Synonym of the day

Synonym of the day


vigilant is a synonym of alert

adjective [ vij-uh-luhnt ]

vigilant is another word for alert

Both words refer to being keenly aware and attentive to one’s surroundings or the activity one is engaged in. Alert suggests being fully awake and aware and thus capable of quick perception and reaction: stay alert while driving; only alert readers noticed the error. Vigilant suggests a more consciously sustained watchfulness, for the purpose of detecting danger: we must remain vigilant until the threat has passed. It commonly modifies citizens, neighbors, and guards, as well as processes like enforcement, monitoring, and oversight.

Commonly found as

vigilant neighbors
Vigilant neighbors can be annoying, but loss of a bit of privacy is a small price to pay for the safety of our families—and our property.
vigilant oversight
To avoid any more internationally embarrassing revelations, we need vigilant oversight of military spending.

See all synonyms for alert

Word of the Day
Double up on your daily dose of learning with a new word from our sister site.
See Today's Word
Synonym of the Day Calendar

Synonym of the day


adept is a synonym of skillful

adjective [ uh-dept ]

adept is another word for skillful

Skillful and adept refer to being very proficient at something requiring quickness or agility of body or mind, through natural ability, training, or practice. Skillful often, but by no means always, suggests physical adroitness and dexterity: skillful hands. It is often applied to a person in a defined role or to the activity done well: a skillful player; skillful performance. Adept is a strong synonym for skillful and will work much of the time. Adept is more often used to describe a person who is adept at doing or achieving something that may be very particular rather than expected in a certain occupation or profession: adept at identifying the right person for the part.

Commonly found as

prove + adept
We turned to Maria, who had proven herself adept at handling rivalries between colleagues.
adept at using
Kids are now adept at using their devices surreptitiously during class without being spotted.

See all synonyms for skillful

Synonym of the Day Calendar

Synonym of the day


poise is a synonym of grace

noun [ poiz ]

poise is another word for grace

Grace and poise refer to a pleasing quality of ease and self-control in the way a person moves, carries themselves, or conducts themselves. Grace suggests these qualities enhanced by elegance, dignity, or beauty: a catlike grace; withdraw with grace. Poise emphasizes composure, self-control, and calmness in deportment and manner, more than elegance or beauty. Many of the same verbs are used with poise as are used with “balance.” People lose, maintain, regain, and recover their poise in challenging situations. As a personal attribute, grace goes a little deeper, as it involves generally prized values, such as fairness and good temper, whereas poise is pleasant and admirable for being presentable and smooth.

Commonly found as

regain poise
He was caught off guard by a volley of overly personal questions from the host, but quickly regained his poise and no one saw him sweat.
confidence + poise
After reading her first performance review, the new teacher was relieved that she apparently presented herself with confidence and poise because she certainly hadn’t felt that way inside.

See all synonyms for grace

Synonym of the Day Calendar
Synonym of the Day Calendar