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What single term or expression is used to rename a type of name for an object?

I am seeking guidance on alternate words or grammatical rule for renaming a type of name that an object might have. As an example you might refer to you cell phone with a number of different types of ...
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A term in English for when you “clink” (?) or touch glasses together [duplicate]

I was out for a meal with a few Spanish friends of mine and at one stage during the evening we all "clinked" (?) or touch our glasses together. This is something that is usually done after someone ...
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Substitute “Pop the roof”?

What phrase can I use instead of "pop the roof" to mean revitalizing, enhancing and expanding a building? I need to convey this idea without referencing a roof.
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Is there a verb that means “to make someone realise”

I'm writing a sentence that I believe would sound and read better if there was a verb for it. The stress management program both decreased additional cardiac events, and made them realise what ...
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An adjective for a film or book with very long dialogues

Is there a word to describe a film (or book) that features very long dialogues and most of its scenes or passages revolve around dialogues? I came up with the word "dialogue-y" but that obviously ...
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What is the expression/slang to describe that you suddenly decided to go [travel, change environment]?

For example you get tired of your job and saying: Oh,[expression, meaning to go] overseas/bar? I'm translating songs from Russian..
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Is there a single word that means: doing something bad in the name of something good?

For example: "The burnings at the salem witch trials are an example of _______."
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A phrase to describe the external spreading phase of some infection?

I believe that some types of fungal/viral/other infections have a life cycle in which they kill a host entity (possibly plant or animal), and then around that time they also "bloom" or "erupt" from ...
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Word for “getting something to work”

In engineering contexts, one often does not actually implement a design, but rather uses an existing implementation. The process of getting an existing solution to work might require some time and ...
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A better word for “commoditization” when a type of shop becomes widespread

In the UK, Pound Shops (like dollar stores/99c stores) used to be small, unique and independent. Since the financial crisis in 2008, large chains such as Poundland and Poundworld have come into more ...
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Is there a term for a free ride without consent?

I think there should be a specific term for someone getting a free ride without consent, but I keep thinking of the word "hijack" which clearly isn't correct. Examples include jumping on a train ...
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Word for Music + Phile? [duplicate]

What would you call someone who loves music? For example, a person who loves books is called a bibliophile. Someone who loves movies is called a cinephile. I am trying to write a character ...
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What are other words for a collection of beautiful things?

I am looking for a word or term for a collection of beautiful things. Of either intrinsic value or even along the lines of 'a whole that is made of a sum of valuable parts'. Not necessarily in any ...
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What official English words describe these activities?

Court man goes to bank, and ask for information about suspect's account. Court man goes to bank, and ask for taking steps to control suspect's account, such as freeze suspect's account or unfreeze ...
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What do you call the action of alternatively walking and jogging to complete a Full Marathon?

I am writing about my friend's first experience post completing a full marathon. Being her very first try at the endurance sport of long distance running, she couldn't complete the full distance, not ...
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institutionalized + preposition?

I'm writing an essay on Reconstruction for English and stumbled into this problem. "the South had been heavily institutionalized ___ slavery" What would the correct preposition be in the blank? Into ...
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What is the correct passive form of the word “checker”?

I'm not a native speaker. Earlier today I struggled to find the passive form of "checker", that is, the one who was checked. Maybe more precisely, the one who received the checking. My context is a ...
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What is the appropriate word to describe society's toughest problem?

I am looking for an adjective to use in the following context: I was pondering on ways of addressing society's most ______ issues.
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Is there a word to “disgusting” that is like what “horror” is to “horrifying”?

I was discussing a movie trailer with a friend of mine. At some point I had made a statement about the movie being of the horror genre, and he said that since in his opinion it was more disgusting ...
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Word to describe something which exists both in the mortal world and the afterlife?

I'm trying to find an adjective to describe something - a thing, concept or idea - that transcends the empiric "mortal" world and exists in the afterlife. Specifically, the word should describe the ...
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Word meaning doing something just cause you can or have the abilitity to do it

I'm looking for a word that describes the act of doing something without a real logical reason but just because they can. A example of what I'm talking about would be like this: The boy hacked the ...
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A word for conflicting emotions [duplicate]

What's a word for conflicting emotions all felt at once such as loneliness, sadness, happiness, being content but also feeling as if something isn't right?
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Better synonym for “retirement”

What is a good synonym for "retirement" that doesn't have the negative connotations associated with leaving paid employment?
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Dear me, poor me, oh woe is me [duplicate]

Is there a single word to describe a person who is constantly in need of help? I'm not looking for the word "helpless." Rather a person who acts helpless, possibly to just get attention. I thought ...
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What is an unmown lawn called?

To me "a lawn" conjures up an image of something well-kept, mowed green grass and flowers. So I've been thinking if a person doesn't care for the space in front of his house and lets it run wild, with ...
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What do you call a question when the answer is in said question?

For example: "What religion are Buddhist Monks?" Obviously the answer is Buddhism, and the answer is in the question. What is this technique called?
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Word for something that smells good [duplicate]

I have only seen two things for my question, but neither is what I'm looking for. Does anyone know any word besides: fragrance pleasant odor that'd be great.
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Word for every time that is not a certain time?

Alright, I was just thinking about something, and I came across this question: is there a word for every time that is not a certain time? Example: Michael Bublé surfaces only at Christmas. I want ...
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Word for people who came later after settlers

I've got a coastal town in the book I'm writing that was founded by settlers in the 1800's. Later on in the 30's, 40's and 50's it started to become more of a holiday town and a place for retirees to ...
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A word for a poor student striving to attend his expensive dream college free of debt [closed]

Please resolve this argument I have been having with my brother: A poor student wishes to attend his dream college, despite the yearly costs of $60,000. He has no scholarships and no money saved up ...
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Is there a word for when rebellion of a system is actually just a part of the system?

It seems to be trendy for a politician to be "rogue" as part of their brand, creating the impression that they don't play the politics game. It could be argued that this is just another strategy, and ...
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Spontaneous, illegal but without bad intention

I'm trying to describe something that has been spontaneously established a while ago (without permission) but has since then became accepted (though not authorized). This applies to a fireplace / ...
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One word synonymous to display of power

I need one single word that is synonymous to "bold display of power/might/hold/domination in some place" .It would be much appreciated if someone can provide me a noun otherwise a verb will also do ...
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What do you call someone who ‘makes a dictation’ or ‘dictates’?

I only found 'dictator', but even as a non-native-speaker I guess that is overly associated with 'tyrant' or 'despot'. In my case I need someone who speaks into a microphone for text recognition.
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Negative language

I'm doing an Language Analysis Essay and am struggling to find a word that describes negative language (as in bad language, negativity ect.) as an effect (as you would use to create sympathy in the ...
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culturally accepted adjectival antonym of 'non sequitur' [closed]

If one were to coin the adjective 'sequitur' as an antonym of 'non sequitur', would this be generally understood in English? 'Sequitur' is currently an accepted English noun meaning 'conclusion.' ...
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antonym for “partisan”? [closed]

Thesaurus.com lists the following antonyms for 'partisan': adversary antagonist opponent These carry combative connotations. Is there a good antonym for 'partisan' that is possibly ...
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A word for someone who repairs bikes [closed]

I want a single word for someone whose job is to repair bikes
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1answer
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Is there a single word to describe the aggregation of front matter and back matter for a book

I have a technical document that has some front matter, like table of contents, abstract, forward, acknowledgements, and then the body of the work, containing normative text specifications, and then ...
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What do you call the thing on which something is attached?

I'm looking for a good word with which to identify the target of an attachment. For example, if a tick is attached to a dog, I'd like to say: The dog is the ____ of the tick. And I'd also like ...
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What is the word for the state of being a boss?

When people are members of a group it's called [having] membership. Is there a similar word for people who are bosses of a group, like "bossship"? :) I found the word "directorate" but it means a ...
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Non-drug synonym for “gack”

I do not and have never used "meth" or any of its variants. It is horrible stuff. Imo, drugs should only be prescribed by a doctor to resolve a health-related need. One of my very nerdly friends ...
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Ricky Gervais used an odd word like benign but about being complacent in a group discussion

I can't exactly remember where it was from, it was during an interview or perhaps an episode of the Ricky Gervais Show, where he was talking about how not speaking what's on your mind or being ...
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A single word to replace “cannot be determined by sight” [duplicate]

I am trying to find a word that can replace "cannot be determined by sight". For example, in: The gender of a baby chick cannot be determined by sight.
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Term for doing something little by little?

Looking for a single word that means doing something but not totally finishing whatever it is. Like if one is studying for an exam, that person won't review everything, he/she will just review certain ...
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What is the plural of credentials?

Following from this question: Which is correct, Credential or Credentials? the PO was asking if he can use credential in the singular form, answers indicated that the common way to address it is ...
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Word for “list of lists”?

Is there a word that describes a list of lists? Does a "masterlist" describe it, or is there something more specific?
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Is there a word for a person whose work is primarily cognitive, not pragmatic, and who builds his career/reputation this way?

Is there a word for a person whose work is primarily cognitive, not pragmatic, and who builds his career/reputation this way? It doesn't need to have a negative connotation. Here is an example ...
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Single word for “make someone cry” [closed]

Is there a single word for "make someone cry"? I checked a translation dictionary, but it just referred me to the word "cry."
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Two people doing something together

There are words like "meeting", "gathering" or "get-together" that describe some people coming together for a certain time, for doing certain things together. Those words may or may not imply that ...