Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Jul
28
2015

resurgence

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rih suhr j@ns

noun
definition:  the act or an instance of rising again or returning with a forceful motion.
example:  A new biography of Cleopatra has brought about a resurgence of interest in ancient Egypt.
example:  High unemployment has triggered a resurgence of crime in the area.
example:  The city has been experiencing a resurgence in tourism since the restoration of the waterfront.

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Jul
27
2015

stagnate

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staeg neIt

intransitive verb
definition:  to be or become motionless, fouled, or lacking in energy, originality, or development; be or become stagnant.
example:  The dumping of waste into the river eventually caused it to stagnate.
example:  Industry stagnated as the recession continued.
example:  The mystery writer was bored with her detective character and felt that her ideas had stagnated.
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Jul
24
2015

fuse

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fyuz

transitive verb
definition:  to cause to merge, coalesce, or combine, esp. by or as if by melting together.
example:  The foundry fuses zinc and copper to make brass.
example:  The new play fuses some of the themes from the playwright’s earlier works.

intransitive verb
definition:  to become merged by or as if by melting together; amalgamate; coalesce.
example:  The copper and zinc fused and became brass.
example:  The flavors fuse as the dish cooks, and the result is extraordinary.
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Jul
23
2015

benchmark

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bench mark

noun
definition:  a point of reference for judging value, quality, change, or the like; standard to which others can be compared.
example:  We use the national average on these tests as a benchmark so that we can evaluate our own school’s performance.
example:  The team of that year established a benchmark for success in the sport that all later teams have tried to live up to.
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Jul
22
2015

culminate

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kuhl mih neIt

intransitive verb
definition:  to arrive at a climax or conclusion (usually followed by “in”).
example:  The celebration will culminate in fireworks.
example:  The long negotiations finally culminated in a treaty.
example:  The political demonstration culminated in mass arrests.

transitive verb
definition:  to bring to a climax or conclusion.
example:  The commencement ceremony was a grand occasion, and a speech by the governor culminated the event.
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