Vocabulary Today: April 16

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Word of the day: Abscond (भाग्नु)

Abscond is generally used to describe someone running from law or capture, and the word abscond has been in use since the early 16th century.

Question: Have you ever found yourself tasked with the responsibility?

Candidate Response: Certainly, I can recall a scenario where my school friend absconded from a crucial class project deadline without informing the school.

Phrasal Verb of the Day: “Break down” (खराब हुनु)

When something breaks down, it stops working or functioning properly.

Example Sentence with Meaning: The car broke down on the highway, so we had to call a tow truck to take it to the mechanic for repairs.

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Collocation of the Day: Primary + Cause (प्राथमिक कारण)

The collocation “primary cause” refers to the main or principal factor that leads to a particular outcome or event. It indicates the most significant reason or source behind a situation or phenomenon.

For example, in a medical context, the primary cause of a disease might be a specific virus or genetic predisposition.

In a legal context, the primary cause of a dispute could be a breach of contract or negligence. This collocation highlights the central element driving a chain of events or consequences.

Idiom of the Day: “A blessing in disguise” (अघिको तितो पछिको मिठो)

English Use: This idiom refers to a situation that initially seems bad or unfortunate but turns out to be beneficial in the end.

Example: Despite losing his job, Mark found it to be a blessing in disguise as it allowed him to pursue his passion for entrepreneurship and start his own successful business.

When I missed my flight last year, I was devastated initially. However, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise because I met an old friend at the airport and we ended up reconnecting after many years.

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