Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day
or i @nt [or] or i ent
definition 1: to find the position of with respect to the points of the compass.
example: The lost hikers oriented themselves by locating the North Star.
definition 2: to acquaint or familiarize (someone) with new surroundings or circumstances.
example: This program will orient the new students to college life.
definition 3: to place or arrange in a specified relationship to the points of the compass.
example: The architect oriented the house so that it would get morning light in the kitchen.
definition 4: to adjust (something) toward or in relation to someone or something.
example: We should orient this ad toward working mothers.
ih kwI v@ k@l
definition: having at least two plausible alternative meanings, often intentionally so, in order to deceive or avoid commitment; ambiguous.
example: We had hoped that her answer would help us make our decision, but her reply was equivocal.
definition 2: doubtful or undecided, as in one’s opinion or attitude toward something.
example: Her feelings about her son’s choice of a wife were equivocal.
s@k se s@r
definition: a person or thing that follows upon or replaces another.
example: He’s grooming his son to be his successor in the business.
example: She’s helping in the training of her successor before starting her new job.
example: The late king’s successor was a more progressive ruler.
ihn he r@nt [or] ihn hi r@nt
definition 1: existing in or belonging to something as an essential or inborn part of its nature; innate; intrinsic.
example: Traveling upstream to spawn is part of an inherent instinct in salmon.
example: Some people believe evil is inherent in humans.
example: There are inherent risks in the use of nuclear power.
@d mI nih st@r
definition 1: to manage, execute, or be in charge of.
example: The United States administered Japan for some years after World War II.
example: The Department of Agriculture administers the food stamp program.
definition 2: to bring into operation or use; implement.
example: The agency administered the new guidelines last month.
definition 3: to dispense or make application of.
example: The drug can only be administered by a physician.