Vocabulary Tricks Part 15: Pleasures of Reading

Reading is the most enriching hobby. We read books to enhance our knowledge and sharpen our intellect and this, in turn, elevates our character.
Reading provides pleasure to persons of all age groups and temperaments. It is also regarded as an unparalleled activity. Reading gives us immense satisfaction. It bestows upon us various benefits.
Books console us when we feel dejected. While reading, we are engrossed in our imaginary world which provides a temporary refuge from our worries.


WORDS WITH MEANING AND ADDITIONAL EXAMPLES

Enriching

Meaning: Improve or enhance the quality or value
Example: The teacher found that these techniques enriched learning for all members of the class.
Synonym: improve, vitaminize,

Enhance

Meaning: Intensify, increase, or further improve the quality
Example: His refusal does nothing to enhance his reputation.
Synonym: increase, add to, intensify, magnify, amplify

Intellect

Meaning: The faculty of reasoning and understanding objectively
Example: He was a man of action rather than of intellect.
Synonym: mind, brain, brains, head, intelligence, reason

Elevate

Meaning: Raise to a more important or impressive level
Example: He was elevated to Secretary of State
Synonym: promote, give promotion, upgrade, improve the position of,

Temperaments

Meaning: Types or attitudes
Example: So many artistic temperaments are involved in the festival.
Synonym: disposition, nature, character, personality, make-up

Unparalleled

Meaning: Having no parallel or equal; exceptional
Example: The web gives them the opportunity of unparalleled access to information.
Synonym: unique, singular, rare, unprecedented, without parallel

Bestow

Meaning: Confer or present (an honor, right, or gift)
Example: The office was bestowed on him by the monarch of this realm.
Synonym: confer on, present to, award to, give, grant, vouchsafe,

Console

Meaning: Comfort (someone) at a time of grief or disappointment
Example: She tried to console him but he pushed her gently away
Synonym: comfort, solace, condole with, give condolences to

Dejected

Meaning: Sad and depressed; dispirited
Example: He stood in the street looking dejected.
Synonym: downcast, downhearted, despondent, disconsolate

Engrossed

Meaning: Absorb all the attention or interest of
Example: They seemed to be engrossed in conversation
Synonym: absorbed, involved, immersed, caught up, rapt, interested

Refuge

Meaning: A place or situation providing safety or shelter
Example: This place is a great refuge from the madness of town.
Synonym: shelter, protection, safety, security, asylum
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