"First, we will look into the representations of the mind as multifaceted and beautiful, examining how Moore [uses] these aesthetics to challenge notions that the mind is solely useful for its logical reasoning, and endorse the duality of creativity and rationality."

I would like to replace the use of "use" in this sentence with something more sophisticated. I want to say that Moore exploits it (but with a positive connotation), or "profiter de" (in French) from these representations to "challenge...".

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    A list of synonyms would be much appreciated You're expected to have found a list of synonyms yourself, perhaps by consulting a thesaurus, before asking your question. And then, in your question, to explain why none of them quite satisfies your purpose. Mar 23 at 12:33
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    I removed that request. Can you tell us what you mean by 'sophistication', and, more importantly, why 'use' doesn't quite cut it?
    – Joachim
    Mar 23 at 13:11
  • I provided "exploited", that's the closest word I could find. "Manipulated" seems to have more of a negative connotation. "Employ" is too neutral. I would like a positive connotation word please. "Use" doesn't convey the sense that she's using it expertly to convey her further ideas; the verb doesn't seem strong enough and doesn't showcase how she's cleverly 'used' these techniques.
    – cabbagesss
    Mar 23 at 13:13
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    Adopting complicated synonyms to sound more sophisticated is rarely successful.
    – alphabet
    Mar 23 at 13:20
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    Explores, challenges, questions, investigates, contemplates, or deconstructs are the sort of terms used for this kind of writing.
    – Stuart F
    Mar 23 at 13:56

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Merriam-Webster defines "leverage" as:

2 : to use for gain : EXPLOIT
shamelessly leverage the system to their advantage
—Alexander Wolff

Dictionary.com defines it as:

5 to use (a quality or advantage) to obtain a desired effect or result:
She was able to leverage her travel experience and her gift for languages to get a job as a translator.



verb : to make use of : turn to practical use or account

I'm a great person for utilizing waste power — Robert Frost

source: www.merriam-webster.com


You could say that Moore draws on the aesthetics. TfD defines it as:

To access and use a helpful resource.

Cambridge gives a more specific definition:

to use information or your knowledge of something to help you do something

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