Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Mar
27
2014

recognize

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re k@g naIz

transitive verb
definition 1:  to identify (someone or something) from previous experience or contact with that particular person or thing.
example:  His face was covered in dirt, and it took me a moment to recognize him.
example:  I didn’t recognize her voice on the phone, and I thought she had the wrong number.

definition 2:  to be able to distinguish what something is based on knowledge of the features or characteristics of that thing.
example:  I recognize true suffering when I see it.

definition 2:  to regard or acknowledge as valid.
example:  He recognized his shortcomings and tried to improve himself.
example:  I recognize that your needs are different from mine.
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Mar
26
2014

radical

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rae dih k@l

adjective
definition 1:  of or relating to roots, origins, or fundamental characteristics; basic.
example:  There are radical differences between these two systems of government.

definition 2:  extreme or complete, as a particular action or behavior.
example:  The parents’ divorce brought about a radical change in the lives of the children.
example: His ideas were considered radical, and few people took him seriously.

definition 3:  advocating drastic changes in laws, government, or society.
example:  The government tried to suppress all radical groups.
example:  Some professors were fired because of their radical political activities.
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Mar
25
2014

merely

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mir li

adverb
definition:  only; simply; nothing more than.
example:  He’s merely a child, and he won’t understand these adult matters.
example:  I merely wanted your opinion; I’m not asking for your advice.
example:  The student’s knowledge of Blake’s poetry was merely superficial.

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Mar
24
2014

display

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dih spleI

transitive verb
definition 1:  to cause to be seen; show; exhibit.
example:  The gallery displays the works of two or three painters each month.
example:  He bought a glass case to display his stamp collection.

definition 2:  to reveal.
example:  His answer to the question displayed his ignorance of the subject.
example:  They displayed no interest in my idea.
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Mar
21
2014

undermine

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uhn d@r maIn

transitive verb
definition 1:  to weaken the foundations of.
example:  The dike is being undermined by water.

definition 2:  to gradually, secretly, or imperceptibly weaken and destroy.
example:  Her mother-in-law undermined her relationship with her husband.
example:  The rumors undermined the candidate’s credibility.
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