Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Aug
08
2014

follow

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fa lo

intransitive verb
definition 1:  to occur in sequential order after something else.
example:  His name will be read first, and mine will follow.

definition 2:  to happen as the consequence of something else
example:  If there is war, deprivation will follow.

definition 3:  to make sense or arise as a natural conclusion based on something that has preceded.
example:  It follows, from all your questions, that you may be interested in buying the property.
example:  If A equals B and B equals C, then it follows that A equals C.
example:  It follows from his theory that all writers are egotists.

definition 4:  to proceed after someone else.
example:  You go ahead, and I will follow.
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Aug
07
2014

literature

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lI t@ r@ ch@r

noun
definition 1:  writings such as dramas, poems, novels, essays, and stories, esp. those that have lasting artistic value.
example:  Shakespeare is said to have made some of the greatest contributions to English literature.

definition 2:  the body of writing about a specific subject or of a specific time or group.
example:  I discovered much more about my topic after I reviewed the literature.
example:  There is little mention of this particular study in the literature.
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Aug
06
2014

employ

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ihm ploI

transitive verb
definition 1:  to make use of; use.
example:  We’re studying the unique devices he employs in his poetry.
example:  You would have to employ a microscope to be able to see these organisms.

definition 2:  to provide work for or obtain services from in exchange for payment; hire.
example:  Our company employs thirty people in the sales department.

definition 3:  to apply or direct toward a particular goal or activity.
example:  You need to employ more energy in this job.

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Collocations:    Words often used in combination with the transitive verb employ (definitions 1 & 3 )

employ + NOUN:    ~ technique, ~ tactic, ~ approach (e.g., The school employs a unique approach to teaching), ~ design, ~ method, ~ methodology, ~ tool, ~ device ,~ means, ~ measure, ~ terminology, ~ vocabulary, ~ imagery, ~ logic, ~ metaphor, ~ motif

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Aug
05
2014

trade

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treId

noun
definition 1:  the act of buying and selling goods or services, or all such acts collectively; commerce.
example:  There is a good deal of trade between the United States and Mexico.
example:  The new treaty will strongly affect trade between the two countries.
example:  Trade is generally brisk at the flea market on Saturdays.

definition 2:  the act of exchanging one thing for another without the exchange of money.
example:  My car for his truck was a fair trade.

definition 3:  a means of livelihood that involves buying or selling of goods or services; business.
example:  Selling car insurance was a trade that my mother was well-suited to.

definition 4:  an occupation involving manual skill; craft.
example:  His parents thought he should go into a trade such as carpentry or plumbing.
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Aug
04
2014

deteriorate

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dih tir i @ reit

intransitive verb
definition 1:  to decline or become inferior in value or quality; debase.
example:  Since she started smoking, her health has deteriorated.
example:  Due to neglect, the condition of the property is deteriorating.
example:  Our friendship has deteriorated as a result of our political differences.
example:  The situation had deteriorated to the point where the two nations were on the brink of war.

 

definition 2:  to wear away; break down little by little.
example:  The paint on all the shutters has deteriorated.
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