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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

synonym for want


verb [ kuhv-it ]

covet is another word for want

The verb want is one of the most frequently used verbs in the English language. It conveys desire in ways ranging from the more casual (she wants an ice cream) to more intense (she wants to be notified in case of emergency). Covet also deals with desire, but more specifically, it deals with the desire to possess what someone else possesses (she coveted her friend’s beachfront property). Envy and longing are implied by this term, though covet is sometimes used in a less grasping manner to talk about wishing for something eagerly.

Commonly found as

covet + prize
The nominees for the award tried to act nonchalant, but they all coveted the prize.
collector + covet
She was surprised to learn that art collectors around the word coveted the mediocre painting she'd picked up at a yard sale.

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Monday, March 22, 2021

synonym for disagree


verb [ kwawr-uhl, kwor- ]

quarrel is another word for disagree

The verbs disagree and quarrel are synonyms, but they don’t quite see eye to eye. Disagree is the general term used to talk about differences in opinion (three of the judges disagreed with the verdict) or simple lack of agreement between items (the conclusions disagree with the facts). Disagree can also be used to talk about items or conditions that cause physical discomfort (the oysters disagreed with her). But none of these level-headed meanings overlap exactly with quarrel. To quarrel is to disagree angrily or to squabble. This more vehement verb suggests an angry dispute or altercation, or a disagreement marked by a temporary or permanent break in friendly relations.

Commonly found as

quarrel bitterly
In the weeks leading up to the merger, the CEOs quarreled bitterly about the terms of their contract.
quarrel + fight
The couple was known to quarrel and fight at the slightest provocation.

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Sunday, March 21, 2021

synonym for unimportant


adjective [ neg-li-juh-buhl ]

negligible is another word for unimportant

Something that is unimportant lacks significance or value. Unimportant details in a movie, for instance, add little to the story. Something that is negligible is so small, trifling, or unimportant that it may safely be neglected or disregarded. Negligible carries no positive or negative force on its own; when it describes something undesirable, like damage, negligible can come as a relief: The couple was relieved to learn that water damage to their home was negligible. But when it is describing something more desirable, like financial growth, negligible can connote disappointment: Much to the chagrin of investors, the company’s growth in the last year was negligible.

Commonly found as

negligible effect
The environmental report explained that the recent drop in emissions would have a negligible effect on climate change.
negligible compared to
The two songwriters shared credit on the album, but the contributions of one were negligible compared to the prolific output of the other.

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