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Unformatted text preview: s do you say, You know what I mean? or, I mean. . . . Each time you say that, you’re introducing the idea that you’re going to repeat your thought, using different words. We all do it because we all want to make ourselves understood, and we strive to ﬁnd the right words to accomplish this. When we repeat a thought in different words, we usually use synonyms, one of the most useful devices in our language. W H AT ’ S A SY N O N Y M ?
You’ve already been introduced to the word synonym in Lesson 1. A common dictionary deﬁnition of the word is: a word having the same or nearly the same meaning as another in the language. Some synonyms for the word happy are joyful, elated, and glad. Simple enough, right? You use synonyms all the time, even if you didn’t always know the ofﬁcial name for them. You’ve also probably used the opposite of a synonym, an antonym, which is deﬁned as: a word having a meaning opposite to that of another word. The word wet is an antonym of the word dry. When you learn a new word, you...
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- Fall '13