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Thursday, December 10, 2020

synonym for light

illuminate

verb [ ih-loo-muh-neyt ]

illuminate is another word for light

To illuminate is to supply with light or to light up. But this verb is not used in exactly the same way as the much more general verb light. For instance, light is more appropriate to talk about the action of igniting or setting something to burn, as a candle. But illuminate is more appropriate for talking about what that lit candle will do: illuminate the room! Stars illuminate the night sky, just as festive lights illuminate residential streets during the holidays. To illuminate a path forward is to shed light on the best course of action—unless of course the path is a literal one from, say, the mailbox to the front door after sunset. In which case, a flashlight should do the trick! Illuminate can also refer to shedding light on a subject, as if to make it more clear or comprehensible.

Commonly found as

light + illuminate
A flash of light illuminated the dark forest, as if to warn its inhabitants that a storm was on the way.
illuminate + path
In her darkest hour, his words of encouragement helped to illuminate her path forward.

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Wednesday, December 09, 2020

synonym for worry

fret

verb [ fret ]

fret is another word for worry

To fret over something is to feel or express worry, annoyance, or annoyance about it. The earliest senses of this term in English had to do with devouring or consuming in the literal sense—as in moths fretting your favorite sweater (heaven forbid!). The verb has of course evolved since then, with the theme of consuming taking a turn: rather than expressing the act of consuming, fret now conveys being consumed or eaten by something. Interestingly, the critters who would do the fretting were usually small (like moths), which perhaps explains why the current sense of fret suggests incremental or gradual gnawing away at one’s peace of mind.

Commonly found as

fret about
The meteoric rise of streaming services caused traditional media outlets to fret about their future.
don't fret
His partner had just requested a pay raise, which took a lot of courage. Immediately after, he told her, "Don't fret about the outcome. Either they'll give it to you or they won't."

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Tuesday, December 08, 2020

synonym for typical

quintessential

adjective [ kwin-tuh-sen-shuhl ]

quintessential is another word for typical

Something that is typical is characteristic or distinctive of a certain type or specimen. Something that is quintessential is not only characteristic or distinctive of a type, but goes a step further to capture the pure and essential essence of it—or to embody it perfectly. Quintessential is used to talk about people or things that are exactly as one might imagine or hope for them to be, based on widely circulated and understood ideas or ideals.

Commonly found as

quintessential example
With all of its towering skyscrapers and speedy, efficient transportation, Tokyo is the quintessential example of a modern city.
quintessential symbol
The writer chose an image of cotton candy for her book cover because she considered it a quintessential symbol of childhood.

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