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Tuesday, September 08, 2020

synonym for goal

intention

noun [ in-ten-shuhn ]

intention is another word for goal

A goal is an achievement toward which effort is directed, such as getting into a certain college or running a marathon. An intention is what one means or hopes to accomplish or carry out. It is close to a plan, emphasizing what is held the mind as motivation or purpose. Sometimes, however, the word is meant to highlight distance between what is planned or wished for and what is put into action, as in the case of good intentions that fall short of producing an outcome.

Commonly found as

announce + intention
The company announced its intention to go carbon neutral by 2035.
sole intention
The filmmaker’s sole intention was to raise awareness about global food insecurity; he was not interested in accolades.

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Monday, September 07, 2020

synonym for work

strive

verb [ strahyv ]

strive is another word for work

To strive is to exert oneself vigorously or to try hard. When we strive for something, such as excellence or success, we are making strenuous efforts toward that goal. This verb emphasizes a tireless determination; after all, excellence and success are not easily attained. It also suggests a degree of strife, reflecting earlier, more outwardly oppositional uses of strive to mean “to rival,” “to compete,” and “to struggle vigorously, as in opposition or battle.”

Commonly found as

strive for excellence
The teacher instilled a love of learning in her students, and she encouraged them to strive for excellence in all they do.
strive to achieve
The scholar understood the historical document to be an expression of ideals that we should all strive to achieve.

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Sunday, September 06, 2020

synonym for free

complimentary

adjective [ kom-pluh-men-tuh-ree, -tree ]

complimentary is another word for free

If something is provided without a charge or payment, then it is free. If it is offered as a gift or courtesy, it is complimentary. Politeness is at the heart of this adjective, which also means “expressing a compliment, often one that is politely flattering.” Politeness or courtesy is also at the heart of the hospitality industry, where one is likely to encounter complimentary items, such as a complimentary breakfast or complimentary Wi-Fi. Forgoing a few syllables, a particularly lucky hotel guest might also experience a meal or service being comped, or provided free of charge.

Commonly found as

enjoy complimentary
On arrival at the hotel, the two friends enjoyed complimentary refreshments in the lounge.
complimentary access
As part of a marketing promotion, subscribers to the magazine were granted complimentary access to a suite of additional titles.

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Saturday, September 05, 2020

synonym for complete

finalize

verb [ fahyn-l-ahyz ]

finalize is another word for complete

The verb finalize is close in meaning to the verb complete—both deal with finishing something. But complete is more likely to be used in discussion of tasks or steps, such as completing a job application or an essay for school. Finalize occurs more in discussion of protracted engagements, such as long business negotiations or a divorce. Note that finalize draws the ire of some stylists, along with other -ize verbs such as prioritize—so perhaps avoid this term in your next ode or sonnet! But rest assured, dear scribes, finalize is widely used in speech and writing.

Commonly found as

finalize a deal, finalize an agreement
The executives finalized a deal that was beneficial to their stockholders.
not yet finalized
The city has not yet finalized its plan for an expanded network of bike paths.

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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.

Commonly found as

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.

Commonly found as

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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