Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Feb
24
2017

hound

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haUnd

transitive verb
1.  to pursue or follow relentlessly.
The sheriff hounded the bandits through the desert.

2.  to continuously harass or nag.
He got his driver’s license and now he’s hounding his parents to buy him a car.
The collection agency keeps hounding us for money.
The princess felt she was being hounded by the press wherever she went.

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Feb
23
2017

persecute

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puhr s@ kyut

transitive verb
1.  to subject (especially those belonging to a different political, religious, or racial group) to persistent harassment, punishment, or ill-treatment.
Among those persecuted by the Nazis were Jews, Romanies, Poles, and political opponents, as well as people with disabilities.

2.  to annoy or bother persistently; pester.
The bullies persecuted the new boy.
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Feb
22
2017

necessitate

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n@ se sih teIt

transitive verb
to make unavoidable or necessary.
Toxins in the air necessitated the wearing of masks at the excavation site.
The change necessitated adjustments in our attitudes.
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Feb
21
2017

impress

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ihm pres

transitive verb
1.  to cause a strong or particular opinion or emotional feeling in.
The tremendous size of the structure impressed us greatly.
She impressed us as a thoughtful and honest person.

2.  to make a strong or lasting impact on (someone), esp. a positive impact.
His earnest desire to learn impressed his teachers.
He is trying to impress her with his wealth.

3.  to cause (something) to be known, remembered, and fully appreciated.
She tried to impress upon the children the importance of washing away germs.
His parents impressed on him the necessity of working hard to achieve one’s goal.
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Feb
20
2017

emerge

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ih muhrj

intransitive verb
1.  to rise up from or come out of a surrounding environment or substance.
A figure emerged from the mist.
Finally, the diver’s head emerged out of the murky water.

2.  to become apparent or evident; come out.
Eventually, new evidence emerged, and the case was reopened.
It finally emerged that the boy had been telling the truth.

3.  to come into being; develop.
The project was delayed because of unforeseen problems that emerged.
New and radical ideas began to emerge toward the end of the century.
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