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Tuesday, December 07, 2021

synonym for supporter

ally

noun [ al-ahy, uh-lahy ]

ally is another word for supporter

Both nouns refer to someone who supports or advocates for another person or group of people. One may be a supporter of a particular political party or their candidate, but a supporter can also be a backer of a cause (supporter of the arts). When it comes to putting one’s life on the line, even a staunch supporter may not be quite as dedicated as an ally can be. Ally often refers to a nation state that is associated with another or others for a common purpose (World War II Allies). A more recent use of ally is for a person who supports and advocates for a marginalized or politicized group but is not a member of that group—an ally for the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color community; an LGBTQIA+ ally. The status or role of this type of ally is called allyship, which is our 2021 Word of the Year. Read all about it here!

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be(ing) an ally
Although he struggled with it at times, he continued to try to be an ally to his coworkers of color.
close/closest ally
The count remained one of the queen’s closest allies, and she knew she could trust him even when it seemed the entire kingdom was against her.

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Monday, December 06, 2021

synonym for significant

consequential

adjective [ kon-si-kwen-shuh l ]

consequential is another word for significant

To call something consequential is to say that it's significant or important, with special attention to the consequences, or effects and outcomes, it brings. The primary meaning of consequential is "following as an effect, result, or outcome." The term ultimately comes from the Latin verb sequī meaning "to follow," which is also the source of the word sequence. A consequential decision is one that will significantly shape what follows. An event that is politically consequential is one that might alter the course of politics in some significant way, and something that proves consequential is revealed over time to have been an important or determining factor in the course of events.

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consequential decision
The most consequential decision of her life was to move to New York, where career opportunities were abundant and she met lifelong friends.
prove consequential
The flight delay would prove highly consequential to his future because he would not arrive to the job interview on time.

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Sunday, December 05, 2021

synonym for help

bolster

verb [ bohl-ster ]

bolster is another word for help

Help comes in many different forms. To bolster something is "to add to, support, or uphold" that thing. The verb comes from the noun bolster, a cushion or pillow. The idea of cushioning, propping up, or giving a boost is central to the verb. However, while this noun bolster is most likely to prop up a person, the verb bolster is more commonly found in discussion of concepts and ideas. For example, you might bolster a case or an argument, or bolster a friend's confidence. Similarly, internet companies will seek to bolster their traffic, and government agencies strive to bolster the economy.

Commonly found as

bolster the case
The prosecutor sought to bolster the case by bringing in DNA evidence that clearly linked the defendant to the scene of the crime.
seek to bolster, aim to bolster
The military general aimed to bolster the ranks by enlisting soldiers who were older than had been allowed before.

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