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Monthly Archives: June 2016

Jun
30
2016

obfuscate

Posted in Word of the Day by admin2

ab f@ skeIt

transitive verb
to make (something) seem or be difficult to understand; obscure or darken.
The meaning of the  proposed amendment was obfuscated by bureaucratic language.
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Jun
30
2016

attenuate

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

@ ten yu eIt

transitive verb
1.  to make less in quantity, quality, or effect; weaken.
Contrary to what many people believe, drinking coffee will not attenuate the effects of alcohol.
The special insulation attenuates the noise from the highway.

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Jun
29
2016

impinge

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ihm pInj

intransitive verb
1.  to strike or collide with something (usually followed by “on” or “upon”).
A blaring car horn impinged on my thoughts.

2.  to encroach (usually followed by “on” or “upon”).
We do not want the school policy to impinge on our parental authority.

3.  to have an effect or influence (usually followed by “on” or “upon”).
His opinion impinged on her choice.
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Jun
29
2016

apprise

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

@ praIz

transitive verb
to inform (often followed by “of”).
Please apprise me of new developments as they occur.
The lawyer apprised the family that their father had drawn up a new will recently.
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Jun
28
2016

beatify

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bi ae tih faI

transitive verb
1.  in the Roman Catholic Church, to proclaim (a deceased person) blessed in heaven and deserving of a ceremony of honor.
Mother Teresa was beatified in 2003 by Pope John Paul II.

2.  to admire or exalt as superior.
Many classical music lovers beatify Bach’s concertos.
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