Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day
definition 1: to change; alter; modify.
example: She varies the story every time she tells it.
example: I varied the recipe this time because it seemed too sweet.
definition 2: to give diversity to.
example: The new red curtains help vary the color scheme.
example: It’s more interesting for the students if you vary your teaching methods.
definition: to change periodically or as a result of some other change.
example: Her degree of friendliness varies according to her mood.
example: The bus schedule varies depending on what day of the week it is.
tr@ dI sh@n
definition 1: the process of handing down a culture’s beliefs, customs, and mores from one generation to the next.
example: Tradition has preserved many of our ancient customs.
definition 2: the beliefs, customs, and mores of a culture or group handed down from one generation to the next, or any one of these.
example: Tradition calls for the bride to wear white on her wedding day.
example: She is bound by tradition to live with her husband’s family.
example: He accused his father of being blinded by tradition.
example: It is a tradition in our family to open presents on Christmas Eve.
spek y@ leIt
definition: to wonder or make a guess or guesses with respect to something.
example: We have no facts, so we can only speculate as to her motives.
example: I don’t want to speculate about the nature of their relationship.
example: Would you like to speculate on the possibility of her running for governor next year?
definition: to put forward (a guess or a theory) despite lack of complete evidence (followed by a clause).
example: The press is speculating that the bomb blast was carried out by terrorists.
Ig n@ r@nt
definition 1: lacking knowledge or education.
example: It is easier for corrupt leaders to control an ignorant population.
example: Many of the children grow up ignorant because they have no access to schools.
definition 2: resulting from or revealing a lack of knowledge or education.
example: We’re making an ignorant assumption, and we should probably check the facts.
definition 3: unaware; uninformed.
example: Many of us are ignorant about other cultures.
example: He was ignorant of the fact that the law had changed.
definition: to give particular emphasis or prominence to, or to be the most prominent thing or part of.
example: She highlighted her remarks with dramatic gestures.
example: The teacher highlighted the spelling errors by circling each one.
example: That new exhibit highlights the show.
definition: that which is exceptionally and pleasurably memorable, important, or prominent.
example: Her speech was the highlight of the conference.