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Jul
03
2015

stratum

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

streI t@m  [or]  strae t@m

noun
definition 1:  a horizontal layer, esp. one of several parallel layers in a pile.
example:  Sliced eggplant forms the lowest stratum of this delicious dish, and then there are several layers of sauce, cheese, and more eggplant.

definition 2:  a layer of material of similar composition, depth, temperature, or the like, as in a geological formation or the earth’s atmosphere.
example:  The troposphere is the innermost stratum of the earth’s atmosphere.

definition 3:  a level in a social hierarchy.
example:  Those belonging to the lowest stratum of society were most likely to be convicted of crimes they were innocent of.
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Dec
20
2013

prefer

pr@ fuhr

transitive verb
definition:  to consider more desirable than something else.
example:  She prefers dark chocolate to milk chocolate.
example:  He prefers walking to taking the bus.
example:  I prefer to live in a small town rather than in a large city.
example:  They prefer us to come on the weekend rather than during the week.
example:  I prefer his living at home to his living in an apartment he cannot afford.
example:  We prefer that our son be seen by another doctor.
example:  I prefer that she sit here next to me.
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May
03
2013

practice

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

praek tihs

transitive verb
definition 1:  to do or observe habitually or customarily.
example:  All of her family members practice yoga.

definition 2:  to repeatedly do or perform (something) to become skillful.
example:  The band practiced the song until they could play it well.
example:  If you practice your serve, your tennis game will improve.
example:  You should practice parking the car a few more times before you take the driver’s test.
example:  Another actor helped him practice saying his lines for the play.

definition 3:  to pursue (an occupation or activity)
example:  She practices law and her sister practices medicine.

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