Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Dec
07
2016

dazzle

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dae z@l

transitive verb
1.  to  dim or confuse the vision of, by blinding light.
Outside the cave, the sunlight dazzled us.

2.  to confound or greatly impress by brilliance, superior quality or performance, or the like.
The boxer’s quick footwork dazzled his opponent.
The opulence of the palace dazzles its many visitors.
Her genius dazzled her professors.
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Dec
06
2016

pamper

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paem p@r

transitive verb
to treat or please with an uncommon or excessive amount of care, attention, or indulgence; coddle.
She loves to pamper her dog with special treats.
If you continue to pamper that child, he’ll grow up spoiled and lazy.
I wanted to pamper myself after my difficult week, so I got an hour-long massage.

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Dec
05
2016

insist

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ihn sIst

intransitive verb
1.  to be firm and unyielding about something.
I told her she couldn’t come in, but she insisted, and I was forced to allow her.
I insisted on seeing the man’s supervisor.

2.  to emphasize something with firmness (usually followed by “on”).
He insists on the rightness of his decision.

transitive verb
1.  to state with firmness or resolve (usu. fol. by a clause).
She insisted that someone had been lurking in the hall.

2.  to  continue to demand or require.
I insisted that he leave, and finally he did.
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Dec
02
2016

likelihood

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laI kli hUd

noun
the state or degree of being likely; probability.
With the likelihood of a thunderstorm tonight, the game will probably be canceled.
The likelihood of winning the lottery is very slim.
What is the likelihood of getting a job in your field once you graduate?

2.  a thing that is highly probable.
As he never turned in any work to the professor, his failure in the class is a likelihood.
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Dec
01
2016

illusion

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ih lu zh@n

noun
1.  a fantasy or mistaken belief.
He operated under the illusion that the city was a safe place until that day he was attacked.
Your notion that you will make it big in the music industry is just an illusion.

2.  a false perception of what one sees, hears, or otherwise senses.
The magician created the illusion in the mind of the audience that the bird had disappeared.
The white walls give an illusion of greater light and space in the small room.
The government took steps to create the illusion that reform was taking place, but little real progress was made.

3.  something that is mistakenly perceived or thought to exist.
The pool of water shimmering in the distance turned out to be an illusion.
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