Intervene, Ascribe, Counterpart

Intervene defined:
1. To come, appear, or lie between two things: You can’t see the lake from there because the house intervenes.
2. To come or occur between two periods or points of time: A year intervened between the two dynasties.
3. To occur as an extraneous or unplanned circumstance: He would have his degree by now if his laziness hadn’t intervened.
4. a. To involve oneself in a situation so as to alter or hinder an action or development: “Every gardener faces choices about how and how much to intervene in nature’s processes” (Dora Galitzki).
b. To interfere, usually through force or threat of force, in the affairs of another nation.
5. Law To enter into a suit as a third party for one’s own interests. INTRANSITIVE VERB–The Free Dictionary.com/The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

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Ascribe defined:
1. to credit or assign, as to a particular origin or period to ascribe parts of a play to Shakespeare
2. to attribute as a quality; consider as belonging to to ascribe beauty to youth [from Latin ascrībere to enrol, from ad in addition + scrībere to write] TRANSITIVE VERB–The Free Dictionary.com/Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003

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Counterpart defined:
1. a person or thing closely resembling another, esp. in function.
2. a copy or duplicate, as of a legal document.
3. 
one of two parts that fit, complete, or complement one another. NOUN–The Free Dictionary.com/Random House Kernerman Webster’s College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Dovetail

(c)K.R. Sprague, 2013
Collecting words means carrying a notebook and pen/pencil. I prefer the pencil since erasures equal saved space; mark-outs take up space.

I’m a fan of Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda. But I was a fan the first season! At any rate, it being a true crime/police investigational series it affords numerous opportunities to pick up good vocabulary words. Even if the words aren’t that complex. (I was going to say not that “highbrowed,” but that implies the Lt. and the show are unsophisticated and that’s not the case. Large vocabularies require special attention to usage. With great power comes great responsibility!)

In last night’s episode, Lt. Kenda described a suspect’s statement as “dovetailing” with the known facts of the case. It’s a very descriptive term, illustrating the degree and the quality of the congruity of the statement with the known facts. It brings to mind a precise fit.

Dovetail defined: TRANSITIVE VERB

to join or fasten together by means of dovetails; to piece together (facts, etc.) so as to make a logically connected whole

INTRANSITIVE VERB

to fit together closely or logically–Your Dictionary.com/Webster’s New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.  Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

 

Commingle

Commingling among the extra free words today is a blog post explaining why each word begins with the same letter.

Commingle defined:  To become blended. To cause to blend together; mix. VERB–The Free Dictionary.com/The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

Commiserate

We all can commiserate with other bloggers who–due to external forces–get bogged down and, therefore, can’t post as frequently as per their usual for a few days…maybe a week, but no more than that! Honestly, it was out of my control.

Commiserate defined:  VERB  to express or have sympathy. An example of to commiserate is to have compassion for a person going through a divorce. —Your Dictionary.com

Opine

Defined:  To opine is to share your thoughts or opinion. When you share your thoughts on an issue, this is an example of a time when you opine. VERB

Your Dictionary.com

to hold or express (an opinion); think; suppose: now usually said, with satirical or judgmental force, of a speaker regarded as pedantic, pompous, etc.  TRANSITIVE/INTRANSITIVE VERB

Your Dictionary.com (Webster’s New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.  Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)

Deteriorating

Defined:  to make or become worse; lower in quality or value; depreciate  INTRANSITIVE VERB

Your Dictionary.com

Deterioration can be both physical and existential.  An old house is deteriorating when it is in grave disrepair.  A situation would be deteriorating when more and more negative or disastrous events continue with no respite.

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Definitions: v. de·te·ri·o·rat·ed, de·te·ri·o·rat·ing, de·te·ri·o·rates

v.tr. To diminish or impair in quality, character, or value: Time and neglect had deteriorated the property.

v.intr. 1. To grow worse; degenerate: The weather deteriorated overnight. His health had deteriorated while he was in prison.
2. To weaken or disintegrate; decay: The nation’s highways are deteriorating at a rapid pace.

The Free Dictionary.com

Synonyms
atrophy, crumble, decay, decline, degenerate, descend, devolve, ebb, regress, retrograde, rot, sink, worsen, go to pot, go to seed

Merriam-Webster.com

Trump

Defined:  Trump is defined as to get the better of someone using a hidden resource.  An example of to trump is someone having an ace up their sleeve during a card game where an ace is the top card.  VERB

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To have an ace up your sleeve, literally, is called cheating.  Don’t do that.  Figuratively, to have an ace up one’s sleeve means that one has a better and heretofore unannounced idea or solution that will be revealed in a group.

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Definitions:

  • any playing card of a suit that ranks higher than any other suit during the playing of a hand: a trump can take any card of any other suit
  • a suit of trumps
  • any advantage held in reserve until needed  NOUN
  1. to play a trump on (a trick, another card, etc.) when a trump was not led, often, specif., so as to take it thereby
  2. to surpass; outdo TRANSITIVE VERB

–Webster’s New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Abate

Defined:  1. To reduce in amount, degree, or intensity; lessen. 2. To deduct from an amount; subtract. 3. Law a. To put an end to. b. To make void.  TRANSITIVE VERB

–The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

I will not abate dictionary definitions in the 3freewordsaday posts.  Sometimes a nuance of a word can be learned from different entries.  And I’m pleased to note that the number of dictionaries, online and in print, have not abated.

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More Definitions:

1: to decrease in force or intensity 2 a : to become defeated or become null or void b : to decrease in amount or value

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