Category: Vocabulary

Feb
23
2015

crestfallen

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krest faw lən

adjective

downcast or depressed; dejected.
She looked utterly crestfallen, and I gathered the audition had not gone well.

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Feb
23
2015

cite

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

saIt

transitive verb
definition 1:  to refer to (a source) in writing or speaking.
example:  If you use a quotation from a book in your paper, you have to cite the book as your source.

definition 2:  to quote or refer to as proof or illustration.
example:  His lawyer cited many cases where such a decision had been reached.

definition 3:  to point to, esp. as a reason for something; mention.
example:  She cited unfair treatment as her reason for quitting.
example:  His divorce was cited as a factor in his suicide.

definition 4:  to compliment for praiseworthy action.
example:  Two of the firefighters were cited for acts of extreme bravery.
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Feb
20
2015

individual

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In dih vI ju @l

adjective
definition 1:  single, distinct, or separate.
example:  Use commas to separate individual items in a series.
example:  These crimes are individual acts and are unrelated to each other.

definition 2:  pertaining to one person.
example:  These students will be honored for their individual achievements as well as for their work on this project as a team.

definition 3:  different from the norm; untypical; unique.
example:  She has an individual way of solving problems.
example:  He certainly has an individual point of view.

noun
definition 1:  a single human being; person.
example:  Every individual has his or her own hopes and desires.
example:  The crime was witnessed by several individuals.

definition 2:  a single person as distinguished from a group.
example:  We try to treat students as individuals in this school.
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Feb
20
2015

pedigree

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pe dih gri

noun

documented descent from distinguished ancestors, esp. of an animal.
The dog that won the show has an impressive pedigree.

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Feb
19
2015

innate

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ihn eIt

adjective
definition 1:  belonging to or existing in someone or some organism from the time of birth; inborn.
example:  Shyness may be an innate characteristic in some human beings.

definition 2:  of the essential nature of something.
example:  The innate complexity of the subject makes it challenging to teach.
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