Vocabulary Building: “AMBIGUOUS” – Meaning and Usage

In today’s video we’ll continue to expand our vocabulary and learn a new English word – “ambiguous.”

Let’s break it into parts and learn the word’s origin.

The root of the word – “gu” comes from Latin “agere,” which means “to drive, to lead.”

Prefix “ambi-” also comes from Latin and means “around” or “about.”

And suffix “-ous” in English helps form an adjective and means “having the quality of…

And thus, the literal meaning of “ambiguous” is “having the quality of leading around or driving about.”

To be ambiguous means to be open to interpretation, to have more than one meaning.

Here is an example of how to use the word in a sentence:

“The politician’s ambiguous statements made people distrust him.”

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