Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Jul
20
2015

exclusive

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ihk sklu sihv

adjective
definition 1:  leaving out.
example:  They eat a diet that is exclusive of meat.

definition 2:  not compatible.
example:  These are mutually exclusive theories:  if one is true, then the other cannot be true.

definition 3:  giving attention or service only to certain types of people, esp. those who are rich, fashionable, or privileged.
example:  The exclusive club rejected their application for membership.
example:  Many celebrities frequent the exclusive nightspots along this street.

definition 3:  closing out all others from sharing or participating in; sole.
example:  Your signing this contract gives us exclusive rights to publish the manuscript.
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Jul
17
2015

favor

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feI v@r

noun
definition 1:  a kind or helpful act, usually done in response to another’s request.
example:  Could you do me a favor and hand me that screwdriver?
example:  He did me a big favor, so I’m writing to thank him.

definition 2:  high regard or approval.
example:  The princess quickly won the favor of the people.

definition 3:  preference or partiality.
example: The parents accused the teacher of showing favor to the boys in the class.

definition 4:  advantage
example:  The score is in our favor.

transitive verb
definition 1:  to have positive regard for (someone or something) rather than having objection to.
example:  Most of the parents favor the new principal and feel she’s doing a good job.

definition 2:  to have a preference towards, or to show partiality towards.
example:  I favor the stores downtown over the ones at the mall.
example:  It’s obvious that she favors her youngest child over the others.
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Jul
16
2015

align

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@ laIn

transitive verb
definition 1:  to form into a straight line.
example:  The commander aligned his soldiers at the top of the hill.
example:  She carefully aligned all the books on the shelf.

definition 2:  to bring (something) into the same line as another.
example:  She aligned her bow with the target.
example:  He aligned his toes with the marks on the floor.

definition 3:  to bring (oneself) into agreement, usu. with a viewpoint; to ally.
example:  He aligns himself with the conservatives.

intransitive verb
definition:  to ally with others in a cause.
example:  The independent group aligned with the radicals.
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Jul
15
2015

encompass

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en kuhm p@s

transitive verb
definition 1:  to surround or enclose.
example:  A large, new stadium encompasses the playing field.
example:  Several layers of atmosphere encompass the planet.

definition 2:  to include, esp. to include all of.
example:  This book encompasses the latest theories advanced in astronomy.
example:  The course content will encompass the most important literary works of the Romantic period.
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Jul
14
2015

collaborate

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k@ lae b@ reIt

intransitive verb
definition 1:  to cooperate or work with someone else, esp. on an artistic or intellectual project.
example:  A team of professors from five universities collaborated on the project.
example:  He collaborated with another composer on the film’s musical score.

definition 2:  to cooperate or work with an enemy force, esp. one occupying one’s own country.
example:  They suspected that the mayor of the village was collaborating with the enemy.
example:  After the war, some citizens took revenge on those who had collaborated with the former occupiers.
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