Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Apr
01
2015

vary

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ver i

transitive verb
definition 1:  to change; alter; modify.
example:  She varies the story every time she tells it.
example:  I varied the recipe this time because it seemed too sweet.

definition 2:  to give diversity to.
example:  The new red curtains help vary the color scheme.
example:  It’s more interesting for the students if you vary your teaching methods.

intransitive verb
definition:  to change periodically or as a result of some other change.
example:  Her degree of friendliness varies according to her mood.
example:  The bus schedule varies depending on what day of the week it is.
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Mar
31
2015

tradition

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tr@ dI sh@n

noun
definition 1:  the process of handing down a culture’s beliefs, customs, and mores from one generation to the next.
example:  Tradition has preserved many of our ancient customs.

definition 2:  the beliefs, customs, and mores of a culture or group handed down from one generation to the next, or any one of these.
example:  Tradition calls for the bride to wear white on her wedding day.
example:  She is bound by tradition to live with her husband’s family.
example:  He accused his father of being blinded by tradition.
example:  It is a tradition in our family to open presents on Christmas Eve.
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Mar
30
2015

speculate

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spek y@ leIt

intransitive verb
definition:  to wonder or make a guess or guesses with respect to something.
example:  We have no facts, so we can only speculate as to her motives.
example:  I don’t want to speculate about the nature of their relationship.
example:  Would you like to speculate on the possibility of her running for governor next year?

transitive verb
definition:  to put forward (a guess or a theory) despite lack of complete evidence (followed by a clause).
example:  The press is speculating that the bomb blast was carried out by terrorists.
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Mar
27
2015

ignorant

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Ig n@ r@nt

adjective
definition 1:  lacking knowledge or education.
example:  It is easier for corrupt leaders to control an ignorant population.
example:  Many of the children grow up ignorant because they have no access to schools.

definition 2:  resulting from or revealing a lack of knowledge or education.
example:  We’re making an ignorant assumption, and we should probably check the facts.

definition 3:  unaware; uninformed.
example:  Many of us are ignorant about other cultures.
example:  He was ignorant of the fact that the law had changed.
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Mar
26
2015

highlight

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haI laIt

transitive verb
definition:  to give particular emphasis or prominence to, or to be the most prominent thing or part of.
example:  She highlighted her remarks with dramatic gestures.
example:  The teacher highlighted the spelling errors by circling each one.
example:  That new exhibit highlights the show.

noun
definition:  that which is exceptionally and pleasurably memorable, important, or prominent.
example: Her speech was the highlight of the conference.
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