Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Oct
14
2014

arise

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@ raIz

intransitive verb
definition 1:  to come into view or notice.
example:  Several unexpected topics arose during the discussion.
example:  This question arises at every meeting, but we never seem to come to any agreement on the answer.
example:  Problems will inevitably arise despite all of our precautions.

definition 2:  to move upward.
example:  Steam arose from the boiling water.

definition 3:  to result or issue (often followed by “from”).
example:  The problem arose from their lack of attention to what they were doing.
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Oct
13
2014

comprehensive

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kam pr@ hen sihv

adjective
definition 1:  wide or all-inclusive in range or scope.
example:  The team carried out a comprehensive study of the diet and nutrition of children in the whole region.
example:  The final exam will be comprehensive, so you’ll need to study the material from the beginning of the semester.
example:  Your medical insurance is quite comprehensive; it seems to cover everything.

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Oct
10
2014

descend

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dih send

intransitive verb
definition 1:  to move downward or to a lower position or state.
example:  The airplane is beginning to descend now.
example:  During his imprisonment, he descended into madness.
example:  The government descended into chaos after the ousting of the leader.

definition 2:  to incline downward; slope.
example:  This path descends to the ocean.

definition 3:  to be related by blood, esp. through several generations.
example:  My family descends from one of the great clans of Scotland.

definition 4:  to attack or overwhelm, as with superior numbers.
example:  Armed guerrillas descended upon the army base.
example:  Screaming fans suddenly descended upon the movie star.
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Oct
09
2014

abandon

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@ baen d@n

transitive verb
definition 1:  to leave (someone or something) with no intention of returning or taking up possession again.
example:  They abandoned the old car in the ditch.
example:  He abandoned his family and moved far away.

definition 2:  to give up by withdrawing from.
example:  The families were forced to abandon the village that had been their home.
example:  The army abandoned the fort.

definition 3:  to stop pursuing (an activity, goal, or the like); give up; relinquish.
example:  He abandoned his dream of becoming an actor.
example:  They abandoned the project when they realized it was too costly.

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Oct
08
2014

refusal

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rih fyu z@l

noun
definition:  the act or an instance of refusing. (refuse = 1. to decline to accept or give;  2. to withhold acceptance, permission, or consent.)
example:  The demonstrators’ refusal to leave the area caused their arrest by the police.
example:  Her refusal of that job offer in Chicago was something she would later regret.
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