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Saturday, September 19, 2020

synonym for enhance

augment

verb [ awg-ment ]

augment is another word for enhance

To enhance something is to add to its desirability or to magnify it. To augment something is to make it larger or to increase it. A person might augment or supplement their income by taking a second job; a teacher might augment course curriculum with unique educational experiences. Augment is often used to talk about additions that are made to meet needs, standards, or requirements.

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augment or replace
The team leaders had to decide whether to augment or replace the existing performance review system.
efforts to augment
Hoping to stay viable, the company supported many efforts to augment revenue by focusing on consumer satisfaction.

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Friday, September 18, 2020

synonym for complex

intricate

adjective [ in-tri-kit ]

intricate is another word for complex

Something that is intricate has many interrelated parts or facets. Such involvement or entanglement can be the source of wonder or appreciation, as in the case of intricate patterns in nature or art, or frustration, as in the case of an argument that is so intricate it is difficult to understand. Networks, webs, and systems are interrelated by definition; in describing complex entities such as these, intricate draws special attention to their elaborate nature.

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beautiful and intricate
The beautiful and intricate weave on the Panama hat made it worth its weight in gold.
intricate details
The otherwise engaging presentation got bogged down in the intricate details of the new policy.

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

synonym for fast

posthaste

adverb [ pohst-heyst ]

posthaste is another word for fast

Posthaste, also spelled post-haste, is an adverb that means “with the greatest possible speed or promptness.” It works in a sentence similar to immediately or ASAP. When the term entered English, it referred to speed like that of someone traveling post, or riding express to deliver mail. Nowadays you can use it to command speedy movement or action, “Leave the premise posthaste!” or to describe it, “She came to her friend’s aid posthaste.”

Commonly found as

verb + posthaste
Upon seeing the bear, the hikers returned to their campsite posthaste.
posthaste.
After the incident, the head of the network resigned posthaste. 

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

synonym for boring

humdrum

adjective [ huhm-druhm ]

humdrum is another word for boring

Something that is boring is dull and uninteresting—maybe even nap inducing. Something that is humdrum is especially boring for its lack of variety (unlike your synonym-rich vocabulary!). Fun though it may be to say, humdrum emphasizes monotony and the drone of the everyday. This dreary adjective commonly describes recurring activities or routines, or even the monotony of life itself.

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humdrum life
The writer’s seemingly humdrum life was, in reality, full of adventure.
escape + humdrum
The movie helped him escape his humdrum reality for a few hours.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

synonym for lead

helm

verb [ helm ]

helm is another word for lead

To helm something, such as a creative project or a place of business, is to steer or direct it. The suggestion is of one helming or steering a ship, an activity so named for the wheel or steering apparatus of a seagoing vessel—the helm. You may hear of someone helming a department or agency, a newsroom, or a kitchen in popular restaurant. But most often, helm is used in the entertainment industry in discussion of the director, who steers the production on a (hopefully not choppy) course.

Commonly found as

helm the film
Much to the fans' delight, the director chosen to helm the film has a background in live theater.
previously helmed
The chef came highly recommended; he had previously helmed the kitchen of the most critically acclaimed restaurant in the county.

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Monday, September 14, 2020

synonym for negative

adverse

adjective [ ad-vurs, ad-vurs ]

adverse is another word for negative

The adjective adverse implies antagonism and opposition. It emphasizes the idea of misfortune and is often used to describe circumstances or events that are harmful to health and well-being. For instance, you might hear of adverse effects of pollution or adverse consequences of a decision. This decidedly unfriendly adjective is related to the noun adversity, “an unfortunate event or circumstance” or “unfavorable fortune or fate.”

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adverse impact
The agency warned against the project, citing an adverse impact on the environment.
potentially adverse
The lab technicians worked diligently to protect the samples from the potentially adverse effects of light and heat exposure.

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Sunday, September 13, 2020

synonym for happy

elated

adjective [ ih-ley-tid ]

elated is another word for happy

Elated is the perfect adjective to use when you’re in particularly high spirits, especially when that exalted feeling arises from a victory or achievement. This lofty adjective comes from the verb elate, which means “to make very happy or proud,” but in earlier uses meant “to lift; elevate.” So the next time you’re walking on air or beaming with pride (or both!), remember that elated is up there, too, waiting in the wings for you to use it!

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absolutely elated
When he learned that his book was going to be published, he was absolutely elated.
elated and relieved
The couple felt elated and relieved when the paperwork to buy their dream home was finalized.  

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