Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Jun
25
2015

however

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haU v@r

adverb
definition 1:  in spite of that; nevertheless.
example:  It was the middle of winter; however, it was not very cold, and we decided to take a hike up the mountain.
example:  Taking vitamin supplements can have some health benefits; however, it is no substitute for eating a balanced diet.

definition 2:  on the other hand; by contrast.
example:  I’m sure you’ll like the product.  If, however, you are unsatisfied with it, you may return it for a refund.
example:  The students are doing better in reading; however, their math skills still need improvement.
example:  We expected him to be grateful.  He was, however, somewhat offended.

definition 3:  to whatever degree or extent; no matter how.
example:  She’ll finish the project, however long it may take her.

definition 4:  in whatever manner or way.
example:  However you pronounce it, it still doesn’t sound appetizing to me. (more…)

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Jun
24
2015

aspire

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@ spaIr

intransitive verb
definition:  to want strongly; have as an aim (usually followed by “to,”  ”after,” or an infinitive).
example:  He aspired to both wealth and power.
example:  Although I wanted to be a success as an actress, I never aspired after fame.
example:  She aspired to become a great singer and to sing at the Metropolitan Opera.
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Jun
23
2015

dual

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du @l

adjective
definition 1:  of or relating to two, especially  having two, often identical, components, people, sections, or the like; double.
example:  The driver training cars are equipped with dual controls.

definition 2:  having two distinct sides, natures, or aspects.
example:  Our trip to the city had a dual purpose.
example:  He acts so differently at times that one might suspect he has a dual personality.
example:  She explained her theory about the dual nature of romantic love.
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Jun
22
2015

classification

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klae sih fih keI sh@n

noun
definition 1:  the act or result of classifying.   [See classify]
example:  The classification of the various behaviors of the animals formed the initial part of the study.

definition 2:  an order or group into which something is classified.
example:  There are various classifications of diseases.
example:  Metals and non-metals are two important classifications of chemical elements.
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Jun
19
2015

classify

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klae sih faI

transitive verb
definition 1:  to arrange or order with respect to type or class.
example:  The museum’s paintings are classified according to art movement and genre.
example:  These rocks are typical of certain types, so they are quite easy to classify.

definition 2:  to assign to a particular category or group.
example:  He had been classified as a gifted student in elementary school.

definition 3:  to specify (documents or other information) as being highly restricted in availability.
example:  These documents have been classified and cannot be accessed without special clearance.
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