Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day
definition: to say, refer to, or bring up the subject of (something), usually in just a few words or in passing.
example: Please don’t mention this matter to your mother yet; she’ll only be upset.
example: She’d actually lived in Italy for many years, but she never mentioned it to anybody.
example: When I heard about the job opening, I mentioned your name.
example: He mentioned that he was going away this weekend, but he didn’t say where.
example: She never mentions having been in prison.
definition: a reference, especially incidental.
example: There was a mention of the exhibit in the article but no details about it.
example: I’ve heard several mentions of that name recently.
skep tih k@l
definition 1: having or showing doubt; questioning.
example: I was skeptical of the claim that the product could remove oil from any fabric.
example: Everyone else was convinced, but she remained skeptical.
definition 2: of or relating to skeptics or skepticism.
example: Theirs is a skeptical stance that questions to what degree we can really know anything.
definition: to engage in a method of problem-solving or idea-gathering in which members of a group freely and spontaneously offer their thoughts and suggestions.
example: We were brainstorming at the meeting yesterday, and we may have come up with a solution to the problem.
example: The teacher asked the students to brainstorm, and she wrote each of their contributions on the board.
definition: to produce (an idea, suggestion, or solution) by brainstorming.
example: The group brainstormed some useful ideas for the upcoming show.
definition: a sudden inspiration or bright idea.
example: I’ve just had a brainstorm! Listen to this!
kae pih t@ laIz
definition 1: to write or print (something) using capital letters or using a capital letter as the initial letter.
example: We always capitalize the names of the months.
definition 2: to supply capital for or use capital in, as a business enterprise.
example: Our company will be capitalizing the costs of this new venture.
definition: to take advantage of something for gain or profit (usu. fol. by “on”).
example: We would be making a mistake if we did not capitalize on this opportunity.
example: Street vendors are capitalizing on the popularity of the royal couple to sell vast numbers of souvenirs and trinkets.
example: They should be ashamed of trying to capitalize on this tragedy.
aem bI sh@n
definition 1: a strong desire to reach a set goal or to be generally successful in life, esp. the desire to become famous, wealthy, or powerful.
example: She has an ambition to become a designer with her own line of clothing.
example: Her father often criticized her husband for lacking ambition.
definition 2: the state or goal that is the object of what is desired.
example: Winning first place was his ambition.