Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Aug
19
2014

stimulate

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stIm y@ leIt

transitive verb
definition 1:  to incite or rouse to activity, action, or increased action.
example:  The speech stimulated the crowd.
example:  This medicine stimulates the heart.
example:  The professor asked questions to stimulate discussion.
example:  None of the books stimulated my interest.

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Aug
18
2014

accord

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@ kord

noun
definition 1:  balanced interrelationship; agreement; harmony.
example:  In accord with tradition, the bride wore white.
example:  On this point at least, we are in perfect accord.

definition 2:  compromise of conflicting opinions; concurrence; agreement.
example:  After days of meetings, the members of the two sides reached an accord.

definition 3:  an agreement between or among nations.
example:  One country refused to sign the peace accord.
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Aug
15
2014

local

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lo k@l

adjective
definition 1:  of or relating to a particular limited area such as a neighborhood or town.
example:  This is a matter for the local police to handle rather than the state police.
example:  Many people are not aware of issues involving the local government.

definition 2:  of or relating to one’s own residential area.
example:  We only eat local produce.

definition 3:  of or relating to a limited area in the body.
example:  The surgery is simple and can be carried out under a local anesthetic.
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Aug
14
2014

persuade

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p@r sweId

transitive verb
definition 1:  to cause (another) to do something through reasoning, arguing, or appealing to the emotions.
example:  Their commercial really persuades people to try their product.
example:  Her professor persuaded her to publish her research paper.

definition 2:  to cause (another) to believe something; convince.
example:  The lawyer persuaded the jury that her client was innocent.
example:  His sincere expression persuaded us that he was telling the truth.
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Aug
13
2014

complicate

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kam plih keIt

transitive verb
definition:  to make more difficult or complex.
example:  We were already lost, but getting the wrong directions only complicated the situation.
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