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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.

Commonly found as

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.

Commonly found as

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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Friday, August 28, 2020

synonym for demonstrate

manifest

verb [ man-uh-fest ]

manifest is another word for demonstrate

The verb manifest means “to make clear or evident” or “to show plainly.” Things manifested—such as feelings, intentions, or conditions—are typically made apparent through actions or behaviors. For instance, anxiety might manifest itself in an inability to sleep. Or, more pleasantly, a friend might manifest or show approval of something with a hearty laugh.

Commonly found as

manifest itself
His kindness manifests itself in attentive care for his neighbors.
stress manifests
Stress manifests itself in the body in many ways.

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Thursday, August 27, 2020

synonym for change

modification

noun [ mod-uh-fi-key-shuhn ]

modification is another word for change

A modification is a partial alteration or adjustment. This word works as a synonym for the noun change when talking about relatively small changes—or modifications—that leave the fundamental nature of a thing intact. For instance, we make modifications to our behavior, lifestyle, or diet, when we want to alter but not completely overhaul these areas of our lives. Similarly, modifications may be made to rules, loans, or contracts to make them more lenient or feasible while preserving the essentials.

Commonly found as

slight modification
The friends made a slight modification to the rules of the game to allow for more players.
require modification
Making the trail safe for bikes, scooters, and pedestrians would require a number of modifications.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

synonym for learn

ascertain

verb [ as-er-teyn ]

ascertain is another word for learn

To ascertain something is to determine it with certainty. That’s right, the key idea of ascertain is right there in the word itself: certain(ty). Contrasted with the verb learn, which can imply knowledge come upon without much effort (I just learned the show was canceled), ascertain suggests deliberate steps taken to confirm or verify the truth or particulars of a matter. Perhaps because certainty is harder to come by, we commonly find ascertain used in constructions that showcase its absence, as in long-term effects that are difficult to ascertain.

Commonly found as

difficult to ascertain
The extent of damage was difficult to ascertain because of limited access to the area.
ascertain whether
The purpose of the survey was to ascertain whether the ad campaign had changed anyone's mind.

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