Lovoy Plain Language Dictionary

Short everyday words are easy to understand – use them as much as possible. Reading complex words take more time even for native speakers. We made this dictionary to suggest simpler alternatives. Some filler words add little value such as completely dead. We mark them (skip?) meaning you might not need them. In some cases, we add this suggestion: (Rewrite to avoid nominalization?) See the Lovoy training modules for more details.


Complex Clear
abandon stop, give up, break off
a number of some, many
aberration unusual, abnormal
abundance enough, plenty
accede to allow, agree to
accelerate speed up
accentuate stress
accommodation housing, room
accompany go with, with
accomplish do, finish, complete, carry out
accorded given
according to in line with, as listed in
accordingly so, therefore
accrue add, gain
accurate correct, exact, right
acquiesce agree
acquire get, buy
activate start, operate, connect
actuate start, push, turn on, use
additional added, extra, more, other
address discuss, tell, talk, speak
addressees you
adequate enough
adjacent to next to, near by
adjustment change, alteration
admissible allowed, accepted
admit let
advantageous helpful, useful
adversely impact on hurt, set back
advise recommend, tell
affirmative yes
afford an opportunity allow, let
aggravate increase, make worse
aggregate total
alert tell
alleviate ease, reduce
allocate give, find
along the lines of like, as in
alteration change
alternatively or
ambivalent unsure
ameliorate improve, help
ample plenty, enough, sufficient
an absence of no, none
and/or use either "and", "or" or both
annotation write
annunciate show, come on
anticipate expect
apiece each
apparent clear, plain
applicant you
application use
appreciable many
apprehend arrest
apprise inform, tell, advise
appropriate proper, right
approximate about
arise rise
arrive onboard arrive
as a means of to
as per see, following, in line with, according to
as prescribed by in, under
as to about
as yet, as of yet yet
ascend rise, climb
ascertain find out, learn, make sure
assign give
assist, assistance help
at its discretion can, may
at the moment now
at the present time now
at your earliest convenience as soon as you can
attain get, meet
attempt try
attributable to because
augment increase
avid eager


Complex Clear
because of the fact that because, since
belated late
beneficial helpful, useful
benefit help
bestow give, award
beverage drink
by means of by, with
by reason of because
by virtue of by, under


Complex Clear
capability ability, can
capable of am, is, are, can
carry out (skip or rewrite to avoid nominalization?)
caveat warning, caution
cease stop, end, finish
chauffeur driver
close proximity near
cognizant aware, mindful
combat environment combat
combined joint
conduct a… (skip or rewrite to avoid nominalization?)
commence begin, start
commensurate equal
competent qualified, skilled
component part
comprise form, include, make up
computation calculation
conceal hide
concerning about, on
consensus agreement
consequently so, therefore
consolidate combine, join, merge
constitutes is, forms, makes up
contains has
continuity steady, stable, constant, without breaks
convene meet
cumulative increasing, growing, collective
currently now
curvature curving, bend


Complex Clear
decelerate slow down, brake, reduce speed
decrease reduce
deem believe, consider, think
deficiency shortage, lack
delete cut, drop
deleterious unsafe, harmful
demonstrate prove, show
depart leave
designate appoint, choose, name
desire want, wish
determine decide, figure, find
deviate stray, differ
discard remove
discernable clear, apparent, noticeable
discernible clear, apparent, noticeable
disclose show, make known
discontinue drop, stop
display show, put on the wall
dispose arrange, place
disseminate give, issue, pass, send
does not have lacks
doubtlessly probably
due to the fact that because, due to, since
during the period of during, while, when


Complex Clear
each and every all, we, you, us
effect modifications make changes
effort try
elect select, choose, pick
eliminate cut, drop, end
elucidate explain
emit produce, release, send out
emphasize stress
employ use
encounter meet, run into, come across
endeavor try
enquiry question
ensure make sure
entitlement right
entrust, entrusted assign, trust
enumerate count
equally as equally
equitable fair
equivalent same, equal
erroneous wrong
establish set up, prove, show
evidenced showed
evident clear, obvious
evince show, prove
excluding except, without
exclusively only
execute (skip or rewrite to avoid nominalization?)
exhibit show
expedite hurry, speed up
expeditious fast, quick
expeditiously quickly, speedy, fast
expend spend
expertise ability
expiration end
extenuating justifying, excusing


Complex Clear
facilitate ease, help
failed to did not
feasible can be done, workable
finalize complete, finish
first and foremost first
first(ly), second(ly), third(ly) first, second, third
following after, next
for a period of for, during
for the purpose of to
for the reason that, to
forfeit give up, lose
formulate plan
forward send
frequently often
function act, role, work
furnish give, send


Complex Clear
gain get, gather
garner collect, gather
gaseous gas
generate make
govern control, run


Complex Clear
has a duty to shall
has a requirement for needs
hence therefore
henceforth from now on, from this point on
herein here
heretofore until now, up to this time
herewith below, here, with this, enclosed, attached
honest truth truth
however but, yet


Complex Clear
identical same
identify with agree, understand
identify find, name, show
if and when use either word; not both
impacted affected, changed
impervious resistant, proof
implement do, start, carry out, put into action
imprudent unwise, careless, foolish
in a timely manner on time, quickly
in accordance with by, following, under
in addition also, besides, too
in all likelihood probably
in an effort to to
in between between
in close proximity near
in connection with with, about
in excess of more than
in favor of for
in lieu of instead (of)
in light of the fact that because, since
in many cases often
in order for for
in order that for, so
in order to to
in regard to about, concerning, on
in regard(s) to about, concerning, on
in relation to about, with, to
in some instances sometimes
in the amount of for
in the case of if
in the event of if
in the majority of instances usually
in the nature of like
in the near future shortly, soon
in the process of (omit)
in the process of are
in view of the above so
in view of because, since
inasmuch (as) since
inception start
incompetence inability, lacking skill
incumbent necessary, required, mandatory, essential
incumbent upon must
indicate say, state, or show
indication sign
individual person
initial first
initiate begin, start
inside of inside
instigate begin, start
inter alia among others, and others
interface meet, work with
interpose no objection do not object
irrespective no matter, regardless
is applicable to applies to
is authorized to can, may
is in consonance with agrees with, follows
is responsible for shall
it appears seems
it is essential must, need to
it is requested please, we request, I request


Complex Clear
jointly together


Complex Clear
knead press, squeeze


Complex Clear
lastly last
leverage use
liaison discussion, contact person
limited number limits


Complex Clear
magnitude size, level
majority most
make an attempt try
make an effort try
make reference to refer to
maximum greatest, largest, most
mental attitude attitude
methodology method
miscellaneous mixed, varied
moreover also, besides, in addition
muchly much
multiple many


Complex Clear
necessitate cause, need
nevertheless still, besides, even so
not certain uncertain
not later than 10 May by 10 May, before 11 May
not many few
not often seldom, rarely
not the same different
not unlike similar, alike
notwithstanding in spite of, still
null and void use either "null" or "void"
numerous many


Complex Clear
obligate require, bind
observe see
obtain get
occasionally sometimes
on a daily basis daily
on the basis of by, from
on the contrary but, so
on the part of by
operate run, use, work
optimize perfect
optimum best, greatest, most
option choice, way
orientate orient
owing to the fact that because, since


Complex Clear
paramount very important, most important
participate take part
per annum a year
perchance perhaps
precipitate cause, lead to
perform do
perform a… (skip or rewrite to avoid nominalization?)
peril risk, danger
permit let
perspire sweat
pertaining to about, of, on
peruse read
place put
point in time, particular point in time time, point, now, moment
portion part
possess have, own
post after
potentiality potential
practicable practical
pre before
preclude prevent
preliminary to before
preowned used
preparatory to to prepare for
prescribed approved, given
prevailing existing
previous to before
previous earlier
previously before
prior to before
prioritize rank
proceed do, go ahead, try
proficiency skill
promulgate issue, publish
provide guidance for guide
provide give, offer, say
provided that if
provides guidance for guides
proximity near
prudent wise, careful, sensible, well judged
purchase buy
pursuant to by, following, under


Complex Clear
quadral in four parts
quasi in part, somewhat
questionable not sure


Complex Clear
rectify correct, repair
reflect say, show
regarding about, of, on
relative to about, on
relevant similar/related
relocate move
remain stay
remainder rest
remuneration pay, payment
render give, make
rendezvous meeting
represents is
request ask
require shall, must, need
requirement need
requisition, requisitioned ask, request
reside live
resume continue, start again
retain keep
revoke cancel


Complex Clear
said, some, such the, this, that
selection choice
set forth in in
signify suggest, show, mean
similar to like
solicit ask for, request
speedily fast
state-of-the-art latest
strategize plan
subject the, this, your
submit give, send
subsequent (to) later, next, after, then
subsequently after, next, later, then
substantial large, much
successfully complete complete, pass
sufficient enough
supplement add, in addition, increase


Complex Clear
take action to (omit)
terminate end, stop
the undersigned I
therefore so
therein there
thereof its, their
this activity, command us, we
time period (use one – not both)
timely prompt
to be violative of violate
transmit send
transpire happen


Complex Clear
under the provisions of under
undertake start, begin
uniformity consistent, equal
unobtainable unavailable
until such time as until
utilize, utilization use


Complex Clear
validate confirm, verify
viable practical, workable
vice instead of, versus


Complex Clear
warrant call for, permit
whereas because, since
wherein where, in what
whether or not whether, if
with reference to about
with regard to about
with respect to on, about
with the exception of except (for)
witnessed saw


Complex Clear
xeric dry


Complex Clear
yield give, supply, profit
your attention is drawn see, note


Complex Clear