Category: Vocabulary

Sep
05
2014

occupation

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

ak y@ peI sh@n

noun
definition 1:  a person’s normal way of earning a livelihood; profession.
example:  Teaching was one of the few occupations open to women at that time.
example:  He wrote “accountant” as his occupation on the form he was given.

definition 2:  an activity that someone engages in, particularly as a hobby.
example:  Bird-watching became her favorite occupation after she retired.

definition 3:  the act or process of  living in or staying in a place.
example:  The cat’s occupation of the dog’s bed was amusing to everyone but the dog.
example:  The building is unsafe and unfit for human occupation.

definition 4:  the act or process of militarily holding or occupying a foreign land, usually after the defeat of its forces.
example:  The victors of the war began their occupation of the defeated nation after its surrender.
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Sep
05
2014

wayward

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

weI wərd

1. difficult to control; willfully disobedient.
His wayward son had gotten himself suspended from school once again.

 2. swayed by whim; unpredictable; capricious.

That odd sort of wayward mood I am speaking of, comes over a man only in some time of extreme tribulation; it comes in the very midst of his earnestness, so that what just before might have seemed to him a thing most momentous, now seems but a part of the general joke. (H. Melville, Moby Dick)

3. changing unpredictably; irregular.

Nobody learns where luck’s to be found. It comes and goes like a wayward breeze. (Sandy Brownjohn, “Canon”)

 

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Sep
04
2014

advocate

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

aed v@ keIt

transitive verb
definition:  to urge support or acceptance of.
example:  The town council advocates buying fruits and vegetables grown on local farms.
example:  One candidate advocates the removal of the state’s death penalty, while the other opposes the idea.

 

aed v@ k@t

noun
definition 1:  one who supports a cause.
example:  She is an outspoken advocate of prison reform.

definition 2:  one who defends or pleads on behalf of another, esp. in a court of law.
example:  Who is the advocate for this defendant?
example:  Parents of children with severe disabilities must often become tireless advocates in order for their children to receive needed services.
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Sep
04
2014

tenable

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

te nə bəl

 adjective

able to be upheld, affirmed, supported, or defended; logical.
When he finally did his research, he found to his disappointment that his argument was not tenable.
It sounds like something that would benefit us, but we’ll have to make sure it’s a tenable proposition.

able to be defended from armed attack.
If the enemy crosses the river, we will withdraw south to a tenable position.

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Sep
03
2014

affirm

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@ fuhrm

transitive verb
definition 1:  to firmly declare (something), or to state or maintain (something) as true.
example:  When questioned by the press, the superintendent affirmed his faith in the police department.
example:  The expert affirmed that the fingerprints were identical.

definition 2:  to ratify or confirm.
example:  The party has affirmed his nomination as its candidate for the presidency.
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