Category: Vocabulary

Mar
07
2017

fascination

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

fae sih neI sh@n

noun
the act of fascinating, or the condition or an instance of becoming fascinated.  [fascinate=to capture and hold the attention and interest of; spellbind.]
The cat watched the dangling and twitching string with fascination.
Her fascination with rocks as a child led her eventually into the field of geology.

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Mar
06
2017

gaiety

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geI @ ti

noun
1.  a feeling or air of happiness or cheer.
We danced with such gaiety that evening, forgetting all our troubles and cares.
She spoke of her illness with a false gaiety that kept us from pursuing the subject further.
The visits from her grandchildren bring a bit of gaiety into her life at the nursing home.

2.  (often pl.) festivity; merrymaking.
We often participated in the gaieties at the hall on Saturday nights.
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Mar
06
2017

siege

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sij

noun
1.  a military maneuver in which a fortification, such as a city or a fort, is surrounded, subjected to attack, and cut off from supplies or reinforcements in order to bring about complete surrender.
Many were killed in the siege of the fort.
The siege of Leningrad by Nazi Germany began in 1941 and ended in 1944.

2.  a prolonged bout, as of illness or difficulty.
He succumbed to typhoid fever, and the siege lasted for three weeks before he began to recover.
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Mar
03
2017

acquisition

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ae kwih zI sh@n

noun
1.  the act or process of acquiring.
The corporation’s acquisition of these smaller companies turned out to be a mistake.
Our son’s acquisition of Spanish in such a short time amazed us.

2.  something acquired.
The museum is proud of its new acquisitions.
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Mar
02
2017

maturity

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m@ chuhr ih ti  [or]  m@ tu rih ti

noun
1.  the state of being mature or fully developed.
When the salmon reach maturity, they will head back to the freshwater streams where they will spawn.

2.  the quality of sound judgment associated with adult humans.
He was still very young and didn’t have the maturity to make such a serious decision.
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