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Monthly Archives: April 2015

Apr
30
2015

abstemious

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aeb sti mi ihs

adjective
1. exercising restraint or moderation in eating and drinking.
A nun is taught to be abstemious.
The support group helped him become abstemious.

2. marked by restraint or abstention.
Her career as a model demanded an abstemious diet.
The life of a monk is an abstemious one.



Apr
30
2015

espouse

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

ih spaUz

transitive verb
definition:  to take up, hold, or commit oneself to (a cause, idea, or belief); embrace.
example:  He had once espoused communist ideals, but now he rejected them.
example:  They espouse the view that the government is not doing enough to protect endangered species.
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Apr
29
2015

temporize

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temraIz

intransitive verb
1. to be indecisive or delay acting, as in order to gain time or avoid conflict.
The company was not returning her calls after her encouraging job interview and she suspected they were temporizing, perhaps hoping to conduct more interviews before making their final decision.

2. to draw out discussions or negotiations in order to gain time.
3. to behave or act in a manner appropriate to the time or circumstances, rather than according to personal beliefs or principles.
4. to yield to prevailing conditions; compromise.



Apr
29
2015

fluctuate

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fluhk chu eIt

intransitive verb
definition:  to vary or change irregularly; rise and fall.
example:  The price of gold continually fluctuates.
example:  My appetite fluctuates; some days I’m hungry all the time and other days I don’t feel like eating at all.
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Apr
28
2015

pontificate

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pan tI fih keIt

intransitive verb

1. to speak or behave with exaggerated authority.
Just because he’s a professor, he thinks he can pontificate about any subject.

2.  to carry out the duties of a pontiff.