Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day
streI t@m [or] strae t@m
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.
ta l@ reIt
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.
em y@ leIt
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.
ae d@ kwiht
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.
ih ro ni @s
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.