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Sunday, June 27, 2021

synonym for adapt

acclimate

verb [ ak-luh-meyt, uh-klahy-mit ]

acclimate is another word for adapt

The only constant in life is change, so it’s wise to familiarize yourself with today’s terms: the verb adapt means “to adjust oneself to different conditions, environment, etc.” If you adapt easily to all circumstances, it means you are flexible and can modify your plans or expectations without difficulty. The verb acclimate means “to accustom or become accustomed to a new climate or environment.” When we acclimate to something (such as thin air at high elevations), we get used to it over time. The adjustment implied by this term is often a physiological one (your body will acclimate to the heat), though it’s also used to talk about the imperceptible ways in which one adjusts to a new lifestyle or culture.

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acclimate oneself
The astronauts had to acclimate themselves to the feeling of weightlessness during their training before they could be sent to the space station.
acclimate + new
The puppy took some time to acclimate to her new surroundings, but when she did, she was a bundle of energy!

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Saturday, June 26, 2021

synonym for excess

plethora

noun [ pleth-er-uh ]

plethora is another word for excess

Today’s featured words are more than enough. If you have an excess of something, you have an extreme amount or a superabundance of that thing: He had an excess of energy, so he went for a 10-mile run. This is a noun use of the word, but excess is also used as an adjective to mean “extra”: to shed excess weight. The noun plethora refers to an overabundance of something: The student was bombarded with a plethora of information from the admissions office after inquiring about the college. The surfeit implied by plethora is not as extreme as excess (note the distinction between a superabundance and an overabundance), which is perhaps why plethora is increasingly used to refer to a very large amount of something in a neutral or even favorable way; however, this usage is frowned on by some stylists.

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a veritable plethora
The season finale featured a veritable plethora of cameos, but there was no storyline tying them all together.
plethora of options
He was overwhelmed by the plethora of options for car insurance, so he decided to go with the company whose name he liked best.

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Friday, June 25, 2021

synonym for flair

panache

noun [ puh-nash, -nahsh ]

panache is another word for flair

Both flair and panache can be used to refer to a quality of distinctive stylishness that makes something interesting or attractive. It’s common to say that someone does something (dresses or cooks, for example) with flair or with panache, or even with flair and panache. And we’re often told what ingredient or item will add flair or panache (or both) to a room, an outfit, or a dish. These nouns are interchangeable to a point, but their differences should not be ignored, as often happens. Panache is a manner of doing something with flamboyant confidence, vigor, and energy, as well as style or skill. Panache also has a wider range of application than flair—someone can play a sport, direct films, or lead an organization with panache.

Commonly found as

add panache
An extravagant feather boa will add panache to your evening attire.
deliver with panache
The dashing young actor delivered his lines with such panache, the audience barely noticed how uninspired the writing was.

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