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Is there a one-word for an act of proactively introducing oneself?

I work for a technology company, and we are associating with another company. So this guy from the other company wrote me an email introducing himself and offering to help me out with anything I ...
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Word for with and without the aid of tools

I'm looking for a word describing that something has been done without the help of tools, and an antonym, preferably both without an "un-" negation. They should fit in a classic high-fantasy setting ...
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What is the word for stories/movies/poems that have a moral lesson [closed]

I am reading this book - and I have been trying to remember the word but it's eluding me. What is the word for stories/movies/poems that provide a moral lesson.
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Word for the state/condition of feeling that one's life is meaningless?

If someone is depressed you can say, "We knew about his depression." How about the feeling of meaninglessness? I think you can't say, "We knew about his meaninglessness" (since it's not a state or ...
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Verb or noun for - when I am not short of words but unable to speak lucidly

A situation when I am not short of words but confused by the setting. the situation does not let me speak properly/lucidly. I kind of trip over my words. I don't know what to do. The silence was ...
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What do you call it when it's not raining, but the atmosphere causes everything to be wet?

I'm currently having a discussion with colleagues about what this is. Basically it's kind of a cloud has rolled into to ground level. It's not raining in the sense that there are no drops of water ...
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A term for the extreme strength and skill of “stationary muscle control”

Is there a single term (preferred) or two-word phrase (acceptable), possibly technical, though not necessarily so, that conveys the idea of a person having extreme strength and skill at stationary ...
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Word meaning 'to make subject of great attention'.

I'm writing a criticism of the media's coverage of the Charleston shooting, and that the fact that they give front page attention to the shooter, profiles of the shooter etc. eg. While there ...
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A word to describe someone who is glorified, but who doesn't deserve it

I am wondering if there is a word commonly used to describe someone glorified/championed a lot but who doesn't deserve it. A good example is how the media often creates bias by creating a 'perfect' ...
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Word for “scheduled activities”?

Example: I mentally checked my [...], but realized I had none. The only word I can think of is agenda. But, I don't know, it sounds strange. Maybe it's because agenda is sounds more like the ...
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1answer
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Is there a verb that means “to make poor”?

Is there a verb that means to make poor, such as a derivative form of the adjective poor? If not, what would be its best alternative?
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What do you call a person who is your friend only because you benefit them?

Looking for a word to describe a person who only makes friends to benefit themselves.
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What is a writing that writes down every single word what one is thinking, called?

I remember that there was one technique of English writing that writes down every single word what one thinks. I forgot what this type of writing is called, does anyone knows the word? "umm, I think ...
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Word for someone who promotes a product/idea that he/she is invested in

The general idea is a conflict of interest. But, I am searching for an adjective or noun that describes this sort of behavior. All I can think of is self-serving or egoistic. Any thoughts?
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1answer
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One word for the phrase “depends on the context”

When asked about one's belief/opinion on an idea/issue, instead of answering with the cliché "it depends on the context", what word would be appropriate?
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2answers
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Verb similar to patron of establishment [closed]

I want to say: "We end up really liking the bourgeoisie establishments we visit." But visit seems like a weak word for the job. In my mind, I want a verb which has the connotation of refinement and ...
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Adjective meaning “of the genitals”? [closed]

Is there a word that means "of the genitals" or something similar? Example usage would be something like: "the genitalic tissue." Thanks!
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Word for something that is either transparent or opaque, but can describe both [closed]

This word would cover everything from completely transparent glass to the kind of opaque glass that you would get in a bathroom. I first thought that opaque would cover the definition, but it appears ...
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1answer
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Which word can I use to refer to pictures on the backside of the book covers?

Which word or words can I use to refer to picture on the opposite side of the book cover? I.e. in hardcover bock each double page/broadside behind the hardcover can have a picture on it. Is there a ...
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What is this person called? [duplicate]

A person who is a jack of all trades; he has done almost everything, knows everything, has gone everywhere, and is quite experienced. Is there any single word for such a person?
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The word “benefit” in Old English or Latin [closed]

Is there a Latin word for benefit or an Old English word? I cannot find any via Google Search, I only get: Beneficium, which doesn't look promising. I am thinking of more ...
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6answers
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WordSearch: A love of making things

I'm looking for a word that describes the love for making, building or creating things. What would be the best word for this? Thanks. PK
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5answers
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Is there a word describes a person who always buy what's new?

I mean Is there a word that describes a person who follows the latest stuff. For example, someone who waits desperately for iPhone 6 to come out so he can be the first person who has it among his ...
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“tolerable elapsed time” meaning and a fancier word for this

Found usage: “Big data is a term applied to data sets whose size is beyond the ability of commonly used software tools to capture, manage, and process the data within a tolerable elapsed time”. ...
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1answer
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Is there a single verb for 'to make positive'?

What SINGLE verb means 'to make or turn positive (something)'? Urbandictionary.com contains positify, but I prefer a verb accepted by a worthy dictionary like the OED. I seek only 1 SINGLE verb; ...
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3answers
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Looking for a word describing the date a payment was intended for

I'm writing an application that currently stores the date that a payment was made as "CreatedOn". That date is always going to be what ever the time and date is at the time you made the payment. The ...
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1answer
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Rhyme that matches the entire last syllable

I'm looking at a phenomenon in certain Hebrew poetry whereby the rhyming words have the entire final syllable (CVC) matching, instead of just the end of the final syllable (-VC). Using English ...
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Is there a verb form of “Extinct”?

Is there (modern) verb meaning "to cause to become extinct" please? The desired word would have the same root as "extinct". The closest I could find etymologically was "extinguish", but its usage is ...
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25answers
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Word for winning because the competitors were miraculously all worse

What's the word in the phrase winning by _____ To describe the scenario when one enters a form of competition and their entry or performance, whatever it may be, happens to be fairly below par ...
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What is the correct term in sports for “get to the next round”?

What is the correct way to say that a team got to the next round? For example, "Team A won the quarter finals and got (the correct verb here) to semi-final"
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0answers
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Deracinate is a horrible sounding word. Is there a better word or phrase for what it describes? [closed]

Deracinate is defined online as (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/deracinate): deracinate [dih-ras-uh-neyt] verb (used with object), deracinated, deracinating. 1. to pull up by the ...
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One word for “keep in mind” [closed]

Is there a single word for "keep in mind"? You have to keep in mind that... Please keep in mind... We have to keep in mind... If not, please suggest some alternatives.
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3answers
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Single word for floating dust visible in sunlight

Is there a single word used in English for the visibility of dust particles floating in a stream of sunlight? shutterstock.com
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What is the word for someone who ignores others and does what they want to

This could be in a positive or negative way. So someone ignores people telling them to murder or someone ignores someone telling them to stop being rude. Basically how can you describe someone who ...
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1answer
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What do you call a member of a federation? [closed]

I'm wondering if there is a more specific word than "member".
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Line Art: A word like Scrimshaw or Filligree?

I'm looking for a word that refers to a fine, decorative line-work illustration that is used for accenting signage or letterhead. It's similar in usage to scrimshaw (except not a picture) or filigree ...
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1answer
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A word for “something that can be rolled-back” [closed]

Supposing I have a given operation/sequence of operations that can be either commited or rolled-back, can I say that each operation is "rollbackable"? What is a word for something that can be rolled ...
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Is there a single word meaning “good night vision”

Nyctalopia is a medical condition meaning poor night vision. Is there an equivalent single word meaning good night vision, either in medical or general parlance?
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Spending, expense, spend or what?

I'm doing a simple finance app and I would like to know what is the best way of saying that a new expense is to be added (e.g. I bought a coffee and I want to register that event). The following are ...
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What adjective would subtly state that an argument is cheap, weak or insignificant?

I am writing to director operations of my company and want to state his secretary’s argument did not have a lot of weight. It, to us (a team of auditors), was insignificant. I am looking for an ...
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2answers
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Single word for “Without any mistakes” [closed]

Is there a single word that denotes the meaning "without any mistakes", or "without any errors?
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4answers
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What do you call someone who subtly implies they are better than you?

What is a good word for someone that is usually nice and cordiar, but randomly likes to imply they are "better than you?" The implication is usually subtle, but it's done via a social snub, body ...
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Her complexion was 'beautiful'?

I'm looking for an adjective which describes a complexion. I understand that the term complexion is primarily used to describe the color of someone's skin. However, I'm looking for a word which says ...
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Reduce the intensity of an attitude

Which verb can I use in place of the bolded text in the following sentence? "He usually argues very aggressively but he has reduced the intensity of his aggression in the presence of guests." Would ...
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2answers
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Word for the person who only plans

What is the word for the person who only plans for something? Or the person only starts something and then forgets it or does not complete it.
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A person who isn't skilled in a particular field, a common (wo)man

For example, you're a fashion designer who wants to get the opinion of both a professional and someone who doesn't know much about fashion. What's a term for the latter person?
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2answers
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A person who is trying to impress somebody

What do we call a person who is trying to impress somebody (not necessarily to gain any advantage). For e.g., he buys them expensive products, always talking in a sweet manner etc. To describe an act ...
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2answers
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What is a word that means single-time optimism?

Hoping for something catchy, not a mundane word. I'm looking for a word that means that you believe things will work out, this time. Preferably a word that you could divine the meaning of it while not ...
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1answer
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What is the difference between zero, nought and null? [closed]

Is null only a computer science word? Does nought refer to the digit only?
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What is somebody who can “predict” or “see” into the future called?

I always make intuitions regarding future, sometimes good and sometimes bad, and most of the time they are likely to be proven true. So what a person would be called who's intuitions always become ...