Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Apr
04
2014

widespread

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waId spred

adjective
definition 1:  extended, scattered, or accepted over a wide area.
example:  Her mystery novels enjoyed widespread popularity.
example:  The disease is under control in the north, but it is still widespread in the south.

definition 2:  open or spread out to full width.
example:  A bird with widespread wings flew overhead.
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Apr
03
2014

inquire

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ihn kwaIr

transitive verb
definition:  to seek to find out or learn.
example:  Her father inquired what future plans the young man had.
example:  ”How soon will the apartment be vacant?” she inquired of the landlord.

intransitive verb
definition 1:  to seek to learn by asking (often followed by “about” or “as to”).
example:  I’m inquiring about the apartment you advertised in the newspaper.
example:  The boss inquired as to the reason for her frequent absences.

definition 2:   to investigate (usually followed by “into”).
example:  The police are inquiring into the death of the famous author.
example:  Investigators for the airline are inquiring into the cause of the accident.

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Apr
02
2014

profound

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pr@ faUnd [or] pro faUnd

adjective
definition 1:  located at, reaching to, or coming from a great depth; deep.
example:  The ship was lost in the profound sea.

definition 2:  having intellectual insight and depth.
example:  Critics praised the novel as being filled with profound thought.
example:  The film is very entertaining but not profound in any way.

definition 3:  going to, or as though to, a great depth; penetrating; intense.
example:  The survivors experienced profound anxiety in the aftermath of the attack.
example:  The death of his mother had a profound effect on him.
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Apr
01
2014

hoax

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hox

noun
definition:
 something false or inauthentic presented as true or authentic, with intent to deceive or defraud.
example:  The so-called “ancient” cave painting was a hoax that fooled the public completely.

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Mar
31
2014

progress

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pra gres
noun
definition:  movement toward a specific end; advance.
example:  We’ve made a good deal of progress this week toward our fund-raising goal.

pr@ gres
intransitive verb
definition 1:  to advance in time or space; proceed.
example:  The climbers slowly progressed toward the summit.
definition 2:  to develop, esp. in a positive way; improve.
example:  As he progresses as an artist, he continues to gain recognition.

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