Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

May
13
2015

reiterate

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ri I t@ reIt

transitive verb
definition:  to say again.
example:  You don’t need to reiterate your point; we have heard and understand what you’re saying.
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May
12
2015

offense

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@ fens

noun
definition 1:  a violation of a law, rule, or standard of conduct; crime, sin, or breach of good conduct.
example:  After the drunk driver’s third offense, the judge sent him to jail.
example:  She confessed all her offenses to the priest.
example:  Failing to attend his uncle’s funeral was considered an offense by the rest of the family.
example:  She maintained that she’d committed no offense and therefore refused to apologize.

definition 2:  something that offends or displeases.
example:  His flippant manner was an offense to the honor and solemnity of the occasion.

definition 3:  the feeling, usually of anger or outrage, caused by being offended.
example:  My offense at those insulting remarks was not easily erased.
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May
11
2015

estimate

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e stih meIt

transitive verb
definition 1:  to calculate the approximate amount, size, or value of.
example:  We estimated our bill to be approximately three hundred dollars.
example:  We asked the carpenter to estimate how much the new garage would cost.
example:  I estimated the length of the room to be close to thirty feet.

 

definition 2:  to judge or appraise.
example:  He looked closely at the ring and estimated its value at around five thousand dollars.
example:  They estimated that their drinking water would last for just two more days.

 

e stih miht

noun
definition 1:  a rough calculation or educated guess as to the amount, size, or value of something.
example:  By my estimate, we hiked about fifteen miles today.

definition 2:  a judgment or appraisal.
example:  We took the diamond to a jeweler for an estimate of its worth.
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May
08
2015

mandate

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maen deIt

noun
definition 1:  a commission given to a country to administer territory on behalf of an international body such as, formerly, the League of Nations.
example:  Britain was given a mandate over Palestine after World War I.

definition 2:  the territory subject to such an order.
example:  Palestine was a British mandate from 1920 to 1948.

definition 3:  a directive given or implied by the vote of an electorate.
example:  The government must now act on its mandate to deal with the problem of unemployment.

definition 4:  an authoritative order or directive, as from a sovereign or from a higher court to a lower one.
example:  The nobles refused to obey the king’s mandate.

transitive verb
definition:  to authorize or require, as by law or popular vote.
example:  The new law mandates the recycling of glass and paper by all local businesses.
example:  The Surgeon General mandated that cigarette packaging display health warnings.
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May
07
2015

discrete

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dih skrit

adjective
definition:
 separate and distinct.
example:  Sand is made up of discrete particles.
example:  The teacher pronounced the word in discrete syllables.
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