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Monday, September 07, 2020


strive is a synonym of work

verb [ strahyv ]

strive is another word for work

To strive is to exert oneself vigorously or to try hard. When we strive for something, such as excellence or success, we are making strenuous efforts toward that goal. This verb emphasizes a tireless determination; after all, excellence and success are not easily attained. It also suggests a degree of strife, reflecting earlier, more outwardly oppositional uses of strive to mean “to rival,” “to compete,” and “to struggle vigorously, as in opposition or battle.”

Commonly found as

strive for excellence
The teacher instilled a love of learning in her students, and she encouraged them to strive for excellence in all they do.
strive to achieve
The scholar understood the historical document to be an expression of ideals that we should all strive to achieve.

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Sunday, September 06, 2020


complimentary is a synonym of free

adjective [ kom-pluh-men-tuh-ree, -tree ]

complimentary is another word for free

If something is provided without a charge or payment, then it is free. If it is offered as a gift or courtesy, it is complimentary. Politeness is at the heart of this adjective, which also means “expressing a compliment, often one that is politely flattering.” Politeness or courtesy is also at the heart of the hospitality industry, where one is likely to encounter complimentary items, such as a complimentary breakfast or complimentary Wi-Fi. Forgoing a few syllables, a particularly lucky hotel guest might also experience a meal or service being comped, or provided free of charge.

Commonly found as

enjoy complimentary
On arrival at the hotel, the two friends enjoyed complimentary refreshments in the lounge.
complimentary access
As part of a marketing promotion, subscribers to the magazine were granted complimentary access to a suite of additional titles.

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Saturday, September 05, 2020


finalize is a synonym of complete

verb [ fahyn-l-ahyz ]

finalize is another word for complete

The verb finalize is close in meaning to the verb complete—both deal with finishing something. But complete is more likely to be used in discussion of tasks or steps, such as completing a job application or an essay for school. Finalize occurs more in discussion of protracted engagements, such as long business negotiations or a divorce. Note that finalize draws the ire of some stylists, along with other -ize verbs such as prioritize—so perhaps avoid this term in your next ode or sonnet! But rest assured, dear scribes, finalize is widely used in speech and writing.

Commonly found as

finalize a deal, finalize an agreement
The executives finalized a deal that was beneficial to their stockholders.
not yet finalized
The city has not yet finalized its plan for an expanded network of bike paths.

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