Category: Vocabulary

Nov
14
2014

conceive

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

k@n siv

transitive verb
definition 1:  to give shape to in the mind.
example:  She conceived a brilliant strategy.
example:  He gave himself a little time to conceive a good excuse.

definition 2:  to be able to think of or imagine.
example:  He is so prepared this time that I cannot conceive his failing.
example:  She tried to conceive how she would look in thirty years.

definition 3:  to begin or originate.
example:  Our book group was conceived over twelve years ago.
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Nov
13
2014

extract

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iks traekt

transitive verb
definition 1:  to remove or take out by use of force.
example:  The dentist extracted his tooth.

definition 2:  to obtain with effort.
example:  The police extracted a confession from him.

definition 3:  to separate or draw out (juice from a fruit, metal from an ore, or the like) by pressure, distillation, or chemical action.
example:  This machine extracts the juice from the lemons.

definition 4:  to get (satisfaction, comfort, or the like), usually from some event or circumstance.
example:  She had to admit that she extracted some pleasure from her seeing her sister get in trouble.
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Nov
13
2014

motif

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noun

mo tif
1. a distinct formal unit such as a design, theme, or musical phrase that may repeat in, dominate, characterize, or be a prominent feature of an aesthetic or decorative work.
We see the artist’s wave motif in many of her paintings.

2. a similar dominant or recurring element in folk tales, advertising or political campaigns, or the like.
The theft of fire is a common motif in folklore and myth.

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Nov
12
2014

practitioner

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praek tI sh@n @r

noun
definition:  a person practicing a trade, occupation, or profession.
example:  Medical practitioners are divided in their opinion concerning the new regulations.
example:  The invention cuts labor time, but its purchase price is too high for most practitioners of the trade to afford.
example:  Counseling may seem an effortless occupation to some, but practitioners will tell you differently.
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Nov
12
2014

ambiance (or) ambience

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aem bi əns
noun

1. the distinctive character or mood of an environment; atmosphere.
The restaurant creates a relaxing ambiance with its soft lighting.

2. environment; surroundings.
She’d been fearful of going away to college, but she blossomed in this new ambiance.

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