Category: Vocabulary

Sep
03
2015

extensive

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ihk sten sihv

adjective
definition 1:  having great reach or extension.
example:  Chile has an extensive border with Argentina.
example:  Britain had extensive influence over the entire Indian subcontinent.
example:  The professor’s knowledge of her subject is remarkably extensive.

definition 2:  very large in quantity or size.
example:  The company has extensive property holdings in the downtown area.
example:  The museum has an extensive collection of Egyptian artifacts.
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Sep
03
2015

precipitous

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prə sI pə təs
adjective

1. having precipices.
The precipitous coastline between the two regions is characterized by steep slopes that reach almost to the shoreline. 

2. very steep or sudden; rising or dropping abruptly.
There was a precipitous fall in oil prices that month.
It was a precipitous climb to the top.

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Sep
02
2015

extend

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ihks tend

transitive verb
definition 1:  to make longer in size or duration, or to move (a deadline, due date, or the like) further ahead in time.
example:  You should extend this paragraph by adding more details.
example:  Some people arrived late, so we had to extend the meeting.
example:  The hotel was so wonderful that we decided to extend our stay.
example:  The professor extended the deadline for the research papers.

definition 2:  to put out or stretch out (an arm, hand, or other part of the body)
example:  He extended his hand in a gesture of friendship, but the other man refused to take it.
example:  The turtle extended its neck to catch its prey.

definition 3:  to give or offer openly (good wishes, offers of help or invitation, congratulations, or the like).
example:  I hope you’ll extend my condolences to your family.
example:  The head of the company extended the offer to her personally.
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Sep
02
2015

defoliate

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di fo li eIt

transitive verb
1. to remove the leaves of (a tree or the like).
2. to cause the leaves of (trees or the like) to drop off, esp. by using a chemical spray or dust, usu. so as to render a forested area unusable by military opponents.

intransitive verb
to lose foliage.

adjective
having lost all leaves; leafless.

 

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Sep
01
2015

inconsistent

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

In k@n sIs t@nt

adjective
definition 1:  not following a regular pattern; variable.
example:  The results of the repeated experiments were inconsistent and gave little support to the researchers’ claim.
example:  She is talented, but her performances are inconsistent in quality.

definition 2:  not following logically; contradictory.
example:  This statement is inconsistent with the main argument of your paper.
example:  The school’s action in refusing to accept this student is inconsistent with its stated policy of inclusion.

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