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Argues that
Giving reasons for or against something
Articulates
Express oneself readily, clearly, and effectively
Asserts
State confidently
Challenges
To demand an explanation, justification, etc.
Characterizes
Describe the character (personality, traits) of someone
Clarifies
Make understandable
Compares
Examine two or more things for similarities and differences
Concludes
Reach an opinion after consideration
Confirms
Verify, make firmer
Connotes (cuh-NOTE)
To suggest or mean along with or in addition to the explicit meaning
Contradicts
State the contrary/opposite of something
Conveys
to communicate or express something, with or without using words
Defines
to describe something correctly and thoroughly, and to say what standards, limits, qualities etc it has that make it different from other things
Delineates
to describe or draw something carefully so that people can understand it
Demonstrates
to show or prove something clearly
Depicts
to describe something or someone in writing or speech, or to show them in a painting, picture etc
Describes
to say what something or someone is like by giving details about them
Distinguishes
to recognize and understand the difference between two or more things or people
Emphasizes
to show that something is important
Employs
to use a particular object, method, skill etc in order to achieve something
Engenders
to be the cause of a situation or feeling
Equates
to consider that one thing is the same as something else
Establishes
to find out facts that will prove that something is true
Evokes
to produce a strong feeling or memory in someone
Examines
to look at something carefully and thoroughly because you want to find out more about it
Exemplifies
to be a very typical example of something
Explores
to discuss, examine, or think about something carefully and from many angles so as to understand it thoroughly
Highlights
to make a problem or subject easy to notice so that people pay attention to it
Hypothesizes
to suggest a possible explanation that has not yet been proved to be true
Identifies
to recognize and correctly name someone or something
Illuminates
to make something much clearer and easier to understand
Illustrates
to explain or make something clear by giving examples
Imbues
to make something contain a strong emotion
Imparts
to give information, knowledge, etc.
Implies
to suggest that something is true without saying it directly
Includes
to make something or someone part of a larger group
Indicates
to show that something is likely to be true
Infers
to have an opinion that something is probably true because of information that you have learned
Instills
to teach someone a way of thinking or behaving over a long period of time
Juxtaposes
to put two different people/things side by side in order to emphasize their individual qualities/characteristics
Mirrors
to represent or be very similar to something else
Observes
to watch carefully; to see or notice something in particular
Organizes his/her ideas
to plan or arrange something
Outlines
to describe main ideas but not details of something from beginning to end
Paints
to describe something in a particular way
Persuades
to make someone believe something or feel sure about something
Points out
To tell someone something that s/he does not already realize or know
Portrays
To describe something or show someone in a particular way, according to your opinion of him/her
Punctuates
To interrupt many times by something (He punctuates his work with insults & jokes.)
Recalls
To remember something
Reflects
To think carefully on something that has already been established or has already happened
Reinforces
To do something to make an opinion, statement, or feeling stronger
Renders
To express or present something in a particular way. (In her paintings she renders feelings by using specific colors.)
Represents
To be a sign or mark for something else
Relates
To make or show a connection between two or more ideas or subjects
Restates
To say something again in a different way
Reveals
To show something that was previously hidden
Shows
To make it clear that something is true or exists by providing facts or information
Signifies
To represent, mean, or be a sign of something
Speculates
To guess why something happened or what will happen next without knowing all the facts
States
To give a piece of information or your opinion about something by saying or writing it clearly
Stresses
To emphasize a statement, fact or idea
Structures
To carefully arrange something in a specific way
Suggests
To make someone think that a particular thing is true
Sums up
To end a discussion or speech by giving/repeating the main information about it in a short statement
Summarizes
To make a short statement that gives only the main information about an event, plan, report, etc.
Supports
To give evidence, etc. that proves something is true
Symbolizes
A picture, person, object, etc. that represents a particular quality, idea, organization, etc.
Synthesizes
To combine several ideas, styles, methods, substances, etc. in order to produce something
Traces
Tell about an event or process in chronological order.
Transitions
The process of changing from one thing to another
Underlies
To be something that is the reason, cause, etc. that is most important but not easy to discover
Underscores
To emphasize something so it will be paid attention to
Utilizes
To use something effectively
Varies
To change, to use different methods, approaches, or strategies
Verifies
To confirm that something is true
Views
Your belief or opinion about something