Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day
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.
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.
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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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.
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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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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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.