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Create or re-create?

I'm wondering if 're-create' is a better word than 'create' in the following: The vegetarian chef is good at creating / re-creating meat dishes. I want to say the chef can make vegetarian dishes ...
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What does “eat” mean (not so easy) [closed]

Easy isn't it? everyone knows what "eat" means. Except I'm not sure there is agreement. We probably all agree that to eat, one puts food in the mouth, masticate (chew) and swallow. But is even ...
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A word that means, “Something filled with many mistakes or errors”?

Is there a word that referrs to something full of errors, that can be used in the following sentence? She told him something that could not possibly be pronounced by any human, and the syntax ...
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Is there a word to describe the act of suddenly halting by virtue of feeling shy or intimidated?

I'm looking for a word that can fit into this sentence, "She paused with timid caution and then resumed her lope as if led by the dangling of her small interlaced hands, a magnetic sweeping of the ...
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Exact meaning of “sense of well being”?

I want to find the exact/literal/detailed meaning of the phrase "sense of well being". Not just "well being", but "sense of well being". (What exactly is meant by "sense"?) Note: I understand what ...
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'Birthdate vs birthday'- I know three other people who share my birthdate

We say birthday and not birthdate Generally, birthplace is used for place of birth but not birthdate for date of birth. What is the reason that birthday scores over birthdate when it comes to ...
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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 does 'rare device' refer to?

What does rare device refer to in the line 'It was a miracle of rare device' of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem, Kubla Khan?
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what is the difference between “seek” or “search” ? [duplicate]

Can I use a verb seek in this way "makes me seek more rewarding and challenging environment"? Thank you
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“Oojakapiv”: what does this word mean?

A lot of people in my family use this word, not regularly, but enough for me to ask what it means. I know it’s not a “real word”, but how come people from different sides of my family use it? It must ...
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what does “considers most” mean here?

The United States signed but has not yet ratified the Convention; however, the United States considers most of the Vienna Convention’s rules as representing customary international law. does it ...
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What's the difference between “… you have completed the task” and “… you completed the task”? [closed]

Is there any difference in the meaning of the following sentences? Or do they mean the exact same thing? By doing both, you have completed the task. By doing both, you completed the task.
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Is “defease” an English word? [closed]

I saw people using the word "defeased" in a sentence. I guess the original form of the word should be defease, but I could not find "defease" in any dictionary. Is defease an English word? What does ...
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Explicit vs Specific

Recently I asked on the personal productivity Stack Exchange Is there specifically a reason why there isn't an ADHD tag? The context here, being that people with ADHD have issues with productivity, ...
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What is the meaning and etymology of “ruthless?”

A "standard" definition is something like "cruel," or "remorseless." But what does this have to do with "ruth" (or lack thereof)? Is this a reference to a kind person named Ruth? Perhaps a clue may ...
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Why are consequences usually associated with something negative?

Consequence often has a negative tone. For example, we are more likely to say, "Bob did not study, as a consequence he failed his test." But for the opposite we usually say, "Bob studied, therefore he ...
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Anyroad and Anyway

As far as I know, anyway is a common word used by both American and British English speakers to mean in any case, nevertheless, etc. I never thought much about the word until I noticed that British ...
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Difference between a symbol and a word [closed]

Recently Oxford Dictionaries named the Tears of Joy emoticon as word of the year. What is the difference between a symbol and a word?
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what does “preceding warfare” means? [closed]

Peace treaties concluded after cessation of hostilities were usually considered to be valid because of preceding warfare. preceding means "come before (something) in time" warfare means ...
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What does “doing press” mean in the following context?

From this scan of Paul we were able to turn him into a 3D printable figure. Some of you may already have seen photos of the figure. Paul had them with him whilst doing press for the 'Hope For ...
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Accepting criticism [closed]

What are some words or phrases that say that we will accept criticism or any words thrown at us? I want to respond in a way so the bond between us is never broken. I don't want to take things ...
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Meaning of golden thread

What is implied when this person says "like a golden thread"? The whole context is as follows: “The Kingdom theme runs through the Bible like a golden thread. That is so, even though about 40 ...
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On the use of “Dissent”. [closed]

The moratorium on the use of cars caused great dissent among the citizens. Can I use the word dissent in this sentence? If not, what can I use? Thanks!
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What do you call money earned through unethical sources?

Money/Assets/Property that is earned through unethical sources is called ? Money that is earned through bad sources like corrupted politics, corrupted business, ransom money, stolen or theft ...
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What do denotative and connotative mean and how are they used? [duplicate]

So I'm reading a text about antonyms and among the elements that define the strength of an antonym I found this quote: Secondly, the dimension has to be predominantly denotative rather than ...
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Meaning of 'Energy Lease' [closed]

Translating a short story, I'm totally stuck with this sentence: (the landowners) plied the land for energy leases The story happens in an unnamed small city in the Unites States, and though ...
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Meaning of “would have to do”

Please help me to understand intonation of this message: You would have to do the graphics. Is it proposal, designation or expectation?
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What are the historic definitions of the word dragon?

Today, the term dragon is universally used for mythical, non-existent creatures that resemble dinosaurs in some ways. I thought I heard once from someone quoting a dictionary from 1600 something that ...
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What's a word that means a person tries to find an easier, cheaper way? [duplicate]

My mother has always been that type of person who tried to find an easier/cheaper way. For example, let's say I need something for school she then says "oh no there is notebooks and pencils at the ...
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What is rose up here, and what does it mean “out of it”? And pantomime demon

He never finished what he was going to say for at that moment something happened. The high-backed chair in front of the fire moved suddenly and there rose up out of it - like a pantomime ...
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Term for being mad at someone for something you know they didn't do

In particular, if one is mad at a another person for something they did in a dream. For example, I woke up this morning from a dream where my girlfriend hurt me, to see her next to me. I know it was a ...
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What is the meaning of the adjective phrase “three-up”?

In Annie Proulx's short story, the phrase "three-up outfit" appears, used to describe the ranch of one of the characters. I do not know what "three-up" means.
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Compound noun with completely different meaning

I am looking for a compound noun that has a meaning that is completely (or very) different from the words it is derived from. This because I want to give an example of how powerful the human brain is ...
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“See you in the funny papers”: etymology and meaning

I've heard people saying that "See you in the funny papers" means "I'll see you later," as in "Good Bye," but I always thought that it means "Good bye," as in "I'll never see you again." I thought ...
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Line or sentence? [closed]

Which word is correct to use for a poem? "line" or "sentence"? For eg: The first line of the poem "The Woods". or The first sentence of the poem "The Woods". What about speech and dramas? Do we use ...
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What does “should likely” mean?

For example You should likely do something. Does it mean "you should do something" or "you can do something"?
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Meaning of “if the shoe fits wear it” doesn't fit

Just now I read the phrase's meaning and was surprised. I always thought that the meaning goes like this: if something is in a really bad or unacceptable condition, but it's serving the purpose, then ...
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“Still” and “Yet” as Conjunctions

I know there are already many posts on still and yet, but I really find it difficult to use them as conjunction as in following sentences: It's a small car, yet/still it's surprisingly ...
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Meaning of “Honor Brite” in an Alan Parsons Project song

In "Games People Play" from album "The turn of the friendly card" by the Alan Parsons Project, we hear: Games people play/You take take it or you leave it/Things that they say/Honor Brite/If I ...
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Finding a more common word for “mundanity”

As the title states, I'm looking for a word that emphasizes the mundane nature of something. "The ____ of my job had me bored and itching for something new." My first thought was mundanity, but it ...
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meaning of referendum [closed]

'Referendum' is the gerund of the Latin verb refero, and has the meaning 'bringing back' (i.e. bringing the question back to the people). wikipedia.org: Referendum Wiki says Referendum is ...
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is “reads as” equal to “similar to” in this context?

For all their efforts, the diplomats at Versailles achieved the precise opposite of what they had set out to do, inexorably, tragically laying the groundwork for the next, more horrible world war. ...
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Meaning of “To take half” [closed]

In Eminem's song Crazy in love there is the expression never took half: You're like the pillar that props me up The beam that supports me The b...h who never took half, The wife ...
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whats does “requires consideration of encounters and power” mean? [migrated]

as Nanda maintains, ‘Deconstructing central structural concepts in American society such as race, gender, religion, and ethnicity is an essential component of teaching cultural anthropology as ...
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What is the opposite of penance?

I think it must be a single word from something like "willful insistence on wrongdoing." What is that word? A lot of websites say "happiness" which seems obviously incorrect.
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Can something be disgusting without something else to feel disgust? [closed]

Disgusting means Causing disgust; repulsive; distasteful and is a deverbal adjective in that it behaves purely as an adjective, not a present participle. If we take an adjective such as ...
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What does “hardline phone” mean?

What is meant by hardline? A commenter named Ed asked, "I am very concerned as that was definitely our garage that slid into the Batavia. My mom has a hardline phone in the house but probally ...
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Does “excuse you” imply I'm at fault?

So I was walking in the hallway at my business, and one of my co-workers said excuse you to me. He said excuse you, when we kind played "footsies," where he was trying to go past me and I was trying ...
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What is the meaning of using a past participle after 'of'?

I'm reading The Go-Giver. There is a sentence: Now some character he'd never heard of had underbid and outperformed him. I expected after of in above sentence will be V-ing, but the author ...
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Are those sentences both negative or the first one is positive and second one is negative? [duplicate]

For he through Sin's long labyrinth had run, Nor made atonement when he did amiss... Does these sentences mean that he did not run from commiting sins nor made atonement when he did amiss or Does it ...