Category: Vocabulary

May
15
2015

ancestry

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

aen s@ stri

noun
definition 1:  one’s ancestors collectively; one’s family background.
example:  I know very little of my ancestry because all the records were destroyed.
example:  He’s proud of his Greek ancestry.

definition 2:   line of descent; lineage.
example:  The duke can trace his ancestry back to the tenth century.

definition 3:  the origin or evolution of an object, idea, or style.
example:  We brought the silver bowl to an antique dealer to learn about its ancestry.
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May
15
2015

tweak

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

twik

transitive verb

1. to pull, pinch, or pluck with a sudden, often sharp, twisting movement.
Teasingly, she tweaked his nose.
2. to make a small adjustment or adjustments to; fine-tune.
They tweaked their algorithm so that searching is now more efficient. (more…)

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May
14
2015

ancestor

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aen ses t@r

noun
definition 1:  a person, such as a grandparent or great grandparent, from whom one is descended, especially one who lived several generations ago.
example:  Her ancestors came to America from China in the middle of the 1800s.

definition:  a predecessor or forerunner.
example:  This ancient stringed instrument may be the ancestor of the guitar.

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May
14
2015

agitate

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aeteIt

transitive verb

1. to cause to move briskly or with force.
A washing machine works by agitating the clothes.
The wind agitated the curtains.

2. to upset or excite, esp. emotionally.
His indifference agitated me.

intransitive verb

to arouse, or attempt to arouse, public support (often fol. by for or against).
Feminists agitate for women’s rights.

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May
13
2015

reiterate

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ri I t@ reIt

transitive verb
definition:  to say again.
example:  You don’t need to reiterate your point; we have heard and understand what you’re saying.
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