If you are a student writing an essay…. if you are in business and need inspiration on how to express yourself in a report or want to coax colleagues to adopt your proposal….if you are a team leader needing to motivate your staff…if you are a voluntary worker writing a fundraising bid….if you are applying for a job and are preparing your CV ….if you are negotiating terms for a contract…if you are writing publicity material…then in each of these settings you need to use words convincingly. In such situations, you may find yourself unable to think of words that would be positive and effective. These words will be helpful.
a autonomy Schools have gained greater autonomy from government
· awe-inspiring We were mesmerized by awe-inspiring scenery.
· bespoke It is a bespoke computer program (adapted for a specific user)
· blueprint The government has recently unveiled a blueprint for an
integrated transport system.
· budding I am glad to know about their budding relationship.
· buoyant Sales have remained buoyant even during the recession.
· charm He charmed his mother into letting him have his own way.
· compliment She blushed at the unexpected compliment.
· consummate He is a consummate actor. (extremely skilled at something)
· cosmopolitan She liked the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the city. (containing
people from different countries)
· creative Change unleashes people’s creative energy.
· dimension He job added a new dimension to her life. ( a way of looking at
· discern It is possible to discern a number of different techniques in her
work.(recognize something that is not obvious)
· eloquent She was an eloquent speaker with a beautiful voice.
· emerge No new evidence emerged during the interview.
· endear Flora’s spirit and character endeared her to everyone who met
· enhance The images can be enhanced using digital technology.
· examine Students will be examined in all subjects at the end of term. (test
· explore They took advantage of the opportunity to explore the stunning
scenery all around them.
· expound He was expounding a powerful argument. (present or explain
ideas in detail)
· exuberant She gave an exuberant performance. (full of excitement)
· facelift The railway station has undergone a major multimillion pound
facelift. (a procedure carried out to improve appearance of something)
· galvanize The urgency of the task galvanized them into action.
(encouraged or forced to do sth)
· go-ahead That man is a go-ahead managing director. (receptive)
· harvest The successful expedition brought the company a rich harvest of
· immaculate She always looks immaculate. (so clean and neat)
· intrepid I read a story about an intrepid traveller. (not afraid of danger)
· intrigue There was something about him that intrigued her. (make sb
· lavish She lavishes most of her attention on her youngest son. (to give
a lot of something)
· measure School results are only one measure of a school’s success.
· mellow Eight years had done nothing to mellow him. (make mature)
· model yourself on As a politician, he modeled himself on Churchill. (to copy
· momentum The investigation gathered momentum. (driving force)
· mosaic The painting is a rich mosaic of light, colour, and form.
· nestle A delightful little village nestling on the banks of the river by the
· nucleus These paintings will form the nucleus of a new collection. ( the
· nurture For a long time she had nurtured the dream of buying a shop.
· opportune The offer couldn’t have come at a more opportune moment.
(of a time at which a particular action occurs)
· organizational We are seeking a more effective organizational framework in
which decisions can be made.
· outdo The men tried to outdo each other in their generosity.
· parameter We had to work within the parameters that had been
· par excellence She turned out to be an organizer par excellence. (better than
· pathos The actor injects his customary humour and pathos into the role.
power of performance, description to produce feelings)
· personable His assistant seemed a very personable young man. (of a man,
pleasant in appearance, character)
· platform She campaigned on a platform of zero tolerance towards racist
· plethora The plethora of choices available is enough to make you wish
you were colour-blind.
· portray The article examines the portrayal of gay men in the media.
· pragmatic We take a pragmatic approach to management problems.
· premise The reforms were premised on our findings.
· prodigy A Russian pianist who was a child prodigy in his day.
· project He strives to project an image of youth.
· quantify It is impossible to quantify the extent of the black economy.
· realm At the end of the speech he seemed to be moving into the
realms of fantasy.
· reinforce The actions of the leaders reinforced fears and suspicions so that
war became unavoidable.
· resilient He’ll get over it—young people are amazingly resilient.
· resonate The words resonate with so many different meanings. (suggest
· sanctuary They fled to Kabul where they were offered sanctuary.
· savour Come and savour the amazing diversity and ingenuity of artistic
· seminal Reward them for their seminal contribution to cancer research.
(influencing later developments)
· single-minded She is very single-minded about her career. (thinking about one
· specialism He is doing a business degree with a specialism in computing.
· stimulus Books provide children with ideas and a stimulus for play.
· stirring It was a stirring performance of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony.
(causing strong feelings)
· strand The author draws the different strands of the plot together in
the final chapter. (one of different parts of something in a plan)
· succinct Try to keep your answers as succinct as possible. (clear but
· symbiosis Western society’s failure to recognize the symbiosis between
population growth and environmental degradation.
· tailor Most travel agents are prepared to tailor travel arrangements to
meet individual requirements. (adapt for a purpose)
· track record The UK has a poor track record in foreign-language teaching.
(record of past success or failures)
· typify These are clothes that typify the 1960s. (to be a feature or an
· underpin The theme of honour underpins his two books. (to justify, form
the basis for)
· unflagging His apparently unflagging enthusiasm impressed her. (tireless)
· unflinching He has shown unflinching determination throughout the
campaign. (not showing fear or hesitation while danger)
· unleash The failure of the talks could unleash more fighting. (to release,
let emotion affect)
· vibrant Thailand is at its most vibrant during the New Year celebrations.
(full of excitement)
· vista There is a marvelous vista from the hotel balcony. ( a pleasing
· weigh You need to weigh benefit against risk.
· well founded Their apprehensions were well founded. (based on good
· window Television is a window on the world.