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Is there a better word for cemented in the following sentence?

All the experiences I went through have cemented my interest in this field.

I was told "cemented" doesn't quite fit in and I was asked to find a replacement. Any synonyms, anyone?

I know this question sounds vague, please comment if you need additional details.

  • reinforced? reinforce: strengthen (an existing feeling, idea, or habit). – Kris Nov 5 '13 at 6:19
  • hmm.. it is not an existing idea though. How do I put it.. it's more like' established'. Any word that's more appropriate than established/cemented? – pjamu Nov 5 '13 at 9:18
  • It's not very imaginative but solidified is fairly idiomatic. – Hugh Nov 5 '13 at 11:38
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I would say confirmed. In this context.

  • "Cemented" is it took your interest and made it stronger, tenfold. "Confirmed" is it took your interest and went "yeah well I guess it's, like, okay..." – RegDwigнt Nov 5 '13 at 11:22
  • Well I think you "confirm" your interest in something by doing it a few times. So all these experiences confirmed that he likes what he's been doing, don't you agree? – MilanSxD Nov 5 '13 at 11:27
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The noun cement refers to the binder in concrete which in combination with water forms a paste which solidifies into mortar, which is solid and strong. Together with sand and stone this forms concrete.

In the context of All the experiences I went through have cemented my interest in this field., cementing means strengthening or solidifying.

I would say the most suitable alternative word word be solidified here:

All the experiences I went through have solidified my interest in this field.

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To me,HARDENED or SET can also be used in the place of CEMENTED in the sentence. AZEEZ TANUR

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I would probably say ingrained, meaning deeply embedded

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I think 'cemented' is perfect. I'd change 'All the experiences I went through ... ', though, to 'My experiences have cemented my interest in this field'.

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I guess cemented or its synonym won't fit the context that you have mentioned. Try strengthened, steeled, etc.

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