Category: Vocabulary

Aug
22
2014

dissipate

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dIpeIt

transitive verb

1: to cause to disappear by, or as though by, dispersing or dissolving.
The sun dissipated the fog.

2: to waste by, or as though by, scattering or spreading widely; squander.
The young fool soon dissipated his fortune.

intransitive verb

1: to disappear by, or as though by, dispersion or dissolution.
The fog dissipated as the day brightened.

2: to waste one’s health, money, talent, or the like.
“We do not get ice-cream every where, and so, when we do, we are apt to dissipate to excess. We never cared any thing about ice-cream at home, but we look upon it with a sort of idolatry now that it is so scarce in these red-hot climates of the East.” (Mark Twain, Innocents Abroad)

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Aug
22
2014

diminish

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dih mIn ihsh

intransitive verb
definition:  to decrease or abate; dwindle.
example:  As the daylight began to diminish, we headed back to camp.
example: The pain diminished somewhat after taking the medication.
example:  The volume of the trumpets should diminish gradually in this section.

transitive verb
definition 1:  to decrease or cause to appear decreased in size, prestige, or importance.
example:  He felt his wife’s success in show business diminished his own achievements.

definition 2:  to detract from the honor or reputation of; disparage; belittle.
example:  His cowardice diminished him in his son’s eyes.
example:  The accusation of tax evasion diminished her reputation as an honest politician.
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Aug
21
2014

requisite

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re kwih ziht

adjective

required or essential.
If you’ve done the requisite reading and assignments, you should pass the exam easily.

 

 

 

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Aug
21
2014

realm

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relm

noun
definition 1:  a royal kingdom; domain.
example:  The king expanded his realm by conquering the neighboring tribes.

definition 2:  sphere; province.
example:  The art teacher encouraged the students to step into the realm of their imagination.
example:  He considered raising the children to be solely within his wife’s realm; he rarely took an interest or rendered an opinion.
example:  That their efforts should succeed is within the realm of possibility, but I don’t consider it likely.
example:  For her, astronomy is the most interesting area within the realm of science.
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Aug
20
2014

inhabit

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ihn hae biht

transitive verb
definition 1:  to live in; use as a dwelling.
example:  Early humans inhabited these caves.
example:  Jaguars still inhabit this part of the rainforest.
example:  The city is inhabited by over ten million people.

definition 2:  to be in or be present in.
example:  The bygone days of her youth inhabit her memories.
example:  Terrifying thoughts inhabited his mind.
example:  Wonderful and bizarre creatures inhabited her imagination.

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