Category: Vocabulary

Nov
21
2014

attribute

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

@ 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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Nov
21
2014

in extremis

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In ihk stre mis
adverb
in extremity (Latin); under extreme circumstances or at the point of death.

“The eyeballs had rolled up and back somewhat, as they mostly do when a hound is in extremis.” (A.J. Dawson, Jan, a Dog and a Romance)

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Nov
20
2014

transition

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traen zI sh@n

noun
definition:  a process of changing from one position, stage, or situation to another.
example:  There were painful experiences during his transition from boyhood to manhood.
example:  The nation’s citizens hoped for a peaceful transition from dictatorship to democracy.
example:  The life cycle of the monarch butterfly includes its transition from caterpillar to pupa and from pupa to butterfly.
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Nov
20
2014

extremity

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ihk stre mih ti

noun

1. the farthest reach or point of a thing.
The extremities of the field were marked by a fence.
2. the greatest degree or utmost extreme.
At that moment, they felt the extremity of fear.
3. (usu. pl.) the parts of the body extending from the limbs; hands and feet.
Blood circulation in her extremities is rather poor.
4. a condition of extreme danger or distress.
He didn’t understand the extremity of the situation.

 

 

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Nov
19
2014

overall

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o v@r awl [or] o v@r awl

adjective
definition 1:  from one limit to the other; entire.
example:  The overall distance across Australia is about four thousand kilometers.

definition 2:  with respect to or including nearly everything; general.
example:  Although there were a few positive reviews, the overall opinion of the critics was that the play was simply dull.
example:  I scored highest in one of the events, but my sister was the overall winner of the competition.

adverb
definition:  for the most part; in general.
example:  Overall, I’d say our presentation went very well.
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