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capitalmaterial wealth — especially assets available for use in the production of further assets — as in: invested capital
She worked hard to raise capital to start their new company.
portfolioa large, flat, thin case for carrying papers, drawings, etc.
other common meaning(s) — as in: a leather portfolio
The papers are in my portfolio.
appreciateto increase in value
more common meaning(s) — as in: We hope our home will appreciate
The home appreciated in value.
assessconsider something and make a judgment
other common meaning(s) — as in: assess the situation
They assessed the property’s value at $500,000.
assesscharge a tax, fine, or fee
other common meaning(s) — as in: assess a fee
The amount of property tax assessed depends upon the value of the property.
Children acquire language at an amazing rate.
contractan agreement - typically written and enforceable by law
other common meaning(s) — as in: legal contract
She signed the contract.
She suffers from more than the usual pre-test anxiety.
speculateto guess without certainty
to think about or consider something
or (more rarely):
to risk money in a financial venture — as in: don’t know, but I’ll speculate
philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years
speculativeuncertain — especially in reference to a profit-making investment or venture
inclined to guess and think about subjects where there is no certainty — as in: a speculative venture
I’m too old to invest in speculative business enterprises.
We have sufficient supplies.
She feels that helping him is her obligation.
These maps are drawn with north to the top unless otherwise indicated.
ratiothe relative magnitudes of two quantities — often expressed as a:b (which could also be expressed as the fraction a/b)
The ratio of the 2nd to 4th finger length predicts spatial ability in men.
assetsany positive trait or thing of value
other common meaning(s) — as in: it’s one of her best assets
The University is one of the city’s greatest assets.
liabilitiesany negative trait or thing that creates a problem
other common meaning(s) — as in: she is a liability to our cause
Her temper is her main liability. She hasn’t learned to control angry attacks at anyone who disagrees with her.
The state has approximately as many Republicans as Democrats.
defaultfailing to meet a financial obligation—such as making a monthly payment on a debt
other common meaning(s) — as in: defaulted on their loan
If I don’t sell my home, I’ll have to default on my loan.
stockshares of ownership of a corporation
more common meaning(s) — as in: the stock market
She bought Google stock before it doubled in value.
bonda certificate issued by a government or corporation that promises to repay a debt in return for a loan
more common meaning(s) — as in: the bond market
US Bonds are considered vary safe, but they will go down in value when interest rates rise.
reconcileto bring into agreement
(see word notes for more detailed definitions based on context)
other common meaning(s) — as in: reconciled their differences
She reconciled her checking account statement.
They worked hard to diversify the student body.
Students should contact our office to inquire about scholarship opportunities.
She scrutinized her reflection in the mirror.
Her insurance includes comprehensive coverage.
bankruptlegally declared to be unable to pay money that is owed
or (informally): the state of having little or no money
other common meaning(s) — as in: company went bankrupt
If we don’t control spending, we’ll go bankrupt.
other common meaning(s) — as in: bankrupt idea
It is a bankrupt approach to solving the problem.
liableheld legally responsible
other common meaning(s) — as in: is legally liable
She was drunk and liable for the death of the other driver.
We’re saving money for a down payment on a home.
community propertyproperty and income belonging jointly to a married couple
the principle that property acquired during a marriage and funds that are commingled during the marriage are jointly owned
California and Texas are two of the community property states.
intestatedescribes a person who died without a legally valid will; or describes property left by such a person
She died intestate.
deriveto get something from something else
(If the context doesn’t otherwise indicate where something came from, it is generally from reasoning—especially deductive reasoning.)
She likes to win, but she doesn’t derive pleasure from watching others lose.
deposit slipa slip of paper made to lists the amount of money and each check being deposited into a bank account
I still have checks, but I ran out of deposit slips.
principal-agent problemthe difficulties that arise because an agent (who makes decisions for a principal) has incentives or objectives that differ from those of the principal
The legislation is intended to reduce the principal-agent problem in our industry.
abrasivea substance that wears down another surface (abrades)
other common meaning(s) — as in: rub with an abrasive
He cleaned it with an abrasive.
the accountant absconded with the cash from the safe
the book was released to great acclaim
The Heisman Trophy is the highest accolade in college football.
accommodationsphysical space — especially a place where travellers can stay
other common meaning(s) — as in: hotel accommodations
Overnight accommodations are available.
accordin keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
other common meaning(s) — as in: according to, or in accord with
She will get a fair trial in accordance with the law.
She built a very successful company with uncommon business acumen.
Remember the old adage: "It’s not how much you earn; it’s how much you save."
He is an aficionado of fine cigars.
agendaa list of matters to be discussed at a meeting
other common meaning(s) — as in: on the agenda
Everyone received a copy of the agenda the day before the meeting.
She stepped back aghast at the behavior.
She died of a heart ailment.
Regular massage will help to alleviate the pain.
The loan is amortized over 10 years.
anonymousan unknown person, or of an unknown person — such as an unknown author, or donation of an unknown person
other common meaning(s) — as in: an anonymous author
Everyone wonders who has been sending her anonymous love letters.
appraiseplace a value on or judge the worth of something
other common meaning(s) — as in: appraised value of
The interest rate is higher if we borrow over 80% of the home’s appraised value.
askancewith disapproval, distrust, or suspicion
directed to one side — especially a sideways glance
He looked askance at the offer.
Astute investors spread their risk instead of investing all their money in just one thing.
She was the first woman to attain the rank of general.
The expert authenticated her signature.
Our older staff tend to have an aversion to change.
badgerburrowing mammal with strong claws widely distributed in the northern hemisphere
other common meaning(s) — as in: saw a badger
The word badger is thought to have come from a French word for "digger".
I don’t begrudge her making a profit, but this is unreasonable.
Please don’t belabor the obvious.
It is our duty to bequeath a better world to our grandchildren.
The total bequest was over a million dollars.
Nobody likes to work with her. She is always berating her colleagues.
He was sued for breach of contract.
briefto give a summary of important information to someone
more common meaning(s) — as in: briefed her
The reporters were briefed about the President’s plan to invade.
broachbring up a topic for discussion - especially an awkward topic — as in: broached the subject
I am looking for a way to tactfully broach the topic of her bad breath.
bylinea line giving the name of the writer of an article — typically at the top of the article — as in: the byline format
He uses Jonathan in his byline, but everyone calls him Jon.
She is working to convince, cajole, and pressure other Representatives to vote for the bill.
The whole country was affected by the calamity of 9/11.
He is a cantankerous old man who seldom has something good to say.
The Romans induced many enemy armies to capitulate by offering good terms of surrender.
She ignored the clamor of the crowd.
I’m tired of hearing her "pearls of wisdom" and other tired clichés.
Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
Edgar Allan Poe
collateralsomething of value pledged for the repayment of a loan
other common meaning(s) — as in: collateral for a loan
The bank wouldn’t lend them money because they didn’t have anything to pledge as collateral.
commutea regular journey of some distance — typically between home and work
other common meaning(s) — as in: commute from New Jersey
She has a long commute to work.
compellingvery interesting; or convincing — possibly leading to action
or more rarely: a force for action
The evidence is compelling.
compliantconforming to rules
other common meaning(s) — as in: compliant with the law
The company was fined for not being regulation 4.3 compliant.
I don’t think she comprehends how dangerous this has become.
She deducts points if the paper is not concise enough.
consummateperfect and complete in every respect; or having a quality to an extreme degree — as in: consummate professional
She is the consummate professional who never lets her personal life intrude on her responsibilities at the office.
The recession in Asia was contemporaneous with that in the United States.
contendto claim that something is true
other common meaning(s) — as in: She contended that...
Her lawyer contends that the contract isn’t valid.
other common meaning(s) — as in: She contended with it
She contends with headaches.
I was prepared for that contingency.
contingenta group of people acting for or representing a larger group with whom they have something in common — such as a squad of soldiers who are sent to do a job or members of a group who are sent to represent the larger group at a convention
other common meaning(s) — as in: the Canadian contingent
The peacekeeping force includes a British contingent.
cumbersomedifficult to handle — especially because of size or shape or weight
not elegant or graceful in expression
a cumbersome piece of machinery
I did a cursory search on Google and found several articles.
It is a challenge that would daunt a lesser diplomat.
defersubmit or yield (typically to another person’s opinion because of respect for that person or their knowledge)
other common meaning(s) — as in: deferred to her wishes
I defer to her expertise.
The poorer a country’s people are, the greater the temptation to deplete the country’s forests and fisheries.
She was slow to decide what to do, but once she did nothing could deter her from her chosen course of action.
deviousdeceitful (not honest and straightforward) — often in a complicated, clever manner — as in: a devious plan
She is devious and will do anything to win.
dictateissue commands or orders
other common meaning(s) — as in: Hitler dictated that
Reason dictates that we change the policy.
diligenthard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
She’s the kind of diligent worker we want to hire.
The employees were disgruntled by their bad working conditions
disposeto throw away
other common meaning(s) — as in: dispose of the waste
How will they dispose of the waste?
The college wants a diverse student body.
divertto change the direction of something; or to distract someone’s attention
or more rarely: to change the purpose for which something is used — such as an army or funds
I tried to divert her attention.
doggedcontinuing effort to achieve something despite difficulties (persistent)
other common meaning(s) — as in: dogged determination
She worked with dogged determination.
She signed the confession under duress, so it did not hold up in court.
The patient’s strength ebbed away.
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