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“Effective” in the beginning of a sentence?

What does "effective" mean if used at the beginning of a sentence? e.g. "Effective ____________________ , your child may not return to school until proof of immunizations has been sent to the ...
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is there some difference between the word “official” and “officer”

if I use the word "official" as a noun, then does it have some difference with the word "officer" ?? sample sentence: there are three major officers, head official, deputy official and other officer ...
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How to chose the meaning of a word from many meanings [closed]

To increase my vocabulary, I collect words from my daily study and then find them in the Cambridge dictionary. But one word has many meanings. It is sometimes hard to memorize all of them, and it is ...
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Seemingly quintessentially British non-medical meaning for “surgery”

Due diligence: I have Googled the word "surgery," and I have reviewed a couple of dozen past questions on this site related to the word "surgery." I have not found a satisfactory answer to the ...
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Definition of “kissing cousins”— Are the dictionaries wrong/incomplete?

With relatives in the US south, I always thought that the definition of "kissing cousin" was a second cousin (or more distant) whom you could kiss and subsequently marry (FWIW I never did either!). ...
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“bibs and bobs” - what does it mean and where does it come from?

Just exactly what is a bibs and a bobs? And where the heck did that expression come from, anyway?
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the difference between taunt and ridicule [migrated]

which one of these words is used as everyday English as well as means to despise someone and make fun of him for example because of his shape or Social status and so on
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“In and of itself”? What does it mean?

"It might be different if he were flagging down a passing car or trying to phone for help, but typing, in and of itself, is not an inherently dramatic activity." In this sentence, I do not understand ...
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A word describing a skilful footballer

Is there a common word describing a footballer who skilfully dribbles the ball and get past defenders easily?
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A linguistic term [closed]

I have come across the term ablaut. I have searched many dictionaries, however, I haven't been able to understand its meaning. Can you tell me whether the term is the same as vowel change or not. ...
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precondition + for / of / to - what's the difference?

This is my first post ever on this valuable forum! I'm at a loss, since I'm supposed correct students' exams, and I started doubting the grammar book's normatively exclusive use of the combination ...
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Another than, Different than [migrated]

Is it correct to say : You can save images to a different folder than videos, meaning images should be stored in one folder and videos in a different folder. Or should I say You can save images to a ...
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Free for common use

Can I say that an application is Free for common use? meaning everyone has access to all features and can use it free of charge unless s/he needs to use it on a large scale. This would require a paid ...
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Is the American Revolutionary War an example of civil disobedience? [closed]

I am involved in an argument with a friend about the meaning of civil disobedience. The question is whether or not the American Revolution involved civil disobedience. To clarify, this does not refer ...
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Is there a difference in meaning between “dedicated solely” and “solely dedicated”?

Rock Creek Conservancy is the only organization solely dedicated to Rock Creek Park. Rock Creek Conservancy is the only organization dedicated solely to Rock Creek Park. Do these statements mean the ...
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One who loves science

Would I be off base if I suggested (or created) the word "sciophile"? Meaning "one who loves science".
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worried about doing something vs. worried about not doing something

Below are excerpts from well-known English-language media. Forty-four percent of people who were interested in going to college said they were worried about not finding a job after they finished. ...
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When did “to forgive” lose its primary meaning for pardoning and become solely about an emotional response?

During a recent debate I was having with a peer, I was shocked to find out that the word "forgive" no longer carries a primary association with the act of pardoning another individual (i.e., ...
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Is the word “pathology” used only for “disease”?

I wanted to ask about the exact meaning of pathology. Is it just for disease or can we use it for other things? I mean, for example, if I want to talk about the determination of harms in culture or ...
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“Jane makes over six figures” - how much money does she make?

Suppose you are told that "Jane makes over six figures". Assuming this to be true, what is the minimum amount of money that Jane can be making? I have always understood this to mean "Jane makes at ...
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Is it correct to put a definition in parentheses? [closed]

Here is an example: The process includes situation awareness (the state of knowing the conditions that affect one’s work)... I want to know whether it is correct (or acceptable or unacceptable) ...
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Facebook reaction 'Thankful' (as 'grateful')

For Mother's Day, Facebook added a temporary reaction called 'Thankful' which was used to mean 'grateful'. This seemed odd. While I am not a native speaker, I was curious enough to use Google. What I ...
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What's a good word for a category of non-technical blog posts?

I have a website mostly devoted to technical blog posts. In the main navigation there are links for JavaScript and CSS, which take you to a list of posts about those topics. My question is, what ...
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Meaning and etymology of Middlesex

What is the meaning of Middlesex? I read somewhere that seax is an old English word meaning a type of Germanic knife, so was the county's original name Middleseax? I'm looking for the etymology of ...
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“I want it rather than him” could mean

The sentence "I want it rather than him" could mean I want to have it rather than him having it I want to have it rather than to have him Or are both meanings possible?
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Difference between vision and prophecy [closed]

Is there a difference between the meaning of the words prophecy and vision? could they be the same thing? If not what is their difference?
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What does it mean “One year after the rings”

Is there any place to recommend to help to look up the phase unknown? Like below: One year after the rings and a west coast honeymoon We are living in a rented house with a terrible view.... ...
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What's the difference between “strategist” and “ tactician”?

What's the difference between "strategist" and " tactician"? As a Chinese ,I don't get the hidden meaning of it. Any answer ?? Help me learn ...
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What's the difference between a graph, a chart, and a plot?

A graph, a chart, and a plot can all refer to the same thing. Is there any even somewhat consistent distinction in these three words? (I mean, in this particular sense of the words; it is not ...
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Meaning of “Propaganda” [closed]

I am confused about the meaning of the word propaganda I've read on the internet that propaganda means deliberate spreading of rumors to help or harm a person, idea, etc.. So it is something that is ...
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what is the Forty-five day escrow?

I want to make sure this English sentence. A: When are these people moving in? B: Forty-five day escrow. A: That’s like three months from now. In this sentence, B said it's 45 day ...
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Is it “chalk it up to” or “chock it up to”?

Grammarist & Our beloved StackExchange both say that the phrase "Chalk it up to" dates back to, among other things, debts being tallied on a chalkboard. However, when I hear the phrase "chock it ...
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A Pigeon house or something else?

Is there a word meaning a place where pigeons are kept and held? In the Middle East, some people have a place on their roof to keep pigeons. Sometimes, this place is like a big cage and sometimes it ...
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What's the difference in meaning between at and in? [closed]

I would like to know what's the difference in meaning in the sentences below: At no time were we friends. We were friends in no time.
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“Further, …” versus “Furthermore, …” at the beginning of a sentence (meaning the same thing)?

I am not a native speaker (my mother tongue is German). In the context of a technical paper (computer science), is there a difference between starting a sentence with Further, ... and starting it ...
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Rephrasing a Judicial Sentence

The Virginia attorney general said:" Courts would likely rule anti-LGBT discrimination is illegal under state law". The last part of the sentence beginning with is seems vague to me. So, can anyone ...
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A word to describe an individual who is unable to understand a particular situation as it is unfolding?

Example Of Such A Situation: The individual in question works for a company and he intends to resign voluntarily because he feels that he may be asked to resign by the company management. This is ...
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Which day does “next Tuesday” refer to?

At what point does next Tuesday mean the next Tuesday that will come to pass and no longer the Tuesday after the Tuesday that will come to pass? And, when does the meaning switch back? ...
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Graduating with Cohort? What does it mean? [closed]

In the following message: Hi Sebastian I hope this email finds you well. According to our records, you have registered to Graduate for the 28th June ceremony. Dr. [name] thought you ...
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Why does “inspire” mean both “breath out” and “inhale” (among other things)?

The definition of Inspire is as follows: 1 a : to influence, move, or guide by divine or supernatural inspiration b : to exert an animating, enlivening, or exalting influence on ...
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What is the definition of “solipsized?”

It seems like only "Lolita" uses this word. According to Google, solipsism is "the view or theory that the self is all that can be known to exist." From this definition, I conclude that for one to ...
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“Making use the assumption”?

Prove the statement P(k + 1) making use the assumption P(k). It's a part of Template for Proofs by Mathematical Induction. I'm not very familiar with the use of use in that sentence. What does it ...
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what does it mean: “sup butter-bean” [closed]

I guess it's something when you did not succeed with something but I'm not sure. Can you explain meanings and in which contexts that can be used?
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What is the connection between Oppressive and Wretched?

In the Ultimate Psychometric Test by Mike Bryon, you are suppose to find the most similar words or strongest connection of: A. Willing B. Considerate C. Oppressive D. Overbearing E. Wretched F. ...
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What is “medico-media material”?

Today I ran into the phrase medico-media material, and I don't know what it means. I tried to look it up on Google, but have had no luck so far. It comes from a 2005 letter to the editor in The Age ...
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“Perception” is to “recognition” as “execution” is to what?

I may not be using the right words for this analogy. "Perception" and "execution" are intended to have contrasting meanings. By "perception" I mean the reception of data. By "recognition" I mean the ...
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What's another way to say “If you want it we can make it happen…” that does NOT sound scandalous

what is an understated way to say "We're here for you. If you want it we can make it happen."
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What does the word 'candle-skin' mean?

In the book Cider with Rosie, an autobiographical coming-of-age novel written by British author Laurie Lee and published in 1959, I find the word 'candle-skin', which I tried to look up in many online ...
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What is the meaning of “Stumble into a margarita” in the following context?

In the series "two and a half men" Charlie wakes up to find that his nephew is dumping all sorts of weird food stuff into the blender trying tp make some sort of shake. Nephew forgets to put the lid ...