Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Jul
15
2014

orient

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or i @nt [or] or i ent

transitive verb
definition 1:  to find the position of with respect to the points of the compass.
example:  The lost hikers oriented themselves by locating the North Star.

definition 2:  to acquaint or familiarize (someone) with new surroundings or circumstances.
example:  This program will orient the new students to college life.

definition 3:  to place or arrange in a specified relationship to the points of the compass.
example:  The architect oriented the house so that it would get morning light in the kitchen.

definition 4:  to adjust (something) toward or in relation to someone or something.
example:  We should orient this ad toward working mothers.
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Jul
14
2014

equivocal

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ih kwI v@ k@l

adjective
definition:  having at least two plausible alternative meanings, often intentionally so, in order to deceive or avoid commitment; ambiguous.
example:  We had hoped that her answer would help us make our decision, but her reply was equivocal.

definition 2:  doubtful or undecided, as in one’s opinion or attitude toward something.
example:  Her feelings about her son’s choice of a wife were equivocal.
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Jul
11
2014

successor

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s@k se s@r

noun
definition:  a person or thing that follows upon or replaces another.
example:  He’s grooming his son to be his successor in the business.
example:  She’s helping in the training of her successor before starting her new job.
example:  The late king’s successor was a more progressive ruler.
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Jul
10
2014

inherent

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ihn he r@nt [or] ihn hi r@nt

adjective
definition 1:  existing in or belonging to something as an essential or inborn part of its nature; innate; intrinsic.
example:  Traveling upstream to spawn is part of an inherent instinct in salmon.
example:  Some people believe evil is inherent in humans.
example:  There are inherent risks in the use of nuclear power.
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Jul
09
2014

administer

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@d mI nih st@r

transitive verb
definition 1:  to manage, execute, or be in charge of.
example:  The United States administered Japan for some years after World War II.
example:  The Department of Agriculture administers the food stamp program.

definition 2:  to bring into operation or use; implement.
example:  The agency administered the new guidelines last month.

definition 3:  to dispense or make application of.
example:  The drug can only be administered by a physician.
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