Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Jan
05
2015

revert

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rih vuhrt

intransitive verb
definition 1:  to return to a previous state, practice, belief, or the like.
example:  After the conquerors withdrew, the tribes reverted to their former religion.
example:  The untended garden reverted to a sea of weeds.
example:  I’ve gained weight since I reverted to my old eating habits.
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Jan
02
2015

enrich

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ihn rIch

transitive verb
definition 1:  to increase the wealth of.
example:  The new director hoped to enrich the company with an innovative product line.
example:  These swindlers enrich themselves by preying upon innocent people.

definition 2:  to provide with an increased quantity of any valuable or desirable thing or quality.
example:  The teacher enriched the students’ understanding of philosophy.
example:  The milk is enriched with vitamin D.

definition 3:  to cause to be more interesting, important, or rewarding.
example:  They enriched the school’s curriculum by adding more art and music.
example:  I have always found that reading enriches my life.
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Jan
01
2015

resolution

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re z@ lu sh@n

noun
definition 1:  mental firmness, determination, or resolve.
example:  Without strong resolution, she would not have risen to the top of her profession.

definition 2:  a personal decision to do something made with sincere determination.
example:  He made a resolution to get more exercise, and so far he has stuck to it.

definition 3:  a statement, decision, or course of action decided upon by a group or organization, esp. one formally adopted by a legislature.
example:  The resolution was adopted in order to combat the problem of piracy in the region.

definition 4:  a solution or satisfactory end to a quarrel, conflict, or legal dispute.
example:  Both sides were happy to have arrived at a resolution.
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Dec
31
2014

intuition

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In tu I sh@n

noun
definition 1:  the power of knowing or apprehending something directly, without learning it consciously or submitting it to processes of logic.
example:  She never learned the rules of grammar, but she writes well using her intuition about what is correct.

definition 2:  something known or apprehended in this way.
example:  He had an intuition that the killer was still in the house.
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Dec
30
2014

dovetail

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duhv teIl

noun
definition:  something resembling a dove’s tail in shape, esp. a wedge-shaped part, or tenon, that protrudes from one piece of wood and fits snugly into a wedge-shaped opening, or mortise, in another piece of wood, forming a joint.

intransitive verb
definition 1:  to fit together by means of a dovetail or dovetails.

definition 2:  to fit together precisely or harmoniously.
example:  Your plan to provide part-time work to city youth dovetails nicely with our efforts to beautify the city parks this summer.
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