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Saturday, September 05, 2020


finalize is a synonym of complete

verb [ fahyn-l-ahyz ]

finalize is another word for complete

The verb finalize is close in meaning to the verb complete—both deal with finishing something. But complete is more likely to be used in discussion of tasks or steps, such as completing a job application or an essay for school. Finalize occurs more in discussion of protracted engagements, such as long business negotiations or a divorce. Note that finalize draws the ire of some stylists, along with other -ize verbs such as prioritize—so perhaps avoid this term in your next ode or sonnet! But rest assured, dear scribes, finalize is widely used in speech and writing.

Commonly found as

finalize a deal, finalize an agreement
The executives finalized a deal that was beneficial to their stockholders.
not yet finalized
The city has not yet finalized its plan for an expanded network of bike paths.

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Friday, September 04, 2020


incongruous is a synonym of absurd

adjective [ in-kong-groo-uhs ]

incongruous is another word for absurd

To call something absurd is to point out its utter senselessness or foolishness. To call something incongruous is to point that it is out of place or inconsistent. These two adjectives, which emphasize slightly different qualities, overlap when the incongruity or inconsistency under discussion is so pronounced or outlandish that it veers into the absurd or laughable.

Commonly found as

incongruous sight
The hot-pink duplex was an incongruous sight on the cul-de-sac, which was otherwise lined with beige single-family homes.
seem incongruous, appear incongruous
The actions of the politician seemed incongruous with his professed principles.

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Thursday, September 03, 2020


verify is a synonym of determine

verb [ ver-uh-fahy ]

verify is another word for determine

When you determine something, you conclude or ascertain it by reasoning or observation. When you verify something, you prove its truth or correctness, or you confirm it. There is a resoluteness to both terms, but verify has veritas (truth) at its core. To verify the accuracy of information, as a journalist does, is to fact-check it or confirm that it’s true. To verify the authenticity of an antique or artwork is to confirm its provenance or history of ownership. And to verify the identity of someone, as when accessing sensitive information online, is to make certain that that person is who they claim to be.

Commonly found as

independently verified
The results from the survey had to be independently verified by a third party in order to be accepted.
verify the authenticity
When shopping for watches, the jeweler always verified the authenticity of the materials by using her loupe.

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