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

  • Word of the Day
    balmy

    bal mi

    adjective
    1.  gentle, mild, and soothing.
    They prefer the balmy climate of the South Sea Islands.

    2.  fragrant, like a balm.
    The tropical air was balmy with the scent of gardenias.

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  • Vocabulary of the Day
    dainty

    deIn ti

    adjective
    1.  small and delicate.
    In her hand she held one dainty blossom.
    We drank small amounts of tea in my grandmother’s dainty cups.
    Taking dainty steps, she entered the room without a sound.

    2.  having delicate and refined manners or taste, esp. with respect to cleanliness or food.
    She is always so dainty in the way she eats;  I just shovel food into my mouth and spill things on my shirt.

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Apr
25
2013

research

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

 rih suhrch  [or]  ri suhrch

 noun
definition 1:  systematic investigation and study to obtain and analyze information, as about a theory, event, intellectual discipline, or the like.
example:  The institute is conducting research on the benefits of sleep.
example:  More research needs to be carried out before a cure can be found for this disease.
example:  I had to do some research in the library for my history paper.

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Collocations:  Words often used in combination with the noun “research” in academic writing or speaking

VERB + research:    conduct ~ ,  carry out ~ ,  undertake ~,  fund ~

research + VERB:    ~ examine  (e.g., our research examines the impact of the rise in water levels), ~ indicate,  ~ suggest  (e.g., preliminary research suggests that the opposite is true),  ~ support,  ~investigate,  ~ explore, ~ focus  (e.g., the research focuses on two important issues),  ~ demonstrate,  ~ document