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Escorting a guest before saying goodbye as a sign of respect or caring

In the two cases below, what is the host doing to the guest? First example: When you go to someone's home for dinner, after the party, the host walks you out and says goodbye in the street rather ...
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Word referring to the structure and shape of leaves

I'm looking for a word which refers to the structure and shape of leaves or the study thereof, probably with a prefix like phyllo-. 'Phyllomorphy', which was my first guess, isn't it, and I think ...
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Looking for a word that means “a lack of listening skills”

This is my first time here, and I am hoping this community can help me out. The context is as follows: I witnessed a slow transition from awareness and excitement to Wallace's "natural state" - ...
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pineapple technology company name [on hold]

brand name for technology company? Hello I need your help Am starting a technology company and thinking about simple name so I like pineapple 😄 But I can't regester pineapple only so I need word ...
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Word for speaking over others

Is there a word that can be used to describe the act of speaking over another person? Looking particularly to describe the act in the context of a debate where a speaker is unable to respond due to ...
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What is the word for someone that uses other people?

What is the word that describes a person who uses other people, generally for personal gain, without anything given in return? Maybe through blatancy or through manipulation. I was using extortionist, ...
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Single-word or multiword term for a grammatical tense marking another tense

I would like to know if there is an English term in linguistics that expresses the notion of a use of a grammatical tense which marks (expresses) another (grammatical) tense.
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Notwithstanding the craziness

I find it really amusing when other people misuse words but my sense of humor fails when it's me. I have always used "notwithstanding" to mean "assuming that A doesn't impact B". For example The ...
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Another word for 'audience'

How else can you refer to an audience, beside as audience, when you mean people who are reading a book? I have thought of: audience readership readers/reader etc To clarify: I want ...
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One-word substitution which probably starts with 'E' [on hold]

What is that one word that means 'to say something derogatory in a good way'?
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Word or phrase to describe a couple that is perfect?

What is a good word or phrase for a couple that is perfect? Would that be referred to as a good match, or is there a better choice? Also, is there a word or phrase to describe that when the ...
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Is there a specific term for treating a system as if it had *motives*?

Imagine some complex system that may have a wide variety of possible actions/outputs, and that to some extent may be responsive to its circumstances. I'm trying to find a suitable term (hopefully a ...
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Word meaning “someone who does all the work”

Is there a word for someone who does all of the work? Or for the person who is exploited when someone else steals the credit?
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What should we call language that intentionally conveys the opposite of the literal meaning?

This seems to me to be a kind of rhetorical figure, but I cannot find a classical term for it in Silva Rhetoricae. Examples include the following from Tristram Shandy (Vol. 2 Chap. 24): I define a ...
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What is the term for the origin of a cliche?

From wiki sources : A cliche is an expression, idea, or element of an artistic work which has become overused to the point of losing its original meaning or effect, even to the point of being ...
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What do you call a person who asks for an appointment and the person who was asked?

Andrew wants to make an appointment with Sally but Sally needs to determine whether the time Andrew stated is suitable for her. What do you call Andrew and Sally? I found words like ...
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Please suggest me a decent name for my project? [on hold]

I am a third year computer science engineering student and I have made a software for my college. The problem I am facing is in naming it. My project is the entire college itself i.e. it has ...
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Adjective that describes “boosting one's ego”?

Example: Being one of a kind is [...], but lonely at times." Maybe uplifting? I'm looking for something less formal, though.
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Verb meaning “to partially hide”?

Example: We sipped our tea in silence for a while, the steam [...] our faces. I searched on Google and Thesaurus but couldn't find anything.
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direct negation of concur

I'm wondering what the direct opposite of "concur" is. For example, disagree is the direct negation of agree. Is there such a word? Thanks!
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Is there a word for the instant after you are slapped and are deciding how to react?

Or just any kind of semi-unexpected personal injury. Maybe someone destroys the painting you spent months on. So after the inciting incident, there's a split second where you're trying to figure out ...
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What is the word for the place/address a person lived, or is identified with, most of their lives?

I know this word exists but I can't remember it. It is like saying current address or last address but has the meaning of the address a person lived most of their lives or is identified with most. ...
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What do we call those who discriminate against fat people?

Homophobia describes dislike or prejudice against homosexual people. Xenophobia describes an intense or irrational dislike or fear of people from other countries. What about those who discriminate ...
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Dawn, Dusk.. what's a word for middle of the day? [on hold]

A word to best describe the position of the sun when it's directly above and very bright?
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Words for the “essential character” of each sense organ?

Looking at the definition for flavor and timbre, both are used to describe the "essential character" of a particular sense. If flavor is the essential character of our taste sense, and timbre is the ...
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A synonym for “surroundings”

Is there a synonym for the word "surroundings" which describes the closest surroundings of a spaceship in space (to specify scales lets say distance between planet and ship when ship is on ...
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Are there words with positive connotations used to describe atheists or other non-religious people? [on hold]

Most words used to describe the lack of religion of people have negative connotations, for example: infidel, nonbeliever, disbeliever, unbeliever, skeptic, doubter, atheist, agnostic, heathen, ...
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A word to express “by a large margin”, especially in context of a competition

Consider the following sentence Team A defeated team B by a large margin How can I succinctly express that in the end, one opponent scored a lot more than the other? I thought of easily and ...
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Word referring to process of curing meats?

I remember watching an episode of Floyd on France some time ago which described a French town as famous for their cured meats. I believe the word began with an 'H', and referred to the process of ...
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Word for “less far” meaning the opposite of “further”?

Is there an equivalent like "further" of "less far"? "I still have energy, so I want to run further." vs "I am out of energy, so I want to run [word meaning less distance]"
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A Pyrrhic defeat?

Is there a word, phrase or allusion which represents the opposite of a Pyrrhic Victory: a tactical defeat which led to a strategic victory, either accidental or intended? After all, there must be one ...
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What's the present day status of “kempt”, has it survived in usage?

I am looking for a possible positive form of unkempt. My first choice was kempt. But I am not convinced of its usage. I want to be double sure that kempt has survived in day-to-day usage.
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Is there a word for “near in time” (both past & future) that doesn't also imply geographical proximity?

I'm currently writing a program that finds the "nearest sensible job", in terms of time. The only problem is that that phrase could also mean that the program is finding the nearest geographical job. ...
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“proxyfing” vs. “proxifing” vs. “proxying”

Is the process of getting something to work through a proxy server called proxyfing, proxifing, or proxying?
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What is a word for a punishment given by people without proper trial instead of the court?

Is there a word that describes the giving of punishment (usually stoned to death) of a criminal by the local people near where the crime happened? A typical example would be when a thief in a village ...
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Word for birth year and death year?

When a deceased person is mentioned in a publication his or her name is often followed by parentheses and the year of birth and the year of death. There is a single word describing that information. ...
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Earnest as a noun

So the title of the question, I believe, speaks for itself. I am racking my brain, thesaurus and dictionary to think of a suitable word which would accurately describe one being earnest in relation ...
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What is a good single word to cover both save and share?

I'm trying to come up with a word that can be used in a menu in a piece of software where the options include saving to the user's computer, saving to the cloud and sharing on various social media ...
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Is there a word that means “having to do with genre” or “with respect to genre”?

I'm trying to write a paper about artistic genres and adaptation, and it would be many times easier if I knew a word that meant "having to do with genre." I'd thought of using the word "generic," ...
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What is a word for “detaining without trial”?

I read this in a news about the passing away of a prominent political figure. One of the critics mentioned that during the time when he was in power he used to "detain without trial" his political ...
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A verb for “letting one be in some mental state”

Is there a verb for "letting one be in (some mental state)" or "letting one to experience ..." in the general sense? Here is just an example to demonstrate the usage of such word: let's say I want ...
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Is there a word for ordinal numbers which enumerate non-overlapping periods of time?

I'm creating a database which holds information on measurements which I make with a device that holds a sample. Inserting the sample into the device creates unique boundary conditions which can never ...
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Is there a word for when a child no longer “hero-worships” their parents?

A part of growing up, is losing your "hero-worship" of your parents. The moment you realize they're not larger-than-life, but they have got flaws... The moment you start looking at them with new ...
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Informal way of saying “on the contrary”?

Example: The casual encounters didn't work for me, though. On the contrary, each of them left me emptier than before, made me feel guiltier than before. The only option I can think of is no. ...
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what's a powerful word replacement for “Desire” and “Yearning”?

I'm searching for a replacement for "yearning" or "desire". Something that is power, fit for a burning, fiery description. Originally I wanted to use 'a yearning brewing within..." and "a latent, ...
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A word for misheard lyrics [duplicate]

I read somewhere a word meaning misheard lyrics but I can't recall it. Started with an 'm', I think. Anyone?
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A word like “confession” for relating personal details but lacking connotations of guilt?

The writings here are my confessions. is essentially what I mean to say, minus the implication of guilt, or, with more words, The writings here describe personal details about myself and my ...
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word meaning something that was sent specifically from me to someone else?

I am wondering if there is a single English word that refers to something that is specifically sent from me to another person, like a letter, or flowers, or a phone call. Sent doesn't work because ...
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What is the perfect word/idiom/phrase for a situation when enforcement of a system is futile?

What is the proper English word for a scenario where a valid/lawful/best thing can not be established because other things are not at their best. For example, you are unable to enforce food hygiene ...
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Word or term for a bet where you have nothing to lose

Is there a single word or compact term for a bet where you are guaranteed to get your input back? Say you bet $1 on a dice roll and get $1 for each eye on the dice roll. Since the dice has a ...