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Sunday, November 07, 2021

synonym for explain

elucidate

verb [ ih-loo-si-deyt ]

elucidate is another word for explain

Both words refer to making an idea or thing clear or comprehensible. Explain emphasizes the act of giving a complete account of something. After a teacher explains a concept, she might then quiz students to see how much they have understood. Whereas you can explain something badly and then try to explain more fully or in more detail, elucidate implies that clarity is accomplished (whether or not the reader or listener is able to see it). Elucidate refers to making something clear or more clear for others, as if shining a light on or through it—a speaker, a book, a series of studies, or research results are typical subjects of elucidate. Typical objects include a mechanism, relationship, role, or structure—concepts or processes more complex, perhaps, than those that can be exhaustively explained.

Commonly found as

further elucidate
Future studies of this kind will further elucidate the effect of environmental factors on reproduction in dune-dwelling species.
elucidate + relationship
The book elucidates the relationship between Shakespeare and medieval drama.

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Saturday, November 06, 2021

synonym for record

chronicle

verb [ kron-i-kuhl ]

chronicle is another word for record

Both these verbs refer to the act of capturing information in writing or other media, with fidelity to objective fact, in order to preserve it. You might record your daily thoughts in a video journal or record lab results in a spreadsheet. Strictly speaking, to chronicle is to record events in chronological order. If you chronicle daily life in the town you live in, you would be recording what you experienced or witnessed daily in a form more like a list than a narrative. These days, the verb is more loosely used—it’s more likely a book or film that chronicles, not a person, and a book that chronicles a journey or history probably wasn’t written as the events occurred, although a blog may have been.

Commonly found as

chronicle + adventures
For ten years, she’s been using a blog to chronicle her adventures as an expatriate in Singapore.
book + chronicle
His book exhaustively chronicled the rise of baseball in Japan.

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Friday, November 05, 2021

synonym for failure

fiasco

noun [ fee-as-koh ]

fiasco is another word for failure

Failure refers to something that is not successful: The party was a big failure; I was disappointed by the failure of my idea. A failure is hard to take, but there are worse things—like a fiasco, which refers to a usually public failure so complete that it is disgraceful, humiliating, and sometimes bordering on the ridiculous. A wedding reception at which the vegetarian option contains lamb, the air conditioning breaks down, and the newlyweds get into a screaming match and leave in separate cars would be a fiasco. Some of the most typical phrasing found with fiasco is also found with words like “scandal,” “controversy,” and “affair.” For example: this whole wiretapping fiasco could have been avoided; Remember last year’s state fair fiasco involving the goat milk judges?

Commonly found as

ended in a fiasco
The actor’s first attempt at directing a film ended in a box office fiasco.
fiasco surrounding
The fiasco surrounding their last product rollout hasn’t been forgotten, and jokes about exploding batteries still are circulating.

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