Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Dec
19
2014

intervene

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In t@r vin

intransitive verb
definition 1:
 to enter a situation so as to change what is happening.
example:  The teacher intervened in the children’s quarrel.
example:  If the neighbor had not intervened, a tragedy might have occurred.
example:  I’m sorry to intervene, but you both have got your facts wrong.

definition 2:  to occur between certain other events or points of time.
example:  Several events intervened between the beginning of the negotiations and the actual signing of the document.
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Dec
18
2014

stringent

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strIn j@nt

adjective
definition 1:  rigorous or exacting; strict.
example:  Day care centers must maintain the stringent standards of cleanliness set by the state.
example:  The school has stringent requirements for graduation.

definition 2:  tight or severely limited, as in time or money.
example:  Her stringent schedule doesn’t allow much time for exercise.
example:  The city is operating on a stringent budget.
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Dec
17
2014

ascribe

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@ skraIb

transitive verb
definition 1:  to attribute (something) to a particular cause or source.
example:  I ascribed her nervousness to the fact that her exams were coming up.
example:  
The invention of the radio is often ascribed to Guglielmo Marconi.

definition 2:  to consider as belonging to someone or something, especially as a characteristic or trait.
example:  I wrongly ascribed honesty to this man, and I paid a terrible price for it.

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Dec
16
2014

proponent

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pr@ po n@nt

noun
definition:  one who proposes or favors an idea, doctrine, course of action, or the like.
example:  He was an early proponent of giving women the vote.
example:  Proponents of the proposed law believe it will reduce crime.
example:  She took part in the demonstration along with other proponents of equal rights.
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Dec
15
2014

confine

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k@n faIn

transitive verb
definition 1:  to limit within certain bounds; restrict.
example:  Please confine your questions to the topic of the lecture.
example:  The snowstorm confined us to the house.
example:  His thoughts were confined to how he might solve the problem.
example:  We were on a tight schedule and had to confine our stay in Paris to three days.

definition 2:  to enclose or shut in; imprison.
example:  The dog was dangerous and had to be confined.
example:  
He was confined in that prison for fifteen years.
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