Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Apr
13
2015

consent

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k@n sent

intransitive verb
definition:  to give agreement, approval, or permission (often fol. by to).
example:  The generals consented to a cease-fire.
example:  Her parents reluctantly consented to the marriage.
example:  He consented to reconsider his decision.
example:  The company has consented to stop production of the car because of defects.

noun
definition 1:  an approval or permission of another’s plan or action.
example:  Students need their parents’ consent to go on the field trip.

definition 2:  agreement as to action, opinion, or value.
example:  Some governments rule by consent of the majority.
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Apr
10
2015

elucidate

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ih lu sih deIt

transitive verb
definition:  to make clear; clarify or explain.
example:  Her feelings were so complex that she couldn’t elucidate them to anyone else.
example:  The teacher elucidated the meaning and significance of the poem.

intransitive verb
definition:  to make something clear; explain; clarify.
example:  He knew the simple answer to the question, but he could not elucidate further.
example:  I still don’t understand, so could you please elucidate?
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Apr
09
2015

conclusive

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k@n klu sihv

adjective
definition:  serving to reach a final answer or decision, or to settle.
example:  The testimony of the two eye-witnesses was considered conclusive evidence of his guilt.
example:  It was hoped that the experiment would provide solid answers, but the results were not conclusive.
example:  This was the conclusive point that decided the debate.
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Apr
08
2015

pervade

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p@r veId

transitive verb
definition:  to spread or be present everywhere in; permeate.
example:  An air of optimism pervaded the capital.
example:  The smell of tropical flowers pervaded the air.
example:  Visions of her still pervade his thoughts and dreams.
example:  Alienation is a theme that pervades modern literature.
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Apr
07
2015

derive

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dih raIv

transitive verb
definition 1:  to obtain or extract from an original source (usually followed by “from”).
example:  Many medicines have ingredients that are derived from plants.
example:  From what source did you derive that information?

definition 2:  to obtain or determine by reasoning or inference; deduce.
example:  If I don’t know a word, I try to derive the meaning from the context.

intransitive verb
definition:  to come from a source; originate (usually followed by “from”).
example:  The English word “archaeology” derives from Greek.

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