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Monday, March 22, 2021


quarrel is a synonym of disagree

verb [ kwawr-uhl, kwor- ]

quarrel is another word for disagree

The verbs disagree and quarrel are synonyms, but they don’t quite see eye to eye. Disagree is the general term used to talk about differences in opinion (three of the judges disagreed with the verdict) or simple lack of agreement between items (the conclusions disagree with the facts). Disagree can also be used to talk about items or conditions that cause physical discomfort (the oysters disagreed with her). But none of these level-headed meanings overlap exactly with quarrel. To quarrel is to disagree angrily or to squabble. This more vehement verb suggests an angry dispute or altercation, or a disagreement marked by a temporary or permanent break in friendly relations.

Commonly found as

quarrel bitterly
In the weeks leading up to the merger, the CEOs quarreled bitterly about the terms of their contract.
quarrel + fight
The couple was known to quarrel and fight at the slightest provocation.

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Sunday, March 21, 2021


negligible is a synonym of unimportant

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


burgeon is a synonym of sprout

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.

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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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