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I'm searching for a word that means "A widens conditions for B". I mean that A has a positive influence on B and thanks to existence of A, B can exist in more tough conditions.

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Please expound. I'm not sure of the question. – Daniel Jun 28 '11 at 21:41
for example existence of fire can wider conditions for human existence – Darqer Jun 28 '11 at 21:47
You might want to choose a different word: "wider" is not a verb, and this is probably what's confusing people. Do you mean something like "improve", "make easier", "relax"? – psmears Jun 28 '11 at 21:55
@psmears great idea, meake easier that is what I mean, is there a way to say in more formal way that existence of fire makes life of human easier in ... well more conditions – Darqer Jun 28 '11 at 22:00
How about using the word facilitate. – Peter Shor Jun 29 '11 at 18:08

I'm not sure if this fits for the fire example (despite -blaze), but in other cases it seems you could use the word trailblazing:

trailblazer |ˈtreɪlˈbleɪzər|
a person who makes a new track through wild country.
• a pioneer; an innovator : he was a trailblazer for many ideas that are now standard fare.

DERIVATIVES trailblazing |-ˌblāzi ng | |ˈtreɪlˈbleɪzɪŋ| noun & adjective


  • A trailblazed for B, or, A was a trailblazer for B.
  • Thanks to the trailblazing of A, B can exist in more tough conditions.

And in the original sense of the word, A's trailblazing would have literally "widened conditions for another" by making the trail more navigable.

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If you really need one word, you could say that A assists or improves B.

Though if you want to make the relationship clearer, you would want to add more description, such as in:

A improves B's potential.

A gives B more opportunity.

These sound more natural. See them in action:

The existence of fire improves man's potential.

The existence of fire gives man more opportunity.

For a single verb:

Fire assists man.

(Unfortunately, my other single-word suggestion does not work in this case: "Fire improves man." But fire does improve a marshmallow. When applied in moderation.)

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Thank you, well it might be more than one word, so if you have more ideas let me know :) – Darqer Jun 28 '11 at 22:02

To nurture or cultivate something means providing conditions for its development and growth. However, the usage usually implies that A was deliberately done in order to encourage the growth of B. So "A cultivates B" would only really work if A was something that was done deliberately to support the growth or success of B.

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A term that may work is "allows for", as in "A allows for B". Because A exists, B is facilitated or assisted in some way; however, A is not a requirement of B as would be the case if you said "A allows B".

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But "allows for" does not necessarily mean "making easier" or "widening conditions. It is more passive, not actively helpful to B. – Daniel Jun 28 '11 at 22:38

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