Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Sep
29
2017

hover

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huh v@r

intransitive verb
1.  to stay suspended in the air, often by rapid fluttering, spinning, or the like.
The helicopter hovered overhead.
The hummingbird hovered for several moments before flitting away.

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Sep
28
2017

characterize

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kaer ihk t@r aIz

transitive verb
1.   describe (someone or something) in terms of what one considers to be the most distinguishing feature or features; ascribe certain characteristics to.
The press characterized him as a criminal, although he was never found guilty of any crime.
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Sep
27
2017

meditate

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me dih teIt

intransitive verb
1.  to think calmly, deeply, and at length; contemplate, muse, or ponder (sometimes fol. by “on” or “upon”).
She meditated on the difficult choice that she was now forced to make.

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Sep
26
2017

apprehend

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ae prih hend

transitive verb
1. to catch and place under arrest.
The police apprehended the suspects.
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Sep
25
2017

notify

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no tih faI

transitive verb
to give notice to; tell or inform, esp. formally.
The contest judges notified the winners by mail.
Who should we notify in case of an emergency?
The landlord notified the tenants that the water would be shut off in the morning.
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