Monthly Archives: May 2014

May
28
2014

potsherd

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pat shərd
noun
a fragment of broken pottery, esp. one with archaeological significance. (more…)

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May
27
2014

revolutionize

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

re v@ lu sh@ naIz

transitive verb
definition:  to radically alter in ways that have wide-ranging effects; transform.
example:  The invention of the microchip revolutionized the field of computer technology.
example:  Assembly line production revolutionized the auto industry.
example:  The book revolutionized society’s thinking with regard to the treatment of prisoners.
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May
27
2014

obsequious

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əb si kwi əs

adjective

showing or tending to show servile obedience or deference; fawning.
She wanted your honest opinion, not just obsequious compliments.
The obsequious relatives made frequent visits to their elderly and very wealthy aunt.

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May
26
2014

stem

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stem

noun
definition:  the main axis of a plant, usu. above ground, from which branches, leaves, flowers, or fruits may arise.
example:  Several flowers grew off each stem of the roses.

intransitive verb
definition:  to originate or arise (usually followed by “from” or “out of”).
example:  His pride stems from his many accomplishments.
example:  She couldn’t imagine what her son’s anger stemmed from.
example:  Her choice of topic for the book stemmed from her experiences living in Asia.
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May
26
2014

advert

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əd vərt

intransitive verb
definition: to direct the attention by comment or remark (usu. fol. by to).
The effects of the illness, to which I adverted earlier, now became apparent to his colleagues.

words similar to advert: allude, refer

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