Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day
definition 1: to become aware of by means of the senses.
example: The students are learning how the brain perceives sound.
example: The dog perceived a change in its owner and became alarmed.
example: If we smell something continually over a length of time, eventually we no longer perceive it.
definition 2: to mentally notice or distinguish, or to grasp and comprehend what something is.
example: I can’t perceive the difference between these concepts.
example: He hoped that his enemy could not perceive his weakness.
example: She did not perceive her daughter’s feelings of jealousy.
definition: the degree, amount, space, or distance that something reaches or covers.
example: His family was not aware of the extent of his illness.
example: We were surprised by the great extent of his knowledge on the subject.
example: This map shows the extent of the journey made by the explorers.
example: He will be punished to the full extent of the law.
ma dih faI
definition 1: to alter somewhat; make changes in.
example: To save money, they had to modify their plans for the house.
example: We objected to some of the things in the contract, so they agreed to modify it.
example: He modified his appearance when he went to meet his girlfriend’s parents.
definition 2: to reduce the extremity, quantity, or strength of; moderate.
example: The workers modified their demands when they realized that they were getting nowhere with management.
example: Her father took pity on her eventually and modified her punishment.
definition 3: in grammar, to describe or limit or particularize the meaning of; qualify.
example: “Extremely” modifies “hot” in the phrase “extremely hot.”
example: “Heavy” modifies “traffic” in the phrase “heavy traffic.”
val yum [or] val y@m
definition 1: the amount of space enclosed within or occupied by a three-dimensional object.
example: The volume of the car engine is about two hundred cubic inches.
definition 2: amount; quantity.
example: The Red Cross was pleased with the volume of response to its appeal for blood donations.
definition 3: (often plural) a large amount or quantity.
example: Over the years, the principal received volumes of criticism from parents who thought he was too strict.
example: Every Christmas, the post office receives volumes of letters addressed to Santa Claus.
definition 4: the degree of loudness of sound.
example: Could you turn down the volume on the TV, please?
example: The volume of the music in the club was too much for her, so she left her friends and went outside.
definition 1: associated with all sides or with all members of a group.
example: The political leaders claimed that they were working for the common good.
definition 2: shared jointly.
example: The two families use a common kitchen.
example: During the war, the two countries fought side by side against their common enemy.
example: We need to work together to achieve our common goal.
example: He and I have a common interest in stamp collecting.
definition 3: frequently seen or occurring.
example: A sore throat and cough are common symptoms of a cold.
example: It’s a dangerous curve, and accidents are common.
definition 4: having or showing low breeding or behavior.
example: They forbade their son, heir to the family title, to marry this “common” girl.
example: She still considered it common for a woman to ride a horse like a man instead of riding sidesaddle.