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Try using these shorter, simpler alternatives to overstated, bureaucratic and pompous words. Also see Using appropriate words in the County's Plain-language writing guide.

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access (as a verb) buy, earn, gain, get, pick up, reach, win
accommodate adapt, adjust, allow, fit, handle, help, hold, house, grant
accommodation(s) room(s)
accompany attend, belong to, escort, go with
accomplish achieve, carry out, do, finish, get done, perform, succeed
accordingly so, therefore
accountability responsibility
acquaint tell, inform
acquire get, buy, win
additional added, another, extra, more (or be specific)
advise explain, give advice, mention, recommend, say, tell
aforementioned these
annex (as a verb) attach
antihetical against, opposite, opposed
apparent clear, plain, obvious
appear look, seem
append add, attach
applicable apply to
appropriate apt, correct, fitting, proper, relevent, right, suitable (as an adjective); seize, set apart, set aside, steal, take (as a verb)
approximately about, almost, nearly, roughly (Avoid around)
arrive come
ascertain be sure, check, discover, find out, learn
assist, assistance aid, back, help, relieve
attain arrive at, gain, get, grasp, reach, win
attempt (as a verb) take on, try
attired clothed, dressed, wore
attributable due
augment increase, make larger
bimonthly, biweekly every other month, every two months; every other week, every two weeks
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capitalize draw upon, profit by
cast (as a verb) throw
category class, group
cease end, finish, stop
cognizant aware, knowing
commence begin, get under way, open, start
complete fill up, finish
components ingredients, items, parts, sections, units
conceal cloak, cover, disguise, hide, mask, shelter, veil
concept idea
concerning about, on
consequence effect, importance, note, outcome, result, weight
consequently so
considerable much
consolidate combine, join
constitute form, frame, make up, set up
construct build, compose, erect, form, frame, make, model, set up
container bottle, jar, package
continue keep on
cooperate help, work together 
correspondence letter, e-mail
currently now
customary normal, ordinary, regular, routine, usual
deem consider, believe, judge, think, treat as, view
delete cross out, cross through, cut, drop, remove 
deleterious harmful
demise death
demonstrate display, explain, prove, show, teach; march
denote mark, mean, note, represent, say, show, stand for
depart go, leave
designate appoint, choose, earmark, label, name, set, show
desire need, want, wish
desist end, give up, stop, suspend
detain hold
determine control, decide, discover, end, figure out, find out, fit, fix, learn, set, settle, work out 
diminutive little, small, tiny
discover find
disseminate communicate, deliver, distribute, give, scatter, send, send out, sent, spread
donate give, grant, present
duplicate copy, double, multiply, repeat (as a verb); copy, double, match (as a noun); double, matching (as an adjective)
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effectuate carry out, cause
e.g. (exempli gratia) for example, such as 
eliminate cancel, cut, cut out, drop, end, erase, expel, get rid of, remove
elucidate explain
emoluments pay
employ (an instrument or tool) use
endeavor (as a verb) carry out, take on, try
enumerate count, list, name, number
establish find out, show
et al. (et alibi, et alii) and others, and elsewhere
etc. (et cetera) and others, and so on, and the like, and the rest
eventuality event, possible event
evince make evident, show, show signs of 
expedite hasten, help along, hurry, rush, send, speed up
expend spend
expiration, expiry end, ending 
extend give
fabricate build, create, forge, invent, make, make up, produce
facilitate ease, enable, help, make easier, make easy, promote, simplify
facility base, building, factory, laboratory, office, warehouse
factor cause, circumstances, condition, fact, feature, part, reason (or delete or be specific)
feasible achievable; likely, possible, probable
feedback comments, opinions, responses
finalize complete, end, finish, settle, wrap up
following after
foregoing this, these
formulate create, develop, devise, draft, draw up, express, form, frame, plan, work out
forthwith at once, immediately, now, soon, promptly
forward (as a verb) pass on, send, send on 
fundamental basic
furnish equip, give, provide, send, supply
furthermore also
henceforth from now on, from now
hosted entertained, gave, was host to
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i.e. (id est) that is 
imbibe drink
immediately at once
impact (as a verb) affect, change, have an impact, increase, influence, stimulate,
implement begin, carry out, do, complete, finish, follow, fulfill, impose, put in place, put into effect, put into use, set up, start (as a verb); instrument, tool (as a noun)
inaugurate begin
incombustible fireproof
indebtedness debt
indicate mark, point out, point to, read, say, show, signal, suggest, tell
individual, individuals person, people
initiate admit, begin, cause, create, do first, found, introduce, launch, open, set up, start
input, output, throughput information; input: advice, comments, opinions, thoughts, views; output: byproduct, product, result, work; throughput: material
inquire ask
institute (as a verb) begin, start, create, found, set up
instruct coach, command, direct, order, show, teach, tell, train
interface collaborate, contact, interact, link, meet, work together
interrogate question
intimate (as a verb) hint, say, suggest
irregardless regardless
locality, location district, neighborhood; place, site
luncheon lunch
manner way, way of doing 
materialize appear, come about, develop, happen, occur, turn up
methodology methods, procedures
minuscule tiny
mitigate ease, lessen, moderate, reduce, relieve, soften
modify, modifications adapt, adjust, change, vary; adjustments, changes, variations
monies, moneys cash, funds, money
moreover and, also, as well, besides, but, however, what's more 
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necessitate require, call, call for, compel, force, make, need
nevertheless but, even so, however
notify tell
numerous many, several (or be more specific)
objective aim, goal
obligated bound, required 
obligation bond, contract, debt, duty, favor, responsibility, tie
observe follow, keep, note, obey, remark, see, view, watch
obtain get, buy, earn, exist, gain, hold, stand
obviate avoid
occasion (as a verb) cause
ongoing active, advancing, continuing, constant, current, under way, endless, growing, lasting
operate act, cause, go, handle, keep, manage, perform, run, use, work
operational active, live, running, working
optimum best, greatest, ideal, most, peak
orientate orient
overall complete, general, total
paradigm example, model, pattern
parameter boundary, extent, limit, perimeter--or characteristic, condition, feature, property
permit agree to, allow, let
persons people, anyone
peruse examine, inspect, read carefully (or thoroughly), review, study
place (as a verb) put
portion part
possess own, have, control, hold, take, take over
possibility chance
preceding last, before
preplanning planning
present (as a verb) give
presently in a little while, in a short time, shortly, soon (not now)
preserve keep, keep safe, maintain, protect 
preventative preventive
prior earlier
prioritize order, rank, set priorities
proceed go (ahead), advance, continue, go on, move, run, walk
procure acquire, arrange, buy, find, gain, get, win
purchase buy
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receive get
regarding about, on
reimburse repay
relate tell
remain stay
remainder rest, balance, excess, surplus
remove take away, haul off, haul away
remunerate pay
reoccur recur
reproduce copy
request (as a verb) ask, question, seek
reside live, remain, stay
residences addresses, homes, houses
retain keep, hold, save
secure get
select choose, pick
shall must, will
sibling brother, sister
state say, tell, write down 
strategize plan
subsequently afterwards, following, later,
subsequent, subsequent to after, following, later, next, resulting, then
substantiate back up, confirm, prove, support
suffice be enough, do
sufficient enough
summon send for, call, call on, call up
supplement add to
supplementary extra, more
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terminate end, close, finish, limit, stop, wind up
therefore so
transmit send
transpire leak out; happen, occur, take place
ultimate crowning, eventual, final, last, perfect, supreme
upon on
utilize use
use up use
virtually almost
visualize see
whether if