Tag: collocations

Feb
19
2015

innate

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

ihn eIt

adjective
definition 1:  belonging to or existing in someone or some organism from the time of birth; inborn.
example:  Shyness may be an innate characteristic in some human beings.

definition 2:  of the essential nature of something.
example:  The innate complexity of the subject makes it challenging to teach.
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Feb
16
2015

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Feb
13
2015

acquire

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

@ kwaIr

transitive verb
definition 1:  to come to possess; obtain.
example:  He is acquiring some bad habits from his friends.
example:  You’ve acquired an American accent since you’ve been living here.
example:  We acquired some furniture for our apartment from some relatives.
example:  I never liked asparagus before, but I seem to have acquired a taste for it.

definition 2:  to gain, esp. through one’s own efforts or dealings.
example:  He acquired his wealth by building railroads.
example:  The company’s been trying to acquire that land for years.
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Feb
12
2015

worthy

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wuhr thi

adjective
definition 1:  having adequate or considerable worth or merit; admirable; commendable.
example:  She donates money for famine relief and other worthy causes.
example:  The volunteers put in a worthy effort to save the historic building.

definition 2:  deserving (often followed by “of”).
example:  He’s a man worthy of his reputation.
example:  Her essay was certainly worthy of the praise it received.
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Feb
10
2015

poignant

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poIn y@nt

adjective
definition:  deeply touching; arousing strong emotion, esp. sadness or sympathy; piercing; penetrating.
example:  The scene in which the soldier comes home to his wife is the most poignant in the film.
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