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Friday, July 24, 2020

synonym for idea

notion

noun [ noh-shuhn ]

notion is another word for idea

An idea is a thought or conception, a product of mental activity. A notion is an idea in the most general sense, but the term usually suggests thoughts of more fleeting, vague, or imperfect kind. Whereas an idea can be something fairly worked out or elaborate, perhaps even a plan of action (The student has an idea for how to become an engineer), a notion is more like a whim or impulse—a flurry of thought that hasn't been seriously worked out. Perhaps this half-baked quality explains why notions are so often rejected, challenged, or dismissed! When used in the plural, notions can take on a whole new meaning: small items used in sewing, such as buttons, hooks, and ribbon. 

Commonly found as

reject the notion
He flatly rejects the notion that women are not as good with money as men.
popular notion, preconceived notion
The popular notion that polls accurately predict behavior was proving false.

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Thursday, July 23, 2020

synonym for similar

akin

adjective [ uh-kin ]

akin is another word for similar

Items or ideas that are similar have a likeness or resemblance, especially in a general way. The adjective akin suggests a closer affinity or shared nature. The primary meaning of akin is "related by blood," with the root word kin meaning "family relatives collectively" or "a relative." Akin doesn't always imply familial connection, but it does suggest a sameness of character or properties, as what might result from shared ancestry. Akin often shows up sentences that compare one experience, sensation, or feeling to another stronger or more intense feeling, as in "What he felt was akin to love."

Commonly found as

something akin to
Something akin to vertigo was troubling her.
manner akin to
His loquacious letter to his mother was written in a manner akin to a long-winded monologue.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

synonym for nice

cordial

adjective [ kawr-juhl ]

cordial is another word for nice

Without a doubt, nice is a well-liked adjective. So much so, that it's used almost to the point of cliché! When you are looking for something with a little more heart, try cordial. Cordial means courteous and gracious. It comes from the Latin noun cor meaning "heart." Cordial is commonly used to describe social interactions, as greetings and meetings. While it has cooled off a bit since its earliest uses in English, which emphasized a deeply heartfelt sincerity, it still conveys warmth and friendliness. When used to describe relations of a professional nature, it skews more toward the head than the heart, connoting politeness and civility.

Commonly found as

cordial relationship, cordial relations
The two maintained a cordial relationship, despite disagreeing about almost everything.
enjoy cordial
The travelers enjoyed a very cordial welcome in the small town, making it the most memorable stop on their journey.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

synonym for focus

concentrate

verb [ kon-suhn-treyt ]

concentrate is another word for focus

When it comes to attention and what we do with it, the verbs focus and concentrate are very close in meaning. So close, in fact, they are often used interchangeably! Any difference in the terms is slight, but in some uses, concentrate may imply a more involved action. Think of the act of concentrating, which involves close mental application. To concentrate on a problem, then, is to bring all efforts and faculties to bear on it. Both concentrate and focus deal with the idea of bringing things toward a point of convergence; where they notably diverge is in focus's foray into optics (to focus the lens of a camera) and concentrate's dabbling in chemistry (to concentrate a sauce by boiling it down), which gives concentrate an intensifying edge.

Commonly found as

hard to concentrate
Amid all the commotion and noise that her younger siblings were making, the student found it hard to concentrate on her homework.
concentrate on work
Unsure how to make his globetrotting dreams a reality, he opted to concentrate on work instead.

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Monday, July 20, 2020

synonym for angry

indignant

adjective [ in-dig-nuhnt ]

indignant is another word for angry

To be angry is to experience strong feelings of displeasure. To be indignant is to feel deep anger at something considered unjust or offensive. Indignation is righteous anger, or anger that is morally justified. Someone who is indignant perceives insult or injury to their own or someone else's dignity. The term carries traces of scorn and contempt, and sometimes implies sanctimonious disdain. This range in meaning helps to explain why you might see indignant with a modifier, such as rightly indignant, justly indignant, and genuinely indignant. 

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righteously indignant
She was righteously indignant at the injustices she saw taking place.
become indignant
He became indignant when his idea was dismissed as impractical.

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Sunday, July 19, 2020

synonym for group

bevy

noun [ bev-ee ]

bevy is another word for group

A group is a collection or assemblage of persons or things. When that number is on the larger side, the group may be called a bevy. Bevy's earliest use in English is as a collective noun for quail (behold, the bevy of quail!), similar to a covey of partridges. When in reference to people, bevy has historically described groups of women. While you will still encounter these specific uses, the word bevy has resisted being pigeonholed. The term is now widely used in a general sense to emphasize abundance in number, and can be found in reference to just about any type of assemblage or collection.

Commonly found as

bevy of stars
The televised fundraiser boasted a bevy of stars.
surrounded by a bevy
At her book signing, the author was surrounded by a bevy of admirers.

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Saturday, July 18, 2020

synonym for explain

expound

verb [ ik-spound ]

expound is another word for explain

To explain is to make clear something that is not known or understood. A parent might explain to a disbelieving child why they cannot have ice cream for dinner (no nutritional value!). To expound is to give a methodical, detailed, scholarly explanation of something. It is a more elaborate action, with a slightly performative or presentational sense. A professor might expound theories, doctrines, or philosophies with lengthy verbosity. Legal experts might expound a law, and religious scholars might expound Scripture. But we also find  it used humorously on occasion, in a slightly teasing or self-deprecating manner. While the use of expound with a preposition, as in expound on or expound upon, has some critics, pairings such as these have become increasingly common and are sure to be understood just fine.

Commonly found as

expound at length
In her wedding sermon, the officiant expounded at length on the significance of commitment.
expound a theory
My father loves to expound theories about what life will be like in the future.

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