Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day
In t@r vin
definition 1: to enter a situation so as to change what is happening.
example: The teacher intervened in the children’s quarrel.
example: If the neighbor had not intervened, a tragedy might have occurred.
example: I’m sorry to intervene, but you both have got your facts wrong.
definition 2: to occur between certain other events or points of time.
example: Several events intervened between the beginning of the negotiations and the actual signing of the document.
definition 1: rigorous or exacting; strict.
example: Day care centers must maintain the stringent standards of cleanliness set by the state.
example: The school has stringent requirements for graduation.
definition 2: tight or severely limited, as in time or money.
example: Her stringent schedule doesn’t allow much time for exercise.
example: The city is operating on a stringent budget.
definition 1: to attribute (something) to a particular cause or source.
example: I ascribed her nervousness to the fact that her exams were coming up.
example: The invention of the radio is often ascribed to Guglielmo Marconi.
definition 2: to consider as belonging to someone or something, especially as a characteristic or trait.
example: I wrongly ascribed honesty to this man, and I paid a terrible price for it.
pr@ po n@nt
definition: one who proposes or favors an idea, doctrine, course of action, or the like.
example: He was an early proponent of giving women the vote.
example: Proponents of the proposed law believe it will reduce crime.
example: She took part in the demonstration along with other proponents of equal rights.
definition 1: to limit within certain bounds; restrict.
example: Please confine your questions to the topic of the lecture.
example: The snowstorm confined us to the house.
example: His thoughts were confined to how he might solve the problem.
example: We were on a tight schedule and had to confine our stay in Paris to three days.
definition 2: to enclose or shut in; imprison.
example: The dog was dangerous and had to be confined.
example: He was confined in that prison for fifteen years.