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

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Is there a well-known term for the synonym or near-synonym “telescoping” words?

This has been rattling around in the back of my mind for many years (way before Stack Exchange came into existence), so it's a relief to finally ask the question. There are words that can be ...
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I need a three- letter synonym! [on hold]

I need the synonym of "catch or arrest someone who is doing something illegal".
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equivalent for omni-human perspective [on hold]

I would like to ask what there is the best suitable equivalent for the adjective "omni-human". For example "omni-human perspective".
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Word for “pain gets worse”

"The pain kept increasing." I was looking for a substitute of "increasing" that expresses the idea that pain didn't subside and instead intensified. I have overused these words (increasing, ...
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I need a section title for a section that describes how a piece of software works

Currently I'm using "How it works" as the title, but I want to replace that with something short and meaningful, most of my other section titles are one word long. The whole document is about a piece ...
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What is a synonym for “controversial” with a more neutral connotation?

When things are described as "controversial," it's usually done with a negative connotation, as in "a controversial new law that many feel restricts their freedom." It seems people tend to describe ...
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doodah/gizmo/whatchamacallit/thingamajig/thingy/whatsit/whatsitsname/what'd you call it [on hold]

doodah/gizmo/whatchamacallit/thingamajig/thingy/whatsit/whatsitsname/what'd you call it I want to know which of them are popular these days?
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and what have you/and such/and whatnot/and whatever else/so on/so forth/et cetera [on hold]

and what have you/and such/and whatnot/and whatever else/so on/so forth/et cetera Any differences among them?
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What is the difference between in receipt, on receipt and upon receipt?

I got the following message from a book store: I am extremely sorry for this lapse as I hurriedly sent you the book to reach you on time when I received the book from the Publisher. I will ...
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Word for metallic “dust”?

What’s the English word for the metallic “dust”, or more precisely the tiny remains (waste) of drilling, welding, cutting through metal, and similar metal processing?
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Synonym wanted for 'make it easy '

I am confused about how to write the sentence below. Is it grammatically correct? Our mission is to make it easy to post or search institute. Are there any alternate phrases for "make it easy"?
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Synonym for 'redefine" [on hold]

I am working on a tribute to an individual who has "redefined" the meaning of giving charity. My supervisor has asked for a word that conveys someone who has drastically revolutionized the concept of ...
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“brake the rules” vs “break the rules”

In a shop I have found a T-shirt with the sentence: "Brake the rules" (not "Break the rules"). Is it correct?
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A good substitute for “developed a disease”?

The words contracting or catching a disease mainly refers to the communicable ones. If the disease/condition is a slowly developing one, then what would be a good substitute for "developed?" ...
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Can I use distinctive as a synonym for sharp? [closed]

There was a sharp rise in prices-There was a distinctive rise in prices Is it correct?
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A poetic/literary term for “Ice Age”? [on hold]

Is there a poetic/literary term for "Ice Age" (besides "glacial epoch")?
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Synonym for 'learnings'

What is a synonym for the term 'learnings', as in 'learnings from a research project'? I thought of 'conclusions', but I am looking for a broader term.
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“Omni-relevant” alternative?

I'm coding a database, and in that database I have a set of players. Players have attributes, but only some of these attributes are relevant for all sports. Is there a nice, shorter term for ...
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Synonym for “like a dragon” or dragon-like (dragonish?)

Is there any word that comes to mind if you were to see a statue that is very like a dragon? The first ideas I had were dragonoid, draconoid, draconian, and draconic, but save for draconian none of ...
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“Regression” in a positive sense

I'm looking for a word that means returning to the past or embracing old values, but words like "regression," "retrogression," and "atavism" all seem to have negative connotations attached to them. ...
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“Kick off tracking time in the notepad” means start making notes or stop making notes

I'm not sure for 100% if "Kick off tracking time in the notepad" means to start or, otherwise, to stop tracking time in the notepad. Could anybody explain? Thank you.
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Word between “proficient” and “mastery”? [duplicate]

I'm writing a résumé for the first time and I want to convey that I have a near-mastery of a programming language. Most sample resumes use "proficient", but that sounds like I'm not very good with the ...
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How do you call an informal person who runs parties, weddings, organizes games during parties?

it is similar to dj, but I don't mean night clubs or music only. What is the general word for a person who directs the crowd during a party, announces things? Toast master is one word. Show runner? ...
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What's the phrase for reading a website “cover to cover”

How do I describe having read a website completely, 'cover to cover'?
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“No less than” vs. “None less than”

Is the expression none less than similar to the idiom no less than? Which form is preferable to use in the following example: None less than the country's president attended today's meeting. OR ...
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What's the best word for someone that is not an Optimist or a Pessimist? [closed]

What's the most appropriate word for someone that's neither an optimist or a pessimist? Lackadaisical? Disinterested? EDIT: What I was going for was someone who is neither optimistic or pessimistic ...
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Pertinent versus relevant- what's the usage difference [duplicate]

According to various dictionaries, relevant means having a bearing on the matter at hand. Pertinent means “relevant to the matter at hand. Similarly, impertinent can be irrelevant. ...
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Word for “dark” with positive connotation

What word in English would convey a lack of light in a positive manner? I am specifically wondering what the Empire would have called "the dark side of the Force" if the Star Wars story were told ...
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When cannot “unsafe” and “dangerous” be interchanged? [closed]

"unsafe" and "dangerous" are synonyms. I wonder if there is a situation when one cannot be used instead of another without affecting the meaning.
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What is the English synonym for the German word “Sparmeister”?

Well, the title pretty much says it all. A Sparmeister (noun), briefly speaking, is a person who is concerned about his finances and tries to avoid spending money whenever possible. a ...
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A word that means “a focused person” [closed]

I am looking for a word which sums up the idea of "a focused person."
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What is an equivalent to saying “for the purpose of this essay”? [closed]

I cannot think of another formal way to say "for the purpose of this essay." The following sentence shows some context: For the purpose of this essay, it is not necessary to dwell any further on ...
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What's a good word for the way an aperture closes?

I'm working on my story for NaNoWriMo (naturally) and I've just had one of my characters pass through a hole. It closes behind him, but I want to evoke the image of an aperture closing. As in, ...
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“Don't look a gift horse in the mouth” synonyms

I always wondered the meaning of this phrase, until I stumbled across this thread. That knowledge is nice, but the saying itself is now pretty antiquated. Responses for modern equivalents?
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Agile, nimble and deft [closed]

Again, they seem to be very similar, according to The Free Dictionary definitions. Is there any difference between then?
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What's a synonym for “ready to ship”

We have a service that essentially dropships products for merchants, but most of them don't know what that means. We've found better results with the phrase "ready-to-ship products", yet this too ...
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Less formal synonym for “Confirmed”, “Acknowledged”

I'm looking for a less formal synonym for "Confirmed" or "Ackowledged", that retains some brevity. As an example, say I've received an e-mail from my manager asking me to switch to a different task. ...
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What is the negation of “last”? [duplicate]

If the opposite of "last" is "first", is there a word for the negation, i.e. non-last element in a list?
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Is there a word or concise phrase for “alternative name for something”? (but not pseudonym or alias)

Question Is there a word or concise phrase for "alternative name for something" which doesn't have the associated negative connotation that pseudonym and alias have? It has to be short so as to fit ...
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“I'm migrating to Australia” or “I'm immigrating to Australia”? [duplicate]

I am confused as to which is the correct way of saying I am migrating to Australia OR I am immigrating to Australia Which one is appropriate?
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Words without simple synonyms

Is there a word or concept that describes words lacking simple (e.g. less pretentious, less technical, less subjugating) synonyms, or more generally words without single-word synonyms. I'm looking for ...
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a term for a “not web” traditional application

I am writing a cover letter and I would state my experience in both web application and "normal programs". "Normal programs" sounds so bad, what is a good term that I can use without delve into ...
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What are good alternatives to: 'dramatically lowers the barrier to entry for' [closed]

I'm sick of hearing the phrase 'dramatically lowers the barrier to entry'. Please help the world out by suggesting a simpler phrase or word to use instead.
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What is a more formal way of saying “get certifications”?

I would like to create a sentence, in which I express, that I have (successfully) gotten a few certifications, but I feel like this sounds too informal for a letter of application. Has anyone got a ...
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I'm looking for a word like “routing out” that also describes a “blind gamble”

When my old dog and I had a regular local park, upon entering, she used to immediately run through all the bushes, hoping to flush out any squirrels. She didn't know if there were any squirrels ...
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What is the difference between supposed to and meant to

It is because it was always meant to be so. It is because it was always supposed to be so. What is the difference between meant and supposed? There must be more but all I can deconstruct ...
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Distress vs anguish

Is there any difference between the words (nouns) distress and anguish? They seem to be quite similar.
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Another phrase for 'Here I was' [closed]

In conversation, we often say Here I was, followed by A, and B, and then something like, but .... used in contrast. This form of expression does not seem to translate well to the written word. ...
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A word for breathable in the spirit of potable and edible

What would be the appropriate choice to use instead of breathable in line of edible and potable?
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Synonyms for “go according to plan” [on hold]

Please could someone tell me another way of saying "to go according to plan"?