Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Aug
15
2016

thereby

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theIr baI

adverb
by that means; as a result of that.
She hoped to produce the document and thereby prove her innocence.
He passed the exam, thereby making it possible for him to enter the university.
They increased their offer, hoping they would edge out the competition thereby.

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Aug
12
2016

suspect

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s@ spekt

transitive verb
1.  to believe to be true; to have a feeling that a certain thing is true without knowing what the facts are.
I suspect that she knows more than she admits.
I don’t know why he’s not here, but I suspect that he is too embarrassed after what happened last night.
The police suspected that the thief got in through the back window.

The researchers suspect that a flaw in their methodology caused the unexpected results of their study.

2.  to believe in the possible guilt of (someone) without knowing all the facts.
The police had suspected the neighbor all along, but there was not enough evidence to arrest him.
She suspected her brother of taking the money.

3.  to have doubts, reservations, or suspicions about.
She’s offered her assistance, but I suspect her motives.

4.  to believe in the possibility of (something) as the cause of  some event or outcome.
The entire building burned down, and the police suspect arson.
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Aug
11
2016

signify

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sIg nih faI

transitive verb
1.  to serve as a sign of; mean.
I’ve seen this symbol many times, but I can’t remember what it signifies.
A closed door often signifies that privacy is requested.

2.  to make known; express.
Both leaders have now signified that they are ready to negotiate.
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Aug
10
2016

insinuate

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ihn sIn yu eIt

transitive verb
1.  to suggest (something derogatory) subtly and indirectly.
She didn’t openly accuse him, but she insinuated that he’d been cheating during the game.

2.  to use subtle and indirect means to advance (oneself).
He insinuated himself into the king’s favor.

3.  to cause to be introduced by subtle and indirect means.
He insinuated fear among the ship’s crew.
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Aug
09
2016

contemplate

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kan t@m pleIt

transitive verb
1.  to look at long and thoughtfully.
She contemplated each sculpture in turn.

2.  to think about deeply and seriously.
He contemplated the problem but could not arrive at a solution.

3.  to consider seriously as a future action; plan.
She’s contemplating a career change.
I often contemplate making one more trip to the Himalayas.
They refused to even contemplate their daughter’s marrying such a fool.

intransitive verb
to think deeply; ponder; meditate.
He needed time to contemplate before making a decision.
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