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overcome is a synonym of defeat

verb [ oh-ver-kuhm ]

overcome is another word for defeat

Defeat is the best word to use to refer to gaining advantage over someone or something, or frustrating someone’s plans (the knight’s quest to defeat the dragon).

Overcome is the best word to use to refer to surmounting difficulties and obstacles (You can overcome anything).

Defeat and overcome both refer to winning out over something. Defeat emphasizes a sense of battle. Overcome emphasizes the fact that you managed to win despite opposition (She defeated the challenger; You overcame your weaknesses).

Defeat is often used in the context of competition, elections, and contests (defeat the other team). Overcome can be used in the same contexts, especially when it was particularly hard to win (overcome a weak start).

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devote is a synonym of dedicate

verb [ dih-voht ]

devote is another word for dedicate

Dedicate means to commit a large amount of your time or energy to something or someone, in a particularly earnest and intentional way (He dedicated his time to helping his mother get better).

Devote also means committing your time and energy to someone or something, but it is a bit more general than dedicate (I devote myself to my sewing).

Dedicate and devote can both refer to a relationship of love and friendship, where someone happily gives their time and attention to making someone else feel supported and contented, especially over a long period of time (She’s dedicated to him; He’s devoted to his friend).

Devote can also suggest religious purpose, just as dedicate can suggest ethical or moral intention.

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wholesome is a synonym of healthful

adjective [ hohl-suhm ]

wholesome is another word for healthful

Healthful is the best word to describe something that is good for your health, especially your physical health (a healthful lifestyle; a healthful amount of exercise).

Wholesome is the best word to describe something that is good for you in general, whether it affects your physical, mental, or social health (a wholesome routine; a wholesome meal).

Wholesome is broader than healthful in that it can be used to describe anything supposedly morally good for you (wholesome family fun; wholesome values).

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