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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.

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

things refers to oscillation where as feelings refers to VACILLATion

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

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

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

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

vacuous

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

Definition
(adj) devoid of intelligence 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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Latin "vacuous" means empty; similar to vacuum

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

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

vacuous sounds like vacant means emty

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
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
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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

A vague person shows vagary

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

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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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
Example Sentence
  • a fruitless search
  • futile years after her artistic peak
  • a sleeveless errand
  • a vain attempt
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for vain

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

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).

vain=vaai,so over pride

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

vainglorious

Short Definition : boastful; excessively conceited; N. vainglory: great vanity

Definition
(adj) feeling self-importance
Synonyms : big swelled
Example Sentence
  • too big for his britches
  • had a swelled head
  • he was swelled with pride
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for vainglorious

all your glorious achievements are in vain if you boast about them.

'vain' means thinking too highly of oneself; so 'vainglorious' means one feeling glorious about oneself

vainglorious : BOASTFUL jab se Yuvraj Singh ne 20-20 me glorious kamgiri ki hai tab se woh bahut zyada vain [extra]glorious ho gaya hai.

vain= unsuccessful. glorious=magnificent, greatness. making false glory. meaning boosting and self concieted

valediction

Short Definition : saying farewell; expression of leave-taking

Definition
(noun) a farewell oration (especially one delivered during graduation exercises by an outstanding member of a graduating class) Definition
(noun) the act of saying farewell
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for valediction

Valediction comes from validity i.e. expiry of something...which is the end or pertaining to a farewell of something.

valediction is similar to validation, which means following appropriate formalities.

vanidiction=benediction (Means bestowing good words on someone)

Reception (the act of receiving) is the opposite of valediction (farewell).

He cried out "Vamoose!" at his valediction.

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