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helm is a synonym of lead

verb [ helm ]

helm is another word for lead

To helm something, such as a creative project or a place of business, is to steer or direct it. The suggestion is of one helming or steering a ship, an activity so named for the wheel or steering apparatus of a seagoing vessel—the helm. You may hear of someone helming a department or agency, a newsroom, or a kitchen in popular restaurant. But most often, helm is used in the entertainment industry in discussion of the director, who steers the production on a (hopefully not choppy) course.

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helm the film
Much to the fans' delight, the director chosen to helm the film has a background in live theater.
previously helmed
The chef came highly recommended; he had previously helmed the kitchen of the most critically acclaimed restaurant in the county.

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adverse is a synonym of negative

adjective [ ad-vurs, ad-vurs ]

adverse is another word for negative

The adjective adverse implies antagonism and opposition. It emphasizes the idea of misfortune and is often used to describe circumstances or events that are harmful to health and well-being. For instance, you might hear of adverse effects of pollution or adverse consequences of a decision. This decidedly unfriendly adjective is related to the noun adversity, “an unfortunate event or circumstance” or “unfavorable fortune or fate.”

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adverse impact
The agency warned against the project, citing an adverse impact on the environment.
potentially adverse
The lab technicians worked diligently to protect the samples from the potentially adverse effects of light and heat exposure.

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elated is a synonym of happy

adjective [ ih-ley-tid ]

elated is another word for happy

Elated is the perfect adjective to use when you’re in particularly high spirits, especially when that exalted feeling arises from a victory or achievement. This lofty adjective comes from the verb elate, which means “to make very happy or proud,” but in earlier uses meant “to lift; elevate.” So the next time you’re walking on air or beaming with pride (or both!), remember that elated is up there, too, waiting in the wings for you to use it!

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absolutely elated
When he learned that his book was going to be published, he was absolutely elated.
elated and relieved
The couple felt elated and relieved when the paperwork to buy their dream home was finalized.  

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