Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Apr
19
2016

linger

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lIng g@r

intransitive verb
definition 1:  to remain, or to be slow to leave.
example:  A few guests lingered after the party was over.
example:  The poor man lingered between life and death for weeks.
example:  The smell of her perfume lingered in the air.

definition 2:  to be slow to end or go out of use.
example:  The disease lingered for months before the patient began to recover.
example:  Some customs linger beyond their usefulness.

definition 3:  to remain in the mind or emotions.
example:  Although his explanation was convincing, her suspicions still lingered.
example:  Sweet memories of those days linger in his mind even now.
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Apr
18
2016

abolish

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@ ba lihsh

transitive verb
definition 1:  to do away with; put a stop to; end.
example:  Compulsory military service has been abolished.
example:  They argued over whether the death penalty should be abolished.
example:  The Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 abolished slavery in the British Empire.

definition 2:  to take out of existence.
example:  Some wish to abolish the former leader’s name from the history books.
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Apr
15
2016

contaminate

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k@n tae mih neIt

transitive verb
definition:  to make impure or unusable by contact or by adding a harmful substance.
example:  Chemicals are contaminating the water supply.
example:  The surgical instruments needed to be sterilized again because they had become contaminated by germs.
example:  Please don’t contaminate the baby’s food by putting your fingers in it!
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Apr
14
2016

incline

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ihn klaIn

intransitive verb
definition 1:  to move from or be angled away from a vertical or horizontal position; slant.
example:  The road up the mountain inclines sharply.

definition 2:  to be disposed or tend towards certain viewpoints or ways of thinking or feeling.
example:  The leadership inclines toward the political left.

transitive verb
definition 1:  to cause (one) to feel as if one wants to do a particular thing or to engage in a particular thing.
example:  The relaxing atmosphere inclined us to stay longer than we’d planned.
example:  Her interest in anatomy inclined her to the study of medicine.

definition 2:  to cause to bend in a particular direction.
example:  He inclined his head to hear what his youngest daughter said.
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Apr
13
2016

lead

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lid

transitive verb
definition 1:  to conduct or give direction to; guide.
example:  Who is leading this tour?
example:  He led the police to the place where he’d found the gun.
example:  Having finished her ride, she led the horse back to the barn.

definition 2:  to command or direct.
example:  He led the nation during a difficult time.

definition 3:  to be ahead of.
example:  The home team is leading the opposing team by a score of seven to three.

definition 4:  to influence, cause, or persuade.
example:  New information led the general to change tactics.
example:  What led you to make this decision?
example:  You led me to believe that the plan had been approved, and now you’re saying it hasn’t?!
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