Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Aug
20
2015

aid

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eId

transitive verb
definition :  to provide assistance, help, or relief to.
example:  The volunteers aided the earthquake victims as well as they could.
example:  A young man aided us in finding the hotel.

intransitive verb
definition:
 to give support, help, or assistance.
example:  The resource librarian will be happy to aid in your search.

noun
definition 1:  help, assistance, or relief.
example:  Many agencies provided aid to the disaster victims.
example:  With the aid of her friends, she was able to manage pretty well.
example:  He can walk with the aid of a cane.

definition 2:  a person or thing that helps or assists.
example:  He needs a hearing aid.
example:  His daughter was a wonderful aid to him when he was sick.
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Aug
19
2015

adjacent

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adjective
definition:  near or next to; adjoining.
example:  We are worried about the large dead tree on the property adjacent to ours; it could fall onto our house during a storm.
example:  Canada and Mexico are adjacent to the United States.
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Aug
18
2015

wax

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waeks

intransitive verb
definition 1:  of the moon, to increase gradually in the size of its illuminated portion, as seen from the earth.
example:  When the moon has waxed completely, we say the moon is full.

definition 2:  to increase gradually in quantity, strength, volume, or the like.
example:  My anger waxed with his continued harangue.

definition 3:  to become or grow.
example:  She waxed eloquent as she realized she’d gathered a highly attentive audience.
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Aug
17
2015

wane

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weIn

intransitive verb
definition 1:  of the moon, to gradually decrease in the size of the portion that is illuminated, as seen from the earth.
example:  As the moon wanes, it appears to become smaller.

definition 2:  to become less powerful, prosperous, or strong.
example:  His popularity was waning, and it didn’t seem as if he could win the next election.
example:  She could feel her strength waning as she began the final lap of the race.

definition 3:  to draw near the end.
example:  The year is waning, and what have we accomplished?
example:  His childhood was waning.  He would soon become an adolescent.
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Aug
14
2015

aggressive

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adjective
definition 1:  characterized by hostility in action.
example:  The small nation could not defend itself against its aggressive neighbor.
example:  When he became aggressive toward teachers, he was finally expelled from school.

definition 2:  extremely forceful or assertive.
example:  The more aggressive fans pushed through the crowd to get a glimpse of their idol.
example:  We need to take aggressive measures to combat this problem.
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