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another way to express readiness for something

I am trying to express the idea that I am ready to begin in a way that is personal and not excessively formal or stilted. I have overused ready to begin something form. Other ways to do so can ...
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Word for a meeting meant to persuade the other person

For instance, someone's intention for meeting a senator could be to convince them to enact some policy. This would be in contrast to an interview where the caller of meeting was looking for ...
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What do you call a full monopoly?

What word or phrase is best used to describe a monopoly in all economies - basically having a monopoly in everything. For example, Company X has a monopoly in Food, Technology, Communication, ...
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A dire-needing country

The cure could find its way in dire-needing USK? (USK is a fictional country) I am looking for a synonym to the word (dire-needing). I am skeptical about it being acceptable to say the least.
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Name for people who cannot pronounce one particular sound

Is there a word in English for the inability to utter a specific sound like the rolled R for instance? In my language, there is a name for people who can only pronounce the uvular/guttural R instead ...
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Word for “pain gets worse”

"The pain kept increasing." I was looking for a substitute of "increasing" that expresses the idea that pain didn't subside and instead intensified. I have overused these words (increasing, ...
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“You had to come in now?” One word for describing a negative reaction

X is annoyed, but not angry. I'm thinking of a couple of possible options: Protests Groans replies One person opens the door, and X (a kid) is in the middle of something. What word best describes ...
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What's the word for “talking about the same thing but do not realize because using different words”

The scenario is I'm talking about a particular thing. You are talking about the precise same thing. We are arguing about it because we don't realize that we are talking about the same thing. ...
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A word for 'related in managerial way' [closed]

Is there a word for "related in work-related way"? I want to include owners, managers and the like. Here's an example: I want to convey "This is a list of all owners, managers, administrators, ...
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Word that describes a repeating pattern across orders of magnitude of scale

What word describes the notion of a simple pattern repeating itself across a multitude of scales? For example, consider Gravity. The forces of gravity are present at the quantum scale (atoms attract ...
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Person who is responsible for the political guests in the kingdom?

I'm from Georgia, and I need help with a specific word. In one of the history books I found the word mestumre, and in a translation from Georgian it means a person who is responsible for the special ...
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What is a synonym for “controversial” with a more neutral connotation?

When things are described as "controversial," it's usually done with a negative connotation, as in "a controversial new law that many feel restricts their freedom." It seems people tend to describe ...
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Word to describe a situation where one wants to do good things but ends up with something bad

I am looking for a word to describe a situation where one wants to do good things but ends up with something bad. It generally happens with me, I always think of doing something good but sometimes ...
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What is the single-word noun meaning “Someone who participates in a Winterfest”? [closed]

If someone who goes to the Theatre is a Theatregoer, what is the single-word noun for someone who participates in a Winterfest? I am assuming it would not be "Winterfester" as that sounds more like ...
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What do you call someone who collects hats? [duplicate]

Philatelist is a stamp collector. Numismatist is a coin collector. What do you call a hat collector?
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Name for the property of a thing that allows it to be described practically infinite ways

There are things that can be described in numerous ways, but the description still means the same thing. Is there a word or phrase that encapsulates such things, or the property about the things that ...
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Fear of asking girl out - is called …?

Fear or phobia of asking girl out, fear of rejection(that she would say no or even worse). Here, Soceraphobia (fear of her father/brother) is not involved. Mostly guys are feared by most compelling ...
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What is the word for a word that comes at the end of a sentence?

What is the word for a word that comes at the end of a sentence? As in a word that ends a sentence. A terminal word? Or terminator?
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Gossip the truth and gossip the falsity

Are there two verbs in English with the additional details in their meaning included: to gossip true statements about somebody, to gossip false statements about somebody?
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Expose body to cold conditions

Some people go to sauna and spend there a few minutes, this is believed to have a good effect on their health. Similarly, some people go to swim for a few minutes in water with the temperature just ...
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A word for “intimate friends” without any kind of romance?

I'm looking for a word to describe that a particular situation where two people (a man and a woman) are probably the best of friends but have no romantic inclinations towards each other. They may ...
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Is there a word that means the opposite of “gentrification”?

Exactly what it says on the tin: is there a word that means precisely the opposite of "gentrification"? That is, the decline of a neighborhood due to an influx of lower-class families and individuals ...
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Similar term to “visual” for audio?

I'm looking for a term for audio in form of the word visual. Visual is defined as of or relating to the sense of sight What could you call the sense of hearing? Also, what do you call this ...
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Is there an antonym for the verb form of delegate?

This question seeks an antonym for the noun form: Is there an antonym for “delegate”? I seek an antonym for the act of delegating, where instead of passing work or authority to another to keep it for ...
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How to describe a “noise” which is intentional and not annoying?

The word "noise" inherently has a negative meaning: an uncertainty in measurements, or an assortment of annoying background sounds. What word or term can be used when a "noise" is intentionally ...
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Is there a word for person who is obsessed with scores

Is there a word for a person who is very eager to earn points or scores? Not only in some academic field but everywhere, like sports or even if they join Stack Exchange, they start concentrating on ...
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a word or a phrase for “something that entails spending money” [closed]

I need to know a word or a phrase for the following: "Something that entails spending money"
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Is there a word that describes inflation that is excessive but not hyperinflation?

An example would be the recent inflation in Russia, where the exchange rate of GPB:RUB has doubled from ~60 in September to ~120 today. Hyperinflation was defined by Philip Cagan in his book as 50% ...
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Web site providing tailored content… and the negative social side effect

What's the (slightly pejorative) word for the way some web sites provide content tailored to the "interests" (belief systems, etc.) of users, thereby preventing them (or at least greatly diminishing ...
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Word for metallic “dust”?

What’s the English word for the metallic “dust”, or more precisely the tiny remains (waste) of drilling, welding, cutting through metal, and similar metal processing?
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Word for an object within another object

I am looking for a word that defines an object or thing within another object or thing. Like in the movie Inception: a dream within a dream.
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Are there any other Narcissus-like characters [closed]

Are there other Narcissus-like characters recorded in any mythology? To be more precise, I need a metaphor for an egoistic person who is in love with themself. I need a proper noun, the name of this ...
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Word or idiom to describe someone who always tries to inflate his skills/properties/experiences when talking with others? [duplicate]

Is there a word or idiom to describe someone who is always trying to create a good impression when talking about himself? Someone who is always trying to show that he is better than others even if he ...
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When did “phone” become accepted as its own word?

In older print publications, I have come across telephone shortened to 'phone, with an apostrophe to mark where the beginning of the word had been omitted. Now, however, phone does not need an ...
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One (or few) word expression for products you don't know you need

I'd like to find a very simple, preferably one word (or few words) expression for products that you don't know you need until you see them. Examples are: electronic face cleanser sleep enhancing app ...
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Person whose recorded voice announces upcoming content on radio

Is there a word/term for a person whose recorded voice on the radio announces the upcoming content, for example, musical piece, on radio? I am not sure host or narrator would be quite correct, since ...
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Synonym for 'redefine" [closed]

I am working on a tribute to an individual who has "redefined" the meaning of giving charity. My supervisor has asked for a word that conveys someone who has drastically revolutionized the concept of ...
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What's the best, most concise word for the abbreviations put after one's name to denote the achievement of degrees?

Such as M.d., RN, LSW.... I'm looking for the word that fills the blank in following sentence: It is as if living with her for as long as he did merits the addition of a ________ to his ...
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Completing something just to finish it despite lack of interest - is called …?

Recently I started reading a novel that I was excited to read. After getting approximately 45% into it, I lost the pace. It started becoming slow and lousy. I thought to leave it unfinished but it ...
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One word an act in which one is lying and another joins in to make it sound true [closed]

I was bluffing my sister about something and my friend just played along and proved whatever I was saying true. Is there a word to define play along?
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What is a word for a steel, pyramid like structure with an exhaust on top that contains a wood burning fire raised above ground level?

Tonight I encountered a peculiar structure that contained a woodburning fire. The angled edges converge to a square exhaust in the shape of a prism. The picture below shows this structure. I asked ...
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What's the opposite of “trauma”? [closed]

Words like healing and relief often come up, but I don't think they really capture the intensity of a positive experience to the same degree as "trauma" captures a negative experience. For example: ...
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Is there a synonym for “day” that can go with “at night”, “at dusk”, “at dawn”? [closed]

I need a word (ideally) or phrase that means "daytime" that can be used in a sentence "the event happened at dawn/dusk/night/day" "The event happened at day", and "The event happened at daytime" ...
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A good substitute for “developed a disease”?

The words contracting or catching a disease mainly refers to the communicable ones. If the disease/condition is a slowly developing one, then what would be a good substitute for "developed?" ...
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What is a word for “Reason to Leave”?

What is a word that means "Reason to leave"? For example, if I said, "That was my reason to leave," how could I replace "reason to leave" with a single word? Thank you!
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What word “long-XXXXXX” means speaking a lot but saying a little? [closed]

What word describes someone who speaks lots and says little, starts with long-, and takes six more letters to finish?
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Word for something so familiar or ubiquitous that it goes unnoticed?

Like water to a fish, this thing is not entirely imperceptible but it is rarely noted, if at all.
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Word for “to wrong by treating the same?”

I was wondering if there is a word for treating a group the same as another, even though they have different needs. It would be a bit like an antonym of discrimination, but most antonyms of ...
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A word that means stage-fright, but for a person?

Suppose you met a famous person, and you were shy and anxious and almost overwhelmed by them. Is there a word for describing that? Similar to getting stage fright, or "choking", except in this case ...
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The “about to be” Person who does X

What is a single word that captures that one is "about to be" (but not quite yet) X? For example, the "about to be" employee of the company. This is something like: The incipient X. However, ...