Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Oct
30
2014

inform

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ihn form

transitive verb
definition 1:  to communicate knowledge to; tell.
example:  The doctor informed us that the surgery went well.
example:  No one informed me of these changes.
example:  Have you informed the landlord about this problem?

definition 2:  to pervade or be instilled in.
example:  Caustic wit informs this new play.

intransitive verb
definition:  to provide incriminating knowledge about someone, usually in secret.
example:  It was the gangster’s girlfriend who eventually informed on him.
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Oct
29
2014

counteract

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kaUn t@r aekt

transitive verb
definition:  to overcome or lessen the effect of through opposition or opposite action.
example:  The antidote counteracted the poison.
example:  He counteracted their stubborn refusal with clever persuasion.
example:  Coffee doesn’t actually counteract the effects of alcohol.
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Oct
28
2014

willing

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wI lihng

adjective
definition 1:  inclined or disposed; not objecting or resisting; ready.
example:  The company wanted to buy the property for a new hotel, but the owners were not willing to sell.
example:  I’ll tell her everything if she’s finally willing to listen.
example:  He was perfectly willing to help, but he just wasn’t able to.

definition 2:  ready to perform or join in gladly; cheerfully consenting.
example:  The children are always willing helpers when their mother is baking cookies.

definition 3:  performed, offered, or given in a compliant manner.
example:  He is young, but his willing participation in the crime cannot be overlooked.
example:  Hers was a willing sacrifice.
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Oct
27
2014

eminent

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e m@ n@nt

adjective
definition 1:  outstanding in position or achievement; prominent; distinguished.
example:  She’s an eminent scientist who’s made illustrious contributions to the field of medicine.
example:  Several eminent scholars were scheduled to speak at the conference.

definition 2:  conspicuous; notable.
example:  The poem’s eminent simplicity contributed to its effectiveness.

definition 3:  protruding; prominent.
example:  The cathedral, with its eminent spires, had somehow remained intact during the bombing.
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Oct
24
2014

component

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k@m po n@nt

noun
definition:  a part or element of a whole; constituent.
example:  One of the engine’s components is damaged.
example:  Vegetables are an important component of a healthy diet.
example:  Oxygen and hydrogen are the chemical components that make up the water molecule.
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