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Sunday, July 25, 2021


arid is a synonym of dry

adjective [ ar-id ]

arid is another word for dry

Dry and arid mean without moisture. Dry is the general word indicating absence of water (a dry well) or freedom from moisture (dry clothes). Arid has a very specific context of use. It suggests great or severe dryness in a region or climate, especially when it results in bareness or in barrenness: arid climate of Nevada; arid soil. If you wish to use it figuratively, remember it’s a harsher word than dry. We call something dry that is uninteresting or dull (a dry geography textbook). Arid suggests something devoid (barren) of interest, imagination, emotion, or vitality: an an arid performance by a burned out cast.

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arid region
Adobe is a common building material in arid regions such as the southwestern United States.
arid lands
To farm in these arid lands, rainwater from surrounding hillsides is harvested and carefully conserved and distributed.

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Saturday, July 24, 2021


traverse is a synonym of cross

verb [ trav-ers, truh-vurs ]

traverse is another word for cross

The verbs cross and traverse both refer to passing or extending over or across something. Saying hikers traverse or hikers cross a meadow to reach a road conveys the same information, although traverse is more formal. Note that the characteristic use of cross to mean “to intersect” or “pass over a line” cannot be replaced by traverse—that is, you can say that two paths crossed to indicate that they intersected, but not that they traversed. Traverse most often suggests passing over or covering a considerable distance, sometimes with difficulty. But it is also frequently used of physical artifacts such as pipelines, railways, roads, paths, and trails, all of which traverse regions and terrains.

Commonly found as

traverse + terrain
The group of hikers traversed miles of rugged terrain before arriving at the base of the mountain and beginning their slow ascent.
traverse + distance
What must it have been like to wait as the Apollo 11 spacecraft, Columbia, traversed the vast distance from the moon back to earth?

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Friday, July 23, 2021


vie is a synonym of compete

verb [ vahy ]

vie is another word for compete

Who will take the trophy in compete vs. vie? Compete is commonly used to talk about people participating in an organized competitive event (athletes competing in Tokyo for Olympic gold) or businesses trying to gain the same share of the market (cable channels competing for the 18-35 demographic). Vie frequently occurs outside these more structured contexts, as with vie for control or vie for power, or vie for a seat, a space, or a spot. Compete can almost always substitute for vie, but not vice versa, in part because vie is always followed by a preposition and an indirect object—vie for, vie with. When compete appears in one of these phrases, vie is almost always a solid alternative: The boys competed/vied for their father's attention.

Commonly found as

vie for a spot
The two rival teams were vying for a spot in the championship.
vie for attention
With so much digital content vying for our attention online, reading a print book cover to cover feels like meditation.

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