ruthlessness, callousness, inhumanity.
  43. burnish (verb) – improve, enhance, augment/make better.
  44. mask up (phrasal verb) – to wear a mask (face covering).
  45. mainstay (noun) – chief support, central component, backbone; bulwark, bastion.
  46. equip (verb) – prepare (for a particular task/situation).
  47. arm with (verb) – prepare, make ready.
  48. equitably (adverb) – fairly, impartially.
  49. account for (phrasal verb) – deal with, take care of; clear up, eliminate.
  50. potential (adjective) – possible, probable, likely.


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