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Another way of saying “easily deceived”?

What's another way of saying easily deceived? I want to have a better vocabulary. Easily deceived sounds a bit basic to me. Is there a better word for that phrase?
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What would be a word for describing a tendency to take the literal meaning of words above the accepted meaning?

For example someone accused of homophobia would answer that isn't correct as he is not afraid of homosexuals. The accepted meaning of homophobia is, of course, a much wider range of negative ...
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What do you call someone who's involved in a project (non-leading role)

We currently have two roles for our project, namely: project manager `someone who is involved', ie. regular worker/employee but I'm not really satisfied with worker. What do you usually call ...
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45 views

What is the differences between these three words? [closed]

tell apart say apart speak apart please tell me about differences between these words. And also what do they mean? Are they expressions?
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69 views

Usage of ostensible in this sentence [closed]

An obscure term ostensibly referring to a lung disease caused by silica dust. ostensible: stated or appearing to be true, but not necessarily so. Does ostensible in this sentence mean that there is ...
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Proper usage for the word “obverse”

I believe "obverse" has several meanings, with one being "the flip side of something (coin)." I'm trying to cleverly contrast opposite approaches of a person's management duties. "From a wide ...
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44 views

Meaning of “… is king”

The word king alone is not an adjective. And since it is countable it should be either a king or the king. So the expressions like "money is king" or "the Lord is king" are ungrammatical. How would ...
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1answer
90 views

Difference between “at date” and “to date” [closed]

Two Examples: It is the social networking giant's biggest acquisition to date. The deal to buy it includes $4bn in cash... plus an additional $3 billion in stock to WhatsApp's founders and ...
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102 views

meaning of parochial [closed]

As far as I know "parochial" means of or relating to a church/parish. My dictionary (and Google, or that matters, also says so.) But recently, I've heard it also means "narrow-minded" (or something ...
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85 views

Is there a difference between 'unknowingly' and 'unintentionally'? [closed]

Sorry, it was unknowingly. Sorry, it was unintentionally.
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120 views

How should this sentence be interpreted?

So I am reading the essay "On Some Verses of Virgil" by Michel de Montaigne (translation by Donald M. Frame) and I came across this particular sentence. Is there any ugliness in doing wrong that ...
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120 views

Is automobiles only a “car”

If we go by the word it should be anything which can move(mobile) on its own. The etymology section under wikipedia suggest so. But dictionary, wikipedia etc. says that its meaning is car. My ...
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254 views

what's a “sign-off process”?

I am translating a text which says that during the probation period, the direct report monitors the new employee's performance through a sign-off process. what does sign-off mean in this context? Or ...
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A word for “nobody depends on me”

If I do not depend on anybody, I can say: I am independent And if nobody depends on me. Is there a monoword to describe that?
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65 views

a person with a fossilized mind

How to describe a person who have a fossilized mind? whatever he hears he will not (get it into one's head)
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173 views

What is “skat”?

I have been reading a report of a mining accident involving a skat conveyor. But I can't find out what the skat conveyor is conveying. I have found some references to a card game:- 1 : a ...
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1answer
79 views

Occasion and Opportunity [closed]

At the same time, large companies may take ___ of smaller suppliers by delaying payment. The offer continues, so why not take ___ ? The attacker was ideally placed to take ___ of this. Please, I ...
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474 views

Capo = Cheerleader?

I noticed that the demi-official USA national (soccer) team supporter's group has a name for the folks who lead their section of the stands in chants/cheers; a word I'd never seen used for that ...
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1answer
258 views

Rule vs. Principle - What are each of them [not]? [closed]

I'm quite confused about these two concepts and I often interchange them. I was recently told that it's only a principle if it universally holds true or right, and that nobody gets to make up ...
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What is “beer money”?

What is the meaning of the term beer money in the sentence: People often ask me to describe in detail how I’ve got to be where I am today, thinking that I’ve spent years earning beer money in ...
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1answer
103 views

“put down” ≠ make a down payment?

A Peace Corps volunteer started a credit union requiring people receiving a new home to put down community references in lieu of collateral. These references were friends, family members, or ...
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1answer
299 views

Analogous vs analogical

What is the difference in meaning between analogous and analogical?
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143 views

Is there a term for a married couple who have the same christian and surname?

My wife and I share the abbreviated form of our name - Alex derived from Alexandra and Alexander respectively. As we are married, we have the same christian and surname when used in the short form. ...
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1answer
710 views

Difference in naming between consulting and consultants

I have a domain research for a company and since English is not my first language I was wondering about the difference between e.g. Boston Consulting and Boston Consultants My guess is that the ...
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Difference between “to enhance” and “to improve”

What is the difference between the verbal synonyms "to enhance" and "to improve"? Do they have exactly the same meaning?
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3answers
92 views

What are the uses for 'quick'?

Is the word quick ever used in reference to candles eg the quick of the candle? I know about the quick of the nail and obviously about the wick of a candle but I have a memory of the quick too being ...
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363 views

What's the meaning of “Shrubbery”? [closed]

A shrubbery is a wide border to a garden where shrubs are thickly planted; or a similar larger area with a path winding through it. This is a sentence from wikipedia: shrubbery. I do not quite ...
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1answer
119 views

What does “count off” mean as a noun?

I looked up Webster, Oxford and some other sources and fund nothing for the meaning of "count off" in the followig sentence. Each track on the CDs that accompanies the book is presented with an ...
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1answer
837 views

“Learn” vs. “study” difference [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there any subtle difference between “to study” and “to learn”? What is the difference between "to learn" and "to study"? Can you study without ...
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1answer
768 views

Can't understand the meaning of “facile” in these example [closed]

I found the meaning of facile is easy, getting something without effort. http://sentence.yourdictionary.com/facile I have read those sentences. But can't understand it clearly. I'm trying to ...
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1answer
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What is the definition and usage of “tids and bits”? [closed]

What is the correct definition and usage of the term "tids and bits"? I tried googling but nothing turns up, not even a definition.
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685 views

What does “insteadly” mean?

I have seen it couple of times in a chat room on the internet. What does "insteadly" mean? Is it a shortcut of "instead of"?
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3answers
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“features and characteristics”

In English, the phrase "features and characteristics" is often used. However, I, as a non-native English speaker, can't understand the difference between them. Longman Dictionary of Contemporary ...
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4answers
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“stress” vs. “distress”

From Cambridge dictionary, stress - great worry caused by a difficult situation. distress - extreme worry, sadness, pain. I'm not sure if the words 'distress' and 'stress' have the same ...
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2answers
259 views

What word or phrase expresses briefly detaining a suspect on the street and then letting him/her go?

Today, a Dutch paper published a little research triggered by a politician outing the English phrase (abbreviated) "65 percent of them have been detained by the police at least once." I think, and ...
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2answers
883 views

What is the noun for “implore”?

What is the noun form of the word "implore"? I saw some suggestions online for "imploration", but this seems awkward to me.
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“Innovation” vs “invention” [closed]

What is the difference between innovation and invention? Where should we use these words? I referred to Wikipedia but did not understand much.
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1answer
2k views

So much is at stake

In this sentence: So much is at stake that courses in foreign languages are often inadequate training grounds, in and of themselves, for the successful learning of a second language. I have ...
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0answers
314 views

Difference between “fluid” and “liquid” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Fluids” versus “liquids”? What is the difference between fluid and liquid?
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5answers
897 views

Vast amount of vocabulary in English books [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there 20,000 English words in the average adult's vocabulary? English is not my native language, but I use it on a daily basis. I started reading English ...
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2answers
374 views

Meaning of “Chase a Crooked Shadow”?

What is the meaning of chasing a crooked shadow? I read Chase a crooked shadow in the Times of India newspaper, 10 Feb 2012, but could not understand the meaning of that title. Some context from ...
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0answers
429 views

Whats' wrong with the following sentence? [closed]

One thing that despise me is when people cannot look me in eye. I believe that the statement is grammatically wrong since we are using passive voice in the sentence so it should be 'despises' ...
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What's the difference of these words that means “to indicate by signs”? [closed]

presage bode augur betoken omen portend These are the words I learned today. Are they basically the same, or are they usually used in different contexts? I checked the Google Ngram ...
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What is “outbearded”?

I was reading Scott's Woodstock the other day, and came upon the word outbearded. Searching with Google reveals nothing relevant and I am wondering what it means. The context is that Everard and a ...
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Is it correct to say “He got a fatal injury in the accident” when there is a possibility that the person’s life will be saved?

I would like to know whether “fatal injury” means (1) an injury which causes a death, (2) an injury which almost causes a death but not necessarily does, or (3) both (1) and (2) depending on the ...
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2answers
439 views

Is “for true” valid English?

I have an English-language version of my Finnish birth certificate. It is called an "extract from the population system". The last paragraph, showing the name of the issuing autority, the place, date ...
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Meaning of “one order of magnitude improvement”

There is no single development, in either technology or management technique, which by itself promises even one order of magnitude improvement in productivity, in reliability, in ...
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What does it mean to be “worth someone's keep”?

“Do not get any gold or silver or copper to take with you in your belts no bag for the journey or extra shirt or sandals or a staff, for the worker is worth his keep. What does it mean ...
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3answers
447 views

How should I understand “archaeocyte” in this sentence?

Consider the following sentence: The fossil consists of a complete skull of an archaeocyte, an extinct group of ancestors of modern cetaceans. Does it mean "the fossil consists of a complete ...
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Attorney at law, is there any other kind?

I have wondered from time to time about the phrase "attorney at law." Are there other kinds of attorneys? Attorneys at arms? If not, why do we specify?