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What a word for “navigate” that's more commonly associated with land?

According to Thesaurus it means guide along route, often over water. Are there other similar words but that are more commonly associated with land/terrain? Example: I found it difficult to [...] ...
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Noun for someone with a childlike heart (positive)

What noun could be used to describe someone ingenuous, innocent, with a child like heart?
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Are doggie bags still asked for?

Is the term "doggie bag" still used in the US and UK, and is it common to take home what you can't finish? What is the most appropriate way to ask for leftovers at restaurants to take home?
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Words describing types of justification given

There are words to modify justifications or reasons given. One means "the real motive", and the other means "a plausible explanation, but not the true motivator". I searched quite a bit, but was ...
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Is 'bug' a term or a slang word?

In my answer to the question about the opposite for bug in programming, I referred to 'bug' as a slang word. Shaun Wilson, in his comment insists on 'bug' being a term that derived from a historical ...
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Hypernym for “for sale”, “for rent”, etc

What do you call the category whose members include "For Sale," "For Rent," "For Lease," etc.? To put it another way, how would you fill in the blank: When we see a signage for an apartment for ...
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A term for words that change pronunciation with part of speech

I'm talking about words like: construct: CON-struct(n.), cun-STRUCT(v.) present: PRE-sent(n.), pre-SENT(v.) record: RE-cord(n.), ri-CORD(v.) They are pronounced differently based on whether they ...
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Verb in active voice for “being penetrated”

The context is sexual and the example, straightforward: providing an alternative to "a man's penis penetrates a woman's vagina" where the female organ is the subject of the sentence, and using a verb ...
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Is there a word for 'subject' (of a sentence) that isn't 'term' or 'argument'?

I'm writing a philosophy essay that pertains to subjectivity (the condition of being a subject of experience). I use subject in sentences like x is a subject if, and only if, x satisfies criteria x, ...
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What is the equivalent of 'hungry' for breathing?

Hungry for eating. Thirsty for drinking. Tired for sleeping. What can we use for the need or desire to breathe? I can think of saying "hungry for air," "thirsty for a breath," "gasping for a ...
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'Might' is the subjunctive inflection of 'may'; was there ever a subjunctive inflection of 'must'?

I acknowledge that there is no subjunctive mood in English. However, there are variants of some words that we might regard as subjunctive variants. For example, 'might' is the, if you will, ...
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What is it called when the last word of a sentence is also used as the first word of the next sentence? [duplicate]

For example in the rhyme "Miss Susie" the end of each verse is linked to the next. Would these just be called puns? Or is there a more specific name when they are used in this way. Example: Miss ...
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A word for “negligence of duty or responsibility”

I need to know a word which means: "negligence shown by a person in performing a duty, or a responsibility, or any given task." or, "A person who is negligent in performing their ...
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Single word synonym for “Decays into”?

I'm a non-native speaker and was looking for a single word which has the same (or close to the same) meaning as 'decays into' – where something becomes less than it was by losing (little) parts of ...
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Alternative to “waiting period”

I cannot find an alternative to name this concept: In a negotiation process, after a proposal is presented, time is left for the parties to comment on or object to it. "Waiting period" alludes to the ...
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English language project…Please help? [closed]

I’m making a Project on William Shakespeare and John Milton. It's an English project on the life and works of Shakespeare and Milton. I want some general tips and ideas and a good suitable title for ...
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What is the word for 'addition before something'

I'm trying to come up with a word meaning 'addition (before something)' in the sense: His title was 'holiness' but now it must be expressed with the ?something? 'supreme' (such that the title is now ...
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Is there a word that means cheating but legitimate?

Is there a word that means cheating and legitimate at the same time? For example: I play a quiz game and set the number of questions to one. So, I get 100% of my answers correct. That's cheating, ...
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Antonym: “repetitive”

Let's say there's a video game that never gets boring no matter how much you play it, because there's always something new to do in it. What would be a term to describe the game? The opposite would ...
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Is there a verb for “to become born”? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a simple word to use as the name of a function in a computer program that widely employs a naming metaphor. For this reason, I need a simple verb that can substitute (the instruction) ...
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Word for '100% majority'?

Is there a word for majority wherein someone or something gets all the votes cast?
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Word for a person who likes to argue

I recently read somewhere a single word that described a person who enjoyed an argument - in the sense of a lively debate. It may have been a word implying a positive or neutral context but I don't ...
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Sensitive/respectful word for describing a person with dark skin color [closed]

I'm looking for a nice, welcoming, single word to describe the emoji (the small, cartoonish images used in text messages) variants used to represent a black person. I prefer something more from ...
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Exact word for integrity-less or devoid of any integrity [closed]

What word can we use to describe someone who has no integrity?
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Another word for congenial or cordial

Someone was wrong about something. I explained to the person very kindly and with "social tact" how they were wrong and why the right answer was, in fact, the right answer. Subsequently this person ...
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What do you call the wooden bridge-like structures that make up a harbor?

I’m referring to this: https://www.portseattle.org/Marinas/Harbor-Island-Marina/Harbor%20Island%20Large%20Image%20Viewer/Harbor%20Island%20Marina%20110706_06.jpg (I added a red arrow.) Example ...
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Word for something done for no effect, but makes people feel good about themselves

What's a word for something done for no effect, but makes people feel good about themselves. For instance, in an argument about drug testing welfare recipients, if the facts say it doesn't actually do ...
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Alternative to “daydream” without the pleasant connotation

I am looking for a word that means something like "daydream" or "fantasy", but without the connotation that I actually want this "imagining" to come true. For example, something that would fit the ...
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A word for “being worked on”

Are there any adjectives meaning "being worked on" or "being in progress or development"? I need an intermediate step between "open" and "close" (talking about the process of fixing a software bug or ...
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How do you describe someone who is into incest?

pedophile - one who is into pre-pubescent children _____phile - one who is into incest? Is there a single word that fits into "He's a ______" to describe someone who is into incest? A hyphenated ...
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what word describes a word/concept for which no negative connotations exist [closed]

what word describes a word/concept for which no negative connotations exist (like community or capital)?... words for which a benign goodness is assumed and no pernicious alternative exists
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A word akin to racist and sexist?

When someone discriminates based on race we call that person a racist. When someone discriminates based on one sex we call that person a sexist. What about when someone discriminates based on sexual ...
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A word for someone who knows when to ask for help [closed]

What word could describe someone who knows when to ask for help, or someone who is not afraid to ask for help?
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An adjective or a single word that means something is “new” and “different” at the same time

When we say this approach is "New," new, here, doesn't necessarily imply that the approach is different from preceding approaches. When we say that it is "different," different, here, doesn't imply ...
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Using the word “ideator”

I can't find "ideator" in traditional dictionaries, but I've found it on urbandictionary.com and with an unfortunate definition on Medical Dictionary (related to suicide). Urban Dictionary ...
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Word meaning romantic but without conveying the idea of love?

Example: He drowned. It wasn't anything [...], like he wasn't surfing or rescuing someone at the moment. He just slipped and fell into the water. I'm looking for something closer to heroic and ...
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what is the word to describe such an expression?

When we chat on the internet we use expressions like “Hey, it’s so good to hear from you” even though we are not speaking to or hearing each other. What is the word used to describe this kind of ...
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Word for somebody who wants others to bootlick them

A bootlicker is somebody who tries to curry favour with somebody by flattery/acting friendly with them. Is there a word for somebody who wants others to booklick him?
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Descriptive word for someone who is ignorant [duplicate]

I'd really appreciate if someone could help me find a word to describe the following: Someone who thinks they are versed in some subject but really only has a superficial grasp of it. Thanks!
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Is there a verb for making (appreciative/agreement/attentive) sounds during conversation?

Is there a verb for giving feedback to someone with non-word sounds during conversation, including not specifically using filler words, in order to indicate attentiveness, agreement or appreciation, ...
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Is there any word for “small hand written note/letter” in English?

In some languages there is a name for a amicable note that you hand write to a lover or to someone to show appreciation, it's not as long and less formal than a letter. does english have an equivalent ...
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Looking for a specific word for repentive action?

One possible usage of the word is As ____ for stealing the house, he made them chocolate cookies It's a word for something positive/good that you do to right a prior wrong you may have committed. ...
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word that means “to understand deeply on an intellectual level”

I often have trouble expressing when I understand something on an intellectual level vs. on an emotional level. Is there a word in English (or another language) that would allow me to differentiate ...
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Is there a single word for “Things to do” in different languages? [closed]

I'm looking for a single word or a phrase that means "Things to do / tasks". It can be an English word or phrase, or a neologism: todolist, thingslist, etc. Or a word that means "a task or item of ...
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What do you call a person who doesn't like/hates traveling?

Example: Speaker A: Should we invite Mark to the trip? Speaker B: Nah, he's a [...]
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Word for someone who isn't detail-oriented

I am pretty sure I have seen a word for someone who often misses small details, but it has slipped out of my mind. Any ideas?
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What is a word for using an attribute of a thing to refer to the whole thing?

For example, when counting a group of people, you may take a "head count" wherein the head is used to refer to the entire individual. I used to think the word was eponym for some reason, but after ...
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Is there a specific linguistic term for words like “Carolingian”, “Ricardian” and so on?

I'm talking about words used for the followers and eras of kings and queens. They have a Latin origin. Is "Latinisation" enough, or is there something more precise? I've done a search, and haven't ...
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What is the word for a past-tense verb used like a gerund?

In a comment on this answer to a similar question, the user Kris identifies the concept of "a member of a class to which gerunds belong but itself [is] not a gerund." Is there a word for such a thing? ...