Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Sep
16
2016

recede

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rih sid

intransitive verb
1.  to move back to a previous low level or point, as water.
After days of flooding, the rain stopped and the river water finally began to recede.

2.  to move away or back, either in physical reality or in the mind.
The hills receded as we drove away.
The incident was traumatic at the time, but it is receding in my memory now.
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Sep
15
2016

marvel

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mar v@l

transitive verb
to be filled with awe or amazement at (usually followed by a clause).
I marvel that you escaped alive!

intransitive verb
to be filled with awe or amazement
The audience marveled at the magician’s tricks.
Her fellow salesclerks marvel at her skill in persuasion.

noun
a thing, person, or event that causes awe, admiration, or amazement
The Brooklyn Bridge was an engineering marvel of the time.
That young cyclist is a marvel of stamina.
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Sep
14
2016

withdraw

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wIth draw

transitive verb
1.  to take back, out, or away; remove.
The carpenter withdrew the nails from the old boards.
He withdrew all his money from his savings account.

2.  to disclaim; renounce; retract.
He withdrew his original statement.

intransitive verb
1.  to move back or away, esp. from an emotional state or social environment; retreat.
In her depressed state, she withdrew from her friends.

2.  to remove oneself from a place or activity.
Two players withdrew from the game, but the others continued playing.
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Sep
13
2016

behold

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bih hold

transitive verb
to see or observe.
She was the most beautiful child I ever beheld.
When the rains finally came, the multitude of animals at the watering hole was an extraordinary sight to behold.
He instantly beheld that the place had changed and nothing was as he remembered it.
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Sep
12
2016

allege

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transitive verb
1.  to state with certainty; declare.
He alleged his innocence throughout his detainment.

2.  to assert in the absence of positive proof.
The police alleged that the suspect had entered the home with intent to rob it.

3.  to avow in court or elsewhere.
The witness alleged that she had seen the suspect in the area on the day of the murder.
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