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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

synonym for increase

escalate

verb [ es-kuh-leyt ]

escalate is another word for increase

Both words refer to growing or becoming greater. To increase is to grow in number, size, strength, or quality. It implies the simple fact of something becoming greater as opposed to shrinking or staying the same: The population increased by 2 percent. Escalate, which derives from escalator, an invention in use by the 1920s, suggests a steeper, sometimes alarming increase in intensity or magnitude, sometimes in prices, but more often in tense situations. If a situation, confrontation, or conflict escalates, it begins to get out of hand or threatens to escalate into something full-blown.

Commonly found as

situation + escalate
When one elementary schooler throws his hamburger bun in another one’s face, our first concern should be to stop the situation from escalating into a full-blown food fight.
escalate dramatically
The cost of healthcare continues to escalate dramatically.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2021

synonym for climb

clamber

verb [ klam-ber, klam-er ]

clamber is another word for climb

Climb covers all means of physically going up or reaching the top of something using one’s hands or feet or both—climbing a rope, a mountain, or the stairs. Clamber suggests a difficult or awkward climb that requires the use of both hands and feet: clambered up the rockface, the ladder, or aboard the ship. In actual usage, clamber is sometimes used for a more crawl-like action: clambered along a 40-foot log; clambering among the ruins. And to say that climbing plants clamber up walls (using their tendrils) is also an acceptable use.

Commonly found as

clamber + ladder
She clambered up the ladder after the cat, who had just done the same, but with more grace.
clamber + side
Someone spotted the burglar clambering up the side of the building and called the police.

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Monday, November 15, 2021

synonym for uncertain

ambivalent

adjective [ am-biv-uh-luhnt ]

ambivalent is another word for uncertain

Both adjectives can be used to describe when a person is unsure or doubtful about something. Someone who looks uncertain or who is uncertain what to do, think, or choose simply may not know what to do or think, out of lack of confidence. Ambivalent suggests having two conflicting or opposing feelings simultaneously, and for this reason being undecided: I’m ambivalent about the movie. There is a tendency to use ambivalent in contrast to affirmative or positive, so it seems to suggest a degree of negativity towards something based on a lack of decisive sentiment: You seem ambivalent about going out with her.

Commonly found as

ambivalent relationship
The occupied country had an ambivalent relationship with the occupiers, benefiting from increased trade but suffering from more restrictions on their civil liberties.
ambivalent about
She was ambivalent about both candidates, which made it extra difficult to cast her vote.

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