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vacillate

Short Definition : waver (in opinion); fluctuate; sway to and fro; N. vacillation

Definition
(verb) be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action
Synonyms : hover , oscillate , vibrate
Example Sentence
  • He oscillates between accepting the new position and retirement

Definition
(verb) move or sway in a rising and falling or wavelike pattern
Synonyms : fluctuate , waver
Example Sentence
  • the line on the monitor vacillated

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for vacillate

sounds like OScillate..so something which moves from one position to another position.
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by preetisoni2411

vacillate=VACI bhi bahut LATE ho gaya hai.....now u dont VACILLATE between what you gonna wear for the party..........;)
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by verbal800

things refers to oscillation where as feelings refers to VACILLATion
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by cwin

Vacillate sounds like agitate... vacillate means to be undecided and agitate is to worry... in both, you are in a sense of confusion.
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by pushpa_edit

vacillate: vaccine+late The later you get ur shot, the higher chance the fever, or disease will happen. (fluctuate)
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by hn15

like OScillate but in place of 'OS' v(we)cillate i.e., we waver.
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by kondaharsha

vacillate sounds like a ventilate which means cause air to circulate freely
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by krishna341

vacuous

Short Definition : empty; lacking in ideas; inane; stupid; Ex. vacuous expression; N. vacuity

Definition
(adj) devoid of intelligence
Synonyms : asinine , fatuous , inane , mindless

Definition
(adj) devoid of significance or point
Synonyms : empty , hollow
Example Sentence
  • empty promises
  • a hollow victory
  • vacuous comments

Definition
(adj) devoid of matter
Example Sentence
  • a vacuous space

Definition
(adj) void of expression
Synonyms : blank
Example Sentence
  • a blank stare

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for vacuous

vacuous can be seen as vacuum which means, a region empty of matter.
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by psujjan

Latin "vacuous" means empty; similar to vacuum
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by Born2GRE

vACUOUS--is seems like(in Hindi) bACUOUS (bacvaas-->Lacking in ideas) lol
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by tariq431

The space within a VACUUM tube is devoid of all matter.
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by dshefman

vacuous sounds like vacant means emty
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by gagzcaplio

vagabond

Short Definition : wanderer (without a permanent home); tramp

Definition
(noun) anything that resembles a vagabond in having no fixed place
Example Sentence
  • pirate ships were vagabonds of the sea

Definition
(noun) a wanderer who has no established residence or visible means of support
Synonyms : drifter , floater , vagrant

Definition
(verb) move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment
Synonyms : cast , drift , ramble , range , roam , roll , rove , stray , swan , tramp , wander
Example Sentence
  • The gypsies roamed the woods
  • roving vagabonds
  • the wandering Jew
  • The cattle roam across the prairie
  • the laborers drift from one town to the next
  • They rolled from town to town

Definition
(adj) wandering aimlessly without ties to a place or community
Synonyms : rootless
Example Sentence
  • led a vagabond life
  • a rootless wanderer

Definition
(adj) continually changing especially as from one abode or occupation to another
Synonyms : aimless , drifting , floating , vagrant
Example Sentence
  • a drifting double-dealer
  • the floating population
  • vagrant hippies of the sixties

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for vagabond

this word can be thought as Vagabond = James Bond the spy, does not live at one permanent place and is always seen wandering all over the world.
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by psujjan

wagha + border............at this place military people keep on wandering to keep close watch on activities
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by nileshdive

Vagabond..vengaboys..keep goin' all around for concerts etc..wanderers..
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by Jyoti.Chhibber

people go to vegas and lode money at casino.dey become vegabond
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by pragati_gupta

playing off of the above: a ragged Bond since no vagabond is as well groomed as James
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by tirppysht

vagary

Short Definition : capricious happening; caprice; whim; CF. wander

Definition
(noun) an unexpected and inexplicable change in something (in a situation or a person's behavior, etc.)
Example Sentence
  • the vagaries of the weather
  • his wealth fluctuates with the vagaries of the stock market
  • he has dealt with human vagaries for many years

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for vagary

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by meetnish

sounds like beggary.If you invest too much money in the stock market,it may lead to beggary because of the vagary (unpredictable) nature of the stock market.
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by hritupon

A vague person shows vagary
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by ksameer_coep

Too many VAGARIES in the stockmarket can make you a VAGABOND.
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by dshefman

Seeing any car my friend always keeps saying "WAH kya GARI hai".i couldnt understand why he cannot stick to one choice and changes choice every time.in short it is his vagary that could not be explained.
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by mit006

wagh+ghari....waghala ghari palana hi ek odd idea ahe....
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by nileshdive

if stock market goes vagary...u have to do beggary lol...!!!
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by sravan1411

In Nepali a Begari(बेगारी ) person does not have any job or work, hence capricious or whimsical ideas come to his mind suddenly and irregulary and his ideas are often vagary.
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by Sabitakabita

sounds like jaggery which can bring sudden change of taste on your tounge...
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by vinaya

vagary, split it as vag(wage)+ ary(wary), wages may vary suddenly(vagary), so be wary
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by Iam

Gary(Kristen) was alwaz doubtful in takin sehwag in the team.Vagary-Change of mind
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by LokeshM

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by friendofafriend

vagary = beggar ppl can make any move infront of you to get money from you i.e unpredictable behavior.
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by shaktipada

vagrant

Short Definition : homeless wanderer

Definition
(noun) a wanderer who has no established residence or visible means of support
Synonyms : drifter , floater , vagabond

Definition
(adj) continually changing especially as from one abode or occupation to another
Synonyms : aimless , drifting , floating , vagabond
Example Sentence
  • a drifting double-dealer
  • the floating population
  • vagrant hippies of the sixties

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for vagrant

vagrant rhymes with migrant. Migrants are homeless wanderers
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by prats_rocks

We can say Bhag(V deducted from Vag and BH added to ag)+Rant.If you run(bhag) without paying the rent then you become a vagrant
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by hritupon

the rent keeps changing all the time so i left the home and ran(bhaghna) nd became a vagrant
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by mit006

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by prats_rocks

Imagine u have a rented house and u run from one house to other to search the same. So its Bhag+rent = Bhag Rant..
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by me_kushagra

vag(वाघ)+ rant (रानटी) रांत वाघ is a vagrant ... (that is both stray and homeless wanderer)
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by rahulkhadse

Think of vacant, when ur vacant, u have no established residence
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by Thingy3363

Grant your property on his name as he is homesless rite now.Vagrant-Homeless
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by LokeshM

vagrant: 1 banda jo vagabond hai usko log kahete hai va [wa wa] tu mai kaise grant mil gayi tum to bahot vagrant ho
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by sybarite

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by friendofafriend

vain

Short Definition : full of self-admiration; conceited; without result; unsuccessful; N. vanity

Definition
(adj) characteristic of false pride; having an exaggerated sense of self-importance
Example Sentence
  • a conceited fool
  • an attitude of self-conceited arrogance
  • an egotistical disregard of others
  • so swollen by victory that he was unfit for normal duty
  • growing ever more swollen-headed and arbitrary
  • vain about her clothes

Definition
(adj) unproductive of success
Synonyms : bootless , fruitless , futile , sleeveless
Example Sentence
  • a fruitless search
  • futile years after her artistic peak
  • a sleeveless errand
  • a vain attempt

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for vain

vain resembles pain. A person who is full of self-admiration(vain) is a pain in the ass. vain==pain
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by nikhilgirdhar

vain basically resembles van (a car)which is very cheap bcoz it has got very low mileage thus very few people are having this car.Thus this car is worthless or its launch was unsuccesful(bcoz not many people buy it).
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by Yogendra Mishra

vain=vaai,so over pride
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by anbeysiva

When you give PAIN to your opponent You always Show VAIN (Meine Uski Maari isiliye mein Bada hu)
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by LokeshM

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