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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

synonym for trinket

bauble

noun [ baw-buhl ]

bauble is another word for trinket

We may be searching last minute for those trinkets to stuff a stocking with or to decorate our homes right now. A trinket is a small ornament or piece of jewelry, often of little value. When the trinket is showy or cheaply made, and typically round, it may be called a bauble. Bauble originally referred to the staff or scepter that a court jester carried, and later to something pleasing to a child, like a toy. Bauble can simply be used to refer to a small, spherical ornament that is hung from the branches of a Christmas tree. So gather your trinkets, doodads, gewgaws, trifles, and baubles, and start decorating!

Commonly found as

shiny bauble
Hanging from the snow queen’s ears were two bright, shiny baubles that reflected the falling snow.
decorate + bauble
For the holiday show, the crew decorated the trees with white lights and silver baubles.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

synonym for share

partake

verb [ pahr-teyk ]

partake is another word for share

To share is to have a share or part in something, divide it equally, or grant partial use of it. In the digital realm, share means to give specific users access to your online content. The verb partake also implies sharing (of an event, feeling, or experience—particularly a meal), but highlights the recipient and the taking (not giving) of something. Partake is a back formation from partaking, from the Middle English phrase “part taking,” meaning "taking part." If partaking of or in something sounds a little lofty, there's good reason! Partake is a very old word in English, first recorded in the middle of the 16th century.

Commonly found as

partake of
For her birthday, her co-workers gathered in the break room and partook of the celebratory cake. 
freely partake
The council members worked hard improving accessibility so that all citizens could freely partake in what the city has to offer.

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Monday, December 21, 2020

synonym for cold

nippy

adjective [ nip-ee ]

nippy is another word for cold

Cold describes anything or anyone with a relatively low temperature. People can feel cold on a brisk and breezy day. Beverages can be cold, too, which is usually a good thing! Nippy does not work for people or beverages; this snappy adjective is usually used to describe chilly weather. This term entered English describing things that nip or bite, giving us the association of a sharp or biting cold. Like a nippy dog, a nippy wind may snap at your nose or fingers!

Commonly found as

nippy air
The runners were invigorated by the nippy air on their morning run.
a bit nippy
If you are planning on going outside today, wear a scarf, since it is a bit nippy!

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Sunday, December 20, 2020

synonym for reserved

reticent

adjective [ ret-uh-suhnt ]

reticent is another word for reserved

We’re going to have to pry information out of today’s word because it is reticent. Reticent means “disposed to be silent or not to speak freely.” This tight-lipped adjective is more specific than its synonym reserved, which is widely used of both speech and actions and implies a guardedness born of caution or a sense of formality. Reticent simply describes people who aren’t inclined to chatter. A word to the wise: reticent is used to mean “reluctant” with some regularity, but style guides urge against this broad interpretation in favor of the more precise application.

Commonly found as

shy and reticent
The celebrity was shy and reticent throughout the interview, revealing next to nothing about her personal life.
usually reticent
The new teacher intrigued the usually reticent students, who were suddenly brimming with questions and excitedly talking over one another.

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Saturday, December 19, 2020

synonym for delight

enchant

verb [ en-chant, -chahnt ]

enchant is another word for delight

To be enchanted by something is to be delighted to a high degree, almost as if you’re under a (delightful) spell! This bewitching verb is a close synonym for delight, but enchant’s magical meanings infuse it with a little more charm. In fairy tales, witches might enchant princes and princesses, subjecting them to magical influence. Outside of fairy tales, the magic suggested by enchant might be more metaphorical than supernatural, but the term retains a touch of the mystical in all its uses. An audience that is enchanted by a performance is not simply delighted, but perhaps mesmerized, entranced, or spellbound by what’s before them.

Commonly found as

continue to enchant
The play Hamilton has continued to enchant audiences since it premiered in 2015.
enchanted by
The visitors to the national park were enchanted by the raw beauty of the landscape.

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Friday, December 18, 2020

synonym for decorate

bedeck

verb [ bih-dek ]

bedeck is another word for decorate

To decorate something is to add ornamentation to it or to embellish it in some way. To bedeck something is to go all out with your ornamental efforts, adorning that object (be it a tree, a room, or one’s outfit) to the point of gaudiness. (Why not? We’re all friends here!) Bedeck is not a very common term; the shorter verb deck, as in “We were all decked out for the party,” is more familiar. But when bedeck does make an appearance, it's likely for a special occasion. This glitzy verb might describe a person who is drenched in jewels, an architectural feature festooned with flowers, or a tree absolutely covered with ornaments.

Commonly found as

bedeck oneself
Hoping to outshine the artwork at the museum’s opening, she bedecked herself in diamonds and rubies.
tree bedecked with
The tree in the hotel lobby was bedecked with glittery ornaments and multicolored tinsel—it was impossible to miss!

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Thursday, December 17, 2020

synonym for clean

immaculate

adjective [ ih-mak-yuh-lit ]

immaculate is another word for clean

The adjective immaculate describes things that are spotlessly clean or perfectly neat. It’s the adjective to reach for when clean simply isn’t enough. If you go to a friend’s house and their kitchen (inexplicably) has nary a dishtowel out of place nor speck of dust in view, it might qualify as immaculate. Immaculate is one of a handful of prefixed words in English that is better known than its unadorned counterpart: have you ever heard something described as maculate? The odds are no, but maculate is a perfectly fine and real adjective meaning “spotted; stained.”

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immaculate home
The couple's immaculate home was perfectly appointed down to every last detail and looked like something out of a movie set.
absolutely immaculate
After months of sweatshirts and pajamas, she was dumbstruck when she saw her husband dressed up: his suit was absolutely immaculate.

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