Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day
re k@g naIz
definition 1: to identify (someone or something) from previous experience or contact with that particular person or thing.
example: His face was covered in dirt, and it took me a moment to recognize him.
example: I didn’t recognize her voice on the phone, and I thought she had the wrong number.
definition 2: to be able to distinguish what something is based on knowledge of the features or characteristics of that thing.
example: I recognize true suffering when I see it.
definition 2: to regard or acknowledge as valid.
example: He recognized his shortcomings and tried to improve himself.
example: I recognize that your needs are different from mine.
rae dih k@l
definition 1: of or relating to roots, origins, or fundamental characteristics; basic.
example: There are radical differences between these two systems of government.
definition 2: extreme or complete, as a particular action or behavior.
example: The parents’ divorce brought about a radical change in the lives of the children.
example: His ideas were considered radical, and few people took him seriously.
definition 3: advocating drastic changes in laws, government, or society.
example: The government tried to suppress all radical groups.
example: Some professors were fired because of their radical political activities.
definition: only; simply; nothing more than.
example: He’s merely a child, and he won’t understand these adult matters.
example: I merely wanted your opinion; I’m not asking for your advice.
example: The student’s knowledge of Blake’s poetry was merely superficial.
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definition 1: to cause to be seen; show; exhibit.
example: The gallery displays the works of two or three painters each month.
example: He bought a glass case to display his stamp collection.
definition 2: to reveal.
example: His answer to the question displayed his ignorance of the subject.
example: They displayed no interest in my idea.
uhn d@r maIn
definition 1: to weaken the foundations of.
example: The dike is being undermined by water.
definition 2: to gradually, secretly, or imperceptibly weaken and destroy.
example: Her mother-in-law undermined her relationship with her husband.
example: The rumors undermined the candidate’s credibility.