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Monday, August 03, 2020


acquiesce is a synonym of allow

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.

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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


fruitful is a synonym of successful

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!

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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


commence is a synonym of start

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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