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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

synonym for boring

humdrum

adjective [ huhm-druhm ]

humdrum is another word for boring

Something that is boring is dull and uninteresting—maybe even nap inducing. Something that is humdrum is especially boring for its lack of variety (unlike your synonym-rich vocabulary!). Fun though it may be to say, humdrum emphasizes monotony and the drone of the everyday. This dreary adjective commonly describes recurring activities or routines, or even the monotony of life itself.

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humdrum life
The writer’s seemingly humdrum life was, in reality, full of adventure.
escape + humdrum
The movie helped him escape his humdrum reality for a few hours.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

synonym for lead

helm

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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Monday, September 14, 2020

synonym for negative

adverse

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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Sunday, September 13, 2020

synonym for happy

elated

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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Saturday, September 12, 2020

synonym for effective

potent

adjective [ poht-nt ]

potent is another word for effective

Something that is effective produces a desired or expected result. Something that is potent is not just effective; it's powerful. Potent implies great natural or inherent power, and it works as a synonym for effective when applied to things that are highly persuasive or convincing, such as a well-constructed argument. Potent symbols and potent metaphors are powerfully evocative, and potent ingredients produce powerful physical or chemical effects.

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potent argument
The most potent argument against the project is how much money it will divert from other initiatives.
remains potent
The case the legislator made years ago for campaign finance reform remains potent today.

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Friday, September 11, 2020

synonym for valuable

invaluable

adjective [ in-val-yoo-uh-buhl ]

invaluable is another word for valuable

Something that is valuable has considerable monetary worth or is particularly useful for a specific purpose. This adjective is often used to talk about things that offer or may one day offer a material advantage or quantifiable benefit. Something that is invaluable has value beyond calculation or appraisal; it is priceless. Here we get into things so important or meaningful, such as the support of a dear friend through a difficult time, or yielding benefits of such great magnitude that they defy measurement or estimation.

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invaluable experience
Though he lost the match, the tennis player said competing against his hero was an invaluable experience.
prove invaluable
Knowing how to drive a manual transmission car proved invaluable when she moved to Europe.

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Thursday, September 10, 2020

synonym for common

prevailing

adjective [ pri-vey-ling ]

prevailing is another word for common

Something that is common is widespread or universal. Something that is prevailing is generally current and supersedes others of its kind. The key difference is the suggestion of predominance. For instance, a prevailing view on a matter is a view that has taken over or displaced other views. A prevailing fashion is one that has caught on and emerged as the most notable or influential at a particular time.

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prevailing view
The scientist’s findings challenged the prevailing view of how water arrived on the planet.
reflect the prevailing
The senator’s position on the matter reflects the prevailing opinion of her constituents.

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