10 Benefits of Expanding your Vocabulary

An expansive vocabulary will enrich your comprehension and your ability to express yourself -- both in speech and in writing.

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  1. articulate
    express or state clearly
    Mapping your goals, boosting your skills and articulating your story will help you jump into the job search fully prepared.US News (Aug 26, 2015)
  2. comprehension
    an ability to understand the meaning of something
    Out of the corner of his eye, Harry saw comprehension dawn on a few of their faces.Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire
  3. eloquence
    powerful and effective language
    His intellectual prowess and eloquence meant that he could articulate his vision clearly to others.BBC (Jul 23, 2015)
  4. enlightenment
    education that results in the spread of knowledge
    Our window for welcoming poetry — and probably enlightenment — is narrow but deep, and any author who slips through it can be life-altering.New York Times (Aug 6, 2015)
  5. erudition
    profound scholarly knowledge
    He was a self-taught man who impressed friends with his erudition, the newspaper said.New York Times (Jan 11, 2015)
  6. expression
    the communication of your beliefs or opinions
    "Respect for freedom of expression and the right of media to operate without restriction are fundamental in any democratic society," he said.BBC (Sep 2, 2015)
  7. fluency
    powerful and effective language
    The researchers tested brain health using a variety of tests, including verbal fluency.US News (Aug 13, 2015)
  8. literacy
    the ability to read and write
    Mounting evidence indicates that such literacy is a key skill for success in college, careers and daily life in general.Scientific American (Aug 30, 2015)
  9. persuasiveness
    the power to induce the taking of a course of action or the embracing of a point of view by means of argument or entreaty
    They spoke engagingly, embodying all the golden rules of public speaking that I had read in Toastmasters manuals: body language, vocal variety, persuasiveness.Chicago Tribune (Jan 31, 2015)
  10. style
    a mode of expression typical of a person, group, or period
    In an official blog post, it suggests it was looking to retain a "simple, friendly and approachable style".BBC (Sep 2, 2015)
Created on September 3, 2015 (updated September 3, 2015)

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