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Monthly Archives: October 2013

Oct
25
2013

contrary

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

adjective

kan trer i [or] kən trer i

1. totally different; opposite.
example: You and I hold contrary views.
example: The two boys headed off in contrary directions.

2. not favorable; adverse.
example: Cloudy skies and high winds are contrary conditions for ballooning.

3. stubbornly averse; willful.
example: It’s hard to like such a spoiled and contrary child as he is.
example: I just thought we might go to a movie; you don’t have to be so contrary!
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Oct
25
2013

survey

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

suhr veI [or] s@r veI

transitive verb
definition 1:  to take an overall look at.
example:  He stood on the cliff  a while, surveying the landscape below.
example:  We surveyed the remaining tasks that had to be done.

definition 2:  to examine in detail; scrutinize.
example:  She surveyed his face for any signs of deceit.
example:  I surveyed the application forms for any errors before sending them in.

definition 3:  to carry out a survey of; canvass.
example:  They surveyed the neighborhood and found out that most people were against the zoning proposal.
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Oct
24
2013

averse

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ə vuhrs

adjective

strongly opposed or disinclined; unwilling (usu. fol. by to).
example: She was averse to lending her son any more money.
example: I’m not averse to dancing; I’m just not very good at it.



Oct
24
2013

seek

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

sik

transitive verb
definition 1:  to try to find; search for.
example:  The police are seeking the man who witnessed the crime.
example:  Bears often roam the campground seeking food.

definition 2:  to try to acquire or obtain.
example:  If you don’t understand, you should seek help from the teacher.
example:  She had never sought fame; she only wanted to act in films.

definition 3:  to try (usually followed by an infinitive).
example:  He sought to discover the reason he had been fired.
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Oct
23
2013

adverse

Posted in Word of the Day, Wordsmyth Blog by admin

aed vərs [or] əd vərs

adjective

1. opposed to or conflicting with one’s purposes or desires.
example: The adverse vote on the director’s proposal was unexpected.
example: The captain was used to sailing under adverse conditions.

2. producing harmful effects.
example: The patient had an adverse reaction to the medication.

3. moving in an opposite direction.