Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Sep
29
2014

distort

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dih stort

transitive verb
definition 1:  to twist out of shape; deform the appearance or functioning of.
example:  The uneven surface of the mirror distorted his reflection.
example:  Having the volume too loud distorts the sound.

definition 2:  to falsify or misrepresent.
example:  The actor felt the newspaper article distorted what he had said in the interview.
example:  Exaggerating is often harmless, but it does distort the truth.
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Sep
26
2014

conscious

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kan sh@s

adjective
definition 1:  aware of one’s own existence, sensations, thoughts, and surroundings.
example:  The fighter was no longer conscious when the referee began counting.

definition 2:  aware of or sensitive to (often followed by “of”).
example:  She competed seriously, but she was also conscious of her limitations.
example:  He gradually became conscious of someone standing behind his chair.

definition 3:  fully intended; deliberate.
example:  Moving to a faraway city was a conscious choice on his part.
example:  She made a conscious decision to lead a healthier life.
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Sep
25
2014

navigate

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nae vih geIt

intransitive verb
definition 1:  to plan, manage, or control the course of a ship, aircraft, or missile.
example:  The captain had turned off the automatic pilot and was navigating manually.

definition 2:  to make one’s way; find the correct path to a destination or goal.
example:  In the dark, it was difficult to navigate to where the candles were kept.
example:  It’s amazing how these bicyclists navigate through the city traffic.
example:  I had some trouble navigating through the website.
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Sep
24
2014

bridge

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brIj

noun
definition:  a structure that extends a road, path, or other route over an obstacle such as a river or railway, to allow for continuous travel.

transitive verb
definition:  to form a connecting link over or between.
example:  A suspended walkway bridges the distance between the mainland and the small island.
example:  Is it possible to bring the gap between liberals and conservatives?
example:  Time has not bridged the rift between the two brothers.
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Sep
23
2014

tailor

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teI l@r

noun
definition:  one who makes, alters, or repairs clothing, esp. men’s suits and coats.
example:  The tailor did a fine job with the suit alterations.

transitive verb
definition 1:  to make or alter (a suit, coat, or the like).
example:  The jacket was too loose-fitting, so I had it tailored.

definition 2:  to fashion or adapt for a particular need, purpose, or the like.
example:  The new buses are tailored to the needs of people with disabilities.
example:  The advertising campaign is tailored to appeal to women.
example:  The concert series is especially tailored for young people.

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