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Saturday, December 12, 2020

synonym for extra

ancillary

adjective [ an-suh-ler-ee ]

ancillary is another word for extra

Something that is ancillary is additional or supplemental. The ancillary costs of something are those “extra” expenditures beyond the sticker price of a product or service. This sense of ancillary is closest to extra when the latter is used to refer to things that are additional or go beyond what is expected. But ancillary suggests a more defined relationship than extra, usually indicating a subordinate or subsidiary position. Used in a medical context, ancillary feels quite far from extra: in this context ancillary describes services or staff that provide essential support, as in a hospital. So remember, context is key!

Commonly found as

merely ancillary
The publisher's role was merely ancillary since the manuscript had been submitted ready for publication.
ancillary services
Increasingly, airlines have been charging for ancillary services such as checked bags and priority seating.

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Friday, December 11, 2020

synonym for peak

pinnacle

noun [ pin-uh-kuhl ]

pinnacle is another word for peak

The noun pinnacle is used to talk about the highest or culminating point of something, most commonly the time in one’s career when they are most successful or a specific achievement that caps one's career. In architecture, a pinnacle is a small, upright structure rising above the roof of a building or capping a tower. In nature, a pinnacle is a lofty peak of a mountain or a pointed, towering part of a rock formation. The theme of capping, crowning, or being positioned atop something is what threads these senses together. The more general word peak is the appropriate choice for talking about maximum prices (oil prices reached their peak) or maximum volume (traffic was at its peak).

Commonly found as

reach the pinnacle
Having been nominated for an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony in the same year, it was clear the performer had reached the pinnacle of success.
pinnacle + career
Winning the Pulitzer Prize was the pinnacle of her career.

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Thursday, December 10, 2020

synonym for light

illuminate

verb [ ih-loo-muh-neyt ]

illuminate is another word for light

To illuminate is to supply with light or to light up. But this verb is not used in exactly the same way as the much more general verb light. For instance, light is more appropriate to talk about the action of igniting or setting something to burn, as a candle. But illuminate is more appropriate for talking about what that lit candle will do: illuminate the room! Stars illuminate the night sky, just as festive lights illuminate residential streets during the holidays. To illuminate a path forward is to shed light on the best course of action—unless of course the path is a literal one from, say, the mailbox to the front door after sunset. In which case, a flashlight should do the trick! Illuminate can also refer to shedding light on a subject, as if to make it more clear or comprehensible.

Commonly found as

light + illuminate
A flash of light illuminated the dark forest, as if to warn its inhabitants that a storm was on the way.
illuminate + path
In her darkest hour, his words of encouragement helped to illuminate her path forward.

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