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Tuesday, July 07, 2020

synonym for show

reveal

verb [ ri-veel ]

reveal is another word for show

Today we're pulling back the veil on the difference between the verbs show and reveal. To show something is to make it visible or known. The verb reveal is very close in meaning, but implies an element of discovery: items that are revealed have, up to the point of revelation, been invisible or concealed. Reveal comes from Latin verb revēlāre meaning "to unveil." The Latin term offers helpful imagery: when someone reveals something, they are in a sense removing a covering, whether literal or figurative, to show what lies beneath. Reveal is often found with stealthy adjectives, such as secret and hidden.

Commonly found as

reveal the truth
In her paper, the scientist revealed the truth about neutrinos and their importance in the universe.
reveal hidden
The would-be heiress used a special pen to reveal hidden writing in the will, naming her as the main recipient of the deceased's property.

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Monday, July 06, 2020

synonym for big

colossal

adjective [ kuh-los-uhl ]

colossal is another word for big

If you're looking for a way to describe something as larger than life, try the storied adjective colossal. Colossal means "gigantic" or "extraordinarily great in size, extent, or degree." It comes from the noun colossus, "a statue of gigantic size," which is most often used in reference to the legendary bronze statue of the sun god Helios in the ancient Greek city of Rhodes. This statue stood approximately 105 feet tall and was among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Less than sixty years after its completion, the statue collapsed in an earthquake. While the adjective colossal is occasionally used in happy contexts, the term seems to have carried some of that early wreckage into modern use. You'll most often find colossal describing failures, mistakes, and losses.

Commonly found as

colossal waste of time
Worrying about, but not planning for something before it happens is a colossal waste of time.
colossal failure, colossal loss
The policy caused more problems than it fixed; it was a colossal failure.

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Sunday, July 05, 2020

synonym for create

devise

verb [ dih-vahyz ]

devise is another word for create

The verb create, at its most general, means to bring something into being. To devise something is to plan it or think it up. The main action of devise occurs in the mind. An economist may devise a plan or a strategy, for instance, with the goal of creating jobs or wealth. In some older uses, devise carried nefarious and deceptive undertones, as in "The conspirators devised the downfall of the ruler." Nowadays, devise is more neutral, though it may still have a plot or two up its sleeve.

Commonly found as

devise a strategy
The CEO carefully devised a strategy to sustain their operations through the new year.
devise and implement
The governor devised and implemented an ingenious plan that would provide all the necessary equipment to the service workers.

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Saturday, July 04, 2020

synonym for strong

resilient

adjective [ ri-zil-yuhnt, -zil-ee-uhnt ]

resilient is another word for strong

The word resilient is used to talk about a particular kind of strength. When used to describe objects or materials, resilient means "returning to original form after being bent or stretched." In discussion of people, resilient conveys a buoyancy in the face of hardship or misfortune. A person who readily recovers or bounces back from adversity, illness, depression, or other types of difficult circumstances may be described as resilient. More commonly, resilient is used in discussion of systems and organizations, such as economies, communities, and cities, and increasingly, we see resilient in the descriptor phrase climate resilient, signifying the readiness and capability of systems and organizations to adapt to changing climate conditions.

Commonly found as

resilient communities, resilient economy
In light of recent events, regional governments are focused on building resilient communities that can withstand natural disasters and are willing to embrace new sustainable economies.
strong and resilient
Having successfully dealt with many hardships before, the strong and resilient city had plans in place so that it could prosper again after adversity.

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Friday, July 03, 2020

synonym for help

bolster

verb [ bohl-ster ]

bolster is another word for help

Help comes in many different forms. To bolster something is "to add to, support, or uphold" that thing. The verb comes from the noun bolster, a cushion or pillow. The idea of cushioning, propping up, or giving a boost is central to the verb. However, while this noun bolster is most likely to prop up a person, the verb bolster is more commonly found in discussion of concepts and ideas. For example, you might bolster a case or an argument, or bolster a friend's confidence. Similarly, internet companies will seek to bolster their traffic, and government agencies strive to bolster the economy.

Commonly found as

bolster the case
The prosecutor sought to bolster the case by bringing in DNA evidence that clearly linked the defendant to the scene of the crime.
seek to bolster, aim to bolster
The military general aimed to bolster the ranks by enlisting soldiers who were older than had been allowed before.

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Thursday, July 02, 2020

synonym for sad

bitter

adjective [ bit-er ]

bitter is another word for sad

The most general feeling of sorrow or unhappiness can be captured with the adjective sad. The word bitter, on the other hand, describes a more pointed feeling, often one of disappointment, sharpened by resentment, hostility, or cynicism. A bitter sorrow is one that is deeply grievous or hard to bear. A bitter lesson is one that is hard to accept. And bitter rivals are competitors whose relationship is marked by intense antagonism or hostility. In all of these, you can find traces of bitter's earliest sense in English: "having a harsh or disagreeable taste."

Commonly found as

bitter and angry
The flight attendant became increasingly bitter and angry each time he learned he had been passed over for a promotion.
bitter rivals, bitter pill, bitter truth
After a long divorce trial, the couple finally accepted the bitter truth that they were not meant for each other.

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Wednesday, July 01, 2020

synonym for happy

jubilant

adjective [ joo-buh-luhnt ]

jubilant is another word for happy

To be jubilant is to show great joy or triumph. Contrasted with the word happy, which conveys delight but not necessarily to a high (or noisy) degree, jubilant shouts its elation from the rooftops. It comes from the Latin verb jūbilāre meaning "to shout, whoop," and fittingly, you're most likely to find it describing the mood or manner of people gathered in celebration, or with something to "whoop" about, as a success or victory.

Commonly found as

jubilant crowd, jubilant supporters, jubilant mood
At the end of the graduation ceremony, the jubilant crowd of family members were on their feet, congratulating the recent graduates and hugging each other enthusiastically.
excited and jubilant, loud and jubilant
After the leader finished her speech, the supporters gave a loud and jubilant cheer.

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