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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 28, 2021 is: parlay • \PAHR-lay\ • verb Parlay means "to turn (something) into something of greater value." // The young actor parlayed his popularity as a teen heartthrob into a successful film career. See the entry > Examples: "Since his pro debut in 1995, [Manny Pacquiao] has won world titles in a …
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 27, 2021 is: misbegotten • \miss-bih-GAH-tun\ • adjective Misbegotten means "ill-conceived." It can also mean "having an improper origin." // The celebrity's misbegotten tweet went viral. // The university's Board of Trustees rejected the misbegotten plan for building a new football stadium. See the e…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 26, 2021 is: dedication • \ded-ih-KAY-shun\ • noun Dedication means "devotion or loyalty to a person or cause." // With great dedication, the scientists worked to perfect the vaccine. // At his retirement party, his boss said a few words about Tom's dedication and commitment to the company. See the en…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 25, 2021 is: obtuse • \ahb-TOOSS\ • adjective Obtuse means "difficult to understand" or "unable to understand what is obvious." // The attorney explained the obtuse language in the contract to her client. // Maybe I am being obtuse, but I didn't understand the end of the movie. See the entry > Example…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 24, 2021 is: hobnob • \HAHB-nahb\ • verb Hobnob means "to come or be together as friends." // Local business owners hobnobbed at the fundraiser. // The entertainment columnist learns about the latest gossip by hobnobbing with celebrities. See the entry > Examples: "Does declaring affection for Tanglew…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 23, 2021 is: chastise • \chass-TYZE\ • verb Chastise means "to criticize (someone) harshly for doing something wrong." // The boss eventually had to chastise certain employees for being consistently late. See the entry > Examples: "I used to chastise people for not working as efficiently as the WWE. ……
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 22, 2021 is: inchoate • \in-KOH-ut\ • adjective Inchoate means "imperfectly formed or formulated." // In the podcast, the author described the process by which she took a series of inchoate vignettes and shaped them into her best-selling novel. See the entry > Examples: "Petrifying sights and sounds h…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 21, 2021 is: flehmen • \FLAY-mun\ • noun Flehmen is a mammalian behavior (as of horses or cats) in which the animal inhales with the mouth open and upper lip curled. This is done to expose the nose to a scent. // The vet explained that what appeared to be a display of anger in the cat was called flehm…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 20, 2021 is: collude • \kuh-LOOD\ • verb Collude means "to conspire or plot." // The two companies had colluded to keep prices high. See the entry > Examples: "Seven … maintenance managers were federally charged … with bilking the transit agency out of hundreds of thousands of dollars by colluding wit…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 19, 2021 is: lucid • \LOO-sid\ • adjective Lucid means "very clear and easy to understand." // The author has a lucid writing style that makes the book enjoyable to read. See the entry > Examples: "Kynpham's prose is lucid and engaging and often lyrical and poetic…." — Kanchan Verma, Wired, 13 Aug. 20…
 
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