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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

synonym for period

epoch

noun [ ep-uhk or, especially British, ee-pok ]

epoch is another word for period

Time is of the essence when it comes to today’s word pair. The more common word period refers to an interval of time that is meaningful because of its particular characteristics. This could be a period of great profitability for a company, for instance, or a period of adjustment, as for an individual when life circumstances change. The noun epoch emphasizes historical significance and is used of a particular period marked or defined by distinctive features or events. If a treaty ushers in an epoch of peace and goodwill, then it marks the beginning of a new period that, in its absence of war and hostility, is distinct from what preceded it. In geologic time, an epoch is a unit of time (shorter than a period) during which a rock series is formed.

Commonly found as

epoch + history
The Great Depression marked a new epoch in American history.
define + epoch
The history professor argued that the rapid acceleration of artificial intelligence would one day define our current epoch.

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Monday, April 12, 2021

synonym for remain

linger

verb [ ling-ger ]

linger is another word for remain

The verb remain is used a few different ways. If two countries remain at peace, they are continuing in a peaceful state. If a front wall is all that remains of a fort, that wall is all that is left after the removal, loss, or destruction of the rest of the fort. If you remain at home, you are staying at your abode. To linger is to remain or stay on in a place longer than is usual or expected. The use of this verb implies reluctance to leave. If a few friends linger after a party, it means they continue to hang around for a while after everyone else has left. Linger can also suggest a musing or contemplative quality. If you linger over the beauty of a painting, for instance, you are dwelling in contemplation, thought, or enjoyment.

Commonly found as

linger + long after
The host was surprised that so many party guests chose to linger at her apartment long after the food had run out and the music had stopped.
question(s) + linger
The case had been closed, but a number of questions lingered in the mind of the lead detective.

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Sunday, April 11, 2021

synonym for friend

companion

noun [ kuhm-pan-yuhn ]

companion is another word for friend

The noun friend is a broad term that suggests varying degrees of familiarity. It can refer to someone who is on good terms with another (Who goes there? Friend or foe?), to a supporter or patron of some institution (friends of the Boston Symphony), or to a connection on social media. Most commonly, though, a friend is a person with whom one is on intimate terms and for whom one feels a warm affection. This is the meaning that gets us closest to the noun companion. A companion is a person who shares one's activities, fate, or condition. You might have a traveling companion or a companion in despair. The key difference is that a companion is a person who you are frequently in the company of. A friend may be far away, but still hold a special place in your heart.

Commonly found as

constant companion
The stray kitten became the child’s constant companion; the two were inseparable for months. 
travel + companion
Many folks travel with a companion since it is nice to share the experience—as well as the bill—with someone else.

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