Academic Word of the Week
All of our words of the week, with definitions, are available here for your reference.
Week 21: Sufficient - Adjective
- Enough; adequate
Week 20: Abstract - Adjective
- Existing in thought or as an idea, but not having a physical or concrete existence.
Week 19: Rationale - Noun
- A set of reasons or a logical basis for a course of action or a particular belief.
Week 18: Fluctuate - Verb
1. Rise and fall irregularly in number or amount.
Week 17: Succumb - Verb
1. Fail to resist to pressure, temptation, or some other negative force.
Week 16: Hypothetical - Adjective
- Involving or being based on a suggested idea or theory.
Week 15: Elaborate - Adjective
- Marked by complexity, fullness of detail, or ornateness.
Week 14: Subsequent - Adjective
- Following in time, order, or place.
Week 13: Inference - Noun
- A conclusion or opinion that is formed because of known facts or evidence.
Week 12: Criteria - Noun
- A principle or standard by which something may be judged or decided.
Week 11: Simultaneous - Adjective
- Occurring, operating, or done at the same time.
Week 10: Sensory - Adjective
- Of or relating to sensation or the physical senses; transmitted or perceived by the senses.
Week 9: Consist - Verb
- Be composed or made up of. "The exhibition consists of 180 drawings."
Synonyms: be composed of, be made up of, be formed of
Week 8: Alternative - Adjective or Noun
- One of two or more available possibilities. "Audiocassettes are an interesting alternative to reading."
Synonyms: option, choice, other possibility
Week 7: Factor - Noun
- A circumstance, fact, or influence that contributes to a result or outcome.
- A number or quantity that when multiplied with another produces a given number or expression.
Week 6: System - Noun
- A set of connected things or parts forming a complex whole, in particular.
- A set of things working together as parts of a mechanism or an interconnecting network.
Synonyms: structure, organization, arrangement, complex, network; informal setup
"A system of canals."
Week 5: Function - Noun or Verb
- An activity or purpose natural to or intended for a person or thing. "Bridges perform the function of providing access across water."
Synonyms: purpose, task, use, role
- Mathmatics - A relationship or expression involving one or more variables. "The function (bx + c)."
- Work or operate in a proper or particular way. "Her liver is functioning normally."
Synonyms: work, go, run, be in working/running order, operate, be operative
"The electrical system had ceased to function."
Week 4: Adjust - Verb
- Alter or move (something) slightly in order to achieve the desired fit, appearance, or result.
"He smoothed his hair and adjusted his tie."
Synonyms: modify, alter, regulate, tune, fine-tune, calibrate, balance
- Assess (loss or damages) when settling an insurance claim.
Week 3: Evaluate - Verb
- Form an idea of the amount, number, or value of; assess.
"When you evaluate any hammer, look for precision machining."
Synonyms: assess, judge, gauge, rate, estimate, appraise, analyze, examine, get the measure of
Week 2: Diagnose - Verb
- Identify the nature of (an illness or other problem) by examination of the symptoms.
"Doctors diagnosed a rare and fatal liver disease."
Synonyms: identify, determine, distinguish, recognize, detect, pinpoint
- Identify the nature of the medical condition of (someone).
"She was finally diagnosed as having epilepsy."
Week 1: Calculate - Verb
- Determine (the amount or number of something) mathematically.
"Japanese land value was calculated at 2.5 times that of the U.S."
Synonyms: compute, work out, reckon, figure
- Intend (an action) to have a particular effect.
"His last words were calculated to wound her."
Synonyms: intend, mean, aim, design
"His words were calculated to wound her."