Category: Vocabulary

Jul
16
2015

plangent

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plaen jənt

adjective

1. sounding deeply or loudly.
The cello’s plangent notes introduce a sense of foreboding.

2. having a sad or mournful sound; plaintive.
In the fall, we hear the plangent cries of geese flying south in formation.

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Jul
16
2015

align

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

@ laIn

transitive verb
definition 1:  to form into a straight line.
example:  The commander aligned his soldiers at the top of the hill.
example:  She carefully aligned all the books on the shelf.

definition 2:  to bring (something) into the same line as another.
example:  She aligned her bow with the target.
example:  He aligned his toes with the marks on the floor.

definition 3:  to bring (oneself) into agreement, usu. with a viewpoint; to ally.
example:  He aligns himself with the conservatives.

intransitive verb
definition:  to ally with others in a cause.
example:  The independent group aligned with the radicals.
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Jul
15
2015

encompass

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en kuhm p@s

transitive verb
definition 1:  to surround or enclose.
example:  A large, new stadium encompasses the playing field.
example:  Several layers of atmosphere encompass the planet.

definition 2:  to include, esp. to include all of.
example:  This book encompasses the latest theories advanced in astronomy.
example:  The course content will encompass the most important literary works of the Romantic period.
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Jul
15
2015

salvage

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sael vihj

noun
1. the act of saving property from destruction, esp. the rescue of a ship or its cargo from fire or shipwreck.
The salvage of the leaking vessel seemed impossible.

2. the property that is saved in this way.
The salvage was hauled to the shore.

3. the money that is paid to people who voluntarily help in such an effort.

transitive verb
1. to save or rescue (all or part of something) from harm or destruction.
We salvaged all we could from our home after the flood.
Much of the ship’s cargo was salvaged from the wreckage.
After her crushing defeat, we doubted she could salvage her reputation.

2. to keep (the parts of something that remain intact after a destructive event) for later use.

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Jul
14
2015

collaborate

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k@ lae b@ reIt

intransitive verb
definition 1:  to cooperate or work with someone else, esp. on an artistic or intellectual project.
example:  A team of professors from five universities collaborated on the project.
example:  He collaborated with another composer on the film’s musical score.

definition 2:  to cooperate or work with an enemy force, esp. one occupying one’s own country.
example:  They suspected that the mayor of the village was collaborating with the enemy.
example:  After the war, some citizens took revenge on those who had collaborated with the former occupiers.
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