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Word Booster: Autumn Leaves

By Sophie Nadel, Writer’s Tips Editor


When fall began, you probably noticed the leaves on the trees changing colors. Lush greens became rosy reds, pumpkin oranges, and bright yellows. By now, many have fallen off their branches and coat the ground in a crunchy carpet. You probably also noticed that the air is cooler and crisper, nothing like the hot summer air you felt just two months ago. Soon, winter will begin, and the environment will change again. The world is always changing, so here are some words that will help you change up your vocabulary in your next story! 

Adapt: (noun) to change so as to fit a new or specific use or situation
The snowshoe hare adapts to the winter by growing white fur to blend in with the snow.

Alteration: (noun) the result of changing
Because of the alterations she made in the recipe, Terry was able to make enough soup for a dozen people.

Modify: (verb) to make changes in
The teacher put Fred in a time out in hopes that he would modify his behavior.

Morph: (verb) to change in form or character
Thomas gasped as the shapeshifter morphed from a dog into an elephant.

Regenerate: (verb) to become formed again
When spring came, the leaves regenerated, and soon the trees were filled with buds.

Shift: (verb) to change the place, position, or direction of
When I saw the soccer ball heading towards the right field, I shifted my position, so I could reach it more easily.

(Definitions from Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary)