Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Apr
24
2015

contend

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k@n tend

intransitive verb
definition 1:  to strive against difficulties or opposition (usually followed  by “with”).
example:  The ship contended with the high waves until, finally, it capsized.
example:  The prime minister is having to contend with criticism from his own party.

definition 2:  to strive in competition or rivalry.
example:  They are one of several teams contending for the championship title.

definition 3:  to strive in argument; dispute; debate.
example:  They angrily contended about which plan was best.
example:  I don’t want to contend with you about this matter any longer.

transitive verb
definition:  to assert in argument; state forcefully
example:  I’ve heard your arguments, but I still contend that humanity is basically good.
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Apr
23
2015

acknowledge

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aek na lihj

transitive verb
definition 1:  to admit or recognize the truth, existence, fact, or validity of.
example:  The professor was forced to acknowledge that the student had been correct after all.
example:  He refused to acknowledge the boy as his son.
example:  The city’s orchestra is acknowledged to be one of the world’s finest.
example:  At first, she did not acknowledge being acquainted with the man.
example:  The neighbor finally acknowledged having witnessed the crime.

definition 2:  to indicate awareness of.
example:  She acknowledged his presence with a slight nod.

definition 3:  to show appreciation or thanks for.
example:  At the front of the book, she acknowledges her husband’s help with the research.

definition 4:  to indicate the receipt of, as a message.
example:  We should at least acknowledge their invitation, even if we decide not to go.
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Apr
22
2015

noteworthy

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not wuhr thi

adjective
definition:  deserving notice; remarkable; notable.
example:  The old church building has many noteworthy features, such as the unique stained glass windows and the ornately carved pulpit.
example:  The speech was long but contained few noteworthy remarks.
example:  The press found it noteworthy that the candidate did mention his stand on immigration.
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Apr
21
2015

external

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ihks tuhr n@l

adjective
definition 1:  of the outside or outer part; being outside.
example:  He cleaned only the external surfaces of the oven.
example:  Cold-blooded animals need warmth from external sources like the sun.

definition 2:  of that which is superficial or for show.
example:  Her generosity is only external and designed to impress others.

definition 3:  outside national boundaries, esp. in regard to commerce or governmental relations; foreign.
example:  External trade has slowed this year.
example:  The country fears its external enemies.

noun
definition:  (pl.) outside parts or features; superficial parts.
example:  One’s looks are just externals; they don’t define the person you are inside.
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Apr
20
2015

perplex

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p@r pleks

transitive verb
definition 1:  to puzzle, confuse, or cause uncertainty in the mind of (a person).
example:  The complicated instructions were no help at all; in fact, they only perplexed us.
example:  His current attitude perplexed her in light of the things he’d said earlier.

definition 2:  to complicate or confuse (a subject or situation).
example:  The division of the rebels into factions only perplexed the situation in the war-torn nation.
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