Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Mar
20
2017

deter

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dih tuhr

transitive verb
1.  to stop or discourage from some action by arousing doubt or fear.
No arguments or pleas could deter him from taking on this dangerous task.

2.  to prevent; inhibit.
The mayor issued a statement that he hoped would deter criticism of his recent actions.
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Mar
17
2017

gauge

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geIj

transitive verb
1.  to make an estimate of or a judgment concerning; judge.
The speaker incorrectly gauged the reactions of his audience.
It is impossible to gauge the size of an iceberg by looking at the part that is above water.
The engineers gauged the bridge to be safe.

2.  to measure exactly the size, amount, or contents of.
This instrument is used to gauge the speed of the rotation.
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Mar
16
2017

radiate

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reI di eIt

intransitive verb
1.  to send forth rays or waves, as of heat or electromagnetic radiation.
The sun radiates, sending out both heat and light.

2.  to come forth in the form of rays or waves.
Light radiates from the sun.

3.  to spread out in many directions from a center.
News of the royal birth radiated from the palace.

transitive verb
1.  to send out in the form of rays or waves; emit.
The sun radiates heat.
The cozy fire radiated warmth.

2.  to project in a radiant manner.
She radiated confidence as she walked in for her interview.
The bride and groom radiated joy.
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Mar
15
2017

elude

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ih lud

transitive verb
1.  to avoid or evade by speed, skill, or trickery.
The perpetrator of this crime has eluded the police for months now.

2. to escape from or remain outside of the grasp of.
His name eludes my memory.
The answer to that question eludes me at the moment.
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Mar
14
2017

flee

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fli

intransitive verb
to escape by moving rapidly away; run away.
When the alarm went off, the burglar fled.
They fled for the lives when they heard the shooting.

transitive verb
to escape from by moving rapidly away; run away from.
They will flee the country if there is a revolution.
The occupants fled the burning building.
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