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Monday, December 07, 2020

synonym for protect

safeguard

verb [ seyf-gahrd ]

safeguard is another word for protect

To safeguard something is to guard, protect, or secure it. Often this term suggests taking forceful measures to ensure something does or does not happen. As a result, the term conveys a degree of assurance that the safety of something is guaranteed. Safeguard is more likely to be used of ideas or concepts—immaterial things—than it is of property or physical objects. For instance, you’re more likely to hear of a leader or governing body taking measures to safeguard the rights of a specific group than to safeguard a wetland, the latter being better suited for use with the verb protect.

Commonly found as

safeguard the rights
The committee voted on a new resolution in order to safeguard the rights of all the employees, regardless of the number of years they had been working.
safeguard against
Although it is annoying to have to change passwords constantly, the extra security measures help to safeguard against identity theft.

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Sunday, December 06, 2020

synonym for confirm

corroborate

verb [ kuh-rob-uh-reyt ]

corroborate is another word for confirm

To corroborate something is to make more certain of it with evidence. In a courtroom, witnesses might be called to corroborate a story put forth by a defendant. Early findings in scientific research might be corroborated by additional scholarly work or laboratory results. More broadly, corroborate means “to strengthen”—and since this term's debut in English in the first half of the 16th century, it has been used to refer to strengthening or reinforcing things materially, to strengthening the health of things or people, and to strengthening a claim or statement.

Commonly found as

corroborate + story
His friends corroborated his story that he was far from the birthday cake when it got destroyed.
evidence to corroborate
The insurance company needed more evidence to corroborate her claim of not being at fault for the accident.

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Saturday, December 05, 2020

synonym for creation

brainchild

noun [ breyn-chahyld ]

brainchild is another word for creation

The noun brainchild is used to refer to a product of one’s creative work or thought (the child of one’s brain, of course!). This heady compound is used of events, campaigns, companies, or elaborate projects—or the animating idea behind them. Use of this term usually connotes a degree of admiration for something truly original, and is almost always used in the context of giving credit or attributing success to a certain creative individual. So where there is a brainchild, there is usually a "brain parent" mentioned nearby.

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brainchild of
The innovative app was the brainchild of a former mechanic.
project + brainchild
The project was the brainchild of a well-respected adjunct faculty member who saw the need for more dialogue on implicit bias in academia.

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Friday, December 04, 2020

synonym for nonstop

incessant

adjective [ in-ses-uhnt ]

incessant is another word for nonstop

Something that is incessant continues without interruption—and is more often than not a source of irritation! Incessant chatter near your workstation might disrupt your concentration; incessant whining in any circumstance might deplete your patience; and incessant demands, as from a boss or from any other source, might make you feel exhausted or taken for granted (or both!). When not used to describe undesirable situations such as these, you may find incessant used in a more neutral sense to describe continuous and unrelenting rainfall, or other weather events that carry on seemingly to no end.

Commonly found as

incessant demands
The coach's incessant demands were becoming too much for the star player to take.
loud and incessant
She knew she wasn't going to get any work done amid the loud and incessant barking from the dog next door.

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Thursday, December 03, 2020

synonym for stale

hackneyed

adjective [ hak-need ]

hackneyed is another word for stale

Something that is stale has lost freshness, such as a stale slice of bread, or has lost novelty or interest, such as a stale joke. That crusty old joke may also be described as hackneyed. Something that is hackneyed is commonplace or trite and worn out by overuse. This term is especially used of words, remarks, or styles of expression that are clichéd to the point of seeming lifeless and uninteresting. So synonym seekers beware: while it may be tempting to slather this adjective on a piece of stale bread, hackneyed simply doesn't make sense as a descriptor for brittle day-old baked goods!

Commonly found as

hackneyed phrase
In response to the reporter's earnest and important question, the lawyer muttered a hackneyed phrase: "It is what it is."
tired + hackneyed
Everyone saw her derogatory remarks about young people for what they were: tired and hackneyed stereotypes.

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Wednesday, December 02, 2020

synonym for soothe

allay

verb [ uh-ley ]

allay is another word for soothe

To allay something is to put it to rest or to quiet it. This sense of the word is mostly used to talk about laying to rest fear, doubt, suspicion, or anger, possibly by making the emotion seem unjustified. Allay is also used to talk about lessening or mitigating something, such as pain. Soothe is similar (an ointment can soothe sunburned skin, for instance). But a key difference is that soothe is sometimes used to talk about people (rather than their concerns or fears)—and in these cases, it may suggest tranquility and even comfort. A person might be soothed or comforted by a warm cup of tea, for instance, but not allayed.

Commonly found as

allay fears
The representative's grandiose speech did little to allay the fears of many constituents who were already facing financial ruin.
seek to allay
The CEO sought to allay concerns that he didn't take the matter of data security seriously.

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Tuesday, December 01, 2020

synonym for give

donate

verb [ doh-neyt, doh-neyt ]

donate is another word for give

The verb donate is more specific than give. You can give your payment info to a website or give advice to a friend, but the verb donate instantly suggests supporting a cause or offering help to those in need. To donate something is to present it as a gift, grant, or contribution. This generous verb can be used with or without an object (you can donate clothes or donate to the Red Cross), and is particular to American English.

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donate money
On Giving Tuesday, she donated a large sum of money to the local food bank.
donate or volunteer
The nonprofit put out a newsletter encouraging anyone interested in the cause to donate or volunteer, noting that both forms of help would go a long way.

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