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What's the word?

What do these three sentences have in common?

  • The ex-president offered to broker the contract between the two companies.
  • For more information, consult your travel agent or insurance broker.
  • The communist party emerged as a power broker despite their loss of seven seats in the senate in the recent elections.

ANSWER: They all use the word broker. In language, the same word can be used in different ways and have different meanings.   

To be a proficient user of a language means is to know how to use a word in diverse contexts, often with diverse meanings. 

Here are some more examples. Do you know the missing words?

Word #2
We are unable to increase salaries in the current economic ..........
The ......... of opinion is slowly changing about the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
President Bush suggested an international meeting at the White House next spring of scientific, economic and environmental officials to discuss responses to global ........ changes.


Word #3
This week we’ll be experiencing some unstable ...........
Long periods of exposure to the sun can .......... your face and skin.
It seems management is going to be able to .......... the corruption scandal. Nobody is going to jail or lose their jobs.


Word #4
It’s the peak of the holiday .........., so the roads will be busy.
Most parts of Brazil just have a dry or rainy .........
Have you seen the last ......... of Law and Order?


Word #5
The committee is going to ......... the department’s performance
I’m not interested in getting credits or a certificate for the course; I’m just going to .........
Government is planning an official ............ of transport services for irregularities.  


Find the answers below to the right.

Think of two or three different meanings for a word you would like to remember.Find examples of these meanings on the internet and share them with us in the Comments box.



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