WordMeaningSynonyms
Accentuate1. To give emphasis or prominence to.

2. To mark or pronounce with an accent.

Play up, highlight, point out, underline, spotlight, stress, accent,
pronounce, articulate, enounce, sound out, enunciate, say
EpitomizeEmbody the essential characteristics of or be a typical example ofTypify, embody, personify, symbolize, stand for, represent
Burgeon1. To grow or develop quickly; flourish: The town burgeoned into a city. He burgeoned into a fine actor.

2. To begin to grow, as a bud; put forth buds, shoots, etc., as a plant (often fol. by out, forth).

Expand, augment, increase, germinate, mushroom proliferate
Imbue1. To impregnate or inspire, as with feelings, opinions, etc.: The new political leader was imbued with the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi.

2. To saturate or impregnate with moisture, color, etc.

permeate, pervade, penetrate, interpenetrate, diffuse, Riddle (This word has multiple meanings, one of them being: Spread or diffuse through “His campaign was riddled with accusations and personal attacks”)
penetrate, perforate
Galvanize1. To stimulate by or as if by a galvanic current.

2. Medicine/Medical. to stimulate or treat (muscles or nerves) with induced direct current

3. To startle into sudden activity; stimulate/startle.

4. To coat (metal, esp. iron or steel) with zinc.

shock, floor, ball over, blow out of the water, take aback, startle
Mitigate1. To lessen in force or intensity, as wrath, grief, harshness, or pain; moderate.

2. To make less severe: to mitigate a punishment.

3. To make (a person, one’s state of mind, disposition, etc.) milder or more gentle; mollify; appease.

extenuate, palliate, apologize, excuse, justify, rationalize, reduce, relieve, allay, tranquilize
Excise1. To expunge, as a passage or sentence, from a text.

2. Remove by cutting

3. Levy an excise tax on

Expunge, cut out, expurgate
Engender1. To produce, cause, or give rise to: Hatred engenders violence.

2. To beget; procreate.

breed, spawn, engender, sire, generate, bring forth
Harry1. To harass, annoy, or prove a nuisance to by or as if by repeated attacks; worry: He was harried by constant doubts

2. To ravage, as in war; devastate: The troops harried the countryside.

Pillage, harass, gnaw, badger, harass, hassle, annoy, rag, get to, bother, get at, irritate, rile, nark, nettle, gravel, vex, chafe, devil
Catapult1. Shoot forth or launch, as if from a catapult (A plaything consisting of a Y-shaped stick with elastic between the arms; used to propel small stones)

2. Hurl as if with a sling

Hurl, hurtle, propel, impel
Obtrude1. To thrust (something) forward or upon a person, esp. without warrant or invitation: to obtrude one’s opinions upon others.

2. To thrust forth; push out.

Stick out, jut, cut in, infringe, horn in, intrude, interfere
Transfix1. to render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe

2. pierce with a sharp stake or point

magnetize, beguile, mesmerize, enamour, entrance, capture, impale, spellbind, fascinate, enchant, enthrall, charm, catch, intrigue, bewitch, becharm, enamor, spike, empale
Efface1. remove completely from recognition or memory

2. make inconspicuous

3. remove by or as if by rubbing or erasing

rub out, score out, obliterate, wipe off, wipe out, erase, obscure, veil, blot out
Appropriate1. suitable for a particular person or place or condition etc

2. give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause

3. take possession of by force, as after an invasion

set aside, allow for, earmark

usurp, capture, conquer, beguile, impound, confiscate, get hold of, take over, arrogate, seize


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