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October 17, 2020

Word of the Day: Homologate

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Word of the Day : October 17, 2020

homologate \hoh-MAH-luh-gayt\ verb


: sanction, allow; especially : to approve or confirm officially

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Who needs homologate? We have any number of words that mean "to officially approve something": accredit, affirm, approbate, authorize, certify, confirm, endorse, ratify, sanction, validate, and warrant, to name a few. Homologate has mostly been kept for special occasions. The beauty of homologate is that, etymologically speaking, it's an easy word, consisting as it does of the familiar Greek roots homos, meaning "alike" or "same," and logos, meaning "word" or "speech"—in other words, it suggests saying the same thing. No argument here.

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