Set 49 – Five New Words For Feb 18

Theme: Verbs

1. subsume

MEANING:
verb tr.: To include or incorporate under a more comprehensive category.

USAGE:
“David Cameron’s dream is an authentically British dream — of a multiethnic United Kingdom, close to but not subsumed by Europe, allied with but not subservient to the United States.”

2. discomfit

MEANING:
verb tr.:
1. To confuse or embarrass.
2. To thwart the plans of.

USAGE:
“Berlusconi accuses politically motivated prosecutors of leaking details of investigations to discomfit him.”

3. begrudge

MEANING:
verb tr.:
1. To envy or resent someone’s good fortune.
2. To be reluctant to give.

USAGE:
“We do not begrudge Bill Gates or Warren Buffett their billions.”
“We’d always been an exclusive pair, she never begrudging me with her secrets.”

4. avulse (uh-VUHLS)

MEANING:
verb tr.: To pull off or tear away.

USAGE:
“The dog caught his paw in the grates and lacerated his paws and avulsed his nails.”

“[The Hoh River] chews, it gnaws and jumps around, avulsing in a tantrum of energy to new channels, taking anything in its way right along with it.”

5. machinate (MAK-uh-nayt, MASH-)

MEANING:
verb tr., intr.: To plot or scheme.

USAGE:
“Most storylines in The Bold and the Beautiful revolve around characters who manipulate and machinate for love and money.”

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