Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Aug
28
2014

hence

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hens

definition 1:  therefore; for this reason; thus.
example:  I don’t agree with the proposition, and hence I cannot vote for it.

definition 2:  from this moment; from now.
example:  Two years hence, the new building should be completed.
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Aug
27
2014

hinder

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hIn d@r

transitive verb
definition 1:  to interfere with or obstruct the functioning or progress of.
example:  Heavy chains hindered the elephant’s movements.
example:  His questions hindered my thought process.
example:  His constant daydreaming is hindering his progress in school.
example:  The thick brambles hindered our passage through the forest.

definition 2:  to stop from doing something or stop (something) from happening.
example:  Revelation of his misconduct hindered him from winning the election.
example:  The inclusion of a tax increase hindered the bill from passing in the legislature.
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Aug
26
2014

homogeneous

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ho m@ ji ni @s [or] ho m@ jin y@s

adjective
definition 1:  having all parts of the same or a similar type.
example:  The influx of immigrants and refugees into the small nation has transformed what was once a homogeneous population.

definition 2:  having the same structure, nature, or texture throughout; uniform.
example:  Homogeneous matter has the same composition regardless of what amount is analyzed.
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Aug
25
2014

conform

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k@n form

intransitive verb
definition 1:  to be or act in accordance or compliance with an established standard or norm.
example:  He found it difficult to conform to the strict rules of the military academy.
example:  All highway signs must conform to standards established by the government.
example:  She refused to conform to society’s expectations of her as a woman.

definition 2:  to show similarity or become similar in nature or appearance.
example:  Her true self does not conform to everyone’s image of her.

transitive verb
definition:  to make similar in nature or appearance.
example:  He conformed his way of speaking to the local dialect.
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Aug
22
2014

diminish

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dih mIn ihsh

intransitive verb
definition:  to decrease or abate; dwindle.
example:  As the daylight began to diminish, we headed back to camp.
example: The pain diminished somewhat after taking the medication.
example:  The volume of the trumpets should diminish gradually in this section.

transitive verb
definition 1:  to decrease or cause to appear decreased in size, prestige, or importance.
example:  He felt his wife’s success in show business diminished his own achievements.

definition 2:  to detract from the honor or reputation of; disparage; belittle.
example:  His cowardice diminished him in his son’s eyes.
example:  The accusation of tax evasion diminished her reputation as an honest politician.
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