posted Jan 8, 2018, 10:02 AM by Holly Castille


1. settle or find a solution to (a problem, dispute, or contentious matter).
"the firm aims to resolve problems within 30 days"
synonyms: settle, sort out, solve, find a solution to, fix, straighten out, deal with, put right, put to rights, rectify

2. decide firmly on a course of action.
"she resolved to call Dana as soon as she got home"
synonyms: determine, decide, make up one's mind, make a decision

1. firm determination to do something.
"she received information that strengthened her resolve"
synonyms: decision, resolution, commitment


posted Oct 11, 2017, 2:26 PM by Holly Castille


a : tending to associate with others of one's kind : social
b : marked by or indicating a liking for companionship : sociable
c : of or relating to a social group

Source: Merriam Webster Word of the Day


posted Aug 25, 2017, 12:22 PM by Holly Castille

a severe flood.
synonyms: flood, torrent, spate
"homes were swept away by the deluge"

inundate with a great quantity of something.
synonyms: inundate, overwhelm, overrun, flood, swamp, snow under, engulf, bombard
"we have been deluged with calls"


posted May 30, 2017, 10:55 AM by Holly Castille

wordy, long-winded


posted Apr 7, 2017, 2:17 PM by Holly Castille

To use the words or ideas of another person as if they were your own words or ideas.

He plagiarized a classmate's report.

She plagiarized from an article she read on the Internet.

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posted Mar 2, 2017, 7:54 AM by Holly Castille

skill and cleverness that is shown in the way someone deals with a situation, problem, etc.
She handled the interview questions with finesse.

to handle, deal with, or do (something) in an indirect and skillful or clever way
He managed to finesse a deal through bargaining.


posted Jan 5, 2017, 9:38 AM by Holly Castille

a ceramic or metal container in which metals or other substances may be melted or subjected to very high temperatures.
  • a place or occasion of severe test or trial.
    "the crucible of combat"
  • a place or situation in which different elements interact to produce something new.
    "the crucible of the new Romantic movement"


posted Jan 1, 2017, 9:58 AM by Holly Castille

  1.  the act of finding an answer or solution to a conflict, problem, etc.: a court for the resolution of civil disputes, conflict resolution
  2.  the ability of a device to show an image clearly and with a lot of detail: computer screens with high resolutions
  3.  a promise to yourself that you will make a serious effort to do something that you should do: He made a resolution to lose weight. [=he resolved to lose weight]; Her New Year's resolution [=her promise to do something differently in the new year] is to exercise regularly.
  4.  the quality of being very determined to do something: They admired his courage and resolution. [=resolve]
  5.  a formal statement that expresses the feelings, wishes, or decision of a group: The assembly passed a resolution calling for the university president to step down.
  6.  the point in a story at which the main conflict is solved or ended: the resolution of the plot.


posted Nov 7, 2016, 7:07 AM by Holly Castille

1:  the words used in a language or by a person or group of people - a computer term that has entered the general lexicon
2:  somewhat formal : dictionary


posted Oct 7, 2016, 8:08 AM by Holly Castille


have a commanding influence on; exercise control over.
"the company dominates the market for operating system software"
synonyms: control, influence, exercise control over, command, be in command of, be in charge of, rule, govern, direct, have ascendancy over, have mastery over; 

be the most important or conspicuous person or thing in.
"the race was dominated by the 1992 champion"

(of something tall or high) have a commanding position over; overlook.
"a picturesque city dominated by the cathedral tower"
synonyms: overlook, command, tower above/over, loom over

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