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Sunday, December 05, 2021

synonym for help

bolster

verb [ bohl-ster ]

bolster is another word for help

Help comes in many different forms. To bolster something is "to add to, support, or uphold" that thing. The verb comes from the noun bolster, a cushion or pillow. The idea of cushioning, propping up, or giving a boost is central to the verb. However, while this noun bolster is most likely to prop up a person, the verb bolster is more commonly found in discussion of concepts and ideas. For example, you might bolster a case or an argument, or bolster a friend's confidence. Similarly, internet companies will seek to bolster their traffic, and government agencies strive to bolster the economy.

Commonly found as

bolster the case
The prosecutor sought to bolster the case by bringing in DNA evidence that clearly linked the defendant to the scene of the crime.
seek to bolster, aim to bolster
The military general aimed to bolster the ranks by enlisting soldiers who were older than had been allowed before.

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Saturday, December 04, 2021

synonym for create

devise

verb [ dih-vahyz ]

devise is another word for create

The verb create, at its most general, means to bring something into being. To devise something is to plan it or think it up. The main action of devise occurs in the mind. An economist may devise a plan or a strategy, for instance, with the goal of creating jobs or wealth. In some older uses, devise carried nefarious and deceptive undertones, as in "The conspirators devised the downfall of the ruler." Nowadays, devise is more neutral, though it may still have a plot or two up its sleeve.

Commonly found as

devise a strategy
The CEO carefully devised a strategy to sustain their operations through the new year.
devise and implement
The governor devised and implemented an ingenious plan that would provide all the necessary equipment to the service workers.

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Friday, December 03, 2021

synonym for amazing

prodigious

adjective [ pruh-dij-uhs ]

prodigious is another word for amazing

Isn't it amazing how easy it is to overuse the word amazing? Prodigious is a more specific descriptor. Like amazing, prodigious conveys a sense of wonder, but it is used to comment on the size, amount, extent, or degree of what is being described. Items described as prodigious are extraordinary by one of these measures, as a musician with prodigious talent, a research grant of a prodigious amount, or a career notable for its prodigious output.

Commonly found as

prodigious talent, prodigious amount
The violinist's prodigious talent was on full display at the summer concert.
produce + prodigious
The experiment produced a prodigious amount of data.

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