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Monthly Archives: October 2015

Oct
30
2015

empower

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

ihm paU @r

transitive verb
definition 1:  to grant legal power or authority to; authorize.
example:  The law empowers the courts to rule in certain family matters.

definition 2:  to permit; enable.
example:  Wealth has empowered him to be more independent.
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Oct
30
2015

frisson

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

fri son
noun
an intense sensation of excitement or fear that comes on suddenly; thrill.
A frisson of excitement shot through her as she realized what an opportunity she’d just been given.



Oct
29
2015

compliance

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

k@m plaI @ns

noun
definition 1:  acquiescence or conformity.
example:  I acted in compliance with your request.
example:  Smoke alarms must be installed in compliance with the building code to prevent fires.
example:  Strict compliance with the new regulation is expected of all clinic employees.

definition 2:  an inclination or tendency to yield to others.
example:  He had been defiant in his younger days, but compliance characterized him in his later years.
example:  Her compliance was what allowed him to control and take advantage of her.
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Oct
29
2015

aurora

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ə ro rə

noun
1. in Roman mythology, the goddess of dawn.
2. (l.c.) the dawn or beginning of something.
The treaty brought about the aurora of peace.
3. (l.c.) bands or streamers of light that appear in the sky at night in areas around the magnetic poles, caused by solar particles striking atoms in the outer part of the earth’s atmosphere. (see aurora australis, aurora borealis.)
While camping in the north one summer, we experienced the beautiful sight of an aurora in the night sky.


Oct
28
2015

succumb

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

s@ kuhm

intransitive verb
definition:  to give in or give way to a fatal illness, superior force, overwhelming desire, or the like; yield.
example:  His sister succumbed to diphtheria that winter.
example:  They could hold off the enemy no longer and were forced to succumb.
example:  He tried to resist the desserts, but after seeing the tray he succumbed.
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