Category: Vocabulary

Apr
16
2014

convert

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

k@n vuhrt

transitive verb
definition:  to transform (something) into another form, substance, or state.
example:  We can convert the sofa into a bed.
example:  The gas engine converts the gas into electrical power.

intransitive verb
definition:  to adopt new and fundamentally different beliefs or attitudes, especially religious or political.
example:  Before her marriage, she converted to Judaism.
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Apr
16
2014

vacuous

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

vaek yu əs

adjective
1. lacking any content; empty.

The only solution was to try to unmake the world, to make it black and silent and uninhabited again, to return to the moment before the Big Bang, in the beginning when there was the Word, and to live in that vacuous uncreated space alone with the Word.  (John Green, The Fault in Our Stars)

2. characterized by lack of intelligence or serious intent; devoid of ideas or emotion.

Could men with such vacuous grins, such an air of imbecile good-nature, be capable of acting wisely in any terrible crisis? (M. E. Braddon, Phantom Fortune, a Novel

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Apr
15
2014

heterogeneous

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he t@ ro ji ni @s  [or]  he t@ ro jin y@s

adjective
definition:  made up of parts or members that differ from each other.
example:  The dogs at the shelter form a heterogeneous group ranging from boxers to bulldogs to chihuahuas.

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Apr
15
2014

raconteur

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

rae kan tuhr

noun
one who is talented in storytelling.
example: He was not only a comedian; he was a raconteur who could captivate his audience with a tale.

 

 

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Apr
14
2014

preclude

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

prih klud

transitive verb
definition 1:  to prevent from happening by means of a prior action or previously established condition.
example:  Their heated dispute some years before precluded any future friendship between them.
example:  The crimes he committed in his homeland precluded his becoming a U.S. citizen.

definition 2:  to prevent (someone) from doing or becoming something.
example:  Being female in the nineteenth century precluded a woman from voting or holding public office.
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