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versatile

Short Definition : having many talents; capable of working in many fields; having many uses or functions; N. versatility

Definition
(adj) having great diversity or variety
Synonyms : various
Example Sentence
  • his various achievements are impressive
  • his vast and versatile erudition
Definition
(adj) changeable or inconstant
Example Sentence
  • versatile moods
Definition
(adj) competent in many areas and able to turn with ease from one thing to another
Example Sentence
  • a versatile writer
Definition
(adj) able to move freely in all directions
Example Sentence
  • an owl's versatile toe can move backward and forward
  • an insect's versatile antennae can move up and down or laterally
  • a versatile anther of a flower moves freely in the wind
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for versatile

"Various Attires" or "Various Styles" ...means many forms

Versatile and mobile sound the same and they both mean, mobility (to be able to move).

Many talented working at NASA in various + satellite

vertebrate

Short Definition : having a backbone or spinal column; N: group of animals having a segmented spinal column

Definition
(noun) animals having a bony or cartilaginous skeleton with a segmented spinal column and a large brain enclosed in a skull or cranium
Synonyms : craniate
Definition
(adj) having a backbone or spinal column
Example Sentence
  • fishes and amphibians and reptiles and birds and mammals are verbetrate animals
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for vertebrate

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Vertebrate (having a backbone) is the opposite of invertebrate (without a backbone).

vertex

Short Definition : summit; highest point; PL. vertices

Definition
(noun) the point of intersection of lines or the point opposite the base of a figure Definition
(noun) the highest point (of something)
Synonyms : acme apex peak
Example Sentence
  • at the peak of the pyramid
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for vertex

vertex ..v er t X(cross) X = intersection of two lines.

VER+TEX- VADte(increasing) hue TAX have gone to highest point this year.

The upper vertex(corner) of the pyramid is its highest point.

vertigo

Short Definition : severe dizziness; giddiness

Definition
(noun) a reeling sensation; a feeling that you are about to fall
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for vertigo

sounds like WHERE-2-GO.. so when you dont know where to go, u feel a SEVERE DIZZINESS out of confusion

Vert represents height. When you look down from a great height, you tend to get dizzy.

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VERT(vertical)GO(to go) u get dizziness

Vertigo and tornado have something in common... they both, twirl. Vertigo twirls in your head, making you feel dizzy while a tornado comes like a twirling storm.

When u VERTIcally GO up to some height...u feel, head spinning round and unable to balance i.e DIZZINESS

travelling in vErtigo car in height will make you feel giddiness

vertigo: vert = vertcal , go = fall , so it is fear from falling vertically.

vertex+go.. that u are falling from a vertex .. means u r dizz..

verve

Short Definition : enthusiasm (as in artistic performance or composition); liveliness; vigor

Definition
(noun) an energetic style
Synonyms : vitality
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for verve

Opposite is nerve (nervous)

verve ... sounds life river which flow with enthusiasm

there is a magazine called "verve"...we often use the term vervy..

serve is an enthusiast art learn from literature

some1 who has a nerve to do lively and rich things

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verve origin is from vigor... so vigor to serve is verve

vestige

Short Definition : trace; remains; Ex. vestiges of some ancient religion

Definition
(noun) an indication that something has been present
Synonyms : shadow tincture trace
Example Sentence
  • there wasn't a trace of evidence for the claim
  • a tincture of condescension
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for vestige

think of in + vestigate, where we look for traces or remains of something.

sounds like wastage which is the remains of something.

think of prestige... the historical monuments that are still there are a vestige

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Think if Investigation. While investigating, one traces truth

sound like wastage....appendix in human beings is a wastage coz its of no use....hence VESTIGE

like vestigial organs are trace elements of evolution

Vestige ... make it vestigial and compare it to journal. They both refer to a record or trace of something.

veto

Short Definition : vested power to reject a bill; exercise of this right; V: prevent or forbid by exercising the power of veto

Definition
(noun) a vote that blocks a decision Definition
(noun) the power or right to prohibit or reject a proposed or intended act (especially the power of a chief executive to reject a bill passed by the legislature) Definition
(verb) vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent
Synonyms : blackball negative
Example Sentence
  • The President vetoed the bill
Definition
(verb) command against
Example Sentence
  • I forbid you to call me late at night
  • Mother vetoed the trip to the chocolate store
  • Dad nixed our plans
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for veto

Veto and vote are opposites. Veto is to prohibit,disallow, while vote means, to approve, give consent.

in Indian idol2010 judges used their VETO power to save one of the contestants from being kicked out

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pota act in india - power to arrest terrorist

vex

Short Definition : annoy; distress

Definition
(verb) cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
Example Sentence
  • Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me
  • It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves
Definition
(verb) disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress
Synonyms : worry
Example Sentence
  • I cannot sleep--my daughter's health is worrying me
Definition
(verb) change the arrangement or position of Definition
(verb) subject to prolonged examination, discussion, or deliberation
Example Sentence
  • vex the subject of the death penalty
Definition
(verb) be a mystery or bewildering to
Example Sentence
  • This beats me!
  • Got me--I don't know the answer!
  • a vexing problem
  • This question really stuck me
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for vex

very similar to wax....and LADIES go for waxing, even though it is a very painful and annoying process.

Vex and perplex both mean, to confuse.

Vex and sex..both are confusing :p

vex : v = very , ex = extrime. anything very extreme is annoying.

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V think of our EX, it makes us disturb, irritated and annoys us

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