Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day
definition: to give agreement, approval, or permission (often fol. by to).
example: The generals consented to a cease-fire.
example: Her parents reluctantly consented to the marriage.
example: He consented to reconsider his decision.
example: The company has consented to stop production of the car because of defects.
definition 1: an approval or permission of another’s plan or action.
example: Students need their parents’ consent to go on the field trip.
definition 2: agreement as to action, opinion, or value.
example: Some governments rule by consent of the majority.
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definition: to make clear; clarify or explain.
example: Her feelings were so complex that she couldn’t elucidate them to anyone else.
example: The teacher elucidated the meaning and significance of the poem.
definition: to make something clear; explain; clarify.
example: He knew the simple answer to the question, but he could not elucidate further.
example: I still don’t understand, so could you please elucidate?
k@n klu sihv
definition: serving to reach a final answer or decision, or to settle.
example: The testimony of the two eye-witnesses was considered conclusive evidence of his guilt.
example: It was hoped that the experiment would provide solid answers, but the results were not conclusive.
example: This was the conclusive point that decided the debate.
definition: to spread or be present everywhere in; permeate.
example: An air of optimism pervaded the capital.
example: The smell of tropical flowers pervaded the air.
example: Visions of her still pervade his thoughts and dreams.
example: Alienation is a theme that pervades modern literature.
definition 1: to obtain or extract from an original source (usually followed by “from”).
example: Many medicines have ingredients that are derived from plants.
example: From what source did you derive that information?
definition 2: to obtain or determine by reasoning or inference; deduce.
example: If I don’t know a word, I try to derive the meaning from the context.
definition: to come from a source; originate (usually followed by “from”).
example: The English word “archaeology” derives from Greek.
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