Today’s word from the Academic Word List is
Again, this is one of more technical words in the AWL often used in technological writing. It does, however, have a more general usage and can mean much the same as method, means or way. Typically, however, it is used to describe more precise methods.
The word is also related to mechanic and mechanical. A car mechanic is the person who mends your car.
This might provide mechanisms for supporting those students who need extra assistance with their studies
It is not easy to determine the precise mechanisms that could achieve this end.
This also is an effective mechanism for enforcing the regulations in the advertising industry
This approach could be successful in identifying the underlying mechanisms.
It is also worth paying attention to some common prepositions
This is achieved through mechanisms such as implementing nationwide schemes for vocational training
This could act as a mechanism for ensuring that multinational corporations are kept under control
Two common technical phrases
The two common word combinations here are both quite technical:
a defence mechanism (either something physical that protects you from illness eg the immune system, or something mental that helps you against problems)
the exchange rate mechanism (a technical term in economics that describes a system governing the exchange rate of different currencies