Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Oct
10
2014

descend

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dih send

intransitive verb
definition 1:  to move downward or to a lower position or state.
example:  The airplane is beginning to descend now.
example:  During his imprisonment, he descended into madness.
example:  The government descended into chaos after the ousting of the leader.

definition 2:  to incline downward; slope.
example:  This path descends to the ocean.

definition 3:  to be related by blood, esp. through several generations.
example:  My family descends from one of the great clans of Scotland.

definition 4:  to attack or overwhelm, as with superior numbers.
example:  Armed guerrillas descended upon the army base.
example:  Screaming fans suddenly descended upon the movie star.
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Oct
09
2014

abandon

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@ baen d@n

transitive verb
definition 1:  to leave (someone or something) with no intention of returning or taking up possession again.
example:  They abandoned the old car in the ditch.
example:  He abandoned his family and moved far away.

definition 2:  to give up by withdrawing from.
example:  The families were forced to abandon the village that had been their home.
example:  The army abandoned the fort.

definition 3:  to stop pursuing (an activity, goal, or the like); give up; relinquish.
example:  He abandoned his dream of becoming an actor.
example:  They abandoned the project when they realized it was too costly.

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Oct
08
2014

refusal

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rih fyu z@l

noun
definition:  the act or an instance of refusing. (refuse = 1. to decline to accept or give;  2. to withhold acceptance, permission, or consent.)
example:  The demonstrators’ refusal to leave the area caused their arrest by the police.
example:  Her refusal of that job offer in Chicago was something she would later regret.
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Oct
07
2014

mere

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mir

adjective
definition:  being neither more nor better than what is specified.
example:  I was told that she’d had some experience, but in fact she was a mere beginner.
example:  The mere mention of his name filled her with fear.
example:  They acted very politely toward him, but it was mere pretense.
example:  She was not a goddess but a mere mortal.
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Oct
06
2014

promote

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pr@ mot

transitive verb
definition 1:
 to support the existence, growth, or advance of.
example:  These toxic substances promote the growth of tumors.
example:  Yoga promotes a sense of well-being.
example:  They’ve launched a campaign to promote awareness of the dangers of alcohol.

definition 2:  to advance (someone) to a higher rank or position.
example:  Because of his excellent job performance, he was promoted within the first year.

definition 3:  to advertise or otherwise encourage the purchase of.
example:  The company is heavily promoting its newest product this month.
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