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Thursday, September 10, 2020


prevailing is a synonym of common

adjective [ pri-vey-ling ]

prevailing is another word for common

Something that is common is widespread or universal. Something that is prevailing is generally current and supersedes others of its kind. The key difference is the suggestion of predominance. For instance, a prevailing view on a matter is a view that has taken over or displaced other views. A prevailing fashion is one that has caught on and emerged as the most notable or influential at a particular time.

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prevailing view
The scientist’s findings challenged the prevailing view of how water arrived on the planet.
reflect the prevailing
The senator’s position on the matter reflects the prevailing opinion of her constituents.

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Wednesday, September 09, 2020


cultivate is a synonym of develop

verb [ kuhl-tuh-veyt ]

cultivate is another word for develop

To cultivate something is to tend to it and help it flourish. This verb is widely used to talk about tilling fields and growing crops. However, as a synonym for the more general verb develop, cultivate veers into metaphorical gardens: when we cultivate talents or skills, we refine them, perhaps with lessons or practice; when we cultivate relationships or friendships, we encourage and promote them; and when a celebrity cultivates an image, they are carefully crafting a public persona.

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cultivate relationship(s)
To grow her professional network, the illustrator decided to cultivate relationships with artists she admired.
carefully cultivate
The celebrity had carefully cultivated an image as a troublemaker, but he was far from it in real life.

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Tuesday, September 08, 2020


intention is a synonym of goal

noun [ in-ten-shuhn ]

intention is another word for goal

A goal is an achievement toward which effort is directed, such as getting into a certain college or running a marathon. An intention is what one means or hopes to accomplish or carry out. It is close to a plan, emphasizing what is held the mind as motivation or purpose. Sometimes, however, the word is meant to highlight distance between what is planned or wished for and what is put into action, as in the case of good intentions that fall short of producing an outcome.

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announce + intention
The company announced its intention to go carbon neutral by 2035.
sole intention
The filmmaker’s sole intention was to raise awareness about global food insecurity; he was not interested in accolades.

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