Here’s my next installment of you using synonyms to grow your vocabulary. Like I always say it’s very important for you to use your new vocabulary, so don’t bite off more than you can chew. Pick one to three words to work on per a week. There’s no reason to memorize a new word everyday because you won’t use it, and if you don’t use it then you’ve just wasted your time learning it. So just memorize words that you can use.
How to Practice
Practicing is key to improving your vocabulary for all the reasons I’ve already mentioned. There are a few ways that you can do this. You can practice with a friend who is also learning English. You can practice with a native speaker (you can no longer say that you can’t do this because you can join our English Club and practice every week). You can write the word down in a sentence, or you can look it up on the internet and see how native speakers use it.
We’re going to take a simple word and find synonyms.
Let’s get going!
This week’s word is see
Our Synonyms will be perceive, distinguish, and glimpse
See means to perceive or discern something with your eyes or to understand it. In other words when you see something you gain information about your surroundings with your eye.
- Did you see where I put my keys?
- Now I see what you mean.
Here are the synonyms for see.
Perceive has two meanings. It can mean that something has become clear or understood. Someone has realized something. This word can be used to talk about a situation begin viewed or understood in a certain way. It can also be used to mean that someone has suddenly understood something. It can also mean to interpret or look at someone or something in a specific way.
- The way that we perceive the situation is different.
- Do you think he perceives himself as being different than everyone else.
Distinguish means to be able to see, understand, or tell the difference between two things. This could mean recognizing the differences, or saying that two things are different from each other. Any two things or people can be distinguished from each other. It can also mean that one thing stands out compared to everything else.
- I can distinguish the two candidates from each other.
- A study showed that most woman can’t distinguish the difference between similar nail polish colors.
Glimpse means to see something quickly or that you don’t see everything. Glimpse is the opposite of taking a long look at something. Why you only get a glimpse of something can be for any reason. It’s usually because someone is not focusing on a certain thing, or that something or someone is moving.
- I only got a quick glimpse at the car.
- The neighbor got a glimpse of the thief.
Those are our words. Let’s sum it up. See means to take in information with your eyes or to understand information. When you get a glimpse of something it’s a real quick or incomplete look. When we perceive something we realize or understand information. When things are being distinguished we’re understanding the difference between things. The differences can be positive or negative.
That’s it, we’re all done.