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Saturday, August 29, 2020

synonym for fake

spurious

adjective [ spyoor-ee-uhs ]

spurious is another word for fake

Something that is spurious is not genuine, authentic, or true. The particular brand of falsehood implied by this slippery adjective depends on what it is describing. When describing objects, such as an artifact or a document, spurious means counterfeit or forged. When describing accusations or claims, spurious veers more toward deliberately misleading or insincere. And when applied to reasoning, as in a spurious argument or spurious correlations, spurious means something closer to faulty or flawed.

Commonly found as

spurious claim
He kept repeating the spurious claim that her dog attacked him. The truth was that her dog had been away at the vet.
entirely spurious
The former employee claims that he was dismissed on entirely spurious grounds.

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Friday, August 28, 2020

synonym for demonstrate

manifest

verb [ man-uh-fest ]

manifest is another word for demonstrate

The verb manifest means “to make clear or evident” or “to show plainly.” Things manifested—such as feelings, intentions, or conditions—are typically made apparent through actions or behaviors. For instance, anxiety might manifest itself in an inability to sleep. Or, more pleasantly, a friend might manifest or show approval of something with a hearty laugh.

Commonly found as

manifest itself
His kindness manifests itself in attentive care for his neighbors.
stress manifests
Stress manifests itself in the body in many ways.

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Thursday, August 27, 2020

synonym for change

modification

noun [ mod-uh-fi-key-shuhn ]

modification is another word for change

A modification is a partial alteration or adjustment. This word works as a synonym for the noun change when talking about relatively small changes—or modifications—that leave the fundamental nature of a thing intact. For instance, we make modifications to our behavior, lifestyle, or diet, when we want to alter but not completely overhaul these areas of our lives. Similarly, modifications may be made to rules, loans, or contracts to make them more lenient or feasible while preserving the essentials.

Commonly found as

slight modification
The friends made a slight modification to the rules of the game to allow for more players.
require modification
Making the trail safe for bikes, scooters, and pedestrians would require a number of modifications.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

synonym for learn

ascertain

verb [ as-er-teyn ]

ascertain is another word for learn

To ascertain something is to determine it with certainty. That’s right, the key idea of ascertain is right there in the word itself: certain(ty). Contrasted with the verb learn, which can imply knowledge come upon without much effort (I just learned the show was canceled), ascertain suggests deliberate steps taken to confirm or verify the truth or particulars of a matter. Perhaps because certainty is harder to come by, we commonly find ascertain used in constructions that showcase its absence, as in long-term effects that are difficult to ascertain.

Commonly found as

difficult to ascertain
The extent of damage was difficult to ascertain because of limited access to the area.
ascertain whether
The purpose of the survey was to ascertain whether the ad campaign had changed anyone's mind.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

synonym for hard

arduous

adjective [ ahr-joo-uhs ]

arduous is another word for hard

To call something arduous is to emphasize how much labor or effort it requires, or to call attention to how time consuming and tedious it is. An arduous task, for instance, is one that takes a long time to complete and is generally unpleasant to perform. An arduous journey is one that presents many perils and difficulties and requires great perseverance.

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long and arduous
The trek to the summit was extremely long and arduous.
arduous task
She missed many things about living in a colder climate, but not the arduous task of shoveling snow.

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Monday, August 24, 2020

synonym for consider

contemplate

verb [ kon-tuhm-pleyt, -tem- ]

contemplate is another word for consider

To consider something is to think about it, especially in order to make a decision. To contemplate something is to give it continued attention in a calm, reflective manner. This verb suggests an internal gazing or meditative state similar to the verbs muse and ponder. While the act of contemplation may certainly inform decisions, the verb often wanders free, untethered to aims or outcomes.

Commonly found as

contemplate + future
The two high school seniors lay on the grass and contemplated their future as they gazed at the stars.
seriously contemplate
The city planner took time to seriously contemplate the challenges of climate change.

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Sunday, August 23, 2020

synonym for argue

contend

verb [ kuhn-tend ]

contend is another word for argue

To contend is to earnestly dispute or strive in debate. It is to assert your position or beliefs in a determined and perhaps even competitive manner. This term is commonly used in legal contexts, for instance, to talk about the assertions that lawyers, defendants, and plaintiffs make in a case. One of the most common uses of this verb, however, deviates from this meaning slightly: to contend with something, as in families contending with remote learning, is to grapple with it—not dispute it.

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critics contend
Critics of the company contend it acted illegally.
contend that
Experts contend that the measures helped to flatten the curve.

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