Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Aug
17
2016

nevertheless

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ne v@r th@ les  [or]  ne v@r th@ les

adverb
however; in spite of that; anyway.
She had been warned against trying to see her ex-husband; nevertheless, she went to his place of work and barged into his office.
Men were dying of the cold, but the expedition continued nevertheless.
He almost never writes or calls, but I consider him a good friend nevertheless.
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Aug
16
2016

moreover

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mor o v@r  [0r]  mor o v@r

adverb
beyond what has already been mentioned; in addition; furthermore.
I’m not surprised they’re firing him.  His work is substandard, and his attitude is poor; moreover, he’s always late.
I don’t agree that she’s overrated.  Moreover, I think you’re just jealous of her talent!
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Aug
15
2016

thereby

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theIr baI

adverb
by that means; as a result of that.
She hoped to produce the document and thereby prove her innocence.
He passed the exam, thereby making it possible for him to enter the university.
They increased their offer, hoping they would edge out the competition thereby.

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Aug
12
2016

suspect

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s@ spekt

transitive verb
1.  to believe to be true; to have a feeling that a certain thing is true without knowing what the facts are.
I suspect that she knows more than she admits.
I don’t know why he’s not here, but I suspect that he is too embarrassed after what happened last night.
The police suspected that the thief got in through the back window.

The researchers suspect that a flaw in their methodology caused the unexpected results of their study.

2.  to believe in the possible guilt of (someone) without knowing all the facts.
The police had suspected the neighbor all along, but there was not enough evidence to arrest him.
She suspected her brother of taking the money.

3.  to have doubts, reservations, or suspicions about.
She’s offered her assistance, but I suspect her motives.

4.  to believe in the possibility of (something) as the cause of  some event or outcome.
The entire building burned down, and the police suspect arson.
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Aug
11
2016

signify

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sIg nih faI

transitive verb
1.  to serve as a sign of; mean.
I’ve seen this symbol many times, but I can’t remember what it signifies.
A closed door often signifies that privacy is requested.

2.  to make known; express.
Both leaders have now signified that they are ready to negotiate.
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