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Tuesday, August 04, 2020

synonym for situation

plight

noun [ plahyt ]

plight is another word for situation

A situation is a condition or set of circumstances. A particularly unfavorable or unfortunate situation is a plight. While you will sometimes encounter plight used laughingly to describe circumstances that are exceedingly manageable—lacking clean socks, he found himself in a terrible plightyou will more commonly see plight used to discuss truly dire and precarious circumstances, as those faced by workers in perilous conditions, or refugees fleeing home for reasons of personal safety.

Commonly found as

attention + plight
The organization sought to bring attention to the plight of children living in poverty.
the plight of
She hoped the leader's speech would address the plight of farmers who were being put out of business.

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Monday, August 03, 2020

synonym for allow

acquiesce

verb [ ak-wee-es ]

acquiesce is another word for allow

To allow is to permit or acknowledge something, the way a teacher might allow a student to be absent, or an insurance company might allow a claim. While not necessarily an enthusiastic show of support, allow implies no effort to hinder something from occurring. Acquiesce, on the other hand, is full of reluctance. To acquiesce is to assent tacitly, or to submit or comply silently or without protest. Typically when a person acquiesces to or in something, they're not thrilled about it, but after objection, debate, or negotiation, they're accepting it with a degree of resignation.

Commonly found as

acquiesce to demands
The government finally acquiesced to the demands of the international community.
refuse to acquiesce
The cast of the musical was glad the director refused to acquiesce in the cancellation of the Sunday matinée.

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Sunday, August 02, 2020

synonym for successful

fruitful

adjective [ froot-fuhl ]

fruitful is another word for successful

The very common adjective successful is most often used to talk about the attainment of goals or wealth, as a successful career or successful entrepreneur. The synonym fruitful describes things that are or have been highly productive, particularly discussions, collaborations, or intellectual efforts that are constructive or that promise to yield fruit (the metaphorical kind) in abundance. May your writing be fruitful!

Commonly found as

fruitful discussion
We have had many fruitful discussions with the town managers about improving our parks, and now have a set of action items.
prove fruitful
The scientists found that comparing the samples to previous results proved fruitful in the confirmation of their theory.

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Saturday, August 01, 2020

synonym for start

commence

verb [ kuh-mens ]

commence is another word for start

The verbs start and commence both describe beginning something or setting something in motion. But the more formal commence is typically reserved for beginnings of a particularly momentous and elaborate sort. Things that are commenced, such as ceremonies, legal proceedings, and commercial operations, are involved and often procedural. A commencement ceremony, though it takes place at the end of an academic year, marks a beginning of a new chapter in life. While commence is a fair alternative to the verb start, it may come across as affected and stiff outside of formal contexts.

Commonly found as

commence operations
The company commenced operations in March.
scheduled to commence
The announcement stated that the court is scheduled to commence proceedings on the second Tuesday of the month.

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Friday, July 31, 2020

synonym for use

exploit

verb [ ik-sploit ]

exploit is another word for use

In the most general sense, to use something is to employ it for some purpose, the way one might use a fork to eat spaghetti. However, when it is people rather than forks being used, this familiar verb takes a sinister turn. Here we find the synonym exploit. To exploit someone or a group of people is to take advantage of them in an unfair or unethical way. More often than not, exploit implies selfishness and mistreatment—often with a singular focus on profit. However, in highly competitive fields, such as sports and business, exploit may be used in a way that suggests cleverness in making full use of something, such as a competitor's weakness or potential market opportunities.

Commonly found as

ruthlessly exploit
The boss ruthlessly exploited his workers, paying them far less than a living wage despite record profits.
exploit opportunity, exploit weakness
The company was able to exploit unique opportunities and grow their business online.

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

synonym for very

eminently

adverb [ em-uh-nuhnt-lee ]

eminently is another word for very

The adverbs very and eminently both indicate that an action is performed or a relation exists to a high degree. But the adverb eminently, close in meaning to notably, often connotes prominence and esteem. Consider the adjective eminent: a person who is eminent is high in rank or distinguished, as an eminent diplomat. An eminent quality is one that is conspicuous or noteworthy, as in eminent fairness. An eminent feature is one that is protruding or projecting, as eminent rock formations. The common theme of prominence, or standing out, carries over to the adverb eminently. Those who are eminently qualified exhibit a degree of qualifications that set them apart.

Commonly found as

eminently qualified
The new owner is eminently qualified to lead the company to greatness.
eminently fair
The reporter was eminently fair in her retelling of events.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

synonym for enjoy

relish

verb [ rel-ish ]

relish is another word for enjoy

The verbs enjoy and relish are close in meaning, but relish has far more flavor. To relish something is to enjoy it with marked appreciation or keen delight. Consider the noun relish, a condiment that one adds to a dish to impart flavor and—we hope—enhance enjoyment. The idea of savoring a special taste or flavor carries over to the verb, even when the tastes and flavors are figurative rather than literal. When someone relishes an experience, for instance, they are making a point to appreciate the distinctive aspects (flavors) of that particular encounter or activity.

Commonly found as

relish the opportunity
The professor relished the opportunity to hear other experts in the field discuss his work.
seem to relish
Rather than shy away from it, the politician seemed to relish the spotlight.

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