Synonym of the day

Synonym of the day

Monday, April 05, 2021

synonym for dull

lackluster

adjective [ lak-luhs-ter ]

lackluster is another word for dull

There’s never a dull moment when it comes to the English language—not even when reviewing the adjective dull. This descriptor is used many different ways; in the example we just gave, dull means boring or uneventful. It can also mean tedious or uninteresting (a dull sermon), listless, not bright (a dull day) not sharp (as in a dull knife). The synonym lackluster has two meanings: lacking brilliance or radiance (lackluster eyes) and lacking liveliness, vitality, spirit, or enthusiasm (a lackluster performance). The earliest instance of lackluster comes courtesy of William Shakespeare in the comedy As You Like It: “And, looking on it with lackluster eye …” In modern usage, lackluster is often used to talk about things that are unimpressive or underwhelming.

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lackluster performance
The theater critic described the lackluster performance as uninspired and not worth the price of admission.
remain lackluster
The company saw a few bright spots early in the year, but overall demand for their products remained lackluster.

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Sunday, April 04, 2021

synonym for see

behold

verb [ bih-hohld ]

behold is another word for see

The verb see primarily refers to perceiving with the eyes. But it is a very general term with a wide range of uses: for example, when you see who’s at the door, you’re ascertaining or finding out who’s there. When you see the point of an argument, you’re understanding it or perceiving it mentally (not visually). Behold is used to talk about observing something, or giving it your full attention in order to see it completely—often with a degree of awe or appreciation. In this regard, behold is similar to the verb gaze: when you gaze upon something you’re looking at it steadily and intently, as with great curiosity, interest, pleasure, or wonder. Behold has a literary ring to it, and it is commonly used in religious texts. But look! see! Behold often appears as an interjection, especially in lo and behold, meaning “look! see!” a term of surprise frequently used in Biblical expressions.

Commonly found as

a sight to behold
The field of wildflowers in full bloom at the base of the mountain was a sight to behold, especially after such a long winter.
behold the power
After the students' letter-writing campaign proved successful, the teacher exclaimed gleefully, "Behold the power of language!"

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Saturday, April 03, 2021

synonym for make

fabricate

verb [ fab-ri-keyt ]

fabricate is another word for make

To make something is to bring it into existence by shaping or changing material or by combining parts. You can make a dress, or make a work of art—the possibilities are endless for this all-purpose verb! Fabricate moves us into industrial territory; this resourceful verb refers to making something by art or skill and labor, similar to the verbs construct and manufacture. More specifically, fabricate may refer to the forming of material, such as metal, into parts to be used in a finished product. In an immaterial sense, fabricate means “to devise or invent,” as a story or evidence.

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fabricate device
Rare metals were used to fabricate the device.
design + fabricate
A team of biomedical engineers designed and fabricated a new prosthetic leg for better shock absorption.

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