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

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'Prevaricate' as a synonym for 'vacillate'

There's a lot of motivation here. It boils down to a two-part question: is the usage of 'prevarication' as a synonym for 'vacillation' common, acceptable, and/or preferable; and is there any reason ...
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Term for “opposite” items that are actually similar [on hold]

Is there a term (like "pseudo-synonym") for things that are colloquially considered opposites when in fact they are part of the same set on a higher level? For example, "cats and dogs" are "opposites"...
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Word that means effectual or efficacious?

I'm an old guy suffering from a malady common among seniors: I often have trouble recalling the right word to express an idea. The word I'm trying to retrieve from my faltering brain means the ...
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Synonyms and antonyms of “specific” [on hold]

I am trying to come up with the names for the following two classes 1) Design-specification-specific 2) Design-specification-agnostic Somehow I feel that these can be named better. You can help ...
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is the sentence “But we didn’t be informed before” grammatically correct? [on hold]

is the sentence "But we didn’t be informed before" grammatically correct? please answer my post.
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An adjective that relates to Purpose or Intended Use

I want to talk about anxiety that a person is not using something for its purpose. I want to use an adjective, such as "Bob has ____ anxiety". What word could fit there? I tried "purpose anxiety", "...
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More formal alternative for “called” [on hold]

Is the word "called" used appropriately? The following sentences come from motivation letters and thesis. I had an opportunity to attend a seminar at an agency called XYZ Group. I studied ...
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Craze vs Craziness, are they the same?

I'm a non-native English speaker, so is my friend. We are not literature students but we have our interests in English language and we do speak it to a decent level. He thinks we cannot use the word "...
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Is there a word for when two synonym's root words are also synonyms?

For example, Multiamory and Polyamory, where: - Multiamory and Polyamory are both synonyms, meaning having a relationship with multiple people. - Multi- and Poly- are synonyms, both meaning many. - -...
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Single word/phase for “if they can do it, why can't I?”

Is there a single word/phrase to describe the personality attribute of "If they can do it, why can't I?" nature. Need this for grounded theory analysis of interviews for my PG. Thanks a lot
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What do you call a pair of diagonally-opposite points on a square or rectangle, relative to the other pair of points?

Suppose there is a rectangle with corners N,E,S,W, names assigned in a clockwise fashion, as you might expect. N and S are diametrically opposite, as are E and W. Is there a term that describes ...
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Variant of the phrase “broad brush strokes”

I'm looking for a phrase that captures the idea that one is dividing material up crudely. The context is a claim that in discussing a certain issue, we only need to make rather crude divisions (or ...
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Word for something that does the opposite of what it supposed to

Specifically a bad outcome when a good one was meant. I'm trying to describe a cosmetic procedure meant to make you look more natural, which actually makes you look unnatural. Ideally a noun or ...
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“it's too convenient” and “it's too easy” [closed]

Might those two be synonyms? I watched a movie where sentence "it's too convenient" was directly translated as "it's too easy" (to do something) to my language. Is it correct?
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Synonym for a very insignificant product improvement

How would you call a very insignificant product improvement? Think in the context of a company that creates a very careless add-on to a last-year product just to claim that now the product is new and ...
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What is difference between “gray” and “grey”? [duplicate]

I want to ask what the difference beetween "gray" and "grey" as the color names? Is there a difference like that one might be adjective, and the other one might be name?
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A word for a person who can “quickly adapt to change” [closed]

What is a word for (or how would you describe) A person who can adapt to changes in the workplace newer technologies in requirements for his work
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Using differential as a synonym for difference sounds wrong to me. Am I justified or also wrong?

I hear the term "differential" used in many cases where it seems like "difference" should be used instead. It is especially common in sports, some examples are run differential which is the difference ...
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Is there a word like 'Master' better fit for describing businesses?

How would you describe a company that has achieved mastery in a particular field? I feel that, even though 'master' gets the message through, it doesn't work very well in a business context. I'm ...
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Synonym for “Read” (past tense) [migrated]

Say you have a list of books. Some of the items in the list are marked “Read”. Are these articles marked so that you should read them later like a reading list? or do they note that you have already ...
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Synonym for travel worn

I want to describe an inanimate object as being travel worn but am unable to find a suitable replacement. The intended meaning is to convey something which has been affected by the passage of time, ...
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What does “week accommodation” mean?

I have been selected as an intern in a company. The company mentioned in the internship offer letter that it would provide travel and "week accommodation" during the course of Internship. Does that ...
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Word for corrupt middlemen/landlords during the Roman era?

I happen to know about this word, but presently it escapes my memory. Basically, I'm trying to communicate to someone about how does working in a large bureaucratic software company feels. The ...
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An 'in-your-face' (physically) synonym? [closed]

The setting is at a restaurant table/booth and I'm trying to describe a hanging lamp/candle/ornament/chandelier that is basically in the character's face. The first word that came to my mind was ...
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What is preferable way to say the phrase “changeble weather”?

I'd like to know what is the best way to express the situation when the weather changes very often in American English and in British English. For example: "The weather is changeble/irregular/fluid/...
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What's the difference between fully, wholly, completely and totally? [closed]

I would like to know if there are any differences in usage, grammar and meaning of: fully, wholly, completely and totally. According to the Macmillan Dictionary; fully means completely, completely ...
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Would a character string “start with” a character or “begin with” it?

This question was raised by a programming colleague. Basically, we have a programming interface that represents strings of characters (such as "abcd") and operations performed on them. Two important ...
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Are the phrases “for example” and “such as” interchangeable? [closed]

I'm writing a survey. Are the phrases "for example" and "such as" interchangeable? Consider the following... How often do you use public transit "such as/for example" buses? Are they the same or ...
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Single word for “communication not intended for me”? [closed]

What does one call communication on some shared medium (phone party line, a public radio frequency, posts on a forum) that may be relevant and useful to others but not to oneself. Context: I am doing ...
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A milder version of strenuous

Is there a word that works as a milder version of strenuous? Strenuous is defined by Oxford as something "requiring or using great effort or exertion." I'm looking for a word with a similar definition ...
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Is there a viable synonym for the verb “nod”?

Reading through my manuscript, I realize I have overused the verb "nod" - as in "This sounds great", she agreed nodding. It seems to me there is a slight problem in that there aren't any great, ...
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Comparing Two “Errors” [closed]

In a mathematical context, when I want to say that "an error is > than 0.99", which of the following words can I substitute with ">": Greater Higher Bigger
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What's the proper expression for “An approach to a problem”? [closed]

I want to express the following: Method X provides a way to tackle problem Y. Is there a neater way of expressing this?
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How do I write about “fun” without using that word? [closed]

I'm a fortunate writer in that I get to write about toys. I get to describe games, puzzles and many more fun things for kids and adults. But I'm feeling like a broken record that's relying on the word ...
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Difference between “phenomenological” and “empirical”

Models in science are sometimes called "phenomenological" and sometimes "empirical." Looking at the definitions of these two words, I feel like they are really saying the same thing: that the model is ...
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Synonym for Happy Hour/Cocktails/Hors d'oeuvres

What's a good word that combines happy hour, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres? Inquiring for phasing in a wedding invitation. Following the ceremony, join us for ???? at 6pm.
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Can the word “line” be used as a substitute for for “sentence” when referencing text?

Does "line" always mean row, or can it be used as a substitute for "sentence" when referencing text? Dictionary definitions seem to define "line" as one row of text. This seems a bit restrictive to ...
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All-Round, Versatile, Everyday - For Food [closed]

I need to come up with a creative, catchy way to describe a food item (2-3 words), and I have been given the following words as a starting point versatile everyday all-round Any ideas on what I ...
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Synonyms for (information) “system” and “applications”?

As the title asks, what are some synonyms for "system(s)" in the context of "information systems" and software development. Similarly, what are some synonyms for "applications", as in, "...developed ...
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darken a hue - synonym

When a person is bruised, the colour of the bruise changes from red to a darker shade of red and finally to black. We could call it as a darkening of hue but is there any other synonym of the same, ...
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What are good adjectives that mean “not yet connected”?

I'm working on a browser-based tool that allows users to interact with other users they are matched with. Relationships between users progress in a linear fashion along a series of states, initiated ...
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An alternative term for 'lesser time'

I have two processes running with different speeds. In other words, one of them requires lesser time. I think 'Lesser time' is an awkward term. Is there any good alternative or synonym which I can use ...
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Noun opposite of complex, intricate

So something that is like "straightforwardness". I remember using it in essays years ago but now it's completely out of my mind and it's driving me crazy! The sentence I want to use it in is as ...
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what is the word/phrase that corresponds to 'fusion center'?

I have a sentence: Data have to be transmitted from AAA to the fusion center. AAA could be the phrase 'the local places'. However, I think 'the local places' is not a good phrase that matches the ...
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Can I use “rank” as synonym for “level” for a creature's power?

In a game's rulebook I have heroes fighting monsters. Both have numeric "levels" to indicate their overall power/strength. Usually there are a lot of creatures of the same level, because they are ...