Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Sep
04
2014

advocate

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aed v@ keIt

transitive verb
definition:  to urge support or acceptance of.
example:  The town council advocates buying fruits and vegetables grown on local farms.
example:  One candidate advocates the removal of the state’s death penalty, while the other opposes the idea.

 

aed v@ k@t

noun
definition 1:  one who supports a cause.
example:  She is an outspoken advocate of prison reform.

definition 2:  one who defends or pleads on behalf of another, esp. in a court of law.
example:  Who is the advocate for this defendant?
example:  Parents of children with severe disabilities must often become tireless advocates in order for their children to receive needed services.
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Sep
03
2014

affirm

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@ fuhrm

transitive verb
definition 1:  to firmly declare (something), or to state or maintain (something) as true.
example:  When questioned by the press, the superintendent affirmed his faith in the police department.
example:  The expert affirmed that the fingerprints were identical.

definition 2:  to ratify or confirm.
example:  The party has affirmed his nomination as its candidate for the presidency.
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Sep
02
2014

robust

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ro buhst

adjective
definition 1:  physically strong, healthy, and energetic.
example:  Among the marathon runners were several robust middle-aged men and women.

definition 2:  having or showing vitality or strength; highly functioning or effective.
example:  The real estate market was particularly robust during that period.
example:  The robust argument made in favor of the proposal was difficult to oppose.

definition 3:  requiring strength and endurance.
example:  Containing the flood waters will require robust effort.

definition 4:  hearty or boisterous.
example:  The fans shouted down at the players in their usual robust manner.
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Sep
01
2014

disturb

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dih stuhrb

transitive verb
definition 1:  to bother or interrupt by making noise or causing distraction.
example:  The hotel manager worried that the construction noise would disturb the guests.
example:  Terrible dreams disturbed his sleep.

definition 2:  to upset or cause to be in disorder.
example:  The wind disturbed the calm surface of the pond.
example:  Someone has been in my office and disturbed my papers.

definition 3:  to make nervous or uneasy; trouble.
example:  Witnessing the accident disturbed the child greatly.
example:  It disturbs people when they hear of such grisly incidents.
example:  The message in the letter obviously disturbed her because she rushed out of the room after reading it.
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Aug
29
2014

capable

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keI p@ b@l

adjective
definition 1:  having the ability to perform as required; competent.
example:  She is a highly capable teacher who accomplishes a great deal with her students.

definition 2:  having the mental or physical ability to accomplish a particular thing (usually followed by “of”).
example:  She is capable of great success if she puts her mind to it.
example:  Two weeks after surgery, I was capable of standing by myself.

definition 3:  having the psychological makeup that allows a particular emotion or the carrying out of a particular act (usually followed by “of”).
example:  We couldn’t believe he was capable of murder.
example:  She did not know she was capable of falling in love again.
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