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Misusing 'hone' to express subtly different idea that combines 'hone' and 'home in' [duplicate]

This question is similar, but I'm looking for something subtly different. Suppose you have a philosophy describing a way of thinking and acting. Acting on this philosophy requires work: your mind ...
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1answer
47 views

I need a verb to replace “to know” in this sentence [closed]

This paper seeks to know if those who perpetuate rape are the only ones responsible.
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103 views

A more formal alternative for “go with” in the context of food or literature

... or the literature on food. I need a verb for associating things that go particularly well together. Possibly with a wine or French lineage. It is not pairing. Other ideas thrown out are go with ...
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13answers
324 views

A word for reading something thoroughly until one understands it well? [duplicate]

I was wondering if there was one word in English for "to read something thoroughly until one understands it well"? I am trying to translate a word which has this meaning in Chinese. Thanks.
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2answers
105 views

One Word Alternative for “Increase Productivity”

Is there a single English word (preferably a verb) which can replace the phrase "increase productivity" or "increase your productivity"?
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36 views

Likelihood of Change

Let's say I'm trying to describe two things that change. The first changes often and the second changes less often. Is there a better word than "volatility" to use in the following scenario? Is it ...
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2answers
153 views

Word meaning “clear” or “remove” and starting with an O?

Is there a word with a meaning similar to "clear," "clear out," or "remove," or perhaps "fight," but starting with the letter O? I want to start an initiative at work to gradually clear out warnings ...
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3answers
165 views

What's the phrase/expression for practising martial arts?

Recently, I took up Taekwondo and ended up with a question: How can I say I practise a martial art in English? Is it just practise or is there another verb for it? In my mother tongue I say (roughly ...
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4answers
663 views

“To search for something” versus “to look for something”: are these verbs synonyms? [closed]

Are the verb phrases "to search for something" and "to look for something" synonyms?
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2answers
406 views

“Recover” vs “Recuperate”

Often times, I use to verb to recover to state that somebody is returning to normal health after having been ill, for instance: he is recovering from illness Recently, I've heard somebody using ...
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2answers
6k views

Difference between contract and catch [a disease]

What could be the difference between contracting a disease and catching a disease? I know there isn't any big difference. However, it looks like there are some diseases you can both catch and ...
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3answers
195 views

The state of not progressing [closed]

What is the state of not progressing called? Going in circles. When the person is not progressing despite the active trying.
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2answers
918 views

Words that describe the repetitive sound of machine [closed]

I'm looking for words that can describe the repetitive sounds that machine produces (For example an engine). Those droning, looped and long-lasting sounds. Patterned sounds of various parts of an ...
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3answers
430 views

Words for building fire's intensity

What is the action ot slowly blowing air on the ignited fire to build heat and intensity called? Intensifying the flame. Making a dying flame alive.
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3answers
280 views

Action of unintentionally leading someone into concluding something

Imagine a situation where one sees a woman without being aware of her surroundings and concludes wrongly something about her and the group she is a part of. For example, the person sees the writings ...
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0answers
268 views

Can you explain difference between perform, execute and accomplish'? [closed]

Is there any difference in meaning between perform, execute, accomplish?
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1answer
548 views

Are “rescind”, “repeal”, and “annul” perfect synonyms?

What are the best places to use these three verbs: rescind repeal annul Are these all exactly similar in meaning, or are they supposed to be used for different purposes?
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2answers
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“Make sure to” vs. “Be sure to”: Is the first one correct?

These two versions below are used interchangeably where I live now in the United States: Make sure to do something. Be sure to do something. But I always have found the first version clumsy. I ...
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2answers
156 views

How do you say “the test was redone”?

I'm documenting some test cases and this sentence in particular bothered me: After the problem was fixed, the test was redone. The thesaurus wasn't helping much. Can it be reworded in a ...
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2answers
580 views

“had me a blast” - what use of “have” is it?

Reading the Summer love lyrics, the lyrics go as follows: "summer love, had me a blast". I know that "have a blast" means to enjoy etc. But I do not think I could say "it has me a blast".
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3answers
239 views

Better term to put on a label of a bottle of milk to describe that it's 'made' in a particular geographic location

While waiting for the kettle to boil this morning, I was idling and reading the label on the bottle of milk and was struck by the declaration: "Permeate free, made in WA". Here's a shot of the label ...
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3answers
7k views

Alternatives for “conducted” with respect to research

Literature review is a big part of my life. I usually use “[Scientist] conducted a research using data from” to state a previous study. Do you have recommendations of other verbs to use? I am tired ...
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15answers
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Specific verb for “training an apprentice”?

Does a specific verb exist for the process of passing on information or skills including the passing of responsibilities between an experienced worker and a new one? The verb train is too general, as ...
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4answers
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Synonyms for “curate” in US English

What synonyms are there for "curate", as in (to quote here) to select, organize, and present (suitable content, typically for online or computational use), using professional or expert knowledge ...
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5answers
304 views

The objects in an analogy

Consider this sentence: This situation is analogous to the classic problem of cracking a hashed and salted password: We see the X as a password and Y as a salt. What are the other ways to ...
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1answer
537 views

Enable (positive connotation) - Enabler (negative connotation). Why?

I am writing a speech about people having people in their lives who are catalysts for them to propel them to something positive in their lives. These people enable others to be something better than ...
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2answers
2k views

Envision vs Envisage

Is there a context where envision is not a synonym of envisage, or vice versa? Envisage's definition: contemplate or conceive of as a possibility or a desirable future event Envision's ...
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4answers
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What is the right verb for “measurement”?

I have to describe the act of measuring, with measurement used as noun. Which verb(s) fit best? taking a measurement making a measurement doing a measurement carrying out a ...
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2answers
275 views

Difference between “harvesting” and “scavenging” [closed]

What is the difference between energy harvesting and energy scavenging? Which is more appropriate when referring to an electronic device getting energy from the environment?
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5answers
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When the reader sees the words “foreshadow” or “omen” does it usually mean good things or bad?

I'd like to use a word like "foreshadow", or a word similar to it, as long as the reader will understand what is to come is going to be good. Is the a subjective interpretation of "foreshadow" or ...
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4answers
241 views

One-word synonym for “to ride roughshod over” [closed]

I'm looking for a shorter verb with more punch. I can only think of nouns or long phrases: ride roughshod juggernaught ramrod mow down plough battering ram What's a better way to say "to ride ...
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8answers
2k views

A single word antonym of “absorb”

In textbooks, they say "absorb" heat and "give off" heat. Is there a single word which can perfectly take the place of "give off"?
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2answers
275 views

Synonym for “to calm”?

There is a verb that sounds like kwel/quel that means "to calm". My best attempts to get a butchered spelling close enough that a digital dictionary can tell me the proper spelling are failures; and ...
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2answers
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Why “mind” means “pay attention to”

Why the word "mind" can be used as a verb, synonym of "pay attention to"? It has the same etymology of the "mind" (centre of thought, feelings, brain) noun? When it is better to use "mind" in place of ...