V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
noun, adjective, verb
Definition: (n.) 1. blue-gray rock that can be split into layers; 2. a record of the past; 3. a list of political candidates; (adj.) blue-gray in color; (v.) 1. to schedule something; 2. to enter onto a list
Synonyms: (n.) rock, stone, tally, schedule, (v.) list, record, slot
Tips: It may be helpful to remember that all of slate's meanings have derived from the many uses of the "rock" itself. Because writing tablets used to be made of slate, the meanings "schedule, record, and list" all stemmed from that. In business, the term slate is a sophisticated way of saying "schedule." If you slate a meeting or a meeting is slated to take place, it is much more definitive and certain to happen than if someone just "pencils you in" as pencil can be erased, but something etched in slate is permanent.
They put aside their differences and decided to start a clean slate. (record) noun
The new sitcom is slated to start this fall. (scheduled) verb
They will replace the roof tiles with ones made of slate. (rock) noun
Presidential elections are always slated for the second Tuesday in November. (scheduled, slotted) verb
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