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    Smile She has visibly lost weight.

    She has visibly/obviously lost weight. How did she do it?


    Does visibly and obviously convey the same idea in the above? Thanks.

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    Re: She has visibly lost weight.

    The two words are near-synonyms. For 'visibly', the evidence for her weight-loss is clear to be seen. For 'obviously', you might not actually have seen the woman to know that she's lost weight - she might have written about it in a blog, or a diary. Or you might have heard something about her from another person.

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    Re: She has visibly lost weight.

    Thanks, Clare.

    Roger!

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    Re: She has visibly lost weight.

    ... or something she has done may have implied it: 'She's obviously lost weight, otherwise she wouldn't have entered the weight-loss competition' - that is, her having lost weight is a clear (obvious) conclusion that can be drawn from her behaviour. (This is a usage of 'obviously' that not everyone is entirely happy to endorse, but it exists.)

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    Smile Re: She has visibly lost weight.

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    ... or something she has done may have implied it: 'She's obviously lost weight, otherwise she wouldn't have entered the weight-loss competition' - that is, her having lost weight is a clear (obvious) conclusion that can be drawn from her behaviour. (This is a usage of 'obviously' that not everyone is entirely happy to endorse, but it exists.)

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    Thanks, Bob.
    But what did you refer to by the bolded part?

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    Re: She has visibly lost weight.

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    Thanks, Bob.
    But what did you refer to by the bolded part?
    There are teachers who object to it. When you "endorse" something you give it your support.

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    PS
    for example: "Not everyone is happy to endorse the use of 'bolded' to mean 'put in a bold font'. But I am. There is the word 'emboldened', but it seems to me that it makes sense to have the two words - 'bolded' [='put in a bold font'] and 'emboldened' [='made audacious'.]
    Last edited by BobK; 08-Dec-2007 at 16:47. Reason: Added PS

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    Re: She has visibly lost weight.

    Thanks, Bob.
    Got it.

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