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page : paginate :: paragraph :?

Is there a verb that means "to typographically format a paragraph" the same way that paginate means "to typographically format a page"? I'm inclined to coin paragraphinate.
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1answer
37 views

Verb meaning “selling charitably”

What term can you use to describe the act of "selling something charitably"? "Donated" is close, but it is referring to giving something away. "Graciously sold" is too wordy. I'm thinking of using ...
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322 views

A verb for transforming something into currency

I need a verb that expresses the concept of transforming a raw material into currency, as in this sentence "The bitcoin manufacturing process currenciates digital information." New coinages are fine ...
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2answers
59 views

One Word Alternative for “Increase Productivity”

Is there a single English word (preferably a verb) which can replace the phrase "increase productivity" or "increase your productivity"?
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1answer
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to depart from the project?

Would it be OK to say: "The Subcontractor departs from the certified project" (meaning, that he does not comply with the established work order, stated in the project" and takes his own direction)? Is ...
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2answers
151 views

How to distinguish between uses of words like 'Marry'?

Marry can be used both transitively: "Paul Married Jane" and intransitively: "I got married". Thus making the word ambitransitive But it has a third use: "Paul, the vicar Married Jane ...
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112 views

Verb similar to “synchronize” but not for time

I am looking for a word that describes adjusting status to conform another. Let us say the status of the account is active but in our system shows inactive. Synchronize describes the situation with ...
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4answers
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What do you do to a gap?

I failed to find a way to reconcile the gap between reality and my ideal. I tried two expressions, 'bring down the gap' and 'overcome the gap', but I realized that the gap cannot be brought ...
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4answers
352 views

Is there a word for “to make humble” with a positive connotation?

The word "humiliate" carries very negative connotations; is there a verb for "making someone humble" or "giving someone humility" in a positive way? For instance, "Having children of my own ...
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2answers
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What is the verb for “apoplexy”?

In the following sentence, He [the verb] apoplexy a few years back and was suffering from numbness on the left side of the body, hence the need for a cane to walk. what is the appropriate verb ...
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2answers
148 views

One word for “embrace challenges”

Is there a single word to describe "embrace challenges"? The full context would be, A man who loves to [embrace challenges].
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2answers
170 views

Word for “collecting money for a special event from a group of people”

What is the English word for "collecting money for a special event from a group of people"? For example, say some friends are planing a party. Each one has to contribute some amount of money to the ...
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3answers
164 views

Word for “to put something you earned into a project to make more money”

I forgot the word that means "to put something you have earned into a project to make more money". For example, ABC __ its profits into a new venture.
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2answers
141 views

Verb to describe water “hitting” an object from a relatively high place?

Example: A pan being hit by a continuous flux of tap water. I think hit is too strong for this sentence? Is there a better verb to use?
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172 views

Verb for being part of a team

One can lead a team. But what verb is best used for not leading but just being part of the team? That is, what verb belongs in the blank in the following sentence: One can _ a team. I am ...
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12answers
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What vivid verb should I use when someone “turns into” a zombie?

In conversation, when someone says they appreciate my brain, I need an effective comeback. I was going to say, "I hope that you are not turning into a zombie with your love for my brain." But I feel ...
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5answers
269 views

A better verb for “cement” in “cement one's interest”

Is there a better word for cemented in the following sentence? All the experiences I went through have cemented my interest in this field. I was told "cemented" doesn't quite fit in and I was ...
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5answers
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Word for “when somebody does something without realizing it”

I can't think of this word. It's when somebody is doing something but they don't realize they are doing it. For example: Suppose you're a girl and you are falling in love with a guy. When he ...
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4answers
158 views

Word for “getting careless and slacking”

Can you suggest some words which can describe a person who is starting to get careless and who slacks, or the very action of becoming careless? A person who was efficiently and elaborately doing their ...
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1answer
98 views

Transitive verb meaning “to author a strong and direct refutation of or response to”

Wiktionary defines polemic as: ​A strong verbal or written attack on someone or something. I need a verb that means "to write a polemic of". Anyone knows one?
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1answer
52 views

Word meaning “to put softy?”

I'm sure there are many words describing this but for some reason I can't think of an. Like to use in an example like this: You feel as though you'd been put softly in the cradle of Mother ...
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2answers
56 views

How refer to the “strands” of algae and their movement in a current? [closed]

I'm referring to the algae attached at the bottom of a river. The one with long "leaves/stands." How are those "extensions" called? And which verb to use to describe their movement with the flow of ...
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1answer
120 views

What is a good word for filling in the following blank: “Insecurity has a million ways of ______ itself”

I am looking for a better word than "presenting". I cannot remember this word exactly. The word I am trying to remember is frequently used when talking about apparitions or supernatural beings. Like ...
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3answers
97 views

Verb to use when your finger are being “pushed” by the current of a stream?

What's the adequate verb to use to describe the current of a stream "pushing" your fingers downstream as you immerse them in it? Like for example: I immersed my fingers in the stream. Its current ...
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3answers
291 views

Words for building fire's intensity

What is the action ot slowly blowing air on the ignited fire to build heat and intensity called? Intensifying the flame. Making a dying flame alive.
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2answers
72 views

Verb for the action analogous to embezzlement, with goods rather than money/assets

I am looking for a verb analogous to "embezzle", but concerning goods rather than money. "Theft" is of course valid, but it's too broad - embezzle carries the connotation of stealing from your ...
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5answers
162 views

Verb to describe fluid pouring out in portions?

Is there a verb to describe fluid that pours out in portions? I mean, not a constant flow but partial. For example, gush, pour etc. mean a constant flow. But is there something consecutive? The only ...
2
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9answers
253 views

Verb to refer to objects that are orderly positioned side by side?

Like, say, books in a bookshelf. Example: The books were [...] perfectly side by side. If objects are orderly positioned vertically we say they are stacked. What's the word to use when they are ...
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8answers
447 views

What is the verb for developing a chip on one's shoulder? [closed]

I want to say that an individual has a chip on their shoulder, but a month ago, they did not. Did they "raise a chip on their shoulder", as might be inferred from the first cited history of the ...
2
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2answers
119 views

Something was being touched but no longer is

I'm looking for an (English) word meaning something that was being touched but no longer is - similar to disappear (for the visual sense). I'm thinking at the moment about using DISTACTED or ...
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4answers
67 views

Verb to refer to putting debris aside with machinery

The screen was showing a close up of some buildings in ruins. Excavators and bulldozers [...] debris aside, while the survivors watched the work with anguish and despair on their faces. OK, I ...
2
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2answers
152 views

Can we use “saccade” as a verb to describe eye movements

Saccade is the term to describe rapid eye movements. I just want to be sure that saccading could be used as a verb, or if not, which term would you recommend using?
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3answers
500 views

What is the word that describes a person trying to sell stuff persistently?

I am trying to remember the word to describe a person trying to sell stuff persistently. I can't seem to figure it out. - It can be a verb, noun or adjective. Anything around "Selling stuff ...
2
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1answer
74 views

Verb to refer to people yelling “wooh!”

I'm looking for a verb which refers to the sound that people make when they are excited. The typical "wooh." At first I thought it was called wooing/wooed. But then I checked the Free Dictionary: ...
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4answers
470 views

Single word for “never fails”

Is there a single word for "never fails"?
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2answers
79 views

Verb to use when light enters quickly into an enclosed space?

I wrote the following: A creaking metallic sound awakened Erin. Raising her eyes, she looked to the front. It came from the door. Someone was opening the elevator. She waited expectantly while ...
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3answers
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What is the word for moving your lips without making a sound?

Is there an English word to describe the act of moving one's lips as though speaking but without making a sound? One would do this with the expectation that the person he is attempting to communicate ...
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votes
8answers
217 views

Is there a verb for making a statement/sentence milder or “dumbing it down”?

Is there a verb which means the same as "to dumb down" or "to make milder", in relation to an account of something I had witnessed? More specifically, a verb which describes telling your account of ...
2
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5answers
386 views

Verb to use when the light of the sun 'falls" on your skin?

I wrote the following: The sun hit Erin's skin as she wandered through the alley. It felt comfortable, like a warm blanket enveloping her entire body. "Hit" is the only verb I could think of. ...
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2answers
2k views

Revealing that someone else is gay — counterpart to “come out”

If I reveal to my friend that I am gay, I'd say I came out to my friend. How would I say that my friend told his friend (without asking me for permission) that I am gay? My friend [insert ...
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1answer
251 views

Specific vocabulary for making someone laugh by rubbing their underarm with finger

To make someone laugh, we sometime rub his underarm with our fingers in a way that makes him feel restless and then he starts laughing. My question is: What is the specific vocabulary in the English ...
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votes
4answers
114 views

Is there a word for “to consider [something] a virtue”?

For example, many religious traditions consider austerity and renunciation from material pleasures a virtue. Randian libertarianism characterizes selfishness as a virtue. To consider as divine is to ...
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votes
5answers
432 views

Can the phrase 'is contained in' be substituted by a single word?

If a lunchbox contains an apple, then the apple is contained in a lunchbox. Is it possible to replace the phrase 'is contained in' with a single word? I can't think of one, and the thesaurus hasn't ...
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votes
10answers
519 views

“To dress less attractive/flashy” to not “make yourself stand out as being more important than someone else”

I'm looking for (phrasal) verbs that describe these two actions. Imagine in a music concert, if yor're a guest singer that is invited by the main singer, you're usually going to want to dress less ...
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votes
2answers
227 views

What is the word for a slime monster's movement?

A slime monster like The Blob makes what movement? Slither is too snake like. I've thought of words like "gloop" and "drip", but it doesn't convey movement.
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votes
4answers
737 views

Single word for “inhale using your mouth with force or power”

I want to express the following: "Inhale using your mouth with force or power". It does not sound good to me. Is there any single word or a good phrase to express this?
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4answers
112 views

What's a word I can use to describe “putting a collar on a pet” in a comical way? [closed]

I thought of something like "stick a collar on" but "stick" doesn't satisfy me. What are my other options? Anything with some "edge" will do if comical is too hard.
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2answers
125 views

How do you say “the test was redone”?

I'm documenting some test cases and this sentence in particular bothered me: After the problem was fixed, the test was redone. The thesaurus wasn't helping much. Can it be reworded in a ...
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2answers
102 views

How to say removing redundancy and/or duplicate entries from a list of items?

How to say removing redundancy and/or duplicate entries from a list of items with a single word?
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2answers
709 views

Can we determine a proper verb form of “exegesis” for Biblical scholars to use?

This is related to a conversation here in EL&U SE. Apparently the noun exegete is being used as verb in religious circles. For Biblical Scholars, the word exegesis carries with it a connotation ...