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2023-09-05 13:00 作者: 来源: 本站 浏览: 9 views Make a Comment 字号:

摘要: Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 5, 2023 is: ambiguous • \am-BIG-yuh-wus\&nb...

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 5, 2023 is:

ambiguous • \am-BIG-yuh-wus\  • adjective

To describe something as ambiguous is to say that it can be understood in more than one way or that it has more than one possible meaning.

// We were confused by the ambiguous wording of his message.

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Examples:

“There are a lot of reasons for medical errors: inexperienced caregivers; ambiguous symptoms; understaffed hospitals, underlying conditions.” — Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 26 July 2023

Did you know?

Ambiguous may highlight the vague and obscure, but its origins are as clear as a bell. This word comes from the Latin verb ambigō or ambigere, meaning “to be undecided; to dispute,” which in turn combines amb- (“on both sides”) with agere (“to be in motion”). Ambi- is a prefix to many English words denoting two or more options, such as ambivalent, ambidextrous, and ambient. Similar prefixes include bi- (as in bicentennial), di- (as in dialect), and multi- (as in multiverse).



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