Power Verbs Analyze To break apart and study the pieces; tell why. Compare To use examples to show how things are alike. Contrast To use examples to show how things are different. Criticize To show good and bad points; to give your judgment or reasoned opinion. Define To give a clear definition or meaning. Describe To tell all about it. Discuss To talk about an issue from all sides; explain the pros and cons. Evaluate To judge in your own words; to show good and bad points with supporting evidence. Explain To tell about it. Put into your own words. Formulate Develop, create, put together, give steps. Illustrate To show by means of picture, diagram, or some other graphic aid. Infer A good guess. To read between the lines. List List of words, sentences, or comments. Predict What do you think will happen next? An educated guess. Tell Why! Summarize Make a long story short, but include the main ideas. Give short version Support To give reasons and facts why. Trace To outline; list the steps from beginning to the end.