Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Jan
21
2016

opportunity

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a p@r tu n@ ti

noun
definition 1:  a chance that makes something possible or that may bring about some benefit.
example:  Everyone will have an opportunity to speak at the meeting.
example:  This job offer is a wonderful opportunity.
example:  Taking a cooking class will give you opportunities to meet new people.

definition 2:  auspicious or favorable circumstance.
example:  The post-war era was a time of economic opportunity.
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Jan
20
2016

career

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k@ rir

noun
definition 1:  the course or development of one’s life, or a phase in one’s life, especially in connection with one’s occupation.
example:  He had a long career in the Navy.
example:  Early in her academic career, she had published several papers on that subject.
example:  Her career as a teenage shoplifter ended abruptly when she was caught by a store manager.

definition 2:  a profession or occupation chosen as a life’s work.
example:  She wants to have a career in science.
example:  He decided on accounting as a practical career.
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Jan
19
2016

link

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lIngk

noun
definition 1:  one of the separate closed pieces of a chain.
example:  If one link breaks, the whole chain is useless.

definition 2:  any bond or connection.
example:  The detective looked for any possible link between the victim and the suspect.
example:  I don’t see any link between this paragraph and the next.

transitive verb
definition:  to join or unite by a link or connection.
example:  The railroad now links the two towns.
example:  My memories of that time are always linked with memories of him.
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Jan
18
2016

society

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s@ saI @ ti

noun
definition 1:  a community or group of people who live in the same country or area and are linked with each other by such things as laws and customs.
example:  The twentieth century saw a considerable change in how our society views women.
example:  Every society considers some behaviors acceptable and others unacceptable.

definition 2:  human beings in general.
example:  The scientists believed their invention would benefit society.

definition 3:  a particular group that is in some way distinct from the community as a whole, or distinct from other groups of people as seen from a historical perspective.
example:  polite society
example:  bourgeois society
example:  Elizabethan society

definition 4:  the upper-class or fashionable people generally.
example:  She was expected to marry a member of society.
example:  Society shunned him when he wrote a book that mocked the lifestyle of the upper classes.
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Jan
15
2016

malignant

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m@ lIg n@nt

adjective
definition 1:  evil or injurious in intent, effect, or character.
example:  Malignant rumors about her husband cast a shadow over her happiness.

definition 2:  deadly or likely to cause death, as a cancerous growth.
example:  Fortunately, the tumor was not found to be malignant.
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