Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Nov
14
2014

conceive

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k@n siv

transitive verb
definition 1:  to give shape to in the mind.
example:  She conceived a brilliant strategy.
example:  He gave himself a little time to conceive a good excuse.

definition 2:  to be able to think of or imagine.
example:  He is so prepared this time that I cannot conceive his failing.
example:  She tried to conceive how she would look in thirty years.

definition 3:  to begin or originate.
example:  Our book group was conceived over twelve years ago.
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Nov
13
2014

extract

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iks traekt

transitive verb
definition 1:  to remove or take out by use of force.
example:  The dentist extracted his tooth.

definition 2:  to obtain with effort.
example:  The police extracted a confession from him.

definition 3:  to separate or draw out (juice from a fruit, metal from an ore, or the like) by pressure, distillation, or chemical action.
example:  This machine extracts the juice from the lemons.

definition 4:  to get (satisfaction, comfort, or the like), usually from some event or circumstance.
example:  She had to admit that she extracted some pleasure from her seeing her sister get in trouble.
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Nov
12
2014

practitioner

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praek tI sh@n @r

noun
definition:  a person practicing a trade, occupation, or profession.
example:  Medical practitioners are divided in their opinion concerning the new regulations.
example:  The invention cuts labor time, but its purchase price is too high for most practitioners of the trade to afford.
example:  Counseling may seem an effortless occupation to some, but practitioners will tell you differently.
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Nov
11
2014

vessel

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ve s@l

definition 1:  a hollow device used as a receptacle, especially for liquids; container.
example:  They put the wine in bottles, casks, and other vessels.

definition 2:  a structure designed for traveling on water; large boat; ship.
example:  In the harbor, we saw a large frigate and several other sailing vessels.

definition 3:  one of the many tube-shaped structures through which blood and other bodily fluids are carried; artery; vein.
example:  The aorta is a large blood vessel that leads from the heart.
example:  Both veins and arteries are vessels through which blood flows.
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Nov
10
2014

administration

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@d mI nih streI sh@n

noun
definition 1:  the act of directing or managing.
example:  She has great skill in the administration of her business.
example:  The principal’s job is the administration of the school.

definition 2:  those in charge of directing or managing, considered collectively.
example:  The hospital administration refused to consider the employees’ arguments.

definition 3:  the executive officers of a government, considered collectively, or the term of office of such officers.
example:  Lyndon Johnson was vice president during the administration of John Kennedy.
example:  No one in this administration is in favor of changing the current law.
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