Category: Vocabulary

Jul
28
2015

scuttle

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skuh təl

transitive verb

1. to purposely cause a ship to sink, as by making holes in the bottom.
2. to thwart or defeat (something planned or hoped for).
The Israeli leader was accused of scuttling the chance for a peace agreement.
3. to give up; discard; abandon.
He scuttled his plans for a long vacation.

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Jul
28
2015

resurgence

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

rih suhr j@ns

noun
definition:  the act or an instance of rising again or returning with a forceful motion.
example:  A new biography of Cleopatra has brought about a resurgence of interest in ancient Egypt.
example:  High unemployment has triggered a resurgence of crime in the area.
example:  The city has been experiencing a resurgence in tourism since the restoration of the waterfront.

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Jul
27
2015

stagnate

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staeg neIt

intransitive verb
definition:  to be or become motionless, fouled, or lacking in energy, originality, or development; be or become stagnant.
example:  The dumping of waste into the river eventually caused it to stagnate.
example:  Industry stagnated as the recession continued.
example:  The mystery writer was bored with her detective character and felt that her ideas had stagnated.
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Jul
24
2015

fuse

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fyuz

transitive verb
definition:  to cause to merge, coalesce, or combine, esp. by or as if by melting together.
example:  The foundry fuses zinc and copper to make brass.
example:  The new play fuses some of the themes from the playwright’s earlier works.

intransitive verb
definition:  to become merged by or as if by melting together; amalgamate; coalesce.
example:  The copper and zinc fused and became brass.
example:  The flavors fuse as the dish cooks, and the result is extraordinary.
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Jul
24
2015

inscrutable

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ihn skru tə bl

adjective
impossible to comprehend or interpret; mysterious.
We could not tell from the surgeon’s inscrutable expression whether the operation had been a success or not.

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