Academic Vocabulary Toolkit 1, Words 41-50 – 10 Words

emphasize

stress or single out as important

I cannot emphasize enough how important having connections is.Forbes (May 31, 2014)
essential

of the greatest importance

For some styles of cheese, wood is an essential part of the process.New York Times (Jun 10, 2014)
evidence

means by which an alleged matter is established or disproved

Follow the evidence, and always remember: You could be wrong–and there’s nothing wrong with that, unless you refuse to admit you were wrong.Los Angeles Times (Jun 9, 2014)
expert

a person with special knowledge who performs skillfully

Experts generally agree that the first two years of a cat’s life are equal to 25 human years.BBC (Jun 11, 2014)
expertise

skillfulness by virtue of possessing special knowledge

“They all have a broad knowledge but also particular expertise of a different genre of music.”The Guardian (May 25, 2014)
explain

make plain and comprehensible

Even most people who claim to understand it can’t clearly explain it, and you can forgive a certain amount of confusion.Slate (Jun 9, 2014)
explanation

making something plain or intelligible

A simple explanation of the rules would work wonders.Forbes (Jun 6, 2014)
factor

anything that contributes causally to a result

The cause of the crash is under investigation, but authorities say speed may have been a factor.Washington Times (Jun 5, 2014)
identify

recognize as being

“It’s easy to identify the country as the U.S.”Washington Times (Jun 11, 2014)
identity

the characteristics by which a thing or person is known

“In the movies, people who are threatened undergo plastic surgery, change their identities, leave the country.”The Guardian (Jun 8, 2014)

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