Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Apr
06
2015

assess

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@ ses

transitive verb
definition 1:  to examine and try to discover the extent, quality, or nature of; evaluate; measure.
example:  He had to assess this new situation carefully.
example:  They assessed the damage to her car.
example:  The teachers discussed a new way to assess students’ progress.

definition 2:  to estimate the value of (something) for tax purposes; value.
example:  Their house was assessed at two hundred thousand dollars.

definition 3:  to establish or set the amount of (a tax, fine, or the like).
example:  The judge assessed a fine of fifty dollars for the parking violation.
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Apr
03
2015

graph

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graef

noun
definition:  a diagram that expresses a relationship between two or more variable quantities or factors by lines, bars, dots, or the like.
example:  This graph shows the amounts of rainfall in the region in each of the last ten years.

transitive verb
definition:  to represent or express by means of a graph.
example:  The students graphed the results of their experiment.
example:  The consultant graphed the company’s expenditures over the last five years.
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Apr
02
2015

reside

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rih zaId

intransitive verb
definition 1:  to occupy a place for an extended period of time; dwell.
example:  Many of the people who work in the city reside in the suburbs.

definition 2:  to exist as a quality, element, or right.
example:  Power resides in the people, but they must choose to exercise it.
example:  So much more talent resides in her than she even realizes!
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Apr
01
2015

vary

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ver i

transitive verb
definition 1:  to change; alter; modify.
example:  She varies the story every time she tells it.
example:  I varied the recipe this time because it seemed too sweet.

definition 2:  to give diversity to.
example:  The new red curtains help vary the color scheme.
example:  It’s more interesting for the students if you vary your teaching methods.

intransitive verb
definition:  to change periodically or as a result of some other change.
example:  Her degree of friendliness varies according to her mood.
example:  The bus schedule varies depending on what day of the week it is.
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Mar
31
2015

tradition

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tr@ dI sh@n

noun
definition 1:  the process of handing down a culture’s beliefs, customs, and mores from one generation to the next.
example:  Tradition has preserved many of our ancient customs.

definition 2:  the beliefs, customs, and mores of a culture or group handed down from one generation to the next, or any one of these.
example:  Tradition calls for the bride to wear white on her wedding day.
example:  She is bound by tradition to live with her husband’s family.
example:  He accused his father of being blinded by tradition.
example:  It is a tradition in our family to open presents on Christmas Eve.
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