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    labyrinthine

    lae b@ rIn thihn  [or]  lae b@ rIn thin

    adjective
    1.  of, resembling, or forming a labyrinth.
    We followed our guide through the labyrinthine catacombs.

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  • Vocabulary of the Day
    landlocked

    laend lakt

    adjective
    lacking access to the sea.
    Paraguay and Bolivia are the only landlocked countries in South America; all the other countries border the Atlantic or Pacific Oceans, or both in the case of Colombia.

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Nov
15
2013

demonstrate

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

de m@n streIt

transitive verb
definition 1:  to explain or describe, esp. by modeling or using many examples.
example:  Using visual aids, the teacher demonstrated how a solar eclipse occurs.
example:  Our skating instructor always demonstrates the moves before we try to do them.

definition 2:  to show evidence of; prove.
example:  By the end of the trial, the lawyer had demonstrated his client’s innocence.
example:  The researchers hoped their results would demonstrate that the treatment was effective.

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Collocations:  Words often used in combination with the transitive verb demonstrate (definition 2)

demonstrate + NOUN:    ~ ability, ~ competence, ~ skill, ~ mastery, ~ commitment, ~ understanding, ~ knowledge, ~ benefit,  ~ potential,  ~ effectiveness, ~ efficacy,  ~ importance,  ~ commitment, ~ willingness, ~ feasibility, ~ versatility, ~ viability