adj. confident or aggressive; lacking regard for consequences
- The brash young man made many poor business decisions.
- Lucy’s brashness often got her into trouble at school.
v. to make more easily understood; to make clear
- Chapter 2 in the textbook clarifies the process of osmosis.
- A clarification of the government’s position on this matter is necessary.
v. to prevent from being seen or discovered
- The students concealed their feelings about the course.
- His concealment of the evidence made his case more difficult to prove.
v. to make certain; give support
- The director confirmed that the meeting would be on the tenth.
- We have just received confirmation of your reservation on the flight to Los Angeles.
adj. easy to reach; near; suitable to one’s needs
- The investigator suspected that the disappearance of the evidence was too convenient to be accidental.
- For the convenience of the student body, the library is located in a central location.
adj. the central or most important part of something
- The core curriculum consists of courses that are required of all students.
- The core of an apple is not edible.
adj. very serious or unsafe; finding fault
- It is critical to follow the directions for the experiment exactly as the instructor indicates.
- The runner accepted criticism from his coach very well.
n. a difference between things that should be similar or equal
- The discrepancy in her experiment data led her to believe that she had made a mistake.
- There is usually a discrepancy between how coffee smells and how it tastes.
v. to change from the original shape or condition, usually in an unnatural way
adj. distorted syn. deform
- Time and space are distorted when traveling at the speed of light.
- Distortion of the image from a microscope can be caused by low light.
adj. various; distinct from others
- Freud had many diverse interests in psychology.
- The diversity of life forms on the earth makes zoology an interesting area of study.
adv. to happen at some time in the future, usually gradually
- A good education will eventually pay big dividends.
- Eventually the couple will pay off their mortgage and own their house.
adj. successful, wealthy
- In the early 1900s, San Francisco was a prosperous city.
- Bacteria prosper under the proper conditions.
adv. done for a special reason
- The course syllabus was designed purposefully to be easy to follow.
- He was authorized to spend the money for business purposes.
v. to uncover; to expose
- The president revealed some of his ideas before he gave his speech.
- The report made some revelations about the nature of the conflict.
adv. almost not
- The woman scarcely spoke a word of English.
- Due to a scarcity of water, a rationing plan was established.
adj. occurring at the same time
- The boys simultaneously screamed, “Ice cream!”
- This student is skilled at performing many tasks simultaneously.
adv. according to a reasoned, but not proven, point of view
- His argument was theoretically appealing, but not realistic.
- Leonardo da Vinci theorized that Earth was not the center of the universe.