Confusing Words Clarified: Group Z; Homonyms, Homophones, Homographs, Synonyms, Polysemes, etc. +
(lists of "Z" sections that are organized into what for some people are confusing groups of words)
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2. To send something or someone quickly from one place to another through electronic means: People can zap important messages from their laptops to the computers where they work.
Claudia was told that if she would zap the vegetables in the microwave, she would also zap all of the bacteria and then she could safely freeze the vegetables. So, Claudia thought she would zap that useful bit of information to Lydia in an e-mail.
2. A strong feeling of interest and enthusiasm that makes someone very eager or determined to do something: Ricky's son started to do his homework with renewed zeal after getting his first 'A' grade.
The local school principal enforced regulations with excessive zeal.
2. A lively quality that increases enjoyment, excitement, or energy: Leo's use of humor added zest to his stage performance.
Brittany is reading a book about Julia Child who was a fine cook and demonstrated great zeal in her passion for food.
When she talked, she spoke with zest about her recipes which often included zest as a flavoring.
2. To insult or criticize someone in a sharp, clever, or playful way: "Nathan's opponents have run television ads which zing him."
The debate had quite a zing to it. In fact some of the comments by the candidates seemed to zing back and forth leaving the audience feeling uncomfortable.
If Minnie is in a hurry to zip out the door while she is trying to zip her jacket, she will probably end up with zip.
2.To adjust the camera to make the image seem to be bigger and closer: "The TV cameras can zoom in to show the main character's face in detail."
Holly, if you zoom over to the edge of the ship and use the zoom lens on your camera, you might be able to zoom in on that group of whales that are cavorting close to us.