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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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Sunday, August 23, 2020

contend

contend is a synonym of argue

verb [ kuhn-tend ]

contend is another word for argue

To contend is to earnestly dispute or strive in debate. It is to assert your position or beliefs in a determined and perhaps even competitive manner. This term is commonly used in legal contexts, for instance, to talk about the assertions that lawyers, defendants, and plaintiffs make in a case. One of the most common uses of this verb, however, deviates from this meaning slightly: to contend with something, as in families contending with remote learning, is to grapple with it—not dispute it.

Commonly found as

critics contend
Critics of the company contend it acted illegally.
contend that
Experts contend that the measures helped to flatten the curve.

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Saturday, August 22, 2020

exceptional

exceptional is a synonym of special

adjective [ ik-sep-shuh-nl ]

exceptional is another word for special

The adjective exceptional describes things that are out of the ordinary or rare. Exceptional circumstances, for instance, are circumstances that deviate from the norm or from what’s expected. Often, exceptional implies excellence and superiority, as is the case when we talk about someone with exceptional talent. Here, the degree of excellence is what sets the talent apart and makes it an exception.

Commonly found as

exceptional circumstances
Applicants who did not complete the exam would be considered only in exceptional circumstances.
truly exceptional
She was a truly exceptional swimmer; no one could break her records.

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