Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day
definition 1: to strive against difficulties or opposition (usually followed by “with”).
example: The ship contended with the high waves until, finally, it capsized.
example: The prime minister is having to contend with criticism from his own party.
definition 2: to strive in competition or rivalry.
example: They are one of several teams contending for the championship title.
definition 3: to strive in argument; dispute; debate.
example: They angrily contended about which plan was best.
example: I don’t want to contend with you about this matter any longer.
definition: to assert in argument; state forcefully
example: I’ve heard your arguments, but I still contend that humanity is basically good.
aek na lihj
definition 1: to admit or recognize the truth, existence, fact, or validity of.
example: The professor was forced to acknowledge that the student had been correct after all.
example: He refused to acknowledge the boy as his son.
example: The city’s orchestra is acknowledged to be one of the world’s finest.
example: At first, she did not acknowledge being acquainted with the man.
example: The neighbor finally acknowledged having witnessed the crime.
definition 2: to indicate awareness of.
example: She acknowledged his presence with a slight nod.
definition 3: to show appreciation or thanks for.
example: At the front of the book, she acknowledges her husband’s help with the research.
definition 4: to indicate the receipt of, as a message.
example: We should at least acknowledge their invitation, even if we decide not to go.
not wuhr thi
definition: deserving notice; remarkable; notable.
example: The old church building has many noteworthy features, such as the unique stained glass windows and the ornately carved pulpit.
example: The speech was long but contained few noteworthy remarks.
example: The press found it noteworthy that the candidate did mention his stand on immigration.
ihks tuhr n@l
definition 1: of the outside or outer part; being outside.
example: He cleaned only the external surfaces of the oven.
example: Cold-blooded animals need warmth from external sources like the sun.
definition 2: of that which is superficial or for show.
example: Her generosity is only external and designed to impress others.
definition 3: outside national boundaries, esp. in regard to commerce or governmental relations; foreign.
example: External trade has slowed this year.
example: The country fears its external enemies.
definition: (pl.) outside parts or features; superficial parts.
example: One’s looks are just externals; they don’t define the person you are inside.
definition 1: to puzzle, confuse, or cause uncertainty in the mind of (a person).
example: The complicated instructions were no help at all; in fact, they only perplexed us.
example: His current attitude perplexed her in light of the things he’d said earlier.
definition 2: to complicate or confuse (a subject or situation).
example: The division of the rebels into factions only perplexed the situation in the war-torn nation.