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Thursday, July 29, 2021


curtail is a synonym of shorten

verb [ ker-teyl ]

curtail is another word for shorten

The verb shorten is used a few different ways: you can shorten a dress or a pair of pants, which means that you are reducing physical length, or you can shorten a performance or a travel route, which means you are reducing duration. The synonym curtail means “to cut short": measures to curtail the pandemic. But it’s often used with a meaning closer to “limit,” with the suggestion of deprivation: The court’s decision curtailed Congress’s ability to pass legislation. Early uses of the verb were in reference to the docking, or shortening, of an animal’s tail; such an animal was known as a curtal.

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efforts to curtail
Some cities are making efforts to curtail the use of plastic, such as limiting the use of plastic shopping bags in supermarkets and banning plastic straws in restaurants.
severely curtail
Her parents told her that if she wanted to study abroad, she would have to severely curtail her spending on daily indulgences like iced coffee and takeout.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021


volatile is a synonym of explosive

adjective [ vol-uh-tl, -til, -tahyl ]

volatile is another word for explosive

When we describe something as explosive, we usually mean one of two things: that the item under discussion is designed or likely to explode in the literal sense, as in an explosive device, or that that it’s likely to lead to violence or hostility, as in an explosive issue. The synonym volatile emphasizes instability and unpredictability; volatile market conditions fluctuate sharply and regularly, and someone with a volatile disposition is mercurial and flighty. Where volatile overlaps the most with explosive is in discussions of unstable situations, as ones marked by strained relations or elevated tensions, that threaten to break out into open violence: a volatile political situation.

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volatile situation
Journalists who were assigned to report on the volatile situation were given protective equipment and a security plan.
extremely volatile
In retrospect, he was able to see that he grew up during an extremely volatile chapter in the city's history.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021


interrogate is a synonym of question

verb [ in-ter-uh-geyt ]

interrogate is another word for question

Question is the general, neutral verb to refer to asking someone a question or questions—or is it? While it is perfectly legitimate to say, The nurse practitioner questioned him about his injuries, it could have unwanted overtones that need managing. Asking is neutral, but questioning often implies a series of questions and can convey a badgering or suspicious air. To interrogate someone is to engage in formal, systematic questioning of someone, often with the aim of eliciting information they do not want to provide. The word is most often used in the context of criminal investigations and courtrooms (The suspect was detained and interrogated), so it's the perfect bit of hyperbole to use when you're merely being questioned.

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interrogate the suspect
The police captain interrogated the suspect.
interrogate thoroughly
Before embarking on the controversial new project, which was bound to make a splash, the documentarian interrogated his own motives thoroughly.

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