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Saturday, November 07, 2020

synonym for story

anecdote

noun [ an-ik-doht ]

anecdote is another word for story

An anecdote is a short account of a particular incident or event, especially of an interesting or amusing nature. Anecdotes are usually narrated or shared orally rather than written; sometimes they are offered to lend support to an idea or conclusion based on real-world experience. Unlike the word story, anecdote is not used to talk about the plot of a novel, poem, or drama.

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personal anecdote
The professor always interspersed her lectures with a personal anecdote or two to keep her students' attention.
share + anecdote
Before singing his most popular song, the country star shared an anecdote about how the idea for it came to him.

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Friday, November 06, 2020

synonym for tell

disclose

verb [ dih-sklohz ]

disclose is another word for tell

To disclose something is to make it known, or to reveal or uncover it. Unlike the versatile verb tell, which sometimes means simply “to communicate,” disclose is used when the information shared (or as the case may be, not shared) is of a confidential and consequential nature. As you might guess, it’s not used lightly! Under investigation, a corporation might disclose key financial information; upon publishing a high-profile news story, a journalist might refuse to disclose the identify of her source.

Commonly found as

publicly disclosed
For full transparency, the candidate publicly disclosed the names of his biggest donors.
disclose information
The detective refused to disclose information about the case before getting approval from her boss.

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Thursday, November 05, 2020

synonym for eager

keen

adjective [ keen ]

keen is another word for eager

The adjective eager suggests desire and enthusiasm tinged with impatience. Keen carries a sense of zest and active, alert desire—one might even call it sharpness. The idea of sharpness slices through all uses of the word keen. A keen razor is a finely sharpened blade. Keen satire is sharp and biting, and a keen mind is one of great acumen or incisiveness. As a synonym for eager, the sharpness of keen turns up as a pointed enthusiasm. To say that you’re not keen on something is an understated way to say that you don’t look forward to that thing, or that you have no enthusiasm for it whatsoever.

Commonly found as

keen on the idea
She was not keen on the idea of driving in the snow after she had spun out on the ice last winter.
keen interest
He had a keen interest in the new policy, which he knew would affect him and his family directly.

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Wednesday, November 04, 2020

synonym for obvious

conspicuous

adjective [ kuhn-spik-yoo-uhs ]

conspicuous is another word for obvious

Something that is obvious is easily seen or recognized. Something that is conspicuous is so glaringly apparent, it is hard to ignore. This term skews negative in usage, describing things that attract attention for the wrong reasons. A conspicuous absence of information, for instance, is a lack or deficiency of material that was needed or expected. Conspicuous consumption is the public enjoyment of possessions that are known to be costly so that one’s ability to pay for such things is flaunted.

Commonly found as

conspicuous consumption
The fashion icon, always drenched in diamond-encrusted jewelry, was known for his conspicuous consumption.
become conspicuous
The declining amount of actual cocoa butter present in certain chocolate bars is becoming increasingly conspicuous when they fail to melt.

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Tuesday, November 03, 2020

synonym for choose

elect

verb [ ih-lekt ]

elect is another word for choose

Today’s the day! That is, it’s the perfect day for clarifying the difference between choose and elect! To choose something is to select it from a number of possibilities. This is a very common and general verb that is unlikely to call to mind any specific situation or action. The verb elect, on the other hand, suggests the formal action of voting someone into office. Elect does have more general senses referring to picking something out (a first-year college student might elect one class over another to satisfy a requirement), but as a member of the civically inclined word family including electoral and election, the primary meaning elect calls to mind relates to governmental processes.

Commonly found as

voters + elect
The voters were excited to elect a leader they believed in.
elect + new
Two years ago, the people elected ten new senators, half of whom were women.

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Monday, November 02, 2020

synonym for guess

conjecture

verb [ kuhn-jek-cher ]

conjecture is another word for guess

We won’t leave you guessing about today’s word: the verb conjecture means “to conclude or suppose from grounds or evidence insufficient to ensure reliability.” If you guess what’s going to happen, you may be risking an opinion on something about which you know nothing or very little. If you conjecture an outcome, you are drawing conclusions based on available information, with the understanding that the information is partial. While neither of these terms deals in certainty, the latter suggests a more reasoned approach to determining what's probable.

Commonly found as

reasonable to conjecture
The source was not revealed in the article, but based on the information he had access to, it was reasonable to conjecture that it was someone at the highest level of operations.
researchers conjecture, scholars conjecture
Some scholars conjecture that the artifact had been used by Cleopatra.

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Sunday, November 01, 2020

synonym for bold

audacious

adjective [ aw-dey-shuhs ]

audacious is another word for bold

The adjective audacious takes boldness to the extreme—and sometimes that’s a good thing. When used to describe an idea, goal, or plan, audacious usually suggests inventiveness and originality. But sometimes audacious is used to suggest brazen insolence and reckless defiance of convention, property, or law. An audacious lie, for instance, is an egregious and insidious falsehood delivered without shame.

Commonly found as

audacious goal
The committee set the audacious goal of raising $1 million for charity in a single night.
ambitious + audacious
The film was ambitious and audacious, attempting to distill the events of the last 100 years into 60 minutes of unconventional monologues.

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