Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Sep
15
2014

alleviate

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@ li vi eIt

transitive verb
definition:  to make more bearable; ease.
example:  A good nurse alleviates suffering.
example:  The medication will alleviate the pain, but it will not eliminate it.
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Sep
12
2014

incur

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ihn kuhr

transitive verb
definition:  to become liable for or bring upon oneself (usually some unwanted or harmful consequence).
example:  The duchess incurred an enormous gambling debt.
example:  The teenager incurred his parents’ anger by telling them an outrageous lie.
example:  If you give false information, you could incur a fine or an even stiffer penalty.
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Sep
11
2014

pertain

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p@r teIn

intransitive verb
definition:  to relate or refer to something; have to do with.
example:  The captain knows everything that pertains to the operation of the ship.
example:  My question pertains to the speaker’s first point.
example:  This matter doesn’t pertain to you, so I’ll ask you to please leave the room.
example:  Please bring all the documents that pertain to the case.
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Sep
10
2014

remedy

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re mih di

noun
definition 1:  a medicine or therapy designed to heal a disease or disorder.
example:  Rest and plenty of fluids is the remedy most prescribed by doctors for treating influenza.
example:  There are many types of cold remedies sold at the drugstore.

definition 2:  something that corrects an evil, problem, or fault.
example:  There is no easy remedy for high unemployment.
example:  The speed limit was lowered as a remedy for the frequent occurrence of accidents on that section of highway.

transitive verb
definition 1:  to relieve or heal (a disease or disorder).
example:  This medicine should remedy that cough.

definition 2:  to set right or fix; restore to a proper state.
example:  Panic broke out, and there was little the police could do to remedy the situation.
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Sep
09
2014

anecdotal

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ae n@k do t@l

adjective
definition 1:  of, resembling, or concerning an anecdote or anecdotes.
example:  We listened with interest to his anecdotal account of his trip.

definition 2:  consisting of or supported by anecdotes rather than confirmable or reproducible data.
example:  These claims are based only on anecdotal evidence and cannot be considered proven.
example:  Anecdotal testimony gathered from users of a product can be highly persuasive.
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