Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Jul
03
2015

stratum

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streI t@m  [or]  strae t@m

noun
definition 1:  a horizontal layer, esp. one of several parallel layers in a pile.
example:  Sliced eggplant forms the lowest stratum of this delicious dish, and then there are several layers of sauce, cheese, and more eggplant.

definition 2:  a layer of material of similar composition, depth, temperature, or the like, as in a geological formation or the earth’s atmosphere.
example:  The troposphere is the innermost stratum of the earth’s atmosphere.

definition 3:  a level in a social hierarchy.
example:  Those belonging to the lowest stratum of society were most likely to be convicted of crimes they were innocent of.
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Jul
02
2015

tolerate

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ta l@ reIt

transitive verb
definition 1:  to accept or permit although not truly desired or officially sanctioned; not attack or oppose.
example:  She patiently tolerates the children’s mistakes.
example:  Although these business dealings are officially prohibited, the government tolerates them.

definition 2:  to endure or withstand; put up with.
example:  These plants tolerate cold weather well.
example:  She could no longer tolerate her husband’s abuse.
example:  How can you tolerate living in these conditions?
example:  In her job with the airlines, she learned to tolerate other peoples’ complaining and shouting.
example:  I find it hard to tolerate it when people are arguing with each other and not listening to reason.
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Jul
01
2015

emulate

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em y@ leIt

transitive verb
definition:  to try to be the same as or better than (another person), especially by imitating.
example:  She admired her adventuresome aunt and desired to emulate her
example:  She wished her son would emulate his hard-working father rather than these rock stars.
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Jun
30
2015

adequate

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ae d@ kwiht

adjective
definition 1:  good enough or well enough suited for the situation or need; satisfactory.
example:  Make sure the children have adequate clothing for the winter weather.

definition 2:  just barely good enough.
example:  As a teacher, he was adequate, but nowhere near excellent.

definition 3:  sufficient in quantity; enough.
example:  The army had adequate supplies for the campaign.
example:  The new instructors don’t have adequate experience.
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Jun
29
2015

erroneous

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ih ro ni @s

adjective
definition:  containing or based on error; incorrect; mistaken.
example:  The police acted on an erroneous assumption that the killer was a male.
example:  To their chagrin, the researchers discovered that their original interpretation of their findings was erroneous.
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