June 22, 2018
concrete (adjective)
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What does it mean?
1 : naming a real thing or class of things : not abstract2 a : belonging to or based on actual experience b : material3 : relating to or made of concrete
How do you use it?
"Not a man believed him capable of the feat. Thornton had been hurried into the wager, heavy with doubt; and now that he looked at the sled itself, the concrete fact, with the regular team of ten dogs curled up in the snow before it, the more impossible the task appeared." (Jack London, _The Call of the Wild_)
Are you a word wiz?

We trace "concrete" to a Latin word that means "to grow." Which word do you think shares that Latin root?

Your word power is growing if you chose D. "Concrete" and "crescent" both trace to the Latin "crescere," meaning "to grow." Today, the meaning of "concrete" doesn't have anything to do with growing. But when English speakers first adopted it, they used it to mean "grown together" or "connected by growth." "Crescent" originally named the waxing (or growing) moon during the period between the new moon and the full moon. It now can refer to either the waxing moon or the waning moon or to something having a similar shape. Other relatives of this growing family include "increase," "decrease," and "recruit."
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