Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day
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.
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.
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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pr@ faUnd [or] pro faUnd
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.
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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definition: movement toward a specific end; advance.
example: We’ve made a good deal of progress this week toward our fund-raising goal.
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.