WOTW: doubt

| - Tim Lake |

triplo word of the week - doubt


Doubt” is a verb and a noun. The meaning is the same for both. It is a useful word in discussion. Let’s find out what doubt means.


The meaning of the noun “doubt” is a feeling of uncertainty or lacking belief in something.


+ Some doubt has been cast about how safe the new technology is.

+ We had doubts about their plan to marry.

+ It is natural to have some doubts about a big life decision like that.

+ There were strong doubts about whether what he said was true or not.


The meaning of the verb “doubt” is the same. It means feel uncertain about, not believe, or question the truth of something.


+ He began to doubt his ability to do the job well.

+ I seriously doubt that extra-terrestrials have visited earth.

+ You shouldn`t have doubted me.

+ It is impossible to doubt that climate change is caused by human action.


There are a couple of useful phrases we doubt.


+ The result of the election is not in doubt. (open to question)

+ I have no doubt that she is telling the truth. (shows strong belief something is true)

+ The prosecution proved the case beyond doubt. (no uncertainty)


The pronunciation is / daʊt /.


This word is in the New General Service List, a list of the 3,000 most common words in English communication. You can get the full list on our website by clicking here.


この単語は、英語で最もよく使われる3,000の単語のリストであるNew General Service Listからのものです。完全なリストはこちらから。



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