Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day
definition 1: to lay down as a rule or guide.
example: This book on etiquette prescribes the manner in which silverware should be placed on the dinner table.
example: The school prescribed a strict code of conduct for its students.
definition 2: to order or recommend (a drug or the like) as a medical remedy.
example: The doctor prescribed a new drug for the patient’s skin condition.
example: This medicine is frequently prescribed to treat that type of disease.
example: For patients with colds, the doctor prescribes only rest and drinking plenty of fluids.
definition: a story or recitation; narrative.
example: He gave an interesting account of their vacation.
example: Her account of the incident was different from his.
definition 2: a statement of the causes or reasons behind some action, event, or phenomenon.
example: The big bang theory is one account of how the universe began.
definition 3: ground or reason for carrying out some action; basis.
example: On no account should the guard leave his post.
example: On what account are you requesting this information?
definition: to explain (usually followed by “for”).
example: I can’t account for her feelings toward him.
example: Her illness accounts for the paleness of her skin.
example: The doctor is still having difficulty accounting for the man’s death.
strengk th@n [or] streng th@n [or] stren th@n
definition: to make stronger.
example: These exercises will help you strengthen those muscles.
definition: to become stronger.
example: His will to succeed strengthened each day.
definition: to make weak or weaker; to cause to lose strength.
example: The illness had weakened her a great deal, and it still took great effort to walk.
example: He added some water to weaken the taste of the lemonade.
definition: to become weak or weaker; to lose strength.
example: Without exercise, your muscles will weaken.
definition: throw an obstacle in the way of (something or someone); to impede or thwart.
example: The town council stymied the developer’s plans.
example: She had ability as a skater, but she was stymied by lack of money to pay an expert coach.