Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Nov
27
2014

harvest

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har vihst

noun
definition 1:  the gathering of ripe crops, the crops or the amount so gathered, or the season in which they are gathered.
example:  Even small children helped out with the harvest of the crops.
example:  It was a small harvest that year.
example:  We met at harvest five years ago.

definition 2:  the product of an action, process, or event.
example:  The movement yielded a harvest of new ideas.

transitive verb
definition:  to gather (ripe crops); pick or reap.
example:  Farmers will harvest their corn soon.
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Nov
26
2014

complex

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k@m pleks  [or]  kam pleks

adjective
definition 1:  having a complicated structure; not simple.
example:  Her early designs were simple, but now she combines many patterns, making her new designs quite complex.

definition 2:  difficult to analyze or understand because of being complicated.
example:  His first spy novel was so complex that I found it hard to figure out what was happening when I read it.

definition 3:  having interconnected elements.
example:  They’ve developed a complex system of communication.
example:  A spider’s web is complex and beautiful.
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Nov
25
2014

immerse

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ih muhrs

transitive verb
definition 1:  to put deeply into or cover with liquid; submerge.
example:  Immerse the dry beans in the water and soak them overnight.
example:  He immersed his tired feet in the warm water.

definition 2:  to involve deeply; absorb.
example:  The novel immerses the reader in a brilliantly-imagined fantasy world.
example:  The whole class was deeply immersed in the discussion.
example:  He was immersed in his studies when I entered the room.
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Nov
24
2014

prompt

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prampt

adjective
definition 1:  done immediately, without delay.
example:  I was impressed by his prompt return of my phone call.
example:  Prompt service is expected in a fast food restaurant.

definition 2:  swift to respond or to be in attendance at an expected place.
example:  Fortunately, the police were prompt and arrived before the thief could flee the area.
example:  She expects her staff to be prompt for meetings.
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Nov
21
2014

attribute

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@ trIb yut
transitive verb
definition 1:  to regard as the result of.
example:  Scientists are attributing the increase in the number of violent storms to global climate change.
example:  To what can we attribute this dramatic change in your attitude?

definition 2:  to regard as a characteristic of.
example:  In the novel, the writer attributes innocence and gentleness to the impoverished peasants.

definition 3:  to regard as the maker of.
example:  The museum attributes these unsigned sketches to Leonardo Da Vinci.

ae trih byut
noun
definition:  a characteristic or quality.
example:  Honesty is a famous attribute of President Abraham Lincoln, who was often referred to as “Honest Abe.”
example:  The finest attribute of this restaurant is its elegant atmosphere.
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