Vocabulary for Success: 10 Words to Learn Today

How do people perceive you? What sort of impression do you make on the people you meet? Whether it’s friends or strangers, co-workers or managers, you’re judged every day – sometimes more kindly than others! – by what you wear, what your attitude is, and what you say. Just as you pick your outfit according to the event you’re attending, and alter your mood to match your companions and your circumstances, you’ll need to select the right words for each occasion. The more words you know, the easier this will be. Here are ten useful words to learn and practice to help you adapt to any situation:

chronic (KRON-ick) adjective
Definition: Persistent or present over a long period of time, either continually or recurring.
Example: Stuart was unable to save enough money for a new car due to his chronic betting (and losing) at the racetrack.

ambient (AM-bee-ent) adjective
Definition: Enveloping, surrounding, present everywhere.
Example: It’s difficult to make a good-quality recording of a live outdoor performance in a city park because the ambient noise level is so high.

mitigate (MIH-tih-gate) verb
Definition: To make less, to decrease, to make better
Example: That naturopath suggests taking a double dose of vitamin B6 or chewing on fresh ginger to mitigate the motion sickness many people feel on long sea voyages.

utopia (you-TOH-pee-ah) noun
Definition: A perfect situation or state of affairs.
Example: We all dream of a utopia where everyone has everything they need to live a good life, but not all of us are willing to sacrifice what we have to help others.

dubious (DOO-bee-us) adjective
Definition: Doubtful, open to question, uncertain.
Example: The ambient temperature at the poles during the winter is so high, scientists are dubious as to whether or not we will be able to do anything to mitigate the speed at which the ice caps are melting.

Come back tomorrow for five more words that you’ll find useful in any future scenario, whether utopian or post-apocalyptic!