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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

ascertain

ascertain is a synonym of learn

verb [ as-er-teyn ]

ascertain is another word for learn

To ascertain something is to determine it with certainty. That’s right, the key idea of ascertain is right there in the word itself: certain(ty). Contrasted with the verb learn, which can imply knowledge come upon without much effort (I just learned the show was canceled), ascertain suggests deliberate steps taken to confirm or verify the truth or particulars of a matter. Perhaps because certainty is harder to come by, we commonly find ascertain used in constructions that showcase its absence, as in long-term effects that are difficult to ascertain.

Commonly found as

difficult to ascertain
The extent of damage was difficult to ascertain because of limited access to the area.
ascertain whether
The purpose of the survey was to ascertain whether the ad campaign had changed anyone's mind.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

arduous

arduous is a synonym of hard

adjective [ ahr-joo-uhs ]

arduous is another word for hard

To call something arduous is to emphasize how much labor or effort it requires, or to call attention to how time consuming and tedious it is. An arduous task, for instance, is one that takes a long time to complete and is generally unpleasant to perform. An arduous journey is one that presents many perils and difficulties and requires great perseverance.

Commonly found as

long and arduous
The trek to the summit was extremely long and arduous.
arduous task
She missed many things about living in a colder climate, but not the arduous task of shoveling snow.

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Monday, August 24, 2020

contemplate

contemplate is a synonym of consider

verb [ kon-tuhm-pleyt, -tem- ]

contemplate is another word for consider

To consider something is to think about it, especially in order to make a decision. To contemplate something is to give it continued attention in a calm, reflective manner. This verb suggests an internal gazing or meditative state similar to the verbs muse and ponder. While the act of contemplation may certainly inform decisions, the verb often wanders free, untethered to aims or outcomes.

Commonly found as

contemplate + future
The two high school seniors lay on the grass and contemplated their future as they gazed at the stars.
seriously contemplate
The city planner took time to seriously contemplate the challenges of climate change.

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