Academic Vocabulary Toolkit 1, Words 1-10

Kate Kinsella's "The Academic Vocabulary Toolkit" focuses on words used across different subject areas and careers in spoken and written communication. Learn these lists to help you succeed in school and work: Words 1-10, Words 11-20, Words 21-30, Words 31-40, Words 41-50, Words 51-60, Words 61-70, Words 71-80, Words 81-90, Words 91-100

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  1. accurate
    conforming exactly or almost exactly to a standard
    Can I be sure the rankings are fully accurate and reliable?Newsweek
  2. adequate
    having the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task
    What use is a law without adequate resources to enforce it?Time (May 29, 2014)
    Synonyms for "adequate" that start with "a" are: average, acceptable, all right. But to truly get an A in life, you should aim to be amazing.
  3. advantage
    benefit resulting from some event or action
    The drive to left field gave the A’s a 5-4 advantage.Washington Times (Jun 5, 2014)
  4. analysis
    an investigation of the component parts of a whole
    Analysis of data from England and Wales shows air pollution is particularly harmful in the elderly.BBC (Jun 4, 2014)
  5. analyze
    break down into components or essential features
    A baseball coach raved about using his iPad to help his players analyze and improve their swing.Forbes (Jun 2, 2014)
  6. appropriate
    suitable for a particular person, place, or situation
    He appointed the experts to evaluate whether patients are getting appropriate treatment.Washington Times (Jun 4, 2014)
    When pronounced with the accent on the second syllable, "appropriate" is an adjective. When pronounced with the accent on the last syllable, "appropriate" is a verb that describes an inappropriate action: take possession of by force, as after an invasion.
  7. argue
    present reasons to support one's views
    She has argued that the jury reached the correct verdict in the case.Washington Post
  8. argument
    an assertion offered as evidence that something is true
    The argument is that a global climate policy will speed the development of renewables.New York Times (Jun 2, 2014)
    Both the definitions and example sentences for "argue" and "argument" are for reasonable ways of talking and thinking. But both the verb and noun can also refer to disagreements and fights that can get loud and ugly.
  9. assume
    take to be the case or to be true
    “I assume they are at home, sleeping. It is four in the morning, after all,” Mama said.Number the Stars
  10. assumption
    a statement that is held to be true
    Lorenz’s work reminds us exactly why, in today’s unsettled economy, it can be difficult to make assumptions about what will happen next.Forbes (May 29, 2014)

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