Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Apr
17
2015

possess

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p@ zes

transitive verb
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.
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Apr
16
2015

expand

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ihk spaend

transitive verb
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.

intransitive verb
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?
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Apr
15
2015

consume

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k@n sum

transitive verb
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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Apr
14
2015

authoritative

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@ thor ih teI tihv

adjective
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.
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Apr
13
2015

consent

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k@n sent

intransitive verb
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.

noun
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.
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