Analyse: examine in detail, showing pros and cons
Assess: weigh up the value of and give a judgement
Compare: show the similarities between two given items
Contrast: point out all the differences between items
Criticise: show both the good and bad points
Define: give the exact meaning
Describe: give a detailed account of
Explain: make really clear, possibly giving and reason
Explore: examine from various standpoints, showing the implications
Outline: give the main points of
Summarise: give a brief account of (Rose, 2001, pp. 90-91).
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