The Hindu Editorial (A valid pause: on RBI holding rates) Vocab – 06 Dec, 2018

The Reserve Bank of India’s decision to leave interest rates unchanged, given easing inflation and the slowdown in economic momentum, was both expected and reasonable.

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Today’s Vocabulary for The Hindu Editorial (A valid pause: on RBI holding rates) – Dec 06, 2018


  • Stick to (phrasal verb) – ध्यान न बँटना
    Meaning – Adhere to (a commitment, belief, or rule)
    Synonyms – adhere to/abide by, keep, hold to.
    Sentence – The government stuck to their election pledges.
  • Calibrated (adjective) – जांच करना
    Meaning – carefully assessed, carefully regulated, carefully adjusted.

    Sentence – Core reforms need calibrated policies.
  • Inflation (noun) – मुद्रास्फीति
    Meaning – A general increase in prices and fall in the purchasing value of money.
    Sentence – Policies aimed at controlling inflation.
  • Slowdown (noun) – रोकना, सुस्त होना  
    Meaning –  A decline in economic activity.
    Synonyms – economic decline, recession, slump/depression. 
    Sentence – However, the group is anticipating an expected slowdown in continental Europe.
  • Projection (noun) – प्रक्षेपण, आयोजन 
    Meaning – An estimate or forecast of a future situation based on a study of present trends.
    Synonyms – expectation, prognosis, prediction. 
    Sentence – Population projection is essential for planning.
  • Tumble (verb) – लुढकना, गिराव 
    Meaning – fall sharply, decrease, decline/slump.
    Synonyms – anticipate, predict, expect. 
    Sentence – He released the gun and tumbled down the stairs.
  • Foresee (verb) – पूर्वानुमान
    Meaning – Be aware of beforehand.
    Synonyms – anticipate, predict, expect. 
    Sentence – All this makes it impossible to foresee the likely development of Europe.


  • Hover (verb) – मंडराना
    Meaning – remain at a level.
    Synonyms –  be poised, hang, float, levitate 
    Sentence – Army helicopters hovered overhead.
  • Stand pat (phrase)  
    Meaning – stick firmly to a decision made.
  • Bolster (verb) – आधार, गद्दी
    Meaning – A long, thick pillow that is placed under other pillows for support.
    Synonyms – strengthen, support, reinforce/buttress. 
    Sentence – Place a firm bolster against the wall.
  • Tailwinds (noun) – अनुकूल हवा
    Meaning – (in business) it describes a situation or condition that will move growth, revenues, or profits higher. Headwinds (noun) – (in business) situations or conditions that make growth harder/difficult. 
  • Keep (the powder) dry (phrase)  
    Meaning – be prepared for an emergency.
  • Remit (noun) – छोड़ना
    Meaning – Cancel or refrain from exacting or inflicting (a debt or punishment)
    Synonyms – task/duty, responsibility, ambit. 
    Sentence – As you will be aware, the punishment has already been remitted.
  • Wary (adjective) – सावधान
    Meaning –  Feeling or showing caution about possible dangers or problems.

    Synonyms – cautious, careful, circumspect. 
    Sentence – He was truly despairing, but the muted female voice was firm, but understandably wary.
  • Cloud (verb) – उलझन
    Meaning –  Make (a matter or mental process) unclear or uncertain.

    Synonyms – confuse, muddle, make unclear.
    Sentence – The issue is further clouded by two other factors.
  • Horizon (noun) – क्षितिज
    Meaning – The limit of a person’s knowledge, experience, or interest.
    Synonyms – outlook, purview, perspective. 
    Sentence – She wanted to leave home and broaden her horizons.
  • Reckon (verb) – मानना, सम्मिलित करना
    Meaning – Establish by calculation.
    Synonyms – think, consider; suppose. 
    Sentence – India is now reckoned to be home to about 10 million Bangladeshis.
  • Volatile (adjective) – परिवर्तनशील
    Meaning –  (of a substance) easily evaporated at normal temperatures.
    Synonyms – unpredictable, changeable, variable/inconstant. 
    Sentence – In fact, all volatile substances are potentially narcotics.
  • Perishable (adjective) – नष्ट होनेवाला
    Meaning – (especially of food) likely to decay or go bad quickly
    Synonyms – easily spoilt, decomposable, biodegradable 
    Sentence – Pack just the amount of perishable food that can be eaten at lunch.
  • Hazy (adjective) – धुंधला
    Meaning – Vague or ill-defined.
    Synonyms – indistinct, unclear. 
    Sentence – The picture we have of him is extremely hazy.
  • Flare-up (noun) – भड़कना, उत्तेजित होना
    Meaning –  A sudden outburst of something, especially violence or hostility.
    Synonyms – (a sudden) eruption, outburst, outbreak. 
    Sentence – This prevents flare-ups and makes the meat healthier to eat.
  • Heighten (verb) – ऊंचा करना, बढ़ाना
    Meaning –  Make or become more intense.
    Synonyms – increase, raise; aggravate/worsen. 
    Sentence – Formality does not freeze emotion but heightens it.
  • Opportune (adjective) – सामयिक, समयानुकूल
    Meaning –  (of a time) especially convenient or appropriate for a particular action or event.
    Synonyms – favorable, advantageous, right. 
    Sentence – This is perhaps the most opportune time to make a beginning.
  • Macroeconomic (adjective) 
    Meaning –  relating to the branch of economics concerned with large-scale factors (interest rates/national productivity).
  • Fiscal prudence (noun) 
    Meaning – cautiousness, carefulness, judgement on fiscal decisions like borrowing, and spending, and managing the fiscal targets.
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