Tag: collocations

Oct
02
2014

arbitrary

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

ar bih trer i

adjective
definition 1:
  resulting from whim or caprice instead of from a rule or reason.
example:  The committee’s decision seemed completely arbitrary.

definition 2:  exercising power with no legal restrictions; despotic.
example:  One arbitrary leader after another ruled the country during this period of instability.
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Oct
01
2014

obtain

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

@b teIn

transitive verb
definition:  to gain possession of; acquire.
example:  He obtained his college degree in just three years.
example:  The police asked him where he had obtained the stolen property.

intransitive verb
definition:  to be customary; prevail.
example:  The traditional values of the founders of this community still obtain here.
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Sep
29
2014

distort

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dih stort

transitive verb
definition 1:  to twist out of shape; deform the appearance or functioning of.
example:  The uneven surface of the mirror distorted his reflection.
example:  Having the volume too loud distorts the sound.

definition 2:  to falsify or misrepresent.
example:  The actor felt the newspaper article distorted what he had said in the interview.
example:  Exaggerating is often harmless, but it does distort the truth.
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Sep
18
2014

superfluous

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s@ puhr flu @s

adjective
definition:    being beyond a sufficient amount; excessive.
example:  This paragraph is superfluous and could easily be eliminated.
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Sep
16
2014

esoteric

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e s@ ter ihk

adjective
definition:    understood or known only by a few persons who have special training, access, or interests.
example:  He wrote a book on the esoteric topic of how to grow ornamental onions.
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