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Tuesday, July 21, 2020


concentrate is a synonym of focus

verb [ kon-suhn-treyt ]

concentrate is another word for focus

When it comes to attention and what we do with it, the verbs focus and concentrate are very close in meaning. So close, in fact, they are often used interchangeably! Any difference in the terms is slight, but in some uses, concentrate may imply a more involved action. Think of the act of concentrating, which involves close mental application. To concentrate on a problem, then, is to bring all efforts and faculties to bear on it. Both concentrate and focus deal with the idea of bringing things toward a point of convergence; where they notably diverge is in focus's foray into optics (to focus the lens of a camera) and concentrate's dabbling in chemistry (to concentrate a sauce by boiling it down), which gives concentrate an intensifying edge.

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hard to concentrate
Amid all the commotion and noise that her younger siblings were making, the student found it hard to concentrate on her homework.
concentrate on work
Unsure how to make his globetrotting dreams a reality, he opted to concentrate on work instead.

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Monday, July 20, 2020


indignant is a synonym of angry

adjective [ in-dig-nuhnt ]

indignant is another word for angry

To be angry is to experience strong feelings of displeasure. To be indignant is to feel deep anger at something considered unjust or offensive. Indignation is righteous anger, or anger that is morally justified. Someone who is indignant perceives insult or injury to their own or someone else's dignity. The term carries traces of scorn and contempt, and sometimes implies sanctimonious disdain. This range in meaning helps to explain why you might see indignant with a modifier, such as rightly indignant, justly indignant, and genuinely indignant. 

Commonly found as

righteously indignant
She was righteously indignant at the injustices she saw taking place.
become indignant
He became indignant when his idea was dismissed as impractical.

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Sunday, July 19, 2020


bevy is a synonym of group

noun [ bev-ee ]

bevy is another word for group

A group is a collection or assemblage of persons or things. When that number is on the larger side, the group may be called a bevy. Bevy's earliest use in English is as a collective noun for quail (behold, the bevy of quail!), similar to a covey of partridges. When in reference to people, bevy has historically described groups of women. While you will still encounter these specific uses, the word bevy has resisted being pigeonholed. The term is now widely used in a general sense to emphasize abundance in number, and can be found in reference to just about any type of assemblage or collection.

Commonly found as

bevy of stars
The televised fundraiser boasted a bevy of stars.
surrounded by a bevy
At her book signing, the author was surrounded by a bevy of admirers.

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