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ascend is a synonym of climb

verb [ uh-send ]

ascend is another word for climb

The verbs climb and ascend both imply moving upward. Climb is more likely to be used of a person using their feet to move up (climb stairs), or their hands and feet (climb up a ladder). This verb suggests effort, even when used figuratively to talk about gaining prominence or fortune (to climb to the highest office in the land). The verb ascend usually suggests a gradual or stately movement, with or without effort. This lofty verb really stands apart in discussion of rising to a higher point, rank, or degree, or proceeding from an inferior to a superior degree or level, as in the case of a person who ascends to power.

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ascend + throne
The emperor ascended the throne when he was very young, but earned the people's respect quickly with his benevolence.
ascend + descend
He had watched her ascend to great heights early in her career, and then descend to new depths when the industry collapsed.

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impetuous is a synonym of impulsive

adjective [ im-pech-oo-uhs ]

impetuous is another word for impulsive

If you look up the adjectives impulsive and impetuous in a dictionary, you might feel like you’re in a hall of mirrors: impulsive is defined as “impetuous” and vice versa. While the two terms are very close in meaning, there are undertones that set them apart. Both refer to persons who are hasty or rash, or actions that are not preceded by thought, but impulsive emphasizes spontaneity or unpredictability and a lack of reflection; impetuous suggests passion or eagerness as the driving force behind abrupt actions or turbulent behavior.

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young + impetuous
In retrospect, he wished he would have heeded the advice he had been offered all those years ago. But he was young and impetuous and needed to figure things out on his own.
impetuous nature
The reporter was known for her impetuous nature, which sometimes worked to her advantage in breaking a story, but often deterred sources from reaching out.

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ruse is a synonym of trick

noun [ rooz ]

ruse is another word for trick

Trick is a very broad term that can refer to everything from an underhanded act designed to cheat someone (a politician’s dirty tricks) to an optical illusion or a prank. Ruse has a narrower application, and is usually used in reference to a false impression or show put forth to hide true intentions or divert attention from shrewd maneuvers. The theme of misdirection or throwing someone off track in order to get away with something reflects the earliest sense of the word: ruse entered English as a hunting term referring to a turn or route taken by an animal in order to dodge its would-be captors.

Commonly found as

elaborate ruse
His fake name and bogus work history were part of an elaborate ruse to gain access to privileged information.
fall for the ruse
She spotted the suspicious email right away and did not fall for the ruse.

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