Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Mar
05
2015

overseas

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o v@r siz

adverb
definition:  across any of the several oceans; abroad.
example:  He joined the army but was never sent overseas.
example:  He’s working overseas, but he’ll return to the States next year.

adjective
definition:  of or pertaining to people or places that are located abroad.
example:  We’ll have to check with our overseas contacts.
example  She worked in one of our overseas branch offices.

definition 2:  of or concerning passage across an ocean.
example:  Our overseas flight was bumpy due to storms.

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Mar
04
2015

objective

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@b jek tihv

noun
definition:  a goal or purpose toward which one’s efforts are directed; aim.
example:  Our objective was to convince the town council that bicycle paths are needed in these neighborhoods.
example:  What is your objective in doing this research?

adjective
definition 1:  not influenced by personal prejudice or feelings; unbiased.
example:  I considered her problem in the most objective way I could.
example:  It was difficult for the parents to be objective about their own child’s performance.

definition 2:  having reality or tangible existence independent of the observer.
example:  These are objective facts and cannot be argued away.
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Mar
03
2015

distinct

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dih stIngkt

adjective
definition 1:  clearly different or set apart; separate (often followed by “from”).
example:  The snow leopard is a species that is distinct from the leopard species.
example:  I have three distinct groups of friends.

definition 2:  plainly seen, heard, or understood; unmistakable or evident.
example:  On a clear day, the mountains are distinct.
example:  There is a distinct difference between what the candidate said last week and what he’s saying now.

definition 3:  very likely.
example:  It’s a distinct possibility that she’ll decide to look for another job.

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Mar
02
2015

capacity

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k@ pae sih ti

noun
definition 1:  the ability to receive, absorb, or contain.
example:  We need a tank with a larger capacity in order to hold enough water.

definition 2:  the total measured amount that can be contained.
example:  The gas tank has a capacity of thirteen gallons.

definition 3:  power or ability.
example:  He has the capacity to learn math if he wants to.

definition 4:  the ability to function or be used in a certain way.
example:  These athletes need to have the capacity to run at top speed for an extended amount of time.

definition 5:  a position in which one serves or functions.
example:  She spoke in her capacity as director.
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Feb
27
2015

legislate

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le jih sleIt

intransitive verb
definition:  to create a law or laws.
example:  The fundamental purpose of the Congress is to legislate.

transitive verb
definition 1:  to control or put limits on by legislation.
example:  The government legislates immigration.

definition 2:  to put into law; enact.
example:  The government legislated important reforms soon after it came into power.
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