Confusing Words Clarified: Group U; Homonyms, Homophones, Homographs, Synonyms, Polysemes, etc. +
(lists of "U" sections that are organized into what for some people are confusing groups of words)
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2. To say something: "Don't utter a word or say anything about our upcoming marriage."
An udder is the milk faucets on a cow.
The cow was heard to utter a sigh of relief after her udder was milked and she was sent back out to pasture for the evening.
2. A group or organization that includes many smaller groups: "Several stores spread throughout the country are part of this umbrella corporation."
3. Something that includes several or many different things: "This umbrella policy that I have includes liability insurance, car insurance, and household insurance."
A man wearing a large sombrero walked down the street with a friend who was carrying a colorful parasol.
They appeared to be going to the meeting of the umbrella organization representing small agencies which were protesting high taxes.
As an unexceptional banker, she left much to be desired in terms of answering my questions; however, she was unexceptionable when it came to investment management.
For his distance vacation, her cousin went to an uninhabited island; there he felt he could dance on the beach in an uninhibited manner and no one would be able to laugh at him.
2. A part of a hospital where a particular type of care is provided: "My father was put into the intensive care unit after having that bad accident."
3. A particular amount of length, time, money, etc., which is used as a standard for counting or measuring: "The Euro is the principal unit of Euopean currency."
2. To cause (two or more people or things) to be joined together and become one thing: "The couple wanted to unite in marriage last spring but couldn't because of the terrible car accident."
The cleaning staff that worked in the emergency unit of the hospital decided to unite and ask for better wages.
2. A school that offers advanced training in a specified subject: "She was so talented in art that she decided to go to an arts college."
After his cousin finished high school, she had to decide to apply to the well known university which was in another city or to the fine arts program at the college in her town.
2. Not normal, usual, or expected: "He was surprised by her unwonted cheerfulness."
His unwanted attentions as a suitor were unwonted and so she told him to go away.
2. Fashionable and somewhat formal: During their vacation, William and Joyce really enjoyed the urbane sophistication of the people they met.
The actor was very urbane in his mannerisms which reflected his upbringing as he had always lived in urban centers.
Urbane is the ability to put your foot forward without stepping on someone else's toes.
Please make yourself useful. You can wash the kitchen utensils which are very usable even though they are old.
2. To treat someone well in order to get something for yourself: "I'm sure he was just trying to use me in that situation because he didn't even say Thank you afterwards and hasn't called since."
If Jews want to increase the number of sheep in their flocks, they simply must use rams and ewes to make it happen.