Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day
definition 1: an edge and the border area near it.
example: It’s illegal to drive on the margin of a highway.
definition 2: the blank space between written or printed matter and the edge of a page.
example: I got my paper back, and the professor wrote some nice comments in the margins.
example: She set narrow margins for her document.
definition 3: a limit beyond which something is no longer desirable or beyond which something no longer exists.
example: A film like this would have been judged beyond the margins of decency in the 1950s.
definition 4: an amount allowed beyond what is considered necessary, so as to provide for profit, safety, accuracy, or the like.
example: Leave a good margin of time for getting to the airport in this weather.
example: The calculation gives a margin of error of four per cent for the poll.
he rih tihj
definition 1: something that is inherited from earlier generations.
example: This New York City neighborhood celebrates its rich cultural heritage in a festival every year.
example: The historic buildings and landmarks of our city are the heritage of every citizen.
definition 2: status or position acquired from membership in a particular family or other group.
example: With his heritage of wealth and power, he never felt the need to work hard at anything.
ka l@ ni
definition 1: a territory governed by a distant country, often occupied by numbers of citizens of that country.
example: Before its independence, America consisted of thirteen British colonies.
example: Many settlers died of starvation in the newly established colonies.
example: The Republic of the Congo, a nation in Central Africa, was once a French colony.
definition 2: a distinct group of people of the same nationality, or a group of animals of the same species living closely together.
example: Brazil’s Japanese colony is the largest in South America.
example: Their house is host to a colony of termites.
example: The entire colony of bees suddenly disappeared.
ih lu m@ neIt
definition 1: to provide or brighten with, or as if with, light; light up; make radiant.
example: Lights illuminated the stage.
definition 2: to make clear or understandable; clarify; explain.
example: The information in the footnotes helps to illuminate the text.
example: In class, the professor illuminates the assigned reading.
definition 3: to give knowledge to; enlighten.
example: News magazines nowadays entertain us as well as illuminate us with respect to events in the world.
example: Will you illuminate us as to your intentions?
aem pl@ faI
definition 1: to make larger or greater.
example: The new hearing aids amplify sound better than the older types.
example: The first thing we tried as a solution only amplified the problem.
definition 2: to expand upon or clarify, as by adding details or illustrations.
example: I’d like to amplify my response to your earlier question.