Confusing Words Clarified: Group R; Homonyms, Homophones, Homographs, Synonyms, Polysemes, etc. +
(lists of "R" sections that are organized into what for some people are confusing groups of words)
If you have any problems understanding the pronunciation symbols, go to this Pronunciation Chart for clarifications.
Ron felt rapt and tearful when he listened to the dirge being played on bag pipes.
2. To have packaged something carefully: The large painting was wrapped in several layers of canvas to protect it during transit.
3. To have complete control over someone: Patrice has Brian wrapped around her little finger; that is, she controls him completely and he always does what she wants him to do.
When Lottie started to work on repairing the bookshelf, her first thought was that she had better pay rapt attention to what she was doing or she could have rapped her thumb with the hammer and then she would need to have it wrapped with a bandage.
2. To offer resistance to; to fight against: The troops were making efforts to repel an invasion by the terrorists.
In the high adventure story that Stacie was reading, the hero had to rappel down the cliff to warn his friends in time to repel the attack by their enemy.
2. An individual who performs African-American music in which the lyrics are chanted to the accompaniment of music: As Leo was walking through the park, he stopped to listen to the rapper who was sitting on a bench and performing.
3. A door knocker attached to the door by a hinge: Ivan thought the ornamental rapper on the door looked just like his uncle.
2. An article of clothing that is worn closely around the body: Camille wore a colorful wrapper in the morning when she ate her breakfast before she dressed for the day.
3. An individual whose responsibility it is to enfold an object in a protective covering: For David's holidays, he worked as a wrapper in the gift department of the department store.
The wrapper at the gift shop was very proud of the fact that his former classmate was now a famous musical rapper and entertainer.
2. Concerning something which is distinguished by unusual merit or appeal: At the gallery, Mark viewed the rare collection of ivory miniatures.
3. Infrequent, unusual, uncommon: Tabitha and Shelby saw a rare bird while they were out on a hike.
2. Limited quantity in comparison to the interest or demand; so, not easy to procure: The grocer reported that lemons were scarce at this time of year.
3. Hard to find; absent or rare: U.S. steel pennies are scarce now except in coin shops.
In Kevin's art store, there is a scarce supply of copies of the rare print made by the Italian print master of the last century.
2. Regarding to a person who is sane, lucid, and able to make sound judgments: The doctor indicated that the patient was rational and should not be detained in the hospital.
3. Descriptive of something a person clarifies which is sensible and reasonable and not emotional: Jason's explanation for being late seemed rational to him but not to his parents.
Jeff's friend elucidated the rationale behind his early retirement, but Jill still didn't comprehend the rationale for his decision.
The rationale that Kristie's normally rational friend gave her for getting her speeding ticket was unbelievable.
2. To pillage, to sack; to cause massive wreckage: The revolutionaries marched across the city planning to ravage the palace of the king.
2. To take away or to seize with violence: The police investigated an accusation by the woman that the man tried to ravish (rape) her.
The destruction by the sudden storm seemed to ravage an entire city block; so, Sherrie was afraid to go downtown to survey the damage for fear it would emotionally ravish her.
Abigail noticed that a large black raven lived in the ravine near her home; so, one morning she watched it ravin a small animal in the tall grass. She felt sad but she also remembered that the raven was a wild bird and to ravin in the ravine was one aspect of its way to exist.
2. To follow a course of study at an educational institution or independently: Helene fully intends to read the classics when she goes to school next semester.
2. A wind instrument made of a hollowed piece of wood: Fern brought her new reed with her when she started her new position with the chamber group.
3. Part of the equipment needed when setting up a loom which is used to space the warp threads evenly: Elva's husband made the reed which she used when she was setting up her loom in anticipation of weaving a blanket.
Those who don't read have no advantage over those who can't.
The ancient Egyptian book Brandon read was written on papyrus which was made from a reed that grew near the river and one of the illustrations in the book showed a godlike figure playing on a reed instrument.
2. To have gained information through the perusal of information available in printed, written, or computer form: Frank read the entire list of words shown on the computer and realized that he didn't know all of the definitions.
3. To have reviewed something looking for potential errors: Timothy read the printer's proofs of his new book and was very pleased.
4. To have ordered or reprimanded severely: Greg's mother read the riot act to him because he refused to go to bed when she told him to do it earlier.
2. A term used to describe an economic or financial loss: The company was in the red last year and the possibility of a turnabout in the near future is minimal.
Madison read a large book with a red cover. It was an account of how the theater company wound up in the red because the management had not read the interests of the patrons correctly.
While writing a readable short story for the local newspaper contest, Ingrid used her most legible handwriting.
2. To be shocked, confused, and upset; to feel dizzy, to sway: Maude could only reel and stagger from the sudden death of her husband.
When Jennifer went fishing, she had some real pleasure using the reel to pull in the fish.
2. The overwhelming sum of events and things: The reality of the situation is that Aaron was lost and so he arrived home very late.
3. The quality or state of existence: Frankie's dream to be a nurse became a reality when she graduated from university.
There's a new show on TV that demonstrates the reality of the realty market.
2. To cause or to appear to be in existence: Angelia was able to realize her characters in her book through careful descriptions.
3. To be completely aware of a situation: Joseph seemed to realize the danger he was facing by choosing to cross the desert by night.
2. To be convinced or aware of the truth about something: After reading the budget report, Jim feels that he will know what the real situation is at the company.
3. To have a straightforward, practical understanding of a problem at hand: Frieda will know how to bake bread as soon as she tries her mother's recipe.
Shanna, do you realize that we know just about nothing when it comes to international finances?
2. A very large amount: There was one ream after another ream of material to read before going to the meeting.
2. To squeeze the juice out of fruit: Susanna will use the gadget with a ridge and conical top to ream the oranges so she can have a fresh orange smoothie for breakfast!
It will take a ream of fresh oranges to ream enough juice for everyone to have a large glassful in the morning.
2. The part of a military deployment usually farthest from the fighting front: The troops were redeployed from the camp at the rear where their weapons were upgraded for the next attack.
Debora wanted to rear her dog to be obedient and friendly.2. To lift upright or to raise: Cleo and Alisa could see the cliff wall appear to rear way above them.
The race horse owner was careful to rear his horses so they would not rear up if they heard a loud noise. Victor also kept the horses in the rear part of the barn where it was quieter.