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Monthly Archives: August 2014

Aug
27
2014

hinder

hIn d@r

transitive verb
definition 1:  to interfere with or obstruct the functioning or progress of.
example:  Heavy chains hindered the elephant’s movements.
example:  His questions hindered my thought process.
example:  His constant daydreaming is hindering his progress in school.
example:  The thick brambles hindered our passage through the forest.

definition 2:  to stop from doing something or stop (something) from happening.
example:  Revelation of his misconduct hindered him from winning the election.
example:  The inclusion of a tax increase hindered the bill from passing in the legislature.
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Aug
26
2014

homogeneous

ho m@ ji ni @s [or] ho m@ jin y@s

adjective
definition 1:  having all parts of the same or a similar type.
example:  The influx of immigrants and refugees into the small nation has transformed what was once a homogeneous population.

definition 2:  having the same structure, nature, or texture throughout; uniform.
example:  Homogeneous matter has the same composition regardless of what amount is analyzed.
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Aug
26
2014

flout

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

flaUt

to show scorn or contempt for, esp. by openly or deliberately disobeying.
He flouted authority while at school and no one was surprised when he was expelled.
The poet flouted the rules of writing by using unorthodox punctuation and no capital letters.



Aug
25
2014

burgeon

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buhr jihn

intransitive verb

1: to start to grow; send forth shoots, leaves, buds, or the like (often fol. by out or forth).
She was pleased to see that her new plants were burgeoning.

2: to grow or develop quickly.
New industries are burgeoning under the country’s new leadership.
As he gained hands-on experience in the field, his skills burgeoned.



Aug
25
2014

conform

k@n form

intransitive verb
definition 1:  to be or act in accordance or compliance with an established standard or norm.
example:  He found it difficult to conform to the strict rules of the military academy.
example:  All highway signs must conform to standards established by the government.
example:  She refused to conform to society’s expectations of her as a woman.

definition 2:  to show similarity or become similar in nature or appearance.
example:  Her true self does not conform to everyone’s image of her.

transitive verb
definition:  to make similar in nature or appearance.
example:  He conformed his way of speaking to the local dialect.
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