Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Oct
24
2014

component

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k@m po n@nt

noun
definition:  a part or element of a whole; constituent.
example:  One of the engine’s components is damaged.
example:  Vegetables are an important component of a healthy diet.
example:  Oxygen and hydrogen are the chemical components that make up the water molecule.
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Oct
23
2014

inverse

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ihn vuhrs  [or]  In vuhrs

definition 1:  opposite or reversed in position, order, direction, nature, or effect.
example:  It’s certainly true that he loves her, but the inverse statement–that she loves him–is unfortunately not true at all.
example:  The main portion of the wallpaper is white with blue stripes, but the border has the inverse pattern: blue with white stripes.

definition 2:  in mathematics, designating a value that increases or decreases in direct and opposite proportion to the change in another value.
example:  The two terms are in inverse proportion since the one increases as the other decreases.
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Oct
22
2014

attest

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@ test

transitive verb
definition:  to confirm, testify to, or prove the genuineness or worth of.
example:   A notary must attest your signature on the document to show that it is valid.
example:  The extraordinary painting attests her genius as an artist.
example:  Although the critics hated the film, its box office proceeds attested the film’s immense popularity with audiences.

intransitive verb
definition:  to give confirmation, testimony, or proof (often followed by “to”).
example:  The witness attested to the truth of the defendant’s statement.
example:  The fact that no student scored above seventy percent attests to the difficulty of the exam.

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Collocations:    Words often used in combination with the intransitive verb attest

attest + to + NOUN:    ~ authenticity, ~ validity, ~ truth, ~ veracity, ~ fact (e.g., The neighbors attested to the fact that a truck had been parked outside the building), ~ existence, ~ presence, ~ importance, ~ virtue, ~ difficulty, ~ accuracy, ~ effectiveness, ~ superiority, ~ ignorance, ~ popularity, ~ success

 

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Oct
21
2014

overt

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0 vuhrt  [or]  o v@rt

definition:  openly apparent; not concealed. (Cf. covert.)
example:  Overt discrimination in the form of segregation was the norm in southern states at that time; discrimination in the north was more subtle.
example:  Sanctions have not been imposed despite the nation’s overt aggression toward its neighbor.
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Oct
20
2014

stipulate

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stIp y@ leIt

transitive verb
definition:  to specify or arrange as a condition of an agreement.
example:  He has agreed to sell the property but has not yet stipulated a price.
example:  The university clearly stipulates the criteria for a student’s acceptance into its honors programs.
example:  The mortgage lender stipulates that there must be insurance on the property before the loan will be granted.
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