Monthly Archives: August 2013

Aug
20
2013

infer

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

ihn fuhr

transitive verb
definition:
  to conclude or determine on the basis of evidence or logical premises.
example:  I inferred his motives from the manner in which he made his request.
example:  Seeing the large number of books in her room, I inferred that she was an avid reader.
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Aug
20
2013

gainsay

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gain·say

geIn seI

transitive verb

1. to deny or contradict.
example: If a man of science says it is true, who am I to gainsay it?

2. to speak against; oppose.

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Aug
19
2013

imply

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ihm plaI

transitive verb
definition:
  to say indirectly; suggest.
example:  Are you implying that I cheated?
example:  She agreed to do it, but her tone implied resentment.
example:  When she told him he dropped his candy wrapper, she was implying that he should pick it up.
example:  These symptoms may imply a weak heart.
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Aug
19
2013

shibboleth

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shib·bo·leth

shI leth
shI bə lihth

noun

1. a slogan, phrase, or belief that characterizes or is held devotedly by a group.
example: “No new taxes” is now a shibboleth of the Republican Party. 

2. a piece of language or a pronunciation that serves as a test of one’s membership in a group.

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Aug
16
2013

render

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ren d@r

transitive verb
definition 1:  to present for payment or consideration.
example:  Your payment is overdue: please render the amount due within ten days.
example:  Would anyone else like to render their opinion on this matter?

definition 2:  to cause to become; make.
example:  He tried to escape, but his broken leg rendered him helpless.

definition 3:  to give or offer, especially in order to help or assist.
example:  The Red Cross rendered aid to the needy during the emergency.
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