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applaud
(strong) to express strong approval of an idea, plan etc.
confirm
(strong) to show that something is definitely true, especially by providing more proof.
accept
(neutral) to regard as true
compare
(neutral) to examine and note similarities or differences of something
argue
(strong) to show that something clearly exists or is true.
critique
(neutral) to give a detailed explanation of the problems of something
contrast
(neutral) to show differences between people, ideas, situations, things etc that are being compared
consider
(neutral) to think of something carefully, especially before making a choice or decision
show
(neutral) to publicly exhibit
state
(neutral) to express in words normally
study
(neutral) to consider in detail in order to discover essential features or meaning
evaluate
(neutral) to judge how good, useful, or successful something is
reveal
(neutral) to expose a secret, make visible
investigate
(neutral) to try to find out the truth about something such as a crime, accident, or scientific problem
examine
(neutral) to look at something carefully and thoroughly because you want to find out more about it
stress
(strong) to emphasise
criticise
(strong) to express your disapproval of someone or something, or to talk about their faults
justify
(strong) to give an acceptable explanation for something that other people think is unreasonable
oppose
(strong) to disapprove of and attempt to prevent, especially by argument
highlight
(strong) to make a problem or subject easy to notice so that people pay attention to it
advise
(neutral) to make a proposal, declare a plan for something
observe
(neutral) to make a remark or comment about something especially when it is something you have noticed and thought about a lot
point out
(neutral) to tell someone about something or draw their attention to it
support
(neutral/strong) to say that you agree with a person or idea, and usually help them because you want them to succeed
discuss
(neutral) to talk about something with another person or a group in order to exchange ideas or decide something
present
(neutral) to give information in a formal way
report
(neutral) to tell an event or subject to someone
hypothesise
(neutral) to believe on uncertain grounds
clarify
(neutral) to make a statement or situation less confused and more comprehensible
object to
(strong) to say something to express one's disapproval of or disagreement with something.
maintain
(strong) to strongly express your belief that something is true
discover
(neutral) to find someone or something, either by accident or because you were looking for them
advocate
(neutral/strong) to push for something
admit
(neutral) to allow scope for or to concede as true or valid
analyse
(neutral) to examine or think about something carefully, in order to understand it
conclude
(neutral) to decide that something is true after considering all the information you have
declare
(strong) to state officially and publicly that a particular situation exists or that something is true
agree
(neutral) to accept or concede something
concur
(neutral) to be in agreement
disagree
(strong) to have or express a different opinion from someone else
reject
(strong) to dismiss as inadequate, inappropriate, or not to one's taste
dispute
(strong) to say that something such as a fact or idea is not correct or true
comment
(neutral) to give a brief opinion about someone or something
insist
(strong) to say firmly and often that something is true, especially when other people think it may not be true
warn
(strong) to tell someone that something bad or dangerous may happen, so that they can avoid it or prevent it
believe
(neutral) to think that something is true or possible, although you are not completely sure
contend
(strong) to argue or state that something is true
dismiss
(strong) to refuse to consider someone's idea, opinion etc, because you think it is not serious, true, or important
question
(strong) to disagree with another's conclusion or idea
challenge
(strong) to dispute the truth or validity of
recognise
(neutral) to understand the difference between things or people
find
(neutral) discover or perceive by chance or unexpectedly OR identify as being present
infer
(neutral) to deduce or conclude from evidence and reasoning rather than from explicit statements
refute
(strong) to prove (a statement or theory) to be wrong or false; disprove
propose
(neutral) to put forth for consideration or acceptance
define
(neutral) to state or describe exactly the nature, scope, or meaning of
think
(neutral) to have a particular belief or idea
explore
(neutral) to discuss or think about something carefully
emphasise
(strong) to give special attention or importance
identify
(neutral) to recognise or establish as being a particular person or thing
describe
(neutral) to tell or depict in written or spoken words; give an account of
mention
(neutral) to refer briefly to; name, specify, or speak of
note
(neutral) to mention a small point
acknowledge
(neutral) to admit or accept that something is true or that a situation exists
concede
(neutral) to say that you accept or do not deny the truth or existence of something
accept
(neutral) to receive (something offered) willingly.
hold the view
(neutral) to support an opinion
assert
(strong) to state a fact or belief confidently and forcefully
claim
(strong) to state or assert that something is the case, typically without providing evidence or proof
explain
(neutral) to make an idea or situation clear to someone by describing it in more detail or revealing relevant facts.
suggest
(neutral) to put forward for consideration
theorise
(neutral) to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds
recommend
(strong) to advise (someone) to do something
urge
(strong) to advocate earnestly the doing, consideration, or approval of something
assess
(neutral) to evaluate or estimate the nature, ability, or quality of something