Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Dec
04
2014

dispense with

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phrase

definition:  to do without or to do away with.
example:  I thought I could dispense with an umbrella on my trip, but I ended up having to buy one.
example:  You can never dispense with practice if you want to play the piano well.
example:  They had little time, so they dispensed with the formalities and small talk and got down to business.
example:  The city dispensed with its law against walking dogs on the beach.
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Dec
03
2014

dispense

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dih spens

transitive verb
definition 1:  to give out or distribute.
example:  Many volunteers came to dispense food, water, and blankets to the disaster victims.
example:  Most vending machines in the U.S. dispense snacks or soft drinks.
example:  He’s always dispensing advice and wisdom to anyone who will listen.

definition 2:  to prepare and give out (medicine or the like).
example:  The pharmacy dispenses a large variety of drugs.

definition 3:  to execute or administer (the law).
example:  It is the responsibility of the courts to dispense justice.
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Dec
02
2014

conceal

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k@n sil

transitive verb
definition 1:  to hide or keep hidden from sight
example:  He concealed the gift in his desk so that it would be a surprise.
example:  This makeup is supposed to conceal your skin’s flaws.
example:  The safe is concealed behind that painting.

definition 2:  to hide from discovery; keep secret.
example:  While working as a spy, his real identity was concealed.
example:  He gave some convincing reasons for his actions, but he concealed his true motives.
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Dec
01
2014

commercial

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k@ muhr sh@l

adjective
definition :  of or relating to trade or business.
example:  Our offices are in the commercial district.
example:  Do you have a commercial account with our bank?

definition 2:  having profit or wealth as the primary aim.
example:  There is a good deal of commercial fishing in the gulf.
example:  As a commercial endeavor, the project was a failure.
example:  The film was hailed by the critics, but it was not a commercial success.

definition 3.  supported by advertising rather than by government or public money.
example:  She doesn’t watch much commercial television.

noun
definition 1:  an advertisement broadcast on television or radio.
example:  This is a very convincing commercial for their product.
example:  He got himself a snack during the commercials.
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Nov
28
2014

catalyst

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kae tə lihst

noun
definition 1:  a substance that produces or speeds up a chemical reaction without being affected itself.
example:  An enzyme is an organic catalyst.

definition 2:  an agent that causes an interaction between persons or forces without being affected itself.
example:  The incidents of police brutality were the catalyst for the riot.
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