Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

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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Oct
07
2014

mere

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mir

adjective
definition:  being neither more nor better than what is specified.
example:  I was told that she’d had some experience, but in fact she was a mere beginner.
example:  The mere mention of his name filled her with fear.
example:  They acted very politely toward him, but it was mere pretense.
example:  She was not a goddess but a mere mortal.
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Oct
06
2014

promote

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pr@ mot

transitive verb
definition 1:
 to support the existence, growth, or advance of.
example:  These toxic substances promote the growth of tumors.
example:  Yoga promotes a sense of well-being.
example:  They’ve launched a campaign to promote awareness of the dangers of alcohol.

definition 2:  to advance (someone) to a higher rank or position.
example:  Because of his excellent job performance, he was promoted within the first year.

definition 3:  to advertise or otherwise encourage the purchase of.
example:  The company is heavily promoting its newest product this month.
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Oct
03
2014

restore

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rih stor

transitive verb
definition 1:  to bring back into use or existence.
example:  The new government took quick measures to restore order in the country.
example:  The successful knee surgery seemed to restore her youth.

definition 2:  to return (something) to a former, normal, or original condition.
example: She buys antiques in poor condition and then restores them.
example:  Several weeks of rest restored him to health.

definition 3:  to make healthy, sound, or vigorous.
example:  I find that the long walks in the mountain air restore me.
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Oct
02
2014

arbitrary

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ar bih trer i

adjective
definition 1:
  resulting from whim or caprice instead of from a rule or reason.
example:  The committee’s decision seemed completely arbitrary.

definition 2:  exercising power with no legal restrictions; despotic.
example:  One arbitrary leader after another ruled the country during this period of instability.
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