Meaning: combine or unite to form one organization or structure.
Synonym: combine, merge, unite,
Sentence: “he amalgamated his company with another”
Meaning: excessively concerned with minor details or rules; over scrupulous.
Synonym: abstruse, pompous, stilted, academic
Antonym: informal, plain
Sentence: “his analyses are careful and even painstaking, but never pedantic”
Meaning: (of a price or amount charged) unreasonably high.
Synonym: extortionate, preposterous
Antonym: reasonable, competitive
Sentence: “some hotels charge exorbitant rates for phone calls”
Meaning: belonging to or characteristic of the middle class, typically with reference to its perceived materialistic values or conventional attitudes.
Synonym: middle-class, property-owning,
Antonym: proletarian, unconventional
Sentence: “a rich, bored, bourgeois family”
Meaning: obedient or attentive to an excessive or servile degree
Synonym: sycophantic, servile
Sentence: “they were served by obsequious waiters”
Meaning: making or constituting a disturbingly harsh and loud noise.
Synonym: harsh, strident,
Antonym: soft, dulcet, peaceful, quiet, restrained
Sentence: “raucous youths”
Meaning: the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.
Synonym: flexibility, pliability, suppleness
Antonym: rigidity, fragility, vulnerability, weakness
Sentence: “the often remarkable resilience of so many British institutions”
Meaning: an opinion, based on medical experience, of the likely course of a medical condition, a forecast of the likely outcome of a situation.
Synonym: prediction, projection
Antonym: calculation, measurement
Sentence: “gloomy prognoses about overpopulation”
Meaning: put (someone or something) into a situation in which there is a danger of loss, harm, or failure.
Synonym: threaten, endanger, imperil, menace, risk,
Sentence: “a devaluation of the dollar would jeopardize New York’s position as a financial centre”
Meaning: a soldier or guard whose job is to stand and keep watch.
Synonym: guard, keeper
Sentence: “soldiers stood sentinel with their muskets”