Tulare Union High School

Academic Word of the Week

All of our words of the week, with definitions, are available here for your reference.

Week 21: Sufficient - Adjective

  1. Enough; adequate

Week 20: Abstract - Adjective

  1. Existing in thought or as an idea, but not having a physical or concrete existence.

Week 19: Rationale - Noun

  1. A set of reasons or a logical basis for a course of action or a particular belief.

Week 18: Fluctuate - Verb

1. Rise and fall irregularly in number or amount.

Week 17: Succumb - Verb

1. Fail to resist to pressure, temptation, or some other negative force.

Week 16: Hypothetical - Adjective

  1. Involving or being based on a suggested idea or theory.

Week 15: Elaborate - Adjective

  1. Marked by complexity, fullness of detail, or ornateness.

Week 14: Subsequent - Adjective

  1. Following in time, order, or place.

Week 13: Inference - Noun

  1. A conclusion or opinion that is formed because of known facts or evidence.

Week 12: Criteria - Noun

  1. A principle or standard by which something may be judged or decided.

Week 11: Simultaneous - Adjective

  1. Occurring, operating, or done at the same time.

Week 10: Sensory - Adjective

  1. Of or relating to sensation or the physical senses; transmitted or perceived by the senses.

Week 9: Consist - Verb

  1. Be composed or made up of. "The exhibition consists of 180 drawings."
    Synonyms: be composed of, be made up of, be formed of

Week 8: Alternative - Adjective or Noun

  1. One of two or more available possibilities. "Audiocassettes are an interesting alternative to reading."
    Synonyms: option, choice, other possibility

Week 7: Factor - Noun

  1. A circumstance, fact, or influence that contributes to a result or outcome.
  2. A number or quantity that when multiplied with another produces a given number or expression.

Week 6: System - Noun

  1. A set of connected things or parts forming a complex whole, in particular.
  2. A set of things working together as parts of a mechanism or an interconnecting network.
    Synonyms: structure, organization, arrangement, complex, network; informal setup
    "A system of canals."

Week 5: Function - Noun or Verb


  1. An activity or purpose natural to or intended for a person or thing. "Bridges perform the function of providing access across water."
    Synonyms: purpose, task, use, role
  2. Mathmatics - A relationship or expression involving one or more variables. "The function (bx + c)."


  1. Work or operate in a proper or particular way. "Her liver is functioning normally."
    Synonyms: work, go, run, be in working/running order, operate, be operative
    "The electrical system had ceased to function."

Week 4: Adjust - Verb

  1. Alter or move (something) slightly in order to achieve the desired fit, appearance, or result.
    "He smoothed his hair and adjusted his tie."
    Synonyms: modify, alter, regulate, tune, fine-tune, calibrate, balance
  2. Assess (loss or damages) when settling an insurance claim.

Week 3: Evaluate - Verb

  1. Form an idea of the amount, number, or value of; assess.
    "When you evaluate any hammer, look for precision machining."
    Synonyms: assess, judge, gauge, rate, estimate, appraise, analyze, examine, get the measure of

Week 2: Diagnose - Verb

  1. Identify the nature of (an illness or other problem) by examination of the symptoms.
    "Doctors diagnosed a rare and fatal liver disease."
    Synonyms: identify, determine, distinguish, recognize, detect, pinpoint
  2. Identify the nature of the medical condition of (someone).
    "She was finally diagnosed as having epilepsy."

Week 1: Calculate - Verb

  1. Determine (the amount or number of something) mathematically.
    "Japanese land value was calculated at 2.5 times that of the U.S."
    Synonyms: compute, work out, reckon, figure
  2. Intend (an action) to have a particular effect.
    "His last words were calculated to wound her."
    Synonyms: intend, mean, aim, design
    "His words were calculated to wound her."