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Lecture/presentation/event: “conduct" vs. “carry out” vs. “hold”

When talking about a lecture, presentation, or event, what verb should be used? As far as I understand, any of conduct, carry out, or hold are possible here. What’s the difference, and which of them ...
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Synonyms for “Inspect”

We have software which currently has these menu items: Map, Talk, Inspect, Analyze, Report, Team. We realize that the word Inspect word is not clear enough for most people. We have all the raw data ...
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Word for change in velocity

Is there a good word for change in velocity, but not over time? That is, position is to displacement as velocity is to what?
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What is the word for nouns with gender-specific forms?

Thought I would try a question with visual aid.* The image below shows Claire Danes, "Actor", in a kiosk poster for the Met. The variation in usage between actor and actress for female thespians is ...
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Is there a word that means capable of being made brighter?

Is there a word that means "capable of being made brighter"? A word that means capable of being made stronger or more intense would work too. Brightenable would be perfect if it didn't provoke as much ...
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Is there a word to describe mature or adult plants?

I know that adult is most often used to describe a mature human-being, and that mature is a broader usage word, describing everything form animals to cheese. Also that a young tree is a sapling....is ...
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What do you call the “narrator” of lyric poem?

In a narrative poem, the entity telling the story is called the narrator. The narrator is different from the author, in that the author is the real person who wrote the poem, while the narrator is a ...
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Is there a term for a euphemistic term being used literally?

Is there a term for using a word that's often a euphemism to mean exactly what the word means? For example, in Terry Pratchett's Discworld, what would the act of using the word "seamstress" to refer ...
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Adjectival form of the word 'aspect'?

What if any is the adjectival form or complement of the word 'aspect'? I was thinking of using "aspectful" but it seems a bit ugly. To provde a bit of context, I am working on a framework and ...
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What is a synonym for “most frequently occurring”

I'm trying to succinctly describe something that occurs most frequently, and the only single-word adjective I can think of is "commonest", but that sounds ridiculous. Are there any other good ...
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What rhetorical device is “she wears mink all day and fox all night” using?

What rhetorical device is the following statement using? She wears mink all day and fox all night. It's not a pun, it's not a syllepsis. Is there a word for false-puns of this sort?
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What's a good word that means extraordinariness or exceptional-ness?

I have a sentence that currently reads "All they want is to be extraordinary." There's nothing wrong with that. I can certainly live with it. But what I want is a sentence in the form "All they want ...
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A generic word to define the superset of companies, NGOs and faculties

I need a word to define a set which includes companies, NGOs and faculties that sounds equally distant to those 3. I am not a native English speaker so I might be wrong but "Corporation" sounds like ...
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What is it called when something is described by what it isn't?

I'm not looking for a particular part of speech. A corollary to this idea, and in some ways the opposite, is when something is defined by/as itself. A lot of times you will find this in bad ...
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Word to describe things that have a tendency to melt?

Things that can catch fire are called inflammable, similarly I want to know the word which describes things like wax or ice which melts as soon as temperature around them rises. Thanks. For example ...
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How to express that a musical composition you wrote is your own

I am describing a composition that I wrote for an English project that I have to write a paper on. Would "self-written composition" be correct? Or "self-composed composition", "personal composition" ...
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To make your personal enemy or rival

I'm watching the GOP debate, and I'm noticing that some candidates are picking on Hillary. Is there a verb for an act where a person castigates someone else in hopes of making that person his or her ...
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What are some of the most intense and beautiful adjectives that a writer can use to describe the word “laugh”?

I'm looking for adjectives conveying energy and pure unadulterated joy, specifically modifying the noun "laugh". (Or, alternatively, "guffaw") Thanks so much!
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A word to describe responses such as “I see” and “Okay”

While conversing, I sometimes find myself, after listening to what my partner has to say, responding with phrases such as "I see" and "Okay" to indicate that I haven't lost interest but I either don't ...
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What is the opposite of “to reminisce”?

I'm not sure "opposite" is the correct word, but I am searching for a word that is about remembering something unpleasant. When I searched the Internet for an opposte of "to reminisce", I only found ...
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Adjective to describe “just because… doesn't necessarily mean…”

This is one of those phrases used very commonly (and apparently subject to lots of scrutiny on this website), but is difficult to define and also far too long to submit to a reverse dictionary. Let's ...
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What is the opposite of -genic?

English uses the suffix -genic to mean "generating / generated by / producing": anxiogenic (anxiety-producing) iatrogenic (caused by the healer / doctor) neurogenic (produced by the nervous system) ...
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What's the opposite of “bootstrap” (in business)?

When starting a project or business, there are two extreme approaches. One is where you do everything yourself without external help: learn the techniques yourself, develop your own tools, providing ...
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What do you call a person who loses interest after achieving something?

I know about the term butterfly, but I am looking for something a little different. What do you call a person that is greatly motivated to achieve a goal, but loses interest the second after that ...
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Word for an area characterized by similar stores, services, or industries

I am writing tourist information for a city that has areas known for similar shops (fabric, jewelry, musical instruments), similar services (spas, funeral, automotive), and similar industries ...
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A word for “living contemporary”

My teacher always says that I cannot use the word contemporary when talking about living people. According to him you could say for instance: He was a contemporary of Shakespeare, but you couldn't ...
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An event that occurs only once

What do you call an event that occurs only once in its environment? For instance, birth and death are two events that occur only once in the lifetime of a living thing. I am looking for a word or ...
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Is there a single word that can be defined as “the ability to provide (fiscally)”

I thought 'providence' might work, but it doesn't seem to quite fit the bill. The sentence I'm trying to complete is: "Needs are those things that preserve life, health, home, and [word-goes-here]."
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Adjective to capture “Tell the gossipers and liars, I'll see them in the fires”

In the English language, what adjective can be used to describe the underlying personality of a person saying Tell the gossipers and liars, I'll see them in the fires (Taken from Johnny Cash) ...
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Is there a word or an expression that describes the bad mood caused by bad weather?

"Gloomy" comes to my mind naturally for God knows what reason. I'm not sure it's appropriate or not. Maybe some even better words or expressions?
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What is the term for police officers in command positions?

Members of the military who hold command/leadership positions are referred to as "officers." The same is true of firefighters. However, when it comes to police, the term "officers" refers to all ...
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What word has the greatest morpheme to syllable ratio?

I am curious how tightly packed morphemes can be in English words. Do any of you happen to know which English word has the most morphemes per syllable, or know how to find out? These are the best ...
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Are there words or concepts for ‘Real Chocolate,’ Obligatory Chocolate’ and ‘Reverse Chocolate’ for Valentine Day gift in English?

Valentine Day is nearing. In our country (Japan), Valentine Day is characterized as the day for young girls and ladies to present chocolate as a sign of love to their boyfriends, or thanks to their ...
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What do you call a person who enacts, lives, or portrays the book he has read?

For example, I have known a statesman that used all his political strategies and tactics based on a certain book (self help). One can understand the reason of every move he makes and even predict the ...
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What is a word (verb) for asking a question where you know the answer, and you're trying to get someone else to say it?

For example: "And Columbus sailed the ocean blue in...?" the teacher _____ed, scanning the room for someone to call on."
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What would be a word for the part killing the whole?

E.g.: organ failure kills a person. Cancers do this too. Or, figuratively, a person bringing down a group. Like synecdoche and metonym but for murder. Maybe “metacide”? In a literal sentence: “His ...
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What do you call a person that criticizes your ignorance, but does nothing to help alleviate it?

Suppose Alice and Bob are having a debate about umbrellas. Alice does not like umbrellas for a few reasons. Bob says Of course you don't like umbrellas, you don't understand the real purpose of ...
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What adjective would you choose if you want to elevate a workaholic to a higher degree?

I want to refer a hard-working person something far more than referring him a mere "workaholic". What adjective should I choose with "workaholic", if I want to refer him as someone working even harder ...
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Is there a more literary term for a “parallel” in a story?

Right now I'm writing an essay on Death in Venice, and I'm having trouble finding the right word or phrase to express how Aschenbach is parallel to the old man on the boat to Venice (both dress up to ...
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A word for someone who you share a half-sibling with

This is probably best explained with an example. Alice and Bob have a child, Erin. Bob and Carol have a child, Frank. Carol and Dan have a child, Grace. Clearly, Erin and Frank are half-siblings, ...
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Is there a word or term to describe mispronouncing a word due to someone else's accent?

In college, I had a Japanese linear algebra teacher who was not a native English speaker. The subject matter was new and difficult, so with new terminology to learn, it was sometimes to difficult for ...
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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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Term for “Improvement During Isolation”

I'm looking for a term (ideally, word) to describe an event or its main participant. In military, athletic, or heroic stories a person may be set apart from others to improve. This question was ...
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Single adjective for containing a lot of text (digital)

I was wondering if there is a word for a graphic, screen, picture, document, etc. that contains a lot of text. Specifically for digital media. The context is that I've noticed that the Walgreens pin ...
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A single word meaning deep love of reading

Not bibliophile, or really anything "biblio-" because that means a love of books, which might mean a collector or someone who loves the books themselves, but not necessarily their content. Also, not ...
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What word describes a university class in both the UK and the US?

In the US words like class, subject, course are used to describe a university class, while in the UK, words like subject and course are used to describe the name of the whole university degree. ...
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Single word for “product or service”

Is there a single word that can represent the phrase "product or service" as in this sentence: Companies won't succeed unless they can provide a wanted product or service at a fair price.
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What is is called when you count the letters in an acronym, name or word with an ordinal multiplier?

In English, we frequently look at an acronym and name multiple repeated letters using an ordinal multiplier. For example: Automobile Association of America - AAA is read as Triple-A. Abdominal ...
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What do electricians and mechanics “do”?

A carpenter does carpentry. A scientist does science. An engineer does engineering. A blacksmith does blacksmithing. (The grammar of these sentences may be poor; the point is to get the idea ...
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Hypernym for “import” and “export”?

What word could describe an operation of either importing or exporting? X is to import and export as migration is to immigration and emigration. Porting isn't the word I'm looking for, I don't ...