Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

May
27
2015

monopoly

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m@ na p@ li

noun
definition 1:  complete control over a service or commodity within a given market, so that competition is eliminated.
example:  At that time, the telephone company had a monopoly over phone service in the entire region.
example:  The law prevented the company from gaining a monopoly.

definition 2:  a company that has such control.
example:  The Standard Oil Company was a monopoly established by John D. Rockefeller.
example:  Anti-trust laws were instituted in order to inhibit the creation of monopolies.

definition 3:  possession of something to a degree surpassing what others possess or are able to acquire.
example:  She’s always had a monopoly on our mother’s attention.
example:  He seems to think he has a monopoly on charm and wit.
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May
26
2015

preserve

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prih zuhrv

transitive verb
definition 1:  to protect from injury, harm, or mishap.
example:  Using this polish will help preserve the wood.

definition 2:  to keep safe from loss.
example:  We don’t know how many endangered species can be preserved.

definition 3:  to maintain in a relatively unchanged condition, esp. historic buildings or wildlife environments.
example:  They’re doing what they can to preserve the animal’s habitat.

definition 4:  to prepare (food) so that it can be kept for a long period of time.
example:  They often preserved meat by preparing it with salt and smoking it.
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May
25
2015

overcome

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o v@r kuhm

transitive verb
definition 1:  to defeat or quell in a conflict; succeed in a struggle with.
example:  With this bold plan of attack, they hoped to overcome the enemy.
example:  We’ll have to overcome many obstacles in order to accomplish this goal.
example:  I think this is a problem we can easily overcome if we work together.

definition 2:  to cause to be weak or inactive, or to lose consciousness.
example:  He struggled to speak, but the drug quickly overcame him.

definition 3:  to emotionally overwhelm or render inarticulate.
example:  We were overcome by the powerful images of suffering in the film.
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May
22
2015

deprive

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dih praIv

transitive verb
definition 1:  to take a possession or attribute away from; divest of.
example:  The hurricane deprived many residents of their homes.
example:  The factory’s closing deprived workers of their livelihoods.

definition 2:  to prevent from having or enjoying; deny.
example:  Excessive homework deprives children of time with their families.
example:  The oppressive government deprived the people of their basic rights.
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May
21
2015

submit

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s@b mIt

transitive verb
definition 1:  to give up or yield (oneself) to the power, will, or authority of another.
example:  Unable to escape, they submitted themselves to the will of the conquerors.

definition 2:  to subject to a process or treatment.
example:   Half of the mice were submitted to the treatment while the others formed the control group.

definition 3:  to offer for consideration.
example:  He submitted his work to a publisher.

definition 4:  to propose or state; suggest.
example:  I submit that we delay our decision until we have more information.
example:  I submit that my client could not have committed this crime.
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