College Writing: Vocabulary List
capacity | decline | diverse | contrast | interact
capacity = the maximum amount that something can hold
Examples: The seating capacity in the auditorium is 560.
Word Families: capacity (n)
Collocations: filled to capacity, maximum capacity
decline = become fewer or less
Example: The birthrate continues to decline.
Word Families: decline (v), decline (n), declining (adj)
Collocations: decline in years, declining economy
diverse = variety, things that are very different
Example: The campus was diverse in language and culture.
Word Families: diverse (adj), diversely (adv)
Collocations: a diverse group, diverse culture
contrast = something that is very different from something else
Example: There is a contrast between city and country living.
Word Families: contrast (v), contrast (n), contrastive (adj), contrastingly (adv)
Collocations: contrast between, in contrast to / with, compare and contrast
interact = act in a way to affect something else
Example: It was easy to interact with the new computer program.
Word Families: interact (v), interactive (adj), interactively (adv)
Collocations: interact with