Have you taken to colourful compounds yet? Take in these examples to spruce up your vocabulary.
To add something
Example: The mechanic decided to tack on a free car wash to his services.
To become silent or inaudible; to lessen
Example: The sounds in the forest tailed off around midnight when the temperatures dropped to below freezing.
To resemble, be like
Example: She took after her daughter with her penchant for big necklaces and large parasols.
To fully understand or absorb
Example: We took in the whole experience, staying out all day and talking with all the vendors.
To make a habit of; to like
Example: Despite never having seen snow, she took to skiing in an instant.
To begin to do
Example: The magician took up cardiopulmonary resuscitation to ensure he could revive frightened guests at his shows.
To reply rudely
Example: After reprimanding Lucy for disrupting the class, the teacher was shocked when she talked back.
To promote or speak in support
To contrive or invent
Example: They’d think up the craziest schemes, which they naturally couldn’t pull off.
To discuss thoroughly, resolve
Example: Committee members thrashed out policy options until they nearly gave in from exhaustion.
To sustain or help through
Example: The dozen eggs would tide the household over for the holidays.
To warn or give information
Example: Will Trump tip off Putin about the next breach of security?
To write or do quickly
Example: The copywriters tossed off a few headlines, but they weren’t satisfactory.
To consider, treat casually
Example: She toyed with the idea of eating the whole chocolate cake at one sitting.
To concoct, charge or accuse falsely
Example: The press secretary felt the media had been trumping up accusations about the president.
To encourage, impel
Example: Steve urged his horse on although it had galloped for four miles.
To consume completely, exhaust
Example: I used up all my change in the parking meter.
To signal or mark, inaugurate
Example: “America first!” seemed to usher in a new era – whether or not it’s true.
To change suddenly
Example: He veered off the subject when she entered the room.
Example: If you’re going to veg out in front of the TV, put on these 3D glasses and watch Avatar.
To support or back, give assurances
Example: I didn’t like his attitude, but I could vouch for what he said in his speech.