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Friday, August 14, 2020

synonym for small

minuscule

adjective [ min-uh-skyool, mi-nuhs-kyool ]

minuscule is another word for small

To call something minuscule is to emphasize how tiny or unimportant that thing is. While small effectively lets a reader know that an item is of limited size, minuscule adds greater specificity. Now about the spelling: it would be perfectly logical to presume that the u in minuscule is an interloper, and that the term should be spelled miniscule from mini- “of a small size.” The fact is, minuscule comes from the Latin word minus meaning “less,” so minuscule is the standard spelling. Even so, miniscule occurs with such frequency that some consider it a variant spelling.

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minuscule compared to
The budget they were working with was minuscule compared to the astronomical budget of their main competitor.
minuscule amount
They expected a deluge of donations, but only a minuscule amount trickled in.

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Thursday, August 13, 2020

synonym for cause

precipitate

verb [ verb pri-sip-i-teyt ]

precipitate is another word for cause

To cause something is to bring it about. To precipitate something is to accelerate its occurrence, or to bring it about prematurely, hastily, or suddenly. As you might expect, this verb is usually used to talk about undesirable or even perilous outcomes: crises, collapses, disasters, and downfalls are all things that are precipitated. On occasion, you’ll hear it used to discuss swift change that is favorable, but more often than not precipitate connotes a steep downward trajectory.

Commonly found as

precipitate a crisis
If two countries are at odds, then even a minor indiscretion could precipitate a crisis.
precipitated by
The financial collapse was precipitated by unsustainable lending practices.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

synonym for furthermore

moreover

adverb [ mawr-oh-ver, mohr-, mawr-oh-ver, mohr- ]

moreover is another word for furthermore

The terms furthermore and moreover are both transition words, meaning they help connect one idea to another. What's more, they both indicate something additional to what has already been stated. Moreover adds emphasis to the idea that came before it, usually introducing something particular or important (not an afterthought). But neither of these terms is commonly used in speech where shorter, less formal options do the trick.

Commonly found as

Moreover,
The census helps ensure the government has an accurate picture of the population. Moreover, it impacts funding for public services.
; moreover,
I did not like the house; moreover, it was too high-priced.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

synonym for improve

revamp

verb [ verb ree-vamp ]

revamp is another word for improve

To improve something is to make it more desirable in some way. To revamp something is to renovate, redo, or revise it. Revamp comes from the verb vamp, which in its earliest uses meant “to repair (a shoe or boot) with a new vamp.” The noun vamp here refers to the portion of a shoe or boot upper that covers the instep and toes. Revamp entered English with its own footprint, but the idea of making something old new remains central to its meaning.

Commonly found as

revamp + system
To improve conditions in public schools, the senator wanted to revamp the state tax system.
completely revamp
The chemistry department completely revamped its curriculum to better serve students in pharmacology.

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Monday, August 10, 2020

synonym for explore

scrutinize

verb [ skroot-n-ahyz ]

scrutinize is another word for explore

The verbs explore and scrutinize both mean “to examine,” but scrutinize implies doing so with a more critical eye. To scrutinize something is to inspect it methodically with very close attention to detail. Items that are commonly scrutinized, such as budgets, data, and applications, tend to be complex and consequential. Similarly, people seeking positions of rank and consequence, such as candidates for political office, may be subjected to scrutiny.

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carefully scrutinize, closely scrutinize
The investigators carefully scrutinized the company's internet security protocol in order to determine the cause of the data breach.
scrutinize detail
The vetting committee scrutinized every last detail of the candidate's background.

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Sunday, August 09, 2020

synonym for provide

furnish

verb [ fur-nish ]

furnish is another word for provide

The verbs provide and furnish both mean to make something available, but provide is the more general and far more prevalent term. Furnish suggests equipping someone (or a group of people) with needed or useful items or information for a specific task or purpose. Where furnish very notably diverges from provide is in its ability to pull a room together; furnish in this sense means “to supply (a house or room) with necessary furniture, carpets, appliances, etc.”

Commonly found as

furnish information, furnish details
Congress demanded the agency furnish information related to the investigation.
furnish + with
The manager furnished her employees with the equipment they needed to perform their work remotely.

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Saturday, August 08, 2020

synonym for development

advancement

noun [ ad-vans-muhnt, -vahns- ]

advancement is another word for development

The nouns development and advancement both deal with change. But advancement implies great forward progression, the kind that we might associate with significant leaps in research or understanding. This term is also widely used to talk about active furtherance of something, such as a cause, belief, or undertaking. For instance, an organization might be focused on the advancement of human rights or the advancement of democratic values. Advancement may also be used to refer to promotion in rank or standing, the kind of upward movement an employee might strive for at a workplace.

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technological advancements
Rapid technological advancements in the last 50 years have revolutionized the way we communicate.
advancement of knowledge
The professor believed academic freedom was fundamental to the advancement of knowledge. 

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