Academic Vocabulary Toolkit 1, Words 31-40 – 10 Words

convincing

causing one to believe the truth of something

Lovato explains that she saw a “really convincing documentary” about mermaids.Salon (Jun 5, 2014)
define

determine the nature of

“This will not define us. While it is a temporary challenge, this will not break us. We will recover and we will be stronger.”The Guardian (Jun 5, 2014)
demonstrate

show the validity of something, as by example or explanation

“Study after study demonstrates that when you put money into the pockets of consumers, they spend it,” Munoz said.Reuters (May 28, 2014)
demonstration

a visual presentation showing how something works

During a demonstration on stage, developers showed off the new abilities of the game’s protagonist, Sackboy, including flying and wall-jumping.Time (Jun 9, 2014)
describe

give a statement representing something

When asked to describe Chrome’s morning workout, Delgado said he “was like a monster.”Time (Jun 8, 2014)
description

a statement that represents something in words

Based on her description, the police were able to come up with a sketch.New York Times (Jun 5, 2014)
develop

gain through experience

Envision yourself a leader and seek opportunities to develop leadership skills.US News (Jun 10, 2014)
development

a process in which something passes to a different stage

The balance work benefits kids’ brain and muscle development, Birnes said, and helps with coordination.Washington Post
elaborate

add details, as to an account or idea

He told her to be more polite and not to elaborate on questions that could be answered with one word.Washington Post
emphasis

special importance or significance

There will be international film, for instance, but the emphasis will be domestic, perhaps leaning toward Los Angeles.New York Times (Jun 9, 2014)

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