synonyms?

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Anonymous:
i've got a questinon,what does synonym dominant mean?there is an exercise i've got in my linguistic subject:

in the following groups of synonyms find the synonymic dominant:

-exact,precise,accurate

-clever,able,intelligent,keen,sharp

agile,nimble,alert,quick,brisk,active

-cry,weep,screem,shriek.

thank you
Hi,

This is from http://www.refstar.ru/data/r/id.5245_1.html

In each group of synonyms there is a word with the most general meaning,
which can substitute any word in the group, e.g. «piece» is the synonymic
dominant in the group «slice», «lump», «morsel». The verb « to look at» is
the synonymic dominant in the group «to stare», «to glance», «to peep». The
adjective «red’ is the synonymic dominant in the group «purple», «scarlet»,
«crimson».


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