Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Mar
20
2015

recognition

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re k@g nI sh@n

noun
definition 1:  the act of identifying someone or something previously seen or known.
example:  It had been many years since he’d seen her, but his recognition of her face was instantaneous.

definition 2:  formal acknowledgment or approval.
example:  A formal dinner was given in recognition of her achievements.

definition 3:  acknowledgment of the validity of something.
example:  They demanded recognition of their rights as citizens.
example:  The new nation has yet to receive recognition from some of its neighbors in the region.
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Mar
19
2015

failure

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feIl y@r

noun
definition 1:  the act or result of failing.  [See entry for "fail"]
example:  Failure to hand in papers on time will result in the lowering of one’s grade.
example:  Sadly, their attempt to revive their business resulted in failure.

definition 2:  a person or thing that fails or does not succeed.
example:  The new musical, despite all its glamour, was a failure on Broadway.
example:  His brother’s great financial success made him feel like a failure regardless of his own accomplishments.
example:  She was a failure at dancing, but she excelled at athletics.

definition 3:  an insufficiency or inadequacy.
example:  Lower than normal temperatures caused a crop failure.
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Mar
18
2015

commodity

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k@ ma dih ti

noun
definition 1:  something with a practical use or value.
example:  Fertile land and drinkable water have always been precious commodities.
example:  Slaves were considered to be commodities and were not counted as part of the population.

definition 2:  a product, as opposed to a service, that can be bought and sold, esp. an agricultural or mining product.
example:  Sugar produced from sugar cane became a valuable commodity during the time of European colonization.
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Mar
17
2015

statistic

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st@ tI stihk

noun
definition 1:  a piece of numerical information.
example:  The almanac also gives weather statistics such as record high or record low temperatures.
example:  The census gathers statistics on the population such as the number of children per household.
example:  The percentage of people who voted in the election is an interesting statistic.

definition 2:  any measurable characteristic of a sample drawn from a larger group, such as a mean or standard deviation.
example:  The mean, or average, is an important statistic, but it only gives us one piece of information about a sample.
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Mar
16
2015

unify

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yu nih faI

transitive verb
definition:  to bring together into a single unit or entity; unite.
example:  The enemy attack on the country had the effect of unifying the population.
example:  The two nations were eventually unified under one flag.
example:  This new piece of evidence helps to unify the various parts of the theory.

intransitive verb
definition:  to become a single unit or entity; unite.
example:  Because of strongly opposing views and struggles over leadership, it took years for the workers to unify.
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