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May
29
2015

advantage

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

@d vaen tihj

noun
definition 1:  a position or place of superiority or domination.
example:  All her preparation gave her the advantage in the debate.
example:  Our initiatives have paid off and put us at an advantage over our competitors.

definition 2:  something that gives a position of superiority or domination.
example:  A degree from a top school is said to be an advantage in competing for a job.
example:  The restaurant’s perfect location by the lake is its advantage over the other restaurants in the area.

definition 3:  something that is a benefit, profit, or gain.
example:  Saving money and avoiding the traffic are advantages of being able to walk to work.
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May
29
2015

limpid

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

lIm pihd

adjective

1. perfectly clear; transparent.
We could see the rocks at the bottom of the limpid pool.

2. clear in style or meaning; lucid.
He’s known for his limpid prose.

3. calm and unruffled; placid.
The nun’s limpid gaze had a calming effect on us.



May
28
2015

persuade

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

p@r sweId

transitive verb
definition 1:  to cause (another) to do something through reasoning, arguing, or appealing to the emotions.
example:  Their commercial really persuades people to try their product.
example:  Her professor persuaded her to publish her research paper.

definition 2:  to cause (another) to believe something; convince.
example:  He persuaded the jury that his client was innocent.
example:  Her sincere expression persuaded us that she was telling the truth.
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May
28
2015

personable

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

puhr sə nə bəl

adjective

pleasing in manner or appearance; friendly; attractive.
She found her boyfriend’s father quite personable, but his mother seemed somewhat cold and humorless.



May
27
2015

monopoly

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

m@ na p@ li

noun
definition 1:  complete control over a service or commodity within a given market, so that competition is eliminated.
example:  At that time, the telephone company had a monopoly over phone service in the entire region.
example:  The law prevented the company from gaining a monopoly.

definition 2:  a company that has such control.
example:  The Standard Oil Company was a monopoly established by John D. Rockefeller.
example:  Anti-trust laws were instituted in order to inhibit the creation of monopolies.

definition 3:  possession of something to a degree surpassing what others possess or are able to acquire.
example:  She’s always had a monopoly on our mother’s attention.
example:  He seems to think he has a monopoly on charm and wit.
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