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Wednesday, November 03, 2021

synonym for start

instigate

verb [ in-sti-geyt ]

instigate is another word for start

Both words refer to setting something going or putting it in motion. Start has a wider range of usage. We can say someone starts a car, starts a club, or starts an argument. Instigate, which derives from a Latin root meaning “to prick” or “to goad,” refers to prompting a human activity by urging or spurring it on. The object of instigate is usually an act of aggression or hostility (instigated a riot; instigated a war), so the word tends to have a negative connotation. However, instigating change is one common and more positive use, and both instigating a project and instigating a discussion are also fairly common and less negative.

Commonly found as

instigate change
After our campaign to improve the quality of our drinking water, we had learned that we could instigate change ourselves and make a significant difference to the health of our community.
instigate war
No one would have cared who instigated the pillow war if we hadn’t left casualties in the form of broken figurines scattered across the floor.

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Tuesday, November 02, 2021

synonym for end

culminate

verb [ kuhl-muh-neyt ]

culminate is another word for end

Both words refer to arriving at the final point or stage of something. When a movie ends, it’s over. The sense of end we’re concerned with here can stand alone, as in the example above, or it can be followed by a prepositional phrase stating how something ended: The scene ends with a fade-out. Culminate works as a strong synonym for end in cases like this because it’s normally followed by the preposition “in,” or sometimes “with.” Culminating with a fade-out could be a bit self-contradictory, however, because culminate, which comes from a Latin word for “top” or “peak,” suggests ending at a high, ultimate, or conclusive point: This nail-biting scene culminates in a shocking revelation.

Commonly found as

event(s) + culminate
The two-day event will culminate in an awards ceremony on the lakefront.
eventually culminate
The musician’s long period of seclusion eventually culminated in a burst of composing and recording.

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Monday, November 01, 2021

synonym for threat

menace

noun [ men-is ]

menace is another word for threat

Both words refer to someone or something that poses a danger to us. A threat in this sense is not the verbal warning (Is that a threat?), but something that jeopardizes, or could jeopardize, life, peace, health, or other desirable conditions currently intact: a threat to national security. Menace can be a strong synonym for threat, when the harm is imminent or even already occurring, as with the menace of crime, corruption, pollution, and stray dogs.The difference in meaning can be seen in the verbs that typically precede each word. We want to eliminate a threat before the harm comes to pass, but a menace already has a troubling presence we tackle, curb, deal with, or eradicate. Gang culture is a threat to the community, whereas the presence of gangs has become or is a menace.

Commonly found as

menace + crime
One neighborhood’s approach to dealing with the menace presented by drug-related crime has been hailed as a model for communities across the nation.
become a menace
Feral cats have become a menace in Australia, where they are estimated to kill as many as 75 million native mammals, reptiles, and birds each day.

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