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Monday, August 16, 2021


jettison is a synonym of discard

verb [ jet-uh-suhn, -zuhn ]

jettison is another word for discard

Heave ho! Discard and jettison both refer to getting rid of things that we don’t want or need. When it’s not a card game move, discard usually refers to throwing something away, as when a recipe instructs us to remove the stems and discard. Jettison is a strong synonym for discard, especially when describing getting rid of things that have value for the sake of making progress on something. Literally, jettison means to cast cargo overboard in order to lighten the load of a ship (and subsequently an air- or spacecraft): They jettisoned the lunar module to prepare for descent. By extension it also can mean to offload any type of obstacle that is impeding success, including ideas and practices. As a manager, you may have to jettison the notion that you will be able to please everyone.

Commonly found as

jettison + principle
When he realized that half the members wanted to modify what for him was the core of his proposal, he jettisoned the principle of cooperation and pulled rank to push his plan through.
jettison + baggage
The pilot knew that if he didn’t jettison the baggage, the plane would run out of fuel and have to land in treacherous mountain terrain.

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Sunday, August 15, 2021


auspicious is a synonym of promising

adjective [ aw-spish-uhs ]

auspicious is another word for promising

Promising and auspicious are used to describe a thing or person with qualities that lead us to expect they will turn out favorably. A promising first draft possesses elements that, if developed, will constitute a good paper, and people have high hopes for a promising young man or woman. The optimal time to be promising is, of course, at the start (a vacation off to a promising start). Auspicious start is also common usage, and can be used synonymously. Strictly, however, auspicious means “boding well,” as if foretold by an omen. An auspicious sign bodes well for something or someone. Auspicious is frequently used to describe times: an auspicious occasion, day, or moment. Here it suggests that the outcome of something is lucky, well-timed, or favorable at that time. In usage, the meaning of auspicious varies between "promising" and “favorable for.”

Commonly found as

most auspicious
Traditionally, in China, the calendar can be used to calculate the most auspicious days that year for everything from buying gold to getting married.
auspicious beginning
The major company’s offer to partner with ours was an auspicious beginning for our fledgling enterprise.

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Saturday, August 14, 2021


bestow is a synonym of give

verb [ bih-stoh ]

bestow is another word for give

Give and bestow refer to presenting something voluntarily to someone, without expecting anything in return. This is the primary definition of give, which we use with “gift” and “present,” or the specific item given (I’m giving her a bike for her birthday). Bestow is very similar to give in the action it denotes, but it is generally used for intangible or unspecified treasures that can’t be bought, such as blessings, honor, grace, gifts, wealth, title, or authority, which are bestowed on or upon someone, often by someone in a high position–God is frequently the subject of bestow. Bestow is an elevated, formal term which can have a ceremonial feel of past eras, but you will encounter it adding nuance to more ordinary acts (bestowed a kiss on his cheek, bestowed a radiant smile upon her guests).

Commonly found as

bestow honor
I am proud to bestow this honor so richly deserved on Bowser, a military working dog who has been sniffing out explosives and saving lives for 10 years.
god + bestow
In Greek mythology, the god Apollo first bestowed the gift of prophecy on Cassandra, and then laid a curse on her–that she would never be believed.

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