June 01, 2016
diagram (verb)
\DYE-uh-gram\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: to represent by or put into the form of a drawing, sketch, plan, or chart that makes something clearer or easier to understand
How do you use it?
I didn't quite understand how the process of photosynthesis worked until our teacher diagrammed it for us.
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Which of these words share a root with "diagram"?

"Diagram," "geography," and "graphite" all share a common root: the Greek verb "graphein," meaning "to write." "Diagram" comes from a combination of the Greek "dia-," and the verb "graphein," to form the verb "diagraphein," meaning "to mark out using lines." "Graphite," the soft black material used for most pencil leads, comes from the German noun "Graphit," which was taken from the Greek "graphein." And "geography" comes from the Greek "geographia," meaning "to describe the earth's surface." "Geographia" stems back to the Greek "geo-," meaning "earth," and "graphein."
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