Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day
definition 1: a fixed amount allotted by an authority, as of scarce goods in wartime; authorized share.
example: She used her entire week’s ration of meat to make that special dinner.
definition 2: (pl.) fixed daily supplies, as of food to an army; restricted provisions.
example: The sailors were now getting only rations, and fresh water was running short as well.
definition 1: to restrict use or consumption of (scarce goods) to authorized people in authorized amounts.
example: The U.S. government rationed tires during the war due to a shortage of rubber.
definition 2: to distribute (supplies, food, or the like) in allotted amounts.
example: In Britain, many food supplies were strictly rationed even after the war had ended.
definition: the principal or dominant direction or trend of a human activity, thought, or movement.
example: She is an innovator, and her artistic creations have always differed greatly from those of the mainstream.
definition: sharing, agreeing with, or shaped by the prevailing trends and opinions of a group or society.
example: He was somewhat of a radical thinker in his youth, but his ideas have become more mainstream in recent years.
example: The big radio stations play fairly mainstream music.
definition: to integrate or prepare for integration into the prevailing, dominant, or majority group, esp. the integration of disabled or otherwise disadvantaged persons into regular school classes, jobs, and the like.
example: Many students who used to be in special classes are now being mainstreamed.
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definition 1: unpleasant; disagreeable; repugnant.
example: The rotting garbage caused an offensive smell.
definition 2: insulting or rude, or causing resentment or anger by being considered such.
example: The politician’s tasteless and offensive joke was reported in the press.
example: Some members of the audience found the crude language of the play offensive.
example: His bigoted comments were offensive to us all.
definition 3: of, pertaining to, or designed for attack or scoring.
example: The army’s offensive strategy had failed in the last attack.
example: The offensive team scored a touchdown in the first minutes of play.
definition 1: resistant to a disease, either naturally or by medical means.
example: Humans are immune to many diseases that affect cats and dogs.
example: She was vaccinated against measles as a child, so she is immune to it now.
definition 2: protected or exempt from something that others are not exempt from.
example: Even the very wealthy are not immune from the effects of an economic recession.
definition 3: not affected by something that does or might affect others.
example: They thought their stock portfolio was relatively immune to market variations.
example: He’s a cold man who seems to be immune to the pain of others.
example: As a politician, she had become fairly immune to unfounded criticism.
definition: valuable or rewarding enough to be worth the expenditure of time and energy.
example: Traveling abroad was a worthwhile experience for him, despite the difficulties he encountered.
example: The book is challenging to read, but I think you’ll find the effort worthwhile.