A synonym is a word that means the same, or almost the same thing, as another word.

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If I were to have or If I should have

I am not native English. My question regards the conditional form of the verb have to, must. I was wondering if I could use in interchangeable way the expressions "If I were to have" and "If I should ...
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Synonym for character (as in a person in a book)

A story normally consists of several characters (i.e. the protagonist, the antagonist, and so forth), but is there a good synonym for the word character? I've often used "people", but it seems overly ...
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Can “firstly” be used in the same meaning as “at first/initially”?

I've come across many sources claiming that the words firstly and first (as an adverb) can be used interchangeably. They, however, only seemed to be comparing their meanings with regard to ...
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A synonym for “picky” with a positive connotation (food)?

We're very picky about the ingredients we use. In that context, what's a synonym for "picky" with a positive connotation, that denotes that we care very much about the quality of the ingredients? ...
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Another term for oxymorons

What is the term for an incongruous phrase like domestic violence, where the word "domestic" softens or alters the meaning of "violence", or Big Brother, which is not literally an oxymoron but is so ...
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“Glad to hear” synonyms [on hold]

Just out of curiosity are there any nice alternatives for the phrase, "Glad to hear". Its so commonly used in business letters that I'm looking for alternatives. The only ones close ones are "Happy to ...
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A word that means an undeniable statement, stated emphatically

I'm looking for a word that means an emphatic, definitely correct, powerful assertion, kind of like "undeniable" except that doesn't capture the action aspect of making a statement. (A thesaurus ...
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Deference vs Respect: What's the difference? [on hold]

Can I use the words 'respect' and 'deference' interchangeably?
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Synonyms for 'as well as'? [on hold]

I need synonyms for the word 'as well as' (bold font) in my sentence. I am a Computer Network Administrator with a background in computer science and research activities as well as solid ...
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Is there a word or phrase that expresses the action of “a person thinking about what another person is doing when the other person is not around”

Is there a word or phrase that expresses the action of "a person thinking about what another person is doing when the other person is not around". for example, John is sitting in his room in Kentucky, ...
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expressions meaning to risk death [closed]

I am looking for expressions roughly synynymous wtih 'to risk death'. The following are some examples. Can you think of others? to risk one's life to put one's life on the line to flirt with ...
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Synonym for “swearing” [closed]

The actual word "swearing" is considered to be inappropriate in IELTS's acadamic writing. Then, what is the most suitable synonym for "swearing" in academic writing? I'm now taking an IELTS course. ...
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Single word that could mean three other words [closed]

I would like to know whether there's a word which could mean these 3 things: Support Like Congratulate I hoping to use it in my website for user's status. I would really appreciate if you could ...
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What does a quantum mechanics magician do?

Thousands of years ago a coppersmith was a magician doing stuff most couldn't fathom, a few decades ago a computer programmer was a magician doing stuff most couldn't fathom. If a quantum mechanical ...
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Is the definition of a word also a synonym of that word? [closed]

When writing, you can substitute the definition of a word for a word and still make a correct (if more complicated) sentence. Does that make the definition of a word a synonym for the actual word ...
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A synonym for the prefix intro~

Good afternoon, While working on a philosophical paper I came across a slight problem and while I searched for an answer on my own, I seem predisposed to not find any, at least not in the sense of an ...
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SWF Seeks Strong Single-word Synonym

I’m a single female and lately all I do is work, work, work. Truth be told, I’m lonely and bored to tears. Desperate for relief, I decided to take out a classified advertisement but got stuck on the ...
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Politically correct synonym for “Indian giver”?

The phrase "Indian giver" means someone who gives a person a gift and then wants it back later. It's occasionally a useful concept, but the dictionary says it's offensive and I also think so. Is there ...
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Word (subject) for the way or style of doing something

I think I can say "There are different ways of eating a cake" or "There are different styles of eating a cake". Is there also a subject that replaces "way of [anything]"? E.g. if I want to list all ...
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Better way to say “founded a company with 100% shareholding” in resume [closed]

I am preparing a resume for an MBA application. I want to state in the resume that I am an entrepreneur who has founded a company and subsidiaries with 100% ownership, but I am not able to comprehend ...
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Are “control”, “direct”, “lead”, and “head” synonyms for supervise? [closed]

I need to know the following: Is control a synonym for supervise? Is direct a synonym for supervise? Is lead a synonym for supervise? Is head a synonym for supervise/supervisor/lead/leader? I have ...
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What are some synonymous phrases for the phrase “Turning Criminal”?

I need suggestions for different ways to say "turning criminal," as in "He began turning criminal, committing illegal acts instead of abiding by the law."
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Word for “studying a research article to get the most out of it”? [duplicate]

From the Word web dictionary: Study: Consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning Particularly, I am looking for a word (synonym of 'study') ...
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One word for data collection and data dissemination

Is there one word (or two word phrase) for 'data collection and data dissemination"? For example, I would like to replace I am building a text based system for data collection and data ...
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A less hostile word that can replace “violation”

I am working with a large open source software project whose code base has to be GNU Public License version 2 (GPLv2). We have to make sure that the "stuff" that goes into the project from our ...
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choosing a synonym of “wind” in my song [closed]

I'm writing words to a song, and I'm hesitating between some synonyms for "wind" (I'm writing the lyrics here, context is me being alone at night in an old remote mansion) : "Late last night lke the ...
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Synonym for 'dial into'

I am doing an online news update for my company and though 3 of us have tried we can't work out a good synonym for the phrase dial into. The sentence reads:- Also with the summer holidays looming ...
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word that means everyone's views are heard [closed]

I'm writing a personal statement, and I have to write about a principle that is dear to me. I was thinking of "righteousness," but I've searched and the meaning of righteousness is not exactly what ...
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Are “head”, “lead”, “direct” and “control” synonyms for “supervise”?

I am currently writing something and need to know: are head lead direct control synonyms for supervise? Let's say I put down that the President shall supervise the executive branch. Can I also ...
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Another way to say “Does not matter” in formal reports

The phrase "does not matter" sounds rather informal to me. I'm writing a formal report and would appreciate alternative suggestions. For example: "The residents of City X enjoy favorable living ...
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Idiom for “Single out” in a negative way

In a small group of people, the leader singled out Person A to pick on her. What's another idiom (that's a verb) to describe this action? There was a two-word idiom which I cannot remember. The idiom ...
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Is there a single word for “place where I belong” or “eventual destination” [closed]

I am writing an email to the admissions of a university and am very passionate about their goals and vision. It is a very rigorous and very selective program, and I understand that it may take some ...
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Human race or human breed?

What is the difference in between "race" and "breed"? Could I say "human breed" instead of "human race"?
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Is there a word for an object which is utility based but beautiful?

Perhaps this is a bit too unspecific but, is there an adjective which describes something built for a mechanical or technical purpose rather than for beauty, yet has a pleasant aesthetic appearance ...
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Difference between certain, specific and particular

While browsing an online dictionary I found many translation for the same word in German. Those are certain, specific and particular. In my opinion are all three synonyms and can be used ...
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What can I call a “small business owner”?

What can I call small business owners or small businesses without using this miserable word small? I'm trying to find a name for some event, trying to invent a word that will make them appear in a ...
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'get a quote' or 'get a quotation'

I'm not an English native, and as it often happens, I've lost something in translation. I asked a travel agent to 'send me a quote' for a travel we've worked on, and in response I got his logo and ...
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A change of wording is needed (Solved) [closed]

In a legal document I am having to edit certain specific phrases, though I have managed to do most I am stuck on a way to change the wording of the phrase "[Company Name] hereby appoints" and ...
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I'm a little nervous about seeming arrogant (Solved) [closed]

Is there a better way of saying 'is that okay?' or is that phrase itself okay to use. I'm just worried about appearing arrogant, It's never been mentioned that i could be until my last 1 to 1 with my ...
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Word for something added that does not improve functionality or performance

Imagine this situation: I am working on a university programming project with another classmate. We agree that I do section A, and he does section B. I finish section A early and decide to also do ...
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The word for a person who orders something (Wrong: Orderer) [closed]

What's a word for a person who orders a parcel to be delivered; for example if there is a case where an individual orders a courier company to deliver a parcel. Are there any words for it?
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Is there a word in the English language that means slightly surprised?

Surprise can occur in varying levels of intensity and valence. Flummoxed, flabbergasted, astounded, staggered, startled, stunned, thunderstruck, aghast, taken aback, dumbfounded, dumbstruck, ...
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“Calling a spade a spade”: synonymous expressions?

I'm looking for expressions that are equivalent to "calling a spade a spade." In some environments and verbal contexts, this phrase needs to be avoided -- please take my word for it. Thank ...
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More formal synonym of “bullshit artist”?

I need more formal ways to express three related terms: bullshit artist, BS-ing, and the art of BS-ing. Edit -- providing some context: The type of BS I need to talk about is the kind that ...
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What is a synonym for “feature”? [closed]

Sometimes, I feel like the word "feature" is used far to often and sometimes it feels like there are no synonyms to this word. Are there any synonyms for feature?
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Synonym for giving out clues, but not giving answer?

I have been wondering about if there is a synonym for a person who gives clues but does not give away the real answer. These keywords are too extensive for any thesaurus. Can anyone find a synonym for ...
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What is a synonym for “conscious of reputation”?

I am attempting to describe a group of companies that are conscious of their reputation. Is there a single word that can replace the phrase?
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What you call someone who leaks information from a team?

What you call someone who leaks information from a team or group. Like Spy. Can you call him/her a "Rat"? Thanks.
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What is the equivalent of “cuckold” for women? [duplicate]

Well, the question is in the title. I want to know what do you call a woman who has an unfaithful husband but chooses to ignore it. I searched a word for it but could not succeed. I just do not ...
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Positive word for someone who wants to get into relationships with rich people

I think opportunist would be the word for someone who wants to get into relationships with rich people so that they can get rich, but that word is negative and can be used for other situations as ...