Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day
definition 1: to say or read aloud (something) in order that it may be recorded or written down by someone else.
example: Before the advent of word processing, it was common to dictate one’s business letters to a secretary.
definition 2: to state or order with authoritative force; prescribe definitely.
example: The rulers dictated what privileges the nobility enjoyed.
example: The owners dictate the company’s policies.
example: The fashion industry tends to dictate what women wear.
example: Her religion dictates that she remain married.
definition 1: a command; directive.
example: He claims that he was only carrying out the dictates of his superiors.
definition 2: (often plural) a requirement or controlling principle.
example: The dictates of common sense forced him to reconsider his opinion.
su p@r vaIz
definition: to direct or oversee (employees, machines, or the like) during an activity or performance of a task; superintend.
example: The head chef supervises the assistant chefs and all the other kitchen staff.
example: The Red Cross workers supervised the distribution of the food supplies.
example: Another teacher is needed to supervise the children on the field trip.
definition 1: to designate (an amount) to be used or given out.
example: We allotted only two days to complete the job, so we had to work at top speed.
example: Each guest is allotted one bath towel and one hand towel.
definition 2: to give out by lot; allocate; apportion.
example: After the war, the government allotted the land among the farmers.
ar keI ihk
definition 1: having the features or characteristics typical of a much older time; antiquated.
example: These archaic laws are still on the books in many states.
definition 2: no longer in common use, esp. in speech or writing.
example: The word “fain,” used as an adjective, is archaic.
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definition 1: to force or drive to some action or attitude; pressure.
example: The customer’s violent behavior compelled the store manager to call the police.
example: A terrible sense of guilt compelled him to confess.
definition: to make necessary; call for; exact.
example: The food shortage compelled strict rationing.