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Saturday, July 25, 2020


fathom is a synonym of understand

verb [ fath-uhm ]

fathom is another word for understand

When we understand something, we perceive the meaning of it. When we fathom something, the perception goes a little deeper. To fathom something is to penetrate to the truth of it, or plumb its depths. The word gets its depth, so to speak, from the noun sense of fathom, a unit of measurement equivalent to six feet used for gauging depth in water. Consequently, one can fathom (measure the depth of) a body of water, or fathom (attempt to get to the bottom of) a difficult or complicated matter. Such depths may seem profound and hard to comprehend, which is perhaps why fathom is so frequently used when full comprehension feels just out of reach.

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hard to fathom, difficult to fathom
For us down here on Earth, it is difficult to fathom the enormity of the universe.
fathom how
She could not fathom how decades of work fell apart so quickly.

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Friday, July 24, 2020


notion is a synonym of idea

noun [ noh-shuhn ]

notion is another word for idea

An idea is a thought or conception, a product of mental activity. A notion is an idea in the most general sense, but the term usually suggests thoughts of more fleeting, vague, or imperfect kind. Whereas an idea can be something fairly worked out or elaborate, perhaps even a plan of action (The student has an idea for how to become an engineer), a notion is more like a whim or impulse—a flurry of thought that hasn't been seriously worked out. Perhaps this half-baked quality explains why notions are so often rejected, challenged, or dismissed! When used in the plural, notions can take on a whole new meaning: small items used in sewing, such as buttons, hooks, and ribbon. 

Commonly found as

reject the notion
He flatly rejects the notion that women are not as good with money as men.
popular notion, preconceived notion
The popular notion that polls accurately predict behavior was proving false.

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Thursday, July 23, 2020


akin is a synonym of similar

adjective [ uh-kin ]

akin is another word for similar

Items or ideas that are similar have a likeness or resemblance, especially in a general way. The adjective akin suggests a closer affinity or shared nature. The primary meaning of akin is "related by blood," with the root word kin meaning "family relatives collectively" or "a relative." Akin doesn't always imply familial connection, but it does suggest a sameness of character or properties, as what might result from shared ancestry. Akin often shows up sentences that compare one experience, sensation, or feeling to another stronger or more intense feeling, as in "What he felt was akin to love."

Commonly found as

something akin to
Something akin to vertigo was troubling her.
manner akin to
His loquacious letter to his mother was written in a manner akin to a long-winded monologue.

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