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Sunday, March 21, 2021

synonym for unimportant

negligible

adjective [ neg-li-juh-buhl ]

negligible is another word for unimportant

Something that is unimportant lacks significance or value. Unimportant details in a movie, for instance, add little to the story. Something that is negligible is so small, trifling, or unimportant that it may safely be neglected or disregarded. Negligible carries no positive or negative force on its own; when it describes something undesirable, like damage, negligible can come as a relief: The couple was relieved to learn that water damage to their home was negligible. But when it is describing something more desirable, like financial growth, negligible can connote disappointment: Much to the chagrin of investors, the company’s growth in the last year was negligible.

Commonly found as

negligible effect
The environmental report explained that the recent drop in emissions would have a negligible effect on climate change.
negligible compared to
The two songwriters shared credit on the album, but the contributions of one were negligible compared to the prolific output of the other.

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Saturday, March 20, 2021

synonym for sprout

burgeon

verb [ bur-juhn ]

burgeon is another word for sprout

When plants sprout, they begin to grow, or they put forth buds or shoots. Another way to talk about this early stage of growth is with the verb burgeon, which is defined as “to begin to grow, as a bud” or “to put forth buds, shoots, etc.” These meanings are very close, but like two tendrils striving for their own spot in the sun, sprout and burgeon have, over time, established their own semantic territories, with sprout being the preferred term for all things plant-based, and burgeon taking on a life of its own as the go-to verb for talking about people, places, and things that are growing or developing quickly, or that are flourishing—a sense that is more synonymous with the verbs thrive, flourish, and blossom.

Commonly found as

burgeon forth
The fruit trees burgeoned forth with beautiful and fragrant blossoms.
burgeon into
The young man burgeoned into a fine actor.

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Friday, March 19, 2021

synonym for instill

inculcate

verb [ in-kuhl-keyt, in-kuhl-keyt ]

inculcate is another word for instill

To instill something is to infuse it slowly or gradually into the mind or feelings of another. This verb is usually used of desirable qualities such as a sense of humility or self-confidence. To inculcate something, such as a particular value or principle, is to implant it by repeated statement or admonition, or, to teach it persistently and earnestly. Both of these verbs deal with imparting information or ideas to an individual or group of people, but instill takes a slow, gradual, drip-by-drip approach. Inculcate, on the other hand, goes the more direct and forceful route. You see, inculcate comes from the Latin verb inculcāre meaning “to trample, impress, stuff in,” which sheds light on the occasional (though now obsolete) use of this imposing verb to mean “to tread upon” or “to trample.”

Commonly found as

inculcate + values
The teacher inculcated important values in her students that she hoped set them up for success.
designed to inculcate
The company retreat was designed to inculcate a culture of transparency, innovation, and trust.

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