Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Sep
01
2014

disturb

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dih stuhrb

transitive verb
definition 1:  to bother or interrupt by making noise or causing distraction.
example:  The hotel manager worried that the construction noise would disturb the guests.
example:  Terrible dreams disturbed his sleep.

definition 2:  to upset or cause to be in disorder.
example:  The wind disturbed the calm surface of the pond.
example:  Someone has been in my office and disturbed my papers.

definition 3:  to make nervous or uneasy; trouble.
example:  Witnessing the accident disturbed the child greatly.
example:  It disturbs people when they hear of such grisly incidents.
example:  The message in the letter obviously disturbed her because she rushed out of the room after reading it.
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Aug
29
2014

capable

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keI p@ b@l

adjective
definition 1:  having the ability to perform as required; competent.
example:  She is a highly capable teacher who accomplishes a great deal with her students.

definition 2:  having the mental or physical ability to accomplish a particular thing (usually followed by “of”).
example:  She is capable of great success if she puts her mind to it.
example:  Two weeks after surgery, I was capable of standing by myself.

definition 3:  having the psychological makeup that allows a particular emotion or the carrying out of a particular act (usually followed by “of”).
example:  We couldn’t believe he was capable of murder.
example:  She did not know she was capable of falling in love again.
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Aug
28
2014

hence

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hens

definition 1:  therefore; for this reason; thus.
example:  I don’t agree with the proposition, and hence I cannot vote for it.

definition 2:  from this moment; from now.
example:  Two years hence, the new building should be completed.
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Aug
27
2014

hinder

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hIn d@r

transitive verb
definition 1:  to interfere with or obstruct the functioning or progress of.
example:  Heavy chains hindered the elephant’s movements.
example:  His questions hindered my thought process.
example:  His constant daydreaming is hindering his progress in school.
example:  The thick brambles hindered our passage through the forest.

definition 2:  to stop from doing something or stop (something) from happening.
example:  Revelation of his misconduct hindered him from winning the election.
example:  The inclusion of a tax increase hindered the bill from passing in the legislature.
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Aug
26
2014

homogeneous

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ho m@ ji ni @s [or] ho m@ jin y@s

adjective
definition 1:  having all parts of the same or a similar type.
example:  The influx of immigrants and refugees into the small nation has transformed what was once a homogeneous population.

definition 2:  having the same structure, nature, or texture throughout; uniform.
example:  Homogeneous matter has the same composition regardless of what amount is analyzed.
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