Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

May
01
2015

pioneer

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paI @ nir

noun
definition 1:  someone who explores or goes to live in a place previously unexplored or uninhabited by many of his or her culture.
example:  Many of the early pioneers of America traveled in covered wagons over mountainous terrain.

definition 2:  a person, organization, or the like that is among the first in anything.
example:  The eminent professor was a pioneer in genetic research.
example:  The United States and the Soviet Union were pioneers in space exploration.

intransitive verb
definition:  to make contributions to the beginnings or early development of.
example:  She pioneered the study of radioactivity.
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Apr
30
2015

espouse

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ih spaUz

transitive verb
definition:  to take up, hold, or commit oneself to (a cause, idea, or belief); embrace.
example:  He had once espoused communist ideals, but now he rejected them.
example:  They espouse the view that the government is not doing enough to protect endangered species.
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Apr
29
2015

fluctuate

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fluhk chu eIt

intransitive verb
definition:  to vary or change irregularly; rise and fall.
example:  The price of gold continually fluctuates.
example:  My appetite fluctuates; some days I’m hungry all the time and other days I don’t feel like eating at all.
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Apr
28
2015

interrupt

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In t@ ruhp

transitive verb
definition 1:  to cause to stop; break off.
example:  Loud banging on the door interrupted the conversation.
example:  I’m sorry to interrupt your meeting, but this call is urgent.

definition 2:  to break the continuity of (someone) acting or speaking, esp. with a request or remark.
example:  A heckler interrupted the politician in the middle of her speech.
example:  Please don’t interrupt me when I’m working.

intransitive verb
definition:  to break the continuity of what someone is doing or saying.
example:  I don’t like it when waiters are constantly interrupting during a meal.
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Apr
27
2015

ascertain

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ae s@r teIn

transitive verb
definition:  to come to know (some information) with complete certainty, especially through a process of investigation; determine.
example:  The medical examiner has not yet ascertained the cause of death.
example:  Somehow the press ascertained that the prince had plans to marry.
example:  The police are trying to ascertain how the thief entered the building.
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