Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day
definition 1: to have as one’s own property.
example: They lost everything that they possessed during the war.
example: He now possesses two cars and a boat.
definition 2: to have as a characteristic or quality.
example: They believe that their elders possess great wisdom.
definition 3: to have knowledge of.
example: Only she possesses the secret.
definition 4: of ideas or emotions, to control or dominate the actions of.
example: He was possessed by the idea that he would fail.
definition 5: of an evil spirit, to take control of or inhabit as an irresistible force.
example: They claimed that an evil spirit had possessed their daughter.
definition 1: to make larger or more extensive.
example: The school expanded its library last year and added more computers.
example: These companies are hoping to expand business in Asia.
definition 2: to spread wide.
example: The bird expanded its wings and soared above the water.
definition 3: to develop in greater detail.
example: You should expand the ideas in this paragraph.
definition 1: to become larger or more extensive.
example: His waist certainly expanded after he quit playing sports.
example: The company expanded during the 1980s.
definition 2: to express in greater detail (usually followed by “on”).
example: I will expand on these ideas in a later chapter.
example: I’m not sure I understand; could you expand a little?
definition 1: to eat, drink, or ingest.
example: The prisoner hungrily consumed his meal.
example: You consume quite a lot of coffee every day.
example: It’s important to know how many pills the child consumed.
definition 2: to use up.
example: An engine consumes fuel.
example: This old air conditioner consumes a lot of energy.
definition 3: to buy (goods or services).
example: Young people are consuming more electronic devices than ever before.
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definition 1: having or displaying authority.
example: The police officer addressed the suspect in an authoritative tone.
example: She was naturally authoritative on the subject of her own research.
definition 2: accepted as correct, true, or reliable as a source of information; official.
example: You need to get your information from an authoritative reference work.
example: I was told this was an authoritative edition of Blake’s poems.
definition: to give agreement, approval, or permission (often fol. by to).
example: The generals consented to a cease-fire.
example: Her parents reluctantly consented to the marriage.
example: He consented to reconsider his decision.
example: The company has consented to stop production of the car because of defects.
definition 1: an approval or permission of another’s plan or action.
example: Students need their parents’ consent to go on the field trip.
definition 2: agreement as to action, opinion, or value.
example: Some governments rule by consent of the majority.