Monthly Archives: January 2014

Jan
22
2014

transition

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traen zI sh@n

noun
definition:  change from one position, stage, or situation to another.
example:  There were painful experiences during his transition from boyhood to manhood.
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Jan
21
2014

prior

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praI @r

adjective
definition:  being, existing, or occurring earlier in time or sequence; former; previous.
example:  I remember meeting him on a prior occasion.
example:  A prior engagement kept her from attending the party.
example:  Prior experience had prepared him for this possibility.
example:  The suspect was found to have prior arrests.
example:  I had a lawyer look at the contract prior to my signing it.
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Jan
21
2014

oscillate

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aleIt

intransitive verb

1. to swing steadily and repeatedly back and forth.
As the fan oscillates, different areas of the room get a breeze.
My windshield wipers make a squeaky noise as they oscillate.

2. to waver between different or opposed opinions, conditions, or courses of action; vacillate.
I’m still oscillating between staying at my current job and accepting that company’s offer.

3. to vary or cause variances between opposite extremes, usually as a repeated and regular fluctuation.
The stock market has a tendency to oscillate.

 

 

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Jan
20
2014

ensure

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ihn shuhr

transitive verb
definition 1:  to cause to be a certainty.
example:  Those dark clouds ensure rain.
example:  The hotel staff do whatever is necessary to ensure that guests are comfortable.
example:  Plenty of fluids and rest will ensure a more speedy recovery.

definition 2:  to protect or render safe.
example:  She took steps to ensure her reputation against slander.
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Jan
20
2014

contrive

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kən traIv

transitive verb
1. to plan cleverly or ingeniously; devise; invent.
example: The prisoner contrived his escape with great care. She contrived an excuse that was wholly believable.

2. to scheme or plot with treacherous intent.
example: The conspirators contrived the overthrow of the ruler.

3. to cleverly devise (a mechanism or the like), esp. by improvising.
example: A clockmaker, John Harrison, contrived the marine chronometer, a device which allowed one to calculate one’s longitude at sea.

4. to manage, esp. by overcoming obstacles.
example: They contrived a way to get across the river.

intransitive verb
to create plans; scheme.

 

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