Essential Academic Vocabulary for High School Students, List 3

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  1. facilitate
    make easier
    Russia deployed nearly 2,000 peacekeepers for a period of at least five years to monitor the deal and facilitate the return of refugees.
  2. fervent
    characterized by intense emotion
    The very nature of a protest suggests a fervent desire for change, the need to right a perceived historic injustice.
  3. glaring
    extremely obvious or conspicuous
    Also, the Super Bowl’s most glaring drawback is the lack of crowd atmosphere inside the stadium for the game.
  4. haphazard
    marked by great carelessness
    But the experiments were haphazard and hampered by their lack of a control group.
  5. impetuous
    characterized by undue haste and lack of thought
    And likewise, two men prosper equally employing two different means, one being cautious and the other impetuous.
  6. contour
    any spatial attributes, especially as defined by outline
    By influencing where beavers live and build dams, the wolves shape Voyageurs’s vast wetlands—an ecological chain reaction that alters the contours of the land itself.
  7. incendiary
    arousing to action or rebellion
    The enraging, incendiary and expertly crafted Crime + Punishment arrives in a moment inhospitable to the nuanced conversations required of the topic.
  8. assimilate
    become like one's environment
    He was trying to assimilate and adapt to a new country, culture and language.
  9. incompetent
    not qualified or suited for a purpose
    Nobody wants their time wasted by an assistant who is insecure and incompetent.
  10. inherent
    existing as an essential constituent or characteristic
    “This reminds us of the inherent risks involved in wildland firefighting and the gratitude we owe to the courageous and committed men and women who serve willingly to protect lives, property and natural resources.”
  11. inscrutable
    difficult or impossible to understand
    Ironically, this technology that promises transparency and verifiability is presented as completely inscrutable.
  12. devoid
    completely wanting or lacking
    Each sentence she spoke was devoid of emotion.
  13. integrate
    make into a whole or make part of a whole
    Engaging in exploration allows us to integrate novel or unexpected events with existing knowledge and experiences, a process necessary for growth.
  14. intuition
    instinctive knowing, without the use of rational processes
    Trusting your gut and following your heart is intuition.
  15. justify
    show to be right by providing proof
    A judge on Wednesday ordered public health officials to show scientific evidence justifying the measure.
  16. latent
    potentially existing but not presently evident or realized
    “The latent potential” for extreme fires in the west, as well as hurricanes in the east “and many other natural disasters, is worse with each warmer year”, he recently told the Guardian.
  17. lethargic
    deficient in alertness or activity
    They were lethargic and sloppy at times, including a four-minute power play sequence in the second period in which they didn’t even register a shot on Anderson.
  18. melancholy
    characterized by or causing or expressing sadness
    Young Teddy was chronically lonely and melancholy, we read, and then read again.
  19. exploit
    use or manipulate to one's advantage
    He’s forever lurking over the shoulders of defenders like a horror villain, waiting to exploit the right combination of their inattention and the space on the field.
  20. mishap
    an unpredictable outcome that is unfortunate
    It was a week’s journey from Rook Hill to the Royal City, barring any mishaps.
  21. nostalgia
    a longing for something past
    Generations of proud former athletes retell stories about their varsity days with a sort of blissful nostalgia, reliving nights only they were there to experience.
  22. obsolete
    no longer in use
    Most of these models are long since obsolete, replaced by far more advanced generations.
  23. obstruct
    hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of
    But rifts that obstructed change during his last term in office look set to plague his efforts to form his fourth government.
  24. diffuse
    spread out; not concentrated in one place
    There are roughly 3 million Uber drivers across the globe — a workforce too vast and diffuse to organize for an effective work stoppage.
  25. orient
    determine one's position with reference to another point
    One of the first steps SpaceX took to reduce the satellites' visibility was to orient them in a different direction soon after launch so that they reflect less sunlight to the ground.
Created on December 9, 2020 (updated January 12, 2021)

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