Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Jul
24
2015

fuse

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fyuz

transitive verb
definition:  to cause to merge, coalesce, or combine, esp. by or as if by melting together.
example:  The foundry fuses zinc and copper to make brass.
example:  The new play fuses some of the themes from the playwright’s earlier works.

intransitive verb
definition:  to become merged by or as if by melting together; amalgamate; coalesce.
example:  The copper and zinc fused and became brass.
example:  The flavors fuse as the dish cooks, and the result is extraordinary.
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Jul
23
2015

benchmark

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bench mark

noun
definition:  a point of reference for judging value, quality, change, or the like; standard to which others can be compared.
example:  We use the national average on these tests as a benchmark so that we can evaluate our own school’s performance.
example:  The team of that year established a benchmark for success in the sport that all later teams have tried to live up to.
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Jul
22
2015

culminate

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kuhl mih neIt

intransitive verb
definition:  to arrive at a climax or conclusion (usually followed by “in”).
example:  The celebration will culminate in fireworks.
example:  The long negotiations finally culminated in a treaty.
example:  The political demonstration culminated in mass arrests.

transitive verb
definition:  to bring to a climax or conclusion.
example:  The commencement ceremony was a grand occasion, and a speech by the governor culminated the event.
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Jul
21
2015

inclusive

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ihn klu sihv

adjective
definition 1:  including everything, or a large amount; comprehensive.
example:  The textbook has a highly inclusive index that is very helpful.

definition 2:  having as a goal to include as many different types of people as possible.
example:  Our classroom aims to be inclusive.

definition 3:  containing the two limits mentioned as well as what is between.
example:  The assignment was for problems ten to twenty inclusive.
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Jul
20
2015

exclusive

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ihk sklu sihv

adjective
definition 1:  leaving out.
example:  They eat a diet that is exclusive of meat.

definition 2:  not compatible.
example:  These are mutually exclusive theories:  if one is true, then the other cannot be true.

definition 3:  giving attention or service only to certain types of people, esp. those who are rich, fashionable, or privileged.
example:  The exclusive club rejected their application for membership.
example:  Many celebrities frequent the exclusive nightspots along this street.

definition 3:  closing out all others from sharing or participating in; sole.
example:  Your signing this contract gives us exclusive rights to publish the manuscript.
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