Assent: agreement, to agree
- The ascent of Mt. Everest was an arduous affair.
- Finally the parliament has given assent to the bill.
Alternate: one of every two, follow one after the other
Alternative: choice between two or more things.
- Gowri visits the library on alternate Sundays.
- Because of the taxi drivers strike, we had to find an alternative transport.
Beside: at the side of, close to
Besides: in addition to
- Sundar sits beside me in the class.
- Besides playing cricket, he also excels in chess.
Complement (v): to add new or contrasting features to improve something
Compliment: express praise or approval
- Murugan's communication skills complement his excellent academic record.
- Ravi complimented Ashok on his excellent presentation.
Continuous: going on without stopping
Continual: occurring repeatedly
- Education is a continuous process.
- There was continual rain last week.
Childish: behaving like a child, not mature
Childlike: like or typical of a child
- Many grown-ups still possess a childish attitude.
- His childlike innocence endears him to all.
Disinterested: not influenced by personal feelings or interest
Uninterested: having no interest or feelings
- Scientists approach problems with disinterested curiosity.
- James is completely uninterested in sports.
Historic: important in history or likely to be considered important at some time in the future
Historical: based on history
- Man’s landing on the moon was an historic occasion.
- We must place these events in their historical perspective.
Insidious: sly, cunning
Invidious: a job or task that is unpleasant to do, because it is likely to make you unpleasant
- Her writings are an insidious form of propaganda.
- The role of the critic is an invidious one.
Personal: pertaining to a person
Personnel: body of employees, staff
- We must not interfere in the personal matters of others.
- My father works as a personnel officer.