Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

May
03
2016

ration

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noun
definition 1:  a fixed amount allotted by an authority, as of scarce goods in wartime; authorized share.
example:  She used her entire week’s ration of meat to make that special dinner.

definition 2:  (pl.) fixed daily supplies, as of food to an army; restricted provisions.
example:  The sailors were now getting only rations, and fresh water was running short as well.

transitive verb
definition 1:  to restrict use or consumption of (scarce goods) to authorized people in authorized amounts.
example:  The U.S. government rationed tires during the war due to a shortage of rubber.

definition 2:  to distribute (supplies, food, or the like) in allotted amounts.
example:  In Britain, many food supplies were strictly rationed even after the war had ended.

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May
02
2016

mainstream

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noun
definition:  the principal or dominant direction or trend of a human activity, thought, or movement.
example:  She is an innovator, and her artistic creations have always differed greatly from those of the mainstream.

adjective
definition:  sharing, agreeing with, or shaped by the prevailing trends and opinions of a group or society.
example:  He was somewhat of a radical thinker in his youth, but his ideas have become more mainstream in recent years.
example:  The big radio stations play fairly mainstream music.

transitive verb
definition:  to integrate or prepare for integration into the prevailing, dominant, or majority group, esp. the integration of disabled or otherwise disadvantaged persons into regular school classes, jobs, and the like.
example:  Many students who used to be in special classes are now being mainstreamed.
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Apr
29
2016

offensive

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adjective
definition 1:  unpleasant; disagreeable; repugnant.
example:  The rotting garbage caused an offensive smell.

definition 2:  insulting or rude, or causing resentment or anger by being considered such.
example:  The politician’s tasteless and offensive joke was reported in the press.
example:  Some members of the audience found the crude language of the play offensive.
example:  His bigoted comments were offensive to us all.

definition 3:  of, pertaining to, or designed for attack or scoring.
example:  The army’s offensive strategy had failed in the last attack.
example:  The offensive team scored a touchdown in the first minutes of play.
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Apr
28
2016

immune

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adjective
definition 1:  resistant to a disease, either naturally or by medical means.
example:  Humans are immune to many diseases that affect cats and dogs.
example:  She was vaccinated against measles as a child, so she is immune to it now.

definition 2:  protected or exempt from something that others are not exempt from.
example:  Even the very wealthy are not immune from the effects of an economic recession.

definition 3:  not affected by something that does or might affect others.
example:  They thought their stock portfolio was relatively immune to market variations.
example:  He’s a cold man who seems to be immune to the pain of others.
example:  As a politician, she had become fairly immune to unfounded criticism.
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Apr
27
2016

worthwhile

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wuhrth waIl

adjective
definition:  valuable or rewarding enough to be worth the expenditure of time and energy.
example:  Traveling abroad was a worthwhile experience for him, despite the difficulties he encountered.
example:  The book is challenging to read, but I think you’ll find the effort worthwhile.
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