Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Apr
03
2017

eccentric

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ihk sen trihk

adjective
not adhering to the recognized or accepted manner, behavior, or thinking; unconventional; peculiar.
Eccentric people sometimes generate original ideas.
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Mar
31
2017

validate

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vae lih deIt

transitive verb
1.  to prove valid or acceptable; verify.
She validated the reports with direct evidence.
He cited studies to validate his theory.

2.  to make valid by legal means.
Your signatures are needed to validate the contract.
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Mar
30
2017

obsess

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@b ses

transitive verb
to preoccupy the mind or emotions of (someone) excessively or abnormally.
A desire for revenge obsessed him, and he could think of little else.
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Mar
29
2017

grovel

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gra v@l

intransitive verb
1.  to demean or humble oneself; abase oneself.
He groveled to his boss, hoping to win back his favor.

2.  to be or move about in a bowed or prostrate position, as with fear or humility; cower; cringe.
The courtiers groveled before the king.
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Mar
28
2017

ignite

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ihg naIt

transitive verb
1.  to cause to begin burning; set on fire; kindle.
He ignited the charcoal with his lighter.

2.  to stir up the emotions of; excite.
The electrifying speech ignited the crowd.

3.  to cause to begin or emerge suddenly.
This absurd accusation ignited her anger.
The new research findings ignited a controversy.
This book ignited in him a lifelong interest in plants.
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