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    synonyms difference

    Hello all

    Is there a dictionary or a website that helps learners to differentiate between synonyms like start and begine, understand and comprehend ... etc. ?

    any tips are highly appreciated.


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    Re: synonyms difference

    Yes, take a look at this page the Free Dictionary. You'll see
    Synonyms: begin, commence, start, initiate, inaugurate
    These verbs denote coming into being or taking the first step, as in a procedure. Begin, commence, and start are equivalent in meaning, though commence is more formal, and start often stresses the point where inaction turns to action: The play begins at eight o'clock. The festivities commenced with the national anthem. We will stay on the platform until the train starts.
    Initiate applies to causing the first steps in a process: I initiated a lawsuit against the driver who hit my car.
    Inaugurate often connotes a formal beginning: "The exhibition inaugurated a new era of cultural relations" (Serge Schmemann).
    Now, go to this page. You should find the following text there:
    To enter upon or have a beginning; start. See Synonyms at begin.

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    Re: synonyms difference

    birdeen's call , thanks a lot and I really appreciate your help.

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