Learn English – Single word that could mean three other words


I would like to know whether there's a word which could mean these 3 things:

  • Support
  • Like
  • Congratulate

I hoping to use it in my website for user's status. I would really appreciate if you could help me. Thank you.

Best Answer

I doubt that there exists a single word in the English language that spans all these three meanings in its dictionary definitions.

But one that might fit the bill loosely is "kudos".

praise or respect that you get because of something you have done or achieved M-W.

However, on Facebook, "like" is at least used in ways that mean all three things.

For instance, when somebody on Facebook reports that their cat has just died, friends of the person will typically press "like". I've always interpreted this as signs of support and sympathy - not actually liking that the cat died.

So one option, given Facebook's dominance in this field, is to adopt their overloading of the word "like".

In David Eggers' social media satire The Circle, the word "smile" is used in user's status updates for anything that is positive, congratulatory and/or supportive. So another option is to adopt this word from Eggers' novel.

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