Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Monthly Archives: August 2015

Aug
31
2015

aggrandize

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

ə graen daIz
1. to increase in size or scope; enlarge; extend.
Plans were made to further aggrandize the palace.
2. to make, or cause to appear, grander in wealth, stature, power, or influence; exalt.
In his autobiography, the former president aggrandizes his role in the peace agreement.
His service to the king had aggrandized him; he was now a member of the nobility with a large estate.



Aug
31
2015

dispensable

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

dih spen s@ b@l

adjective
definition:  capable of being omitted; not necessary.
example:  To make more space, she got rid of all the furniture in the apartment that she felt was dispensable.
example:  Those employees that were considered dispensable were laid off to reduce expenditures.
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Aug
28
2015

evidence

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e v@ dihns

noun
definition 1:  the basis for belief; that which constitutes proof of something.
example:  Scientists have long been searching for evidence of life on distant planets.
example:  The police still have no solid evidence to back up their theory.
example:  The illegal drugs will be used as evidence in court.

definition 2:  trace or indication.
example:  His fingerprints were evidence of his having been in the apartment at some time.

transitive verb
definition 1:  to make manifest or clear.
example:  Having heard about the accident, he evidenced his concern over the child’s condition.
example:  The defendant evidenced no emotion upon hearing the verdict.

definition 2:  to support with evidence.
example:  She evidenced her views by citing clinical studies.
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Aug
28
2015

cogent

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ko jihnt

adjective

convincing, or compelling by virtue of a strong argument or clear presentation.
Her cogent rebuttal was the key to their team winning the debate.



Aug
27
2015

corrode

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

k@ rod

transitive verb
definition 1:  to cause to wear away by degrees, esp. by chemical action.
example:  Rust had corroded the exterior of the car.

definition 2:  to damage or slowly destroy.
example:  Jealousy corroded their relationship.
example:  Pride is corroding his character.
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