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Friday, September 04, 2020

synonym for absurd

incongruous

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.

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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

synonym for determine

verify

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.

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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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Wednesday, September 02, 2020

synonym for creative

innovative

adjective [ in-uh-vey-tiv ]

innovative is another word for creative

The adjective innovative emphasizes the introduction of something new. It is similar to the adjective creative insofar as it deals with originality, but innovative is far less likely to describe artistic endeavors, such as painting or writing. It is more at home in the world of technology and business-oriented problem solving, likely influenced by commercially oriented uses of the noun innovation to refer to new products introduced on the market, or the act of introducing new products.

Commonly found as

innovative solutions
The manager urged his team to come up with more innovative solutions to the complex problems of data security.
develop + innovative
The organization developed an innovative tool for communicating essential information in a timely manner.

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Tuesday, September 01, 2020

synonym for start

launch

verb [ lawnch, lahnch ]

launch is another word for start

The verbs start and launch are both used to talk about setting something into motion, but launch implies movement of a bolder or more sudden nature. Material objects that are launched (rockets, missiles) are sent out with some force. This sense of blasting or bursting forth is carried over into the launching of things immaterial, such as campaigns, initiatives, or careers. Additionally, a person who launches into speech or action plunges right in, again suggesting a boldness or forcefulness that would be lost if they were to start to speak instead.

Commonly found as

officially launch
The technology company plans to officially launch its new music application online this month.
launch a campaign
The documentarian launched a campaign to raise funds for her next project.

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Monday, August 31, 2020

synonym for establish

enact

verb [ en-akt ]

enact is another word for establish

The verb establish implies making something new more stable and enduring. The verb enact also creates permanence, but it does so primarily via legislation. To enact something is to make it into law—in fact, bills introduced by Congress begin with the phrase “Be it enacted.” Drawing on a different sense of act, enact can also mean to represent on or as on the stage, as in a performer who is enacting Hamlet. But in the saga of the English language, this sense plays merely a supporting role.

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enact laws, enact policies
The state lawmakers enacted new laws to combat voter suppression.
Congress enact
Congress enacted almost 450 public laws in the two-year time period.

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Sunday, August 30, 2020

synonym for get

obtain

verb [ uhb-teyn ]

obtain is another word for get

The verbs get and obtain both imply gaining possession of something. But obtain suggests more effort toward that end. For instance, you might hear of information or permission being obtained after having been sought out or requested. This is not always the case with the verb get, which sometimes implies no effort. For instance, that lucky friend who will get the perfect birthday present from you may be blissfully unaware of how difficult it was to obtain!

Commonly found as

obtain information
The hackers obtained information that could be leveraged against the company.
illegally obtained
The lawyer argued that the evidence against his client was illegally obtained.

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Saturday, August 29, 2020

synonym for fake

spurious

adjective [ spyoor-ee-uhs ]

spurious is another word for fake

Something that is spurious is not genuine, authentic, or true. The particular brand of falsehood implied by this slippery adjective depends on what it is describing. When describing objects, such as an artifact or a document, spurious means counterfeit or forged. When describing accusations or claims, spurious veers more toward deliberately misleading or insincere. And when applied to reasoning, as in a spurious argument or spurious correlations, spurious means something closer to faulty or flawed.

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spurious claim
He kept repeating the spurious claim that her dog attacked him. The truth was that her dog had been away at the vet.
entirely spurious
The former employee claims that he was dismissed on entirely spurious grounds.

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