Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Mar
14
2017

flee

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fli

intransitive verb
to escape by moving rapidly away; run away.
When the alarm went off, the burglar fled.
They fled for the lives when they heard the shooting.

transitive verb
to escape from by moving rapidly away; run away from.
They will flee the country if there is a revolution.
The occupants fled the burning building.
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Mar
13
2017

saturate

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sae ch@r eIt

transitive verb
1.  to fill or soak so completely that nothing more can be absorbed.
The heavy rain saturated his clothes.

2.  to imbue or fill completely.
Her mind was saturated with facts and figures as she entered the exam room.
His venomous speeches saturate his followers with hatred.
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Mar
10
2017

tension

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ten sh@n

noun
1.  the act of stretching or state of being stretched to the point of tightness; strain.
With an excessive amount of tension on the rope, it quickly snapped.

2.  mental or emotional strain.
These arguments at work produce so much tension in him that he often gets headaches.
The students’ tension was apparent as they took their exams.

3.  the strain created by disharmony in a relationship, as between people or nations.
Strong disagreement among the committee members resulted in great tension at the meeting.
A border dispute brought about renewed tension between the two nations.

My parents got along well, and there never seemed to be any tension between them.

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Mar
09
2017

whim

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wIm  [or]  hwIm

noun
a sudden odd or capricious desire, impulse, notion, or change of mind; whimsy; caprice.
On a whim, I decided to look up some of my old friends from high school.
The parents spoiled their daughter and gave in to her every whim.
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Mar
08
2017

vengeance

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ven j@ns

noun
1.  injury or damage done to a person in return for injury or damage inflicted by him or her; retribution; revenge.
He threatened vengeance on the men who shot his father.

2.  the desire or motive for such retribution or revenge.
These acts of violence were done purely out of vengeance.
Their vengeance grew stronger as they came together to plot retaliation.

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