Academics Words and their meaning with example sentences.

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  • Principal
  • Accept
  • Ensure
  • Affect 
  • Stationary
  • Complement 
  • Advice
  • Emigrate 
  • Farther 
  • Inquiry

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Principal

Noun

Meaning: A person with the highest rank and authority in an organization like a school.

Synonyms: 

  • Chief
  • Chairman 
  • Boss

Antonyms:

  • Subordinate
  • Junior 
  • Lower-ranking

Example Sentences

  1. Our school principal will retire next year in 2024.
  2. The principal gave awards to the winners of the speech competition.

Paragraph 

Our Science teacher couldn’t continue her job due to some personal reasons. Therefore, last week, the principal of our college assigned a new teacher to our department.

Wrong Sentences 

  1. You should have some principals in life to be successful. (Correct word: principles ) 
  2. My father is the principal of our house because he is the only bread earner of our family. (Correct word: boss) 

Accept 

Verb

Meaning: To agree to an offer or receive something with approval

Synonyms: 

  • Obtain
  • Welcome
  • Acquire

Antonyms:

  • Refuse
  • Reject 
  • Turn down

Example Sentences

  1. Last month I changed my religion and accepted Christianity.
  2. The kids disliked their stepmom and never accepted her wholeheartedly.

Paragraph 

I love studying science and technology. It has always been my dream to become an engineer. I just wish my admission application would be accepted at Harvard University.

Wrong Sentences 

I invited everyone to the party, accept Justin. (Correct word: except )

We accepted the new bride in our house. (Correct word: welcomed) 

Ensure

Verb

Meaning: To make sure that a certain thing will happen

Synonyms: 

  • Guarantee
  • Make sure
  • Make certain

Antonyms:

  • Neglect
  • Invalidate
  • Ignore

Example Sentences

  1. My mother ensured that I wash my hands before every meal.
  2. I ensured my manager that I have fixed all my mistakes in my work.

Paragraph 

We are about to start our road trip from Manchester to London. Our dad has asked everyone to wear seat belts. It will ensure the safety of the driver and the passengers during the journey.

Wrong Sentences 

  1. My mom advised me to ensure my life against accidents. (Correct word: insure ) 
  2. Even if you marry a billionaire, it will not ensure you a happy life. (Correct word: guarantee ) 

Affect 

Verb

Meaning: To have an impact or influence on something

Synonyms: 

  • Transform
  • Change
  • Influence

Antonyms:

  • Unaltered
  • Unchanged
  • Unimpressed

Example Sentences

  1. His mobility was badly affected due to paralysis of his lower limbs.
  2. Eating fast food on daily basis will negatively affect your health.

Paragraph 

I have made up my mind that I will resign from this job. I cannot stand the toxic environment of this office anymore. No one’s opinion will affect my decision.

Wrong Sentences 

  1. This skin laser treatment has no side affects. (Correct word: effects ) 
  2. My son was terribly driving the car because he was under the affect of alcohol. (Correct word: Influence ) 

Stationary

Adjective

Meaning: Not moving or standing still in a fixed position

Synonyms: 

  • Static
  • Motionless
  • Immoveable

Antonyms:

  • Moving
  • Active
  • Restless

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Example Sentences

  1. Our school van crashed into the stationary bikes near the gym.
  2. My friends and I hopped into the stationary train yesterday.

Paragraph 

There was a heavy traffic jam in our street due to the car accident. I was finding it really hard to breathe due to the pollution caused by those stationary cars.

Wrong Sentences 

  1. He stationary talking to me. (Correct word: stopped ) 
  2. He was stationary after listening to my miscarriage story. (Correct word: unmoved) 

Complement 

Noun

Meaning: To help make something better, improved or perfect

Synonyms: 

  • Match
  • Combine
  • Go with

Antonyms:

  • Contrast
  • Unbalance
  • Unsupportive

Example Sentences

  1. This red clutch is a great complement to my black dress. 
  2. This barbeque sauce does not complement french fries.

Paragraph 

It was the annual dinner of my office and I misplaced my necklace. So, I borrowed the necklace from my friend because it was a perfect complement to my outfit. 

Wrong Sentences 

  1. Everyone complemented my dressing style at the party. (Correct word: complimented ) 
  2. My mom prayed that my interview complements well. (Correct word: goes well) 

Advice

Noun

Meaning: To offer counseling or guidance to someone about something

Synonyms: 

  • Suggestion
  • Opinion
  • Recommendation

Antonyms:

  • Misguide
  • Mislead
  • Misinform

Example Sentences

  1. My father gave me good advice on how to start a business.
  2. I know how to handle this situation. I do not need anyone’s advice.

Paragraph 

Last week I lost my job and my family was in financial trouble. However, the advice of my elder brother saved us from going into bankruptcy.

Wrong Sentences 

  1. My mother adviced me to stay away from such toxic friends. (Correct word: advised )
  2. He was hired by the company on my advice. (Correct word: recommendation)  

Emigrate 

Verb

Meaning: To leave your birth or home country permanently to settle or live in another one

Synonyms: 

  • Relocate
  • Resettle
  • Depart

Antonyms:

  • Stay
  • Arrival
  • Dwell

Example Sentences

  1. He emigrated to Canada to pursue his studies.
  2. My friend emigrated to Greece to find better job opportunities.

Paragraph 

There is too much poverty and unemployment in our country. The economic situation is becoming worse day by day. Therefore, we decided to emigrate to China for a safer future.

Wrong Sentences 

  1. Only those candidates who can emigrate for this job should apply. (Correct word: relocate)
  2. We lost a lot of things when we emigrated house. (Correct word: moved)  

Farther 

Adverb

Meaning: Positioned comparatively at a great distance

Synonyms: 

  • Distant
  • Beyond
  • Afar

Antonyms:

  • Near
  • Innermost
  • Close

Example Sentences

  1. My friend’s school was farther away from my house.
  2. He could not hear me because he was standing at the farther shore of the lake.

Paragraph 

We have been hiking for the past half an hour. We need to slow down to give our exhausted bodies some rest. We cannot go today any farther from here.

Wrong Sentences 

  1. I cannot continue this relationship any farther. (Correct word: further)
  2.   (Correct word: distant)  

Inquiry

Noun

Meaning: To systematically ask questions to gather information.

Synonyms: 

  • Investigate
  • Interrogate
  • Inspect

Antonyms:

  • Answer
  • Neglect
  • Ignore

Example Sentences

  1. The health inquiry report revealed that he had very high sugar levels.
  2. The police conducted a further inquiry to find out the actual criminals.

Paragraph 

The organization was performing really badly and the business was running at a loss. Our boss asked the inquiry team to get to the depth of it and find out the real reason behind this.

Wrong Sentences 

  1. The teacher asked us to make an inquiry sentence. (Correct word: interrogative)
  2. The buyers were inquiring the house condition. (Correct word: inspecting)  

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