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train is a synonym of prepare

verb [ treyn ]

train is another word for prepare

Prepare refers to getting yourself or something ready (prepare the table for dinner; prepare for a presentation), but also to getting someone else ready for something (We prepared them for the news).

Train refers to working at something through disciplined practice in order to become good at it, or helping someone else become good at something (train for the tennis match; They had to train him on the new database).

Train implies a longer period of instruction than prepare, and suggests that the person doing the training is in a leadership role.

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diminish is a synonym of decrease

verb [ dih-min-ish ]

diminish is another word for decrease

Decrease refers to something getting smaller or lesser in number, generally at a steady pace over time (The swelling slowly decreased; The number of students taking languages kept decreasing).

Diminish refers to something getting smaller, too, but because something is being taken away or is fading (Pollution diminished the beauty of the old city over the years).

Decrease suggests that the cause is inherent to the thing, or that there is some unknown cause for the lessening (The size of the cloud rapidly decreased).

Diminish suggests that the cause is external, and implies something has been subtracted from a whole (Frustration diminished her desire to keep up with the sport).

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directly is a synonym of immediately

adverb [ dih-rekt-lee, dahy- ]

directly is another word for immediately

Immediately is the best word to use when you mean at once, or with no delay (I’ll do that immediately).

Directly is the best word to use when you mean very soon (I’ll be there directly).

Immediately suggests that there’s no significant passing of time (When the thunderstorm hit, they changed their beach plans immediately). Sometimes it can be used in a slightly metaphorical sense, to suggest a very slight, or smaller than expected, passage of time.

Directly is a slightly old-fashioned word, and generally suggests that something happens or is done as soon as the present thing is over (I followed him directly).

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