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Monthly Archives: April 2013

Apr
24
2013

loanword

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

lon wuhrd

noun

definition: a word that one language has adopted from another and at least partly naturalized. (more…)



Apr
23
2013

hierarchy

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

haI @r ar ki

noun

definition 1:  a body of persons or entities graded according to rank or level of authority.
example:  The animal groups and individual animals were listed in a hierarchy, with the largest   group at the top, the smaller subgroups under that, and the individual animals at the bottom.
example:  An admiral ranks at the top of the naval hierarchy. 

definition 2:  a series that is graded or ranked.
example:  I listed my goals in a hierarchy from most important to least important. 

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Apr
23
2013

derivation

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

de rih veI sh@n

noun

definition: a word formed by adding an affix to another word, or the process of forming a word in this way.
example: The words “happiness” and “unhappy” are derivations of the word “happy.”

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Apr
22
2013

inflection

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

ihn flek sh@n
noun

1. a change in the pitch or tone of a voice; modulation.
example: Often, inflection alone indicates that a person is asking a question. (more…)



Apr
22
2013

develop

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

pronunciation:   dih ve ləp
part of speech:    transitive verb

definition 1: to bring out the potential of; advance to a more complete or more effective condition.
example: The coach is attempting to develop the team this year so that it can contend for the championship.
example: It took time and great effort to develop the land for crops.
example:  She has a certain natural talent, but she needs to develop it.

definition 2:  to cause to gain strength; cause to grow.
example: Doing these exercises will develop your leg muscles.

definition 3: to add detail to; elaborate.
example:  He is developing the plot for his new novel.

definition 4: to bring into being or operation; generate.
example: Our company is developing a new product that we hope to launch next year.

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