Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Jan
16
2015

margin

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mar jihn

noun
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.
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Jan
15
2015

heritage

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he rih tihj

noun
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.
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Jan
14
2015

colony

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ka l@ ni

noun
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.
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Jan
13
2015

illuminate

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ih lu m@ neIt

transitive verb
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?
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Jan
12
2015

amplify

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aem pl@ faI

transitive verb
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.
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