Category: Vocabulary

Oct
22
2014

attest

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@ test

transitive verb
definition:  to confirm, testify to, or prove the genuineness or worth of.
example:   A notary must attest your signature on the document to show that it is valid.
example:  The extraordinary painting attests her genius as an artist.
example:  Although the critics hated the film, its box office proceeds attested the film’s immense popularity with audiences.

intransitive verb
definition:  to give confirmation, testimony, or proof (often followed by “to”).
example:  The witness attested to the truth of the defendant’s statement.
example:  The fact that no student scored above seventy percent attests to the difficulty of the exam.

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Collocations:    Words often used in combination with the intransitive verb attest

attest + to + NOUN:    ~ authenticity, ~ validity, ~ truth, ~ veracity, ~ fact (e.g., The neighbors attested to the fact that a truck had been parked outside the building), ~ existence, ~ presence, ~ importance, ~ virtue, ~ difficulty, ~ accuracy, ~ effectiveness, ~ superiority, ~ ignorance, ~ popularity, ~ success

 

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Oct
21
2014

overt

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0 vuhrt  [or]  o v@rt

definition:  openly apparent; not concealed. (Cf. covert.)
example:  Overt discrimination in the form of segregation was the norm in southern states at that time; discrimination in the north was more subtle.
example:  Sanctions have not been imposed despite the nation’s overt aggression toward its neighbor.
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Oct
21
2014

peal

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pil

noun

1. a loud ringing of bells, esp. bells of different tones.
At noon the peal of bells fills the square.

2. a loud prolonged noise, as of thunder, laughter, or applause.
The cast was relieved to hear the audience burst into peals of laughter.

transitive verb

to sound or announce, as by ringing of bells.
The church bells pealed a welcome to the visiting dignitaries.

 

 

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Oct
20
2014

trenchant

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tren ch@nt

adjective

1. incisive or penetrating, as perception or wit.
This keenly perceptive remark, both sharp and full of truth, is just one example of the writer’s trenchant wit.

2.vigorous and effective, as an argument or policy.
“Professor Mearsheimer presents a trenchant argument that the United States is unlikely to underwrite with its blood and treasure those European wars in which Europe’s own blood and treasure are equal to the task.” (The Future of the American Military Presence in Europe, p. 129))

3. well-defined; clear-cut.
a trenchant outline

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Oct
20
2014

stipulate

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stIp y@ leIt

transitive verb
definition:  to specify or arrange as a condition of an agreement.
example:  He has agreed to sell the property but has not yet stipulated a price.
example:  The university clearly stipulates the criteria for a student’s acceptance into its honors programs.
example:  The mortgage lender stipulates that there must be insurance on the property before the loan will be granted.
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