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Meaning of meticulous, inflexible, chic, hectic, literate, despondent, obese, sordid, pious, predominate

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Meaning of meticulous (adjective)
forms: meticulous; more meticulous; most meticulous; less meticulous; least meticulous

detailed work; very careful

Example
The meticulous work was more than most could handle.
I particularly enjoyed long evening discussions with Lance, whose meticulous methods and ambitions in broadcasting were explained in his book "The Stuff of Radio", which he sent me on his return to London, together with a copy of his novel, "The Perfect Witch".

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Meaning of inflexible (adjective)
forms: more inflexible; most inflexible; less inflexible; least inflexible

unbending; unwilling to compromise

Example
She was inflexible about her rules on drinking and driving.
In this functional bureaucracy, Ford's top-down management style made decision-making slow and inflexible with a heavy emphasis on short-term financial criteria.

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Meaning of chic (adjective)
forms: chicer; chicest; less chic; least chic

stylish

Example
It is considered very chic to leave the bottom button of a sport coat unbuttoned by some.
As a new graduate, she blew the chance to work for Yves Saint Laurent when she clashed with a fearsomely chic woman while visiting a textile company.

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Meaning of hectic (adjective)
forms: more hectic; most hectic; less hectic; least hectic

very busy; feverish

Example
The stock traders' office worked at a hectic pace.
He admitted that he thought electors were sick of what seemed like endless campaigning, but for the last two weeks his home has been the headquarters for a hectic campaign office.

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Meaning of literate (adjective)
forms: more literate; most literate; less literate; least literate

educated to the point of being able to read and write (e.g. person)

Example
American society has the goal of making sure all children will be literate by the time they are teenagers.

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Meaning of despondent (adjective)
forms: more despondent; most despondent; less despondent; least despondent

depressed

Example
Sergeant Meeks was worried about his troops being so despondent.

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Meaning of obese (adjective)
forms: obese; more obese; most obese; less obese; least obese

very fat

Example
Many Americans are becoming obese.
You often find, for example, that teenage girls who are just slightly overweight see themselves as massively obese.

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Meaning of sordid (adjective)
forms: sordid; more sordid; most sordid; less sordid; least sordid

wretched; often referring to terrible conditions

Example
To some people, rock stars are stereotypically sordid characters.
Yet, considering the sordid life to which the modern underclass is committed, and especially when their life is compared with that of the contented majority, it is an occasion for wonder that the discontent and its more violent and aggressive manifestations are not greater than they are.

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Meaning of pious (adjective)
forms: pious; more pious; most pious; less pious; least pious

very religious; devout

Example
One would hope that a pastor of a church would have a pious disposition.
In early sixteenth-century London it was customary for the most pious lay people to rush from church to church in order to be present at as many elevations of the host as possible in a single day.

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Meaning of predominate (adjective)
forms: predominate; more predominate; most predominate; less predominate; least predominate

leading; prevailing

Example
The predominate party was now in power for four years.

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