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Monthly Archives: February 2016

Feb
29
2016

stage

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

steIj

noun
definition 1:  a platform upon which lectures, music, or theatrical productions are performed.
example:  In the first scene of the play, there are only two actors on the stage.

definition 2:  the profession of acting in the theater (preceded by “the”).
example:  The stage had been her life, and adjusting to retirement was difficult.

definition 3:  a period or phase in the progression or development of something.
example:  Back pain is not uncommon in the final stage of pregnancy.
example:  Adolescence is a stage between childhood and adulthood.

transitive verb
definition 1:  to perform or exhibit on or as on a stage.
example:  The repertory theater group will be staging two plays by Shakespeare this year.
example:  The playwright was delighted that the producer finally agreed to stage her play.

definition 2:  to cause to take place, as an event or performance for public viewing.
example:  Animal rights activists will be staging a demonstration outside the research facility on Saturday.

definition 3:  to present (something) to others in order to create a particular impression or illusion.
example:  The friendly handshake between the two leaders was staged for the photograph.
example:  The movement of the tanks was staged to fool the enemy; in fact, the tanks were not even real.

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Feb
29
2016

caucus

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

kaw kəs
noun
a private meeting of leaders of a political party to choose candidates or determine policy, or such a group itself.
The candidate chosen at the caucus was the one that everyone expected.
He switched parties and joined the Democratic caucus.
intransitive verb
to meet in a caucus.
They will discuss their strategy when they caucus next week.



Feb
26
2016

dominate

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

da m@ neIt

transitive verb
definition 1:  to control or govern by the use of power or influence; rule.
example:  The Soviet Union dominated the smaller communist nations of Eastern Europe.
example:  His authoritarian father dominated him to a stifling degree.

definition 2:  to rise above; tower over.
example: The massive castle dominates the landscape.

definition 3:  to pervade; characterize.
example:  The topic of war dominated the conversation.

intransitive verb
definition 1:  to be above others in authority; be in command.
example:  The Romans dominated in the Mediterranean during those times.

definition 2:  to be in the top position.
example:  Each of the three top companies is struggling to dominate.
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Feb
26
2016

deracinate

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

dih rae sih neIt
transitive verb
to pull up by or as if by the roots; uproot; isolate; exile.
Jews deracinated from the Netherlands made their new home in Portugal.



Feb
25
2016

compile

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

k@m paIl

transitive verb
definition 1:  to form (a written work or list) by bringing together pieces of information, articles, documents, or the like.
example:  They’re compiling a recipe book, so they’ve asked each of us to submit one of our favorite recipes.
example:  The agency thinks he’s a spy and has compiled a dossier on him.
example:  The publisher is compiling a glossary to accompany the textbook.

definition 2:  to gather together; collect.
example:  Our research team has been compiling data on population shifts for several years now.
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