Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Oct
01
2014

obtain

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@b teIn

transitive verb
definition:  to gain possession of; acquire.
example:  He obtained his college degree in just three years.
example:  The police asked him where he had obtained the stolen property.

intransitive verb
definition:  to be customary; prevail.
example:  The traditional values of the founders of this community still obtain here.
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Sep
30
2014

critic

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krI tihk

noun
definition 1:  anyone who judges or evaluates.
example:   Teenagers can be tough critics of video games.
example:  My friend is a gentle but reliable critic of my writing.

definition 2:  a person whose work is to write evaluations of literary, artistic, or other cultural works
example:  Critics loved the film, but it did not attract large audiences.
example:  Did you read what the critics had to say about the new restaurant?

definition 3:  one who tends to criticize and find faults.
example:  I don’t need a critic right now; I need some sympathy.
example:  Everything has to be just right for my mother-in-law because she is such a critic.
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Sep
29
2014

distort

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dih stort

transitive verb
definition 1:  to twist out of shape; deform the appearance or functioning of.
example:  The uneven surface of the mirror distorted his reflection.
example:  Having the volume too loud distorts the sound.

definition 2:  to falsify or misrepresent.
example:  The actor felt the newspaper article distorted what he had said in the interview.
example:  Exaggerating is often harmless, but it does distort the truth.
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Sep
26
2014

conscious

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kan sh@s

adjective
definition 1:  aware of one’s own existence, sensations, thoughts, and surroundings.
example:  The fighter was no longer conscious when the referee began counting.

definition 2:  aware of or sensitive to (often followed by “of”).
example:  She competed seriously, but she was also conscious of her limitations.
example:  He gradually became conscious of someone standing behind his chair.

definition 3:  fully intended; deliberate.
example:  Moving to a faraway city was a conscious choice on his part.
example:  She made a conscious decision to lead a healthier life.
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Sep
25
2014

navigate

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nae vih geIt

intransitive verb
definition 1:  to plan, manage, or control the course of a ship, aircraft, or missile.
example:  The captain had turned off the automatic pilot and was navigating manually.

definition 2:  to make one’s way; find the correct path to a destination or goal.
example:  In the dark, it was difficult to navigate to where the candles were kept.
example:  It’s amazing how these bicyclists navigate through the city traffic.
example:  I had some trouble navigating through the website.
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