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rationalize

Short Definition : make rational; devise false reasons for (one's behavior); offer an excuse; give a plausible reason for an action in place of a true, less admirable ones; N. rationalization

Definition
(verb) defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning
Example Sentence
  • rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior
  • he rationalized his lack of success
Definition
(verb) weed out unwanted or unnecessary things
Synonyms : cut prune rationalise
Example Sentence
  • We had to lose weight, so we cut the sugar from our diet
Definition
(verb) structure and run according to rational or scientific principles in order to achieve desired results
Synonyms : rationalise
Example Sentence
  • We rationalized the factory's production and raised profits
Definition
(verb) think rationally; employ logic or reason
Synonyms : rationalise
Example Sentence
  • When one wonders why one is doing certain things, one should rationalize
Definition
(verb) remove irrational quantities from
Synonyms : rationalise
Example Sentence
  • This function can be rationalized
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for rationalize

"action realise"when we realise our action then we feel sorry for it and start try to find some logical way to hide it

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ratio which makes proper in mathematics so rationalize means makes things proper

Ration which is given by government should be cut down

ratio minimize by logical method of an improper act

raucous

Short Definition : (of voice) harsh and unpleasant; (of people) disorderly and boisterous; Ex. raucous shouts

Definition
(adj) unpleasantly loud and harsh
Synonyms : strident
Definition
(adj) disturbing the public peace; loud and rough
Synonyms : rowdy
Example Sentence
  • a raucous party
  • rowdy teenagers
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for raucous

rauc(sounds like rock) + us rock music is usually loud and harsh.

rakshas....u can make up the rest

one who makes ruckus is raucous

raou......rau...is harsh and shrill patil in village...hence raucous..

ravage

Short Definition : devastate; plunder; despoil; Ex. crops ravaged by storms

Definition
(noun) (usually plural) a destructive action
Synonyms : depredation
Example Sentence
  • the ravages of time
  • the depredations of age and disease
Definition
(verb) make a pillaging or destructive raid on (a place), as in wartimes
Synonyms : harry
Definition
(verb) cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly
Example Sentence
  • The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for ravage

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In order to take revenge against ur enemy u have to ravage his army

RAVAGE : SAVAGE : DAMAGE

ra+vage where the second part vage can be considered as wage like waging a war for destruction,DEVASTATION,PLUNDER.

ravAGE by AGE u will be despoiled

ravage:::rage....u ve a rage against somebody then u will ravaged against him....

raven .. was the source of destruction

RAVAGE= R(RAGE)+ SAVAGE

savage (cruel person) ravaged (devastated) the cleavage (line between the crystals)

rave

Short Definition : overwhelmingly favorable review; V: talk wildly as if mad; Ex. raving lunatic

Definition
(noun) a dance party that lasts all night and electronically synthesized music is played
Example Sentence
  • raves are very popular in Berlin
Definition
(noun) an extravagantly enthusiastic review
Example Sentence
  • he gave it a rave
Definition
(verb) participate in an all-night techno dance party Definition
(verb) talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner Definition
(verb) praise enthusiastically
Synonyms : gush
Example Sentence
  • She raved about that new restaurant
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for rave

think of Brave, to whom you are giving enthusiastically review for this bravery.

have you heard about rave party -loud and harsh

an oblivion star..only a RAVE can SAVE him

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take it as opposite of grave

Rave the Brave persons

rearrange RAVE to get A RVE.. A grade review... overwhelmingly positive review.

in rave parties, people get drunk and rave(talk arrogantly) around

ravel

Short Definition : fall apart into tangles; entangle; unravel or untwist

Definition
(noun) French composer and exponent of Impressionism (1875-1937)
Synonyms : maurice ravel
Definition
(noun) a row of unravelled stitches
Synonyms : ladder run
Example Sentence
  • she got a run in her stocking
Definition
(verb) disentangle
Synonyms : ravel out unravel
Example Sentence
  • can you unravel the mystery?
Definition
(verb) tangle or complicate
Synonyms : knot tangle
Example Sentence
  • a ravelled story
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for ravel

You will entangle(ravel) your RIVAL with ropes

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to UNRAVEL a mystery is to SOLVE a mystery...hence RAVEL implies to ENTANGLE or to COMPLICATE..

ravel::navel...one fall into love of NAVEL of women..he will ravel his life

ravel...DERIVED FROM RAFAL..MEANS A LOOSE THREAD..AND THREADS FALL APART INTO DIFFERENT TANGLES.

As the situation "ReVEAL"ed its true identity it is raveled.

open the knot.(in hindi=kholna),in telugu mudi vippadam.

ravel means unwinding a twist. REVEAL also has the same meaning. these words sound similar and also has same meaning.

ravenous

Short Definition : extremely hungry; voracious

Definition
(adj) extremely hungry
Example Sentence
  • they were tired and famished for food and sleep
  • a ravenous boy
  • the family was starved and ragged
  • fell into the esurient embrance of a predatory enemy
Definition
(adj) devouring or craving food in great quantities
Example Sentence
  • edacious vultures
  • a rapacious appetite
  • ravenous as wolves
  • voracious sharks
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for ravenous

sounds like RAVAN.. we can understand how hungry one would get to feed his 10 heads.

Sounds like "revenues". Everyone is extremely hungry about it :)

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add a 'c' it becomes crave+nous...extremely hungry

Everybody knows raven? So ravenous...

ravine

Short Definition : narrow valley with steep sides; gorge; CF. gully, canyon

Definition
(noun) a deep narrow steep-sided valley (especially one formed by running water)
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for ravine

ra+vine(wine) so we pour wine in glass of STEEP SIDES.

raVine.. 'V' is emphasized in this word.. a 'V' like ravines is narrow valley with steep sides...

for rave party one is extremely ravenous//....

Sounds like ALPINE MOUNTAINS which is really steep

remember that eagles dwell on the summits, whilst ravens down in the ravines

raze

Short Definition : destroy completely; Ex. raze the city to the ground

Definition
(verb) tear down so as to make flat with the ground
Example Sentence
  • The building was levelled
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for raze

Raze means to destroy completely. So the word raze sounds similar to erase.raze=erase...which means to remove or clean completely.

raze sounds like RAZOR...which u use to shave...to destroy ur beard...

c d connection b/w rage n raze.when u r in a rage u may completely spoil things around(generally by throwing them)

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to raze is the opposite of raise - to raise a building is to construct a building, to raze it will be to destroy it.

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