Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Sep
22
2017

landlocked

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laend lakt

adjective
lacking access to the sea.
Paraguay and Bolivia are the only landlocked countries in South America; all the other countries border the Atlantic or Pacific Oceans, or both in the case of Colombia.
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Sep
21
2017

pathetic

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p@ the tihk

adjective
1.  arousing feelings of pity, sorrow, or tender concern.
The baby’s pathetic crying was due to both hunger and cold.
The limping dog was a pathetic sight.

2.  miserably ineffective or inadequate; worthy of arousing scorn or ridicule.
You did a pathetic job of fixing this–look! It’s still leaking!
I’ve always been a pathetic housekeeper, so I finally hired a cleaner.
Your attempts to get our sympathy is pathetic!
He’s pathetic at playing tennis; he’s always hitting the ball straight over the fence.
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Sep
20
2017

dainty

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deIn ti

adjective
1.  small and delicate.
In her hand she held one dainty blossom.
We drank small amounts of tea in my grandmother’s dainty cups.
Taking dainty steps, she entered the room without a sound.

2.  having delicate and refined manners or taste, esp. with respect to cleanliness or food.
She is always so dainty in the way she eats;  I just shovel food into my mouth and spill things on my shirt.
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Sep
19
2017

conscientious

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kan shi en sh@s

adjective
1.  done in accordance with one’s conscience; scrupulous.
Taking part in this protest was a conscientious act on her part.

2.  precise; meticulous; careful.
His conscientious work consistently received high marks.
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Sep
18
2017

unsure

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uhn shuhr

adjective
not certain; having doubt; lacking confidence.
We were unsure whether to believe the man or not.
She was unsure of the freshness of the fish, so she decided not to buy it.
I was unsure as to the meaning of the question, so I didn’t know which way to answer.
He was unsure why his friend didn’t come, but he imagined something important had come up.
I need to make a decision, but I’m still unsure about everything.
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