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.

Usage Examples:

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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