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Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Sep
08
2017

humiliate

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hyu mI li eIt

transitive verb
to cause (someone) to lose pride or feel disgraced; embarrass; mortify.
His punishment, carried out in front of the other students, humiliated the boy.
The soldiers harassed the man’s wife not only for their pleasure but to humiliate him.
It humiliated her that she’d boasted about going to Harvard and then wasn’t accepted there.

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Sep
07
2017

parch

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parch

transitive verb
1.  to make very dry, as by sunlight or the application of heat.
The sun parched all the crops.

2.  to make thirsty or dry.
The exhausted and sweaty workers were parched by their efforts.

intransitive verb
to become dry or thirsty, esp. because of heat.
Even the hardiest plants parched in the extreme heat.
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Sep
06
2017

jabber

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jae b@r

intransitive verb
to speak or make sounds like speech, quickly or at length, but without making much sense or creating much interest in the listener; babble.
The little girl was jabbering happily and pouring “tea” for her stuffed animals.
I was so bored that I’d stopped listening, but he kept jabbering on.

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Sep
05
2017

opt

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apt

intransitive verb
to decide; choose (usually followed by “for” or an infinitive).
She opted for the car with front-wheel drive.
We’ve informed the landlord that we are opting to extend our lease.
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Sep
04
2017

tarnish

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tar nihsh

transitive verb
1.  to dull the luster of or discolor (metal), as by exposure to air.
Exposure to the air will eventually tarnish the brass.

2.  to spoil or stain (someone’s character, reputation, or the like).
The scandal badly tarnished the politician’s reputation, probably costing him the election.

intransitive verb
to become dull or discolored, as metal.
He polished the silver bowl regularly so that it would not tarnish.

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