Category: Vocabulary

Oct
13
2014

comprehensive

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

kam pr@ hen sihv

adjective
definition 1:  wide or all-inclusive in range or scope.
example:  The team carried out a comprehensive study of the diet and nutrition of children in the whole region.
example:  The final exam will be comprehensive, so you’ll need to study the material from the beginning of the semester.
example:  Your medical insurance is quite comprehensive; it seems to cover everything.

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Oct
10
2014

descend

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dih send

intransitive verb
definition 1:  to move downward or to a lower position or state.
example:  The airplane is beginning to descend now.
example:  During his imprisonment, he descended into madness.
example:  The government descended into chaos after the ousting of the leader.

definition 2:  to incline downward; slope.
example:  This path descends to the ocean.

definition 3:  to be related by blood, esp. through several generations.
example:  My family descends from one of the great clans of Scotland.

definition 4:  to attack or overwhelm, as with superior numbers.
example:  Armed guerrillas descended upon the army base.
example:  Screaming fans suddenly descended upon the movie star.
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Oct
10
2014

pristine

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prI stin

adjective

1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the earliest period or original condition.

“Three months of camp life on Lake Tahoe would restore an Egyptian mummy to his pristine vigor, and give him an appetite like an alligator. I do not mean the oldest and driest mummies, of course, but the fresher ones.” (Mark Twain)

2. pure, fresh, or clean as new; unspoiled or unsullied.
After months spent trekking in the pristine wilderness, the city seemed a noisy, crowded, polluted place.
The used car had hardly any mileage on it and was in pristine condition.

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Oct
09
2014

abandon

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@ baen d@n

transitive verb
definition 1:  to leave (someone or something) with no intention of returning or taking up possession again.
example:  They abandoned the old car in the ditch.
example:  He abandoned his family and moved far away.

definition 2:  to give up by withdrawing from.
example:  The families were forced to abandon the village that had been their home.
example:  The army abandoned the fort.

definition 3:  to stop pursuing (an activity, goal, or the like); give up; relinquish.
example:  He abandoned his dream of becoming an actor.
example:  They abandoned the project when they realized it was too costly.

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Oct
09
2014

tenet

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te niht

noun

any belief, opinion, doctrine, or the like, that a person or, especially, an organization holds as being true.
He began to question the tenets of his religion.

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