|Accentuate||1. 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
|Epitomize||Embody the essential characteristics of or be a typical example of||Typify, embody, personify, symbolize, stand for, represent|
|Burgeon||1. 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|
|Imbue||1. 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”)|
|Galvanize||1. 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|
|Mitigate||1. 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|
|Excise||1. To expunge, as a passage or sentence, from a text.|
2. Remove by cutting
3. Levy an excise tax on
|Expunge, cut out, expurgate|
|Engender||1. To produce, cause, or give rise to: Hatred engenders violence.|
2. To beget; procreate.
|breed, spawn, engender, sire, generate, bring forth|
|Harry||1. 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|
|Catapult||1. 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|
|Obtrude||1. 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|
|Transfix||1. 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|
|Efface||1. 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|
|Appropriate||1. 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