Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Nov
17
2016

obstruct

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@b struhkt

transitive verb
1.  to clog or block.
Boulders obstructed the path.
The people standing in front of us obstructed our view.

2.  to interrupt, delay, or hinder the passage or progress of.
The dam obstructs the flow of the river.
The fallen tree obstructed the morning traffic.
Protesters did their best to obstruct the proceedings of the conference.
By destroying evidence, he was guilty of obstructing justice.
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Nov
16
2016

mourn

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morn

transitive verb
1.  to grieve over (a death or the dead).
He deeply mourned the death of his mother.
The children mourned their father in different ways.

2.  to feel or show great sorrow or regret over; deplore; bemoan.
She mourned the loss of her only close friendship.
The citizens mourned the closing of the old town hall.

intransitive verb
1.  to feel or show deep sorrow or grief, esp. for the dead; grieve.
The city mourned for the people who had lost their lives in the explosion.
Fans of the rock-‘n’-roll idol mourned over his death.

2.  to abide by conventional forms for acknowledging the death of a person, as by wearing black or the like.
The widow mourned for six months, avoiding all social gatherings and wearing only black.
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Nov
15
2016

acquaint

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@ kweInt

transitive verb
1.  to introduce, or to make familiar or accustomed to (usually followed by “with”).
They went next door and acquainted themselves with their new neighbors.
She was eager to acquaint herself with the customs of her new country.

2.  to tell about; inform (usually followed by “with”).
The boss finally acquainted the group with his decision.
Our guide acquainted us with the famous monuments and sights of the city.

The professor acquainted the students with numerous Renaissance painters.

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Nov
14
2016

revive

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transitive verb
1.  to update or bring back into use.
Now that they have children of their own, they want to revive some of the old family traditions.
Many of the styles of past decades have been revived.

2.  to infuse with new health, vigor, or vitality.
The much-needed rain revived the crops.

3. to restore (a person or animal) to consciousness.
The nurse was able to revive the patient who had fainted.
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Nov
11
2016

among

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@ muhng

preposition
1.  in or through the midst of.
Weeds began to grow among the flowers.

2.  as a part of; together with.
He was happy to be working among friends again.

3.  into portions for each of more than two.
The remaining bread was divided among the ten people.

4.  with all or most of.
The new comedy is popular among viewers.

5. in the group or class of.
These two things are among the items to consider in making our decision.
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