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Confusing words with word meanings – 2

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Welcome to Online English Section with explanation in Here we are providing you some confusing words which are very important for all competitive Exams !!!

  1. Adopt – legally take (another’s child) and bring it up as one’s own.
    Usage – “there are many people eager to adopt a baby”
    Adept – very skilled or proficient at something.
    Usage – “she is adept at cutting through red tape”
    Adapt – make (something) suitable for a new use or purpose; modify.
    Usage -“hospitals have had to be adapted for modern medical practice”
  2. Allusion – an expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly; an indirect or passing reference
    Usage – “This place is like a Garden of Eden.” – This is a biblical allusion to the “garden of God” in the Book of Genesis.
    Illusion – a deceptive appearance or impression.
    Usage – “the illusion of family togetherness”
  3. Beside – at the side of; next to.
    Usage – “he sat beside me in the front seat”
    Besides – in addition to; apart from.
    Usage – “I have no other family besides my parents”
  4. Credible – able to be believed; convincing.
    Usage -“few people found his story credible”
    Creditable -(of a performance, effort, or action) deserving public acknowledgement and praise but not necessarily outstanding or successful.
    Usage – “a very creditable 2–4 defeat”
  5. Elicit – evoke or draw out (a reaction, answer, or fact) from someone.
    Usage -“I tried to elicit a smile from Joanna”
    Illicit – forbidden by law, rules, or custom.
    Usage -“illicit drugs”
  6. Fain – gladly
    Usage – “I am weary and would fain get a little rest”
    Feign – pretend to be affected by (a feeling, state, or injury).
    Usage – “she feigned nervousness”
  7. Hoard – a stock or store of money or valued objects, typically one that is secret or carefully guarded.
    Usage – “he came back to rescue his little hoard of gold”
    Horde – a large group of people.
    Usage – “How can you deal with this?” she asked, staring at the horde of women.
  8. Industrial – relating to or characterized by industry.
    Usage – “industrial waste”
    Industrious – diligent and hard-working.
    Usage – “an industrious people striving to make their country prosperous”
  9. Loath – reluctant; unwilling.
    Usage – “I was loath to leave”
    Loathe – feel intense dislike or disgust for.
    Usage – “she loathed him on sight”
  10. Proceed – move forward.
    Usage -“from the High Street, proceed over Magdalen Bridge”
    Precede – come before (something) in time.
    Usage – “a gun battle had preceded the explosions”