Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Mar
13
2015

fragment

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fraeg m@nt

noun
definition:  a broken off or incomplete part.
example:  The doctor removed a fragment of glass from his foot.
example:  A fragment of a song kept repeating itself in my mind.
example:  I can only remember a fragment of what I learned in my French class.

fraeg ment

intransitive verb
definition:  to break or shatter into pieces; disintegrate.
example:  The old paper document had fragmented, and the final paragraph was missing.
example:  Our lives fragmented during the war.

transitive verb
definition 1:  to break or shatter (something) into pieces.
example:  The wind and freezing cold fragmented the already dried-out leaves.
example:  Repeated failures fragmented their dreams.
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Mar
12
2015

exceed

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ek sid

transitive verb
definition 1:  to go beyond (what is required, expected, or considered reasonable).
example:  He claimed that he was not exceeding the speed limit.
example:  You shouldn’t exceed the recommended dosage for this drug.
example:  The weight of baggage may not exceed seventy pounds.

definition 2:  to do better than; surpass.
example:  She wanted to exceed the teacher’s expectations of her.
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Mar
11
2015

subordinate

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s@ bor d@ niht

adjective
definition 1:  lower in rank or importance; secondary or inferior.
example:  A corporal is subordinate to a colonel.
example:  Personal needs had to be subordinate to the needs of the country during wartime

definition 2:  under the authority or control of another; subservient; dependent.
example:  The women in the group were subordinate to the men.

noun
definition:  one that is subordinate, esp. a person working under the authority or control of another.
example:  As a captain, he is the general’s subordinate.
example:  At the office, he tended to act arrogantly toward his subordinates.

s@ bor d@ neIt

transitive verb
definition 1:  to treat as or put in a position of lesser rank or importance (often followed by “to”).
example:  Unlike his father, he subordinated his work to his home life.

definition 2:  to bring into subjection or dependency
example:  The nobles subordinated the peasants.
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Mar
10
2015

design

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dih zaIn

transitive verb
definition 1:  to make or draw plans for, esp. the structure or form of.
example:  The government is attempting to design a new welfare system.
example:  She designed all the costumes for the play.
example:  The architect who designed the museum also designed the city hall

definition 2:  to intend for a specific goal or purpose.
example:  The program was designed to educate the public.

noun
definition 1:  a plan or outline showing how something is to be built or carried out.
example:  The architect showed us his designs for the new office building.

definition 2:  an artistic rendering; drawing.
example:  She looked at many dress designs before going to stores to look for a wedding dress.
example:  His apartment is filled with designs done by favorite local artists.

definition 3:  end; purpose.
example:  The town council’s design had been to improve conditions in the neighborhoods.

definition 4:  (often plural) scheme or plot.
example:  Marrying the heiress was all part of his design to obtain wealth and power.
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Mar
09
2015

foundation

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faUn deI sh@n

noun
definition 1:  the base or basis of something such as a process, substance, structure, or opinion.
example:  These facts form the foundation of her theory.

definition 2:  the act of establishing or originating.
example:  After the foundation of the hospital, the town’s population grew.
example:  He was involved in the foundation of the company.

definition 3:  the masonry or stone structure that supports a building from beneath.
example:  Fortunately, the house was built on a solid foundation.
example:  Water has seeped through the foundation.
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