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    affirmation of a few sentences 3

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am on the right track by the interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    The election passed without any disturbance.
    There was a disturbance at the back of the hall.
    disturbance = agitation, tumult, uproar

    He is too much swayed by the needs of the moment.
    sway = to have an impact on in a certain way; influence

    And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins.
    quicken = give life or energy to
    you hath he quickened = He (God) has made us alive

    The heart is the first part that quickens, and the last that dies.
    quicken = to come to life; to become alive; to become vivified or enlivened

    You'll have to quicken up your rate of work if you want to finish by the agreed date.
    He quickened his pace a little.
    His pulse is quickening.
    quicken = accelerate, expedite

    The spring rains quickened the earth.
    quicken = to exhibit sigs of life; to make lively, active, or sprightly

    She is quickening with child.
    quicken = to move, as the fetus i the womb.

    I watched the dawn quickening in the east.

    Troy was besieged by the Greeks for ten years.
    Till Paris was besieged, famished, and lost.
    besiege = to beset or surround with armed forces, for the purpose of compelling to surrender

    The teacher was besieged with questions and requests from her pupils.
    After her sudden success,the singer was besieged with offers to appear at many concert halls.
    besiege = overwhelm, pester, shower

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.


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    Re: affirmation of a few sentences 3

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am on the right track by the interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    The election passed without any disturbance.
    There was a disturbance at the back of the hall.
    disturbance = agitation, tumult, uproar

    He is too much swayed by the needs of the moment.
    sway = to have an impact on in a certain way; influence

    And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins.
    quicken = give life or energy to
    you hath he quickened = He (God) has made us alive

    The heart is the first part that quickens, and the last that dies.
    quicken = to come to life; to become alive; to become vivified or enlivened

    You'll have to quicken up your rate of work if you want to finish by the agreed date.
    He quickened his pace a little.
    His pulse is quickening.
    quicken = accelerate, expedite

    The spring rains quickened the earth.
    quicken = to exhibit sigs of life; to make lively, active, or sprightly

    She is quickening with child.
    quicken = to move, as the fetus i the womb.

    I watched the dawn quickening in the east.

    Troy was besieged by the Greeks for ten years.
    Till Paris was besieged, famished, and lost.
    besiege = to beset or surround with armed forces, for the purpose of compelling to surrender

    The teacher was besieged with questions and requests from her pupils.
    After her sudden success,the singer was besieged with offers to appear at many concert halls.
    besiege = overwhelm, pester, shower

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    These are excellent.

    The spring rains quickened the earth.
    quicken = to exhibit sigs of life; to make lively, active, or sprightly

    I think "bring to life" is more directly the meaning here. Spring rains are conceived of as wakening the frozen earth back to life. Here is this idea in the famous Medieval poem by Geoffrey Chaucer:

    Here bygynneth the Book of the tales of Caunterbury

    1: Whan that aprill with his shoures soote
    2: The droghte of march hath perced to the roote,
    3: And bathed every veyne in swich licour
    4: Of which vertu engendred is the flour;

    (modern English:) 1. When the sweet showers of April 2. have pierced the droughts of March down to the root, 3. and bathed every shrub with the liquid 4. from whose power flowers are engendered ...

    Here the word "engendered" means to create new life (such as that of a child)


    I watched the dawn quickening in the east.
    This has the meanings that are clustering around "coming alive, coming to life" -- and in this case, especially "coming back to life, awakening."

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    Exclamation Re: affirmation of a few sentences 3

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am on the right track by the interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    The election passed without any disturbance.
    There was a disturbance at the back of the hall.
    disturbance = agitation, tumult, uproar It depends on the context. Consider the following sentences:
    I had slept through the night without any disturbance(without any interruption)
    This pipe-line can be installed without any disturbance to natural habitats (without causing inconvenience)
    This is a suitable and disturbance free place for breeding of birds. (silent and peaceful)
    He is too much swayed by the needs of the moment. OK
    sway = to have an impact on in a certain way; influence
    How to choose the film idol without being swayed
    And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins.
    quicken = give life or energy to
    you hath he quickened = He (God) has made us alive

    The heart is the first part that quickens, and the last that dies.
    quicken = to come to life; to become alive; to become vivified or enlivened

    You'll have to quicken up your rate of work if you want to finish by the agreed date.
    He quickened his pace a little.
    His pulse is quickening.
    quicken = accelerate, expedite

    The spring rains quickened the earth.
    quicken = to exhibit sigs of life; to make lively, active, or sprightly

    She is quickening with child.
    quicken = to move, as the fetus i the womb.

    I watched the dawn quickening in the east.

    Troy was besieged by the Greeks for ten years.
    Till Paris was besieged, famished, and lost.
    besiege = to beset or surround with armed forces, for the purpose of compelling to surrender

    The teacher was besieged with questions and requests from her pupils.
    After her sudden success,the singer was besieged with offers to appear at many concert halls.
    besiege = overwhelm, pester, shower = surround by a lot of people
    When the pop star tried to leave her hotel she was besieged by waiting journalists and fans.


    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    Fine collctions; a few more to supplement.

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