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Does not show one's potential

One who has potential, but never gives the effort to show it. What would be the best word or words that match this description?
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a single decisive word for a “positive result”

It says: The sweeping prevalence of technology is an undeniable fact today. Both fruits and repercussions of such prevalence have reached epidemic proportions. Can fruit mean a positive ...
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One word, preferably short, that describe “quantity limited”

I run an e-commerce site and I want a word or very short phrase that convey the meaning of quantity limited that's easy to understand and also convey a sense of urgency. This word or phrase will ...
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“Plant my idea in someone else's mind”

Is there a word or phrase that means "plant my idea in someone else's mind so that they think it is their own?" Just like what happened in the movie Inception.
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What is the part of speech for words suffixed with “ity”?

This may be a dumb question, but I am bad at grammar (software engineer). Example: practical becomes practicality, equal becomes equality The dictionary calls them nouns, but nouns are defined as ...
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Name for setup and reversal style of writing?

What is the name of an expression where two noun/verb sentences are reversed in the second half of the expression? Here's an example: People were created to be loved. Things were created to be ...
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What do you call a person who's just been released from jail? [duplicate]

Is there a specific word for a person who has just been released from jail?
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A general word for weapons which are not considered firearms

Is there a general word for an assault weapon which cannot be considered firearm? For example knives, knuckles, a piece of metal, etc. Could 'Stabbing' be the right word for it?
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1answer
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What's a single word for the context a word is used in (used to differentiate similar words)?

I saw a question on this site asking about the difference between two similar words and one of the answers said it was the specific context each word was used in, except they used a single word that ...
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8answers
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What is the single word for a school where only boys study?

A school where both boys and girls study is called co-ed (co-education) What is the name for the school where only males study? (Calling it a male school seems a bit awkward)
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Single-word “Open your mouth!” imperative form [on hold]

Is there any single-word verb determining the imperative sentence form. All I could find is the "open your mouth!" form.
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What do you call the love of ancient ruins?

I am trying to find one word that describes the love of old building ruins.
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2answers
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Looking for a word which means: Taking something simple and making it into something complex

Let's say I have a very simple object, like a LEGO car (my cars were always pretty basic) and I remake it into a very complex object, like the Batmobile, what would be an appropriate term for this? I ...
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1answer
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What is the correct word / words for the information about someone's body, like hip circumference? [on hold]

I would like to find a suitable word, that summarises data like different body parts' circumferences. What I could think of is 'Body Information', but it sounds bad at least for my non-native ears, ...
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More emphatic term for “Expert”?

I've hit a wording problem in the controls for a game that I'm writing. I need two nouns with increasing emphasis for someone highly skilled in a given area. "Expert" is an obvious choice, so I need ...
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What do you call the act of taking science and making it available to the broader public?

In French we have a word, vulgarisation, which is the act of synthesizing complex knowledge into a form that a broad audience can understand. I know that the final product is called popular science in ...
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Word / compact phrase for written fictional works? [on hold]

While literature is colloquially often used in this context, that word is clearly defined in most dictionaries as: Written works, especially those considered of superior or lasting artistic ...
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3answers
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Word for “putting an end to one's solitude” or “be with someone”?

In Arabic there is a one-word verb that approximately means "being with someone and not letting them be alone". It could be used in phrases like: "يؤنس وحدتي " "أنت تؤنسني" "يؤنس وحشتي" It is used ...
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Word for someone who has a fear for not getting what he believes he's due? [on hold]

There is all different kinds of phobias. What is a phobia for someone who fears that he won't get what he believes he's due?
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6answers
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An expression meaning the feeling you get seeing something so beautiful it hurts [on hold]

I'm trying to find an expression (a single word, not a phrase) that means simply that! I'm sure I can't be the only person to feel this. I'm sure I heard it mentioned in a radio programme once but ...
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1answer
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Word choice: complement of 'Budgeted', but not 'Filled' [on hold]

I am trying to figure out a good word to use as a complement to budgeted. I've used filled before, and I would like to avoid using it again if possible. Context: I am making a simple over/under ...
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1answer
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How to best convey excitement for the next assignment, quarter, or project? [on hold]

I’ve just received feedback on my work during the second quarter of the year (Q2) from my manager. I would like to reply to this feedback and end my reply with a sentence along the lines of" ...
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7answers
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Word a male can use to refer to a female that is not old or young (girl/lady/woman)

I'm a married male in my mid-thirties and meet a woman of a similar age and talk about business. I want to refer to this meeting later, and it feels weird to say "I met a girl today...," (feels like ...
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4answers
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He nearly drowned

Imagine two similar, but technically different scenarios: While swimming he was caught by the torrent. It put him under water, he breathed in some water, got unconscious. Some passers-by pulled him ...
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What do you call the people who are trapped in the ruins of a building?

For example, what would you call the people who are trapped in the ruins of an earthquake? I thought of survivors but that doesn't imply they are stuck somewhere in any way. Suggestions?
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Is there a word for 2 different sentences with the same meaning in some context?

For example: I often want to eat pie because I really like it. and Due to my overwhelming approval of pie, I commonly long for ingesting it. These two sentences happen to have the same meaning ...
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Word: Tacky Rich People/Trashy Wealthy People [on hold]

Is there any single word to describe, as the title says, tacky rich/trashy wealthy people? The word nouveau riche describes this pretty nicely, while ODE lists the following as synonyms: the new ...
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Is there any slang word for somebody who doesn't show up for a date?

Is there any slang word that describes somebody who doesn't show up when you date him?
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3answers
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Words or phrases for 'credit takers'

Let say, A and B work in the same office. Every time A talks to B about his idea or working style, B always takes that idea to his boss and acts as if it was his own idea. What are words, phrases or ...
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1answer
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Verb for “I wish I were” him?

Is there a verb to describe a person who you wish you could be? For example, if you wish you were Bob, then I __ Bob.
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4answers
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What word can I use instead of “tomorrow” that is not connected with the idea of the rising sun? [on hold]

I'm working on a novel while trying to take into account the historical context surrounding it. It begins in 1140 AD, so the characters would use Old English, Latin, Old French, and other similar ...
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6answers
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Term for competitor that is not the favourite

In a betting sport such as horse racing or boxing, the competitor for whom the odds are lowest is known as the favourite. Can the other competitors be termed something in contrast?
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2answers
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Single word for something that is harmful, yet necessary [on hold]

Can anyone please help me to substitute "something that harms us, but we which also we depend on" with an equivalent word or phrase? An example: "Every year, river water causes flooding in its ...
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1answer
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EXPANSION of IT MEANS [on hold]

IT FULL FORM AND WHAT IS MEANT BY IT? i want to it company full form what is meant by it it means a information technology or another meaning is there show me the correct answer
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An exact word for the opposite of academic progress? [on hold]

I have been confronted with a word so many times for which I couldn't find any equivalent in English. What is an opposite term for academic progress? I mean specifically when one is no longer doing ...
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3answers
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Word or expression for someone who intentionally says false statements to bring someone else down?

Someone who intentionally says false statements and/or facts about someone else (directly related to and/or about them) with whom that person is in a conversation (with or without other people ...
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3answers
532 views

What's the word for a tiny sharp piece of wood under your skin? [on hold]

When you work with crude wood (or iron) without gloves, you easily get injured with a tiny sharp piece of wood which remains under your skin and needs to be removed. What is the word for this small ...
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2answers
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Word for someone who is hungry for power and control

What do you call someone who's running after power and is hungry of controlling everything/everyone, all the time? Somehow like a moderator Darth Vader.
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Word for substances which help you escape your problems

Is there a word like dopamine, which can be used to describe a substance that helps you escape/forget your troubles? E.g. Sleep is my dopamine Alcohol is my unknown word.
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“Niveous” poetic synonyms

Are there any more poetic synonyms for "snow-white" and "niveous"? I was searching but I've only found "nival".
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1answer
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Single word for feeling bad about feeling bad

There arises situations when at first we feel bad about something and then later we feel bad about feeling bad in the first place about that something. I don't exactly remember the situation I was ...
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7answers
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What do you call someone who always puts blame on others?

No matter what had really happened, this person will always blame and find an appearing logical/thought out way/strategy to it that, fundamentally, it's the other person who was the cause for all the ...
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7answers
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Men who are lured by the seductive beauty of women are called? [on hold]

What do you call such a man who is taken advantage of by the attraction of beautiful woman. This person is basically fooled by such a woman/girl.
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1answer
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One who can not bargain [closed]

A word for one who can't bargain. He/she just buys straight it suits the budget, otherwise doesn't buy. Is there a word for such a person, because we can't categorize him/her by extravagant.
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9answers
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What is the correct verb to imply the move of a moveable bridge?

Moveable bridges are the ones that can move, to allow the boats, etc. pass, like this one: For such purposes, the traffic on the road needs to be stopped, so that the bridge *move*s and allows the ...
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5answers
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Is there a word for satisfaction in others receiving justice?

Is there a word for satisfaction of hearing about justice that does not affect you? e.g. you hear on the news that a diet foods company has been ordered to compensate customers for deliberately ...
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2answers
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Is there a good word for “unsurpassability”?

I hope that this is a good forum to post the query below, and please excuse me if it is not -- this is my first visit. I am looking for a noun that describes a state of not being surpassable or ...
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1answer
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One word for an exactly opposite situation

Is there a word to describe an exactly opposite situation? In context, if someone describes a situation in which he found himself, and I tell him I found myself in the exactly opposite situation, what ...
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What is a word for someone who will only take credit for something if it benefits them?

For example, someone who will not say they suggested the restaurant if someone in the group said they didn't like it. Synynoms could include: noncommittal, unaccountable, fickle. Someone who ...
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Something that can not be undone or undo [closed]

A word for something that can't be undone or undo ?