Category: Vocabulary

Apr
10
2015

elucidate

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

ih lu sih deIt

transitive verb
definition:  to make clear; clarify or explain.
example:  Her feelings were so complex that she couldn’t elucidate them to anyone else.
example:  The teacher elucidated the meaning and significance of the poem.

intransitive verb
definition:  to make something clear; explain; clarify.
example:  He knew the simple answer to the question, but he could not elucidate further.
example:  I still don’t understand, so could you please elucidate?
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Apr
09
2015

conclusive

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k@n klu sihv

adjective
definition:  serving to reach a final answer or decision, or to settle.
example:  The testimony of the two eye-witnesses was considered conclusive evidence of his guilt.
example:  It was hoped that the experiment would provide solid answers, but the results were not conclusive.
example:  This was the conclusive point that decided the debate.
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Apr
09
2015

galvanize

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gaelnaIz
verb
1. to subject to or stimulate by an electric current.
Dr. Frankenstein galvanized the corpse in order to bring it to life.
2. to stimulate into awareness or activity.
The impending war galvanized the nation’s industries.
3. to coat (iron or steel) with zinc to prevent rust.
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Apr
08
2015

pervade

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p@r veId

transitive verb
definition:  to spread or be present everywhere in; permeate.
example:  An air of optimism pervaded the capital.
example:  The smell of tropical flowers pervaded the air.
example:  Visions of her still pervade his thoughts and dreams.
example:  Alienation is a theme that pervades modern literature.
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Apr
08
2015

diacritic

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daI ə krI tihk

a small distinguishing mark, such as a macron, umlaut, or cedilla, that is added to a letter, esp. to indicate how it is to be pronounced; diacritical mark.

 

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