Critical Verbs


Contents

  1. Analyze
  2. Articulate
  3. Cite
  4. Compare/Contrast
  5. Comprehend
  6. Delineate
  7. Demonstrate
  8. Describe
  9. Determine
  10. Develop
  11. Distinguish
  12. Draw
  13. Evaluate
  14. Explain
  15. Identify
  16. Infer
  17. Integrate
  18. Interpret
  19. Locate
  20. Organize
  21. Refer
  22. Retell
  23. Suggest
  24. Summarize/Paraphrase
  25. Support
  26. Synthesize
  27. Trace

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Analyze

Definition

break something down into its parts

The scientists analyzed the formula and discovered that the ingredients are water and sodium.

Synonyms

examine, study, scrutinize, explore

Jingle

Analyze, break it down, down, down,
Then explain what you found, found, found !!

v001

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Articulate

Definition

Express clearly

Joe writes and speaks eloquently. He articulates well.

John articulated his understanding of the story.

Jingle

Articulate and say it well,
Be as clear as a bell !!

v002

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Cite

Definition

note, quote, refer to, point out

Set your sight on cite.

Synonyms

quote, name, mention

Jingle

Cite is about,
Pointing things out !!

v003

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Compare/Contrast

Compare

Definition

find likenesses between two or more things

Jingle

Compare to find things the same,
See how many you can name !!

Contrast

Definition

find differences between two or more things

Jingle

Contrast to find different things,
See how many you can bring !!

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Comprehend

Definition

get the picture, understand, dig it, grasp, catch on, find meaning

Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.

Jingle

Comprehend, can you dig it?

v004

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Delineate

Definition

describe in detail; outline

On maps, different colors are used to delineate the territories of countries and states.

Some children are not able to delineate between good and bad behavior.

Synonyms

outline, describe, define

Antonyms

misrepresent, twist

Jingle

Delineate uses words to show,
1, 2, 3, what you know !!

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Demonstrate

Definition

describe or explain by examples

The flight attendant demonstrates how to buckle the seat belt.

Synonyms

reveal, prove, explain, expound, display, operate, instruct, show, show off

Antonyms

hide

Jingle

Demonstrate what you know,
Make it plain – Ready? Set. Go !!

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Describe

Definition

depict in words, tell in your own words

Synonyms

delineate, portray, tell, explain, report

Jingle

Describe and tell all about it.
Write it, share it, or even shout it !!

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Determine

Definition

conclude, decide, choose

Determine the meaning of a word. Determine the main idea of a story.

Jingle

Determine and you will find
That you have made up your mind!

v005

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Develop

Definition

elaborate or expand in detail

The story starts off a little slow, but as the plot continues to develop, it becomes completely captivating.

I need to develop the main character of my narrative a little more.

Synonyms

explain, elaborate

Jingle

Develop, explain, elaborate,
Make your writing really great !!

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Distinguish

Definition

set apart, separate, tell apart, characterize, classify, categorize

Can you distinguish between or point out differences between the two climates?

Jingle

Distinguish from the very start,
Decide, discriminate, and tell apart !!

v006

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Draw

Definition

take or pull out

The students had to draw their own conclusions about the outcome of the novel ‘The
Alchemist’.

Synonyms

formulate, pull

Antonyms

put in, shorten

Jingle

Draw – point it out, take it out, pull it out – Draw !!

v007

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Evaluate

Definition

find value, judge, appraise

My teacher will evaluate my paper and give me suggestions to improve my writing.

Synonyms

weigh, estimate, gauge, calculate

Jingle

I evaluate because I’m the judge,
I critique without a grudge !!

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Explain

Definition

tell about something so people understand it

I don’t know how to explain the dog’s strange behavior.

Explain major differences between . . .

Synonyms

clarify, demonstrate, interpret, describe in detail, define

Jingle

Explain! Explain!
And always make it plain !!

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Identify

Definition

isolate, point out, find, discover, cite

Identify the main character in the story.

Synonyms

point, find, discover

Jingle

Identify is to detect,
information from the text !!

v008

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Infer

Definition

deduce; conclude; use information to make educated guesses based on prior
knowledge.

I can infer from his actions that he is going to miss school.

Text + What I Know = Infer (inference)

Jingle

Infer! Read between the lines,
See what info you can find !!

Observe and see what is there,
Infer and find out what is not there !!

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Integrate

Definition

put together, combine

Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.

Synonyms

unify, unite, mix

Jingle

Integrate and unite,
Make sure things fit just right !!

v009

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Interpret

Definition

describe what you have found out

Synonyms

translate, decode, explain, clarify

Antonyms

misinterpret

Jingle

Interpret and explain,
Make things clear and you will gain !!

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Locate

Definition

find

I thought I had lost my new scarf, but I was able to locate it in my bottom drawer.

I located the supporting facts easily.

Synonyms

find, trace, discover, uncover

Antonyms

lose, miss, misplace

Jingle

Locate and uncover,
New things you discover !!

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Organize

Definition

arrange, classify, order, consolidate, unify

Synonyms

sort out, systematize, planned

Jingle

Organize, arrange, get it done !
This makes time to have more fun !!

v010

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Refer

Definition

mention or direct for information

I prefer that you refer to your reading materials for proof to support your answer.

Synonyms

name, cite, talk about, bring up, describe, signify, represent, relate, indicate,
suggest

Jingle

Refer is to mention,
Information for attention !!

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Retell

Definition

tell in your own words; tell again in your own way

I like to listen to my grandma retell his stories from his trip to the Himalayas.

Synonyms

repeat, restate, recap, relate again or differently, summarize, paraphrase, cite

Jingle

Retell means to repeat or recite,
Tell it again and do it right !!

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Suggest

Definition

propose as fitting

It was suggested that John did not always do what he was told.

Synonyms

advise, recommend, advocate, say, put forth, propose

Jingle

Recommend, put forth, suggest,
Propose ideas that are the best !!

v011

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Summarize/Paraphrase

Summarize

Definition

make a short statement of the main points of a passage

Summarize = short

Synonyms

review, condense, sum up

Jingle

Summarize and make it shorter,
Just the facts, like a reporter !!

v012

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Paraphrase

Definition

put the author’s words into your own words; make it easier to understand

Paraphrase = long

Jingle

Paraphrase what authors say,
Make it easy—say it your way !!

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v013

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Support

Definition

hold up, prove, help

Synonyms

back up, backing

Antonyms

oppose, abandon

Jingle

Support! Support! Strengthen what you say,
Hold up your thoughts in another way !!

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Synthesize

Definition

combine to form a more complex product

Synonyms

create, produce, combine, blend, make

He synthesized old and new ideas.

Antonyms

take apart

Jingle

To synthesize is to become the creator,
Of a product that is even greater !!

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Trace

Definition

follow the course or development of; find or discover by investigation

Synonyms

outline, copy, sketch, find, track, follow

Jingle

Trace the steps from the start,
Follow it, outline it, part by part !!

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