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

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Neutral synonym for “leaderboard”

Is there a synonym for "leaderboard" that implies less of a value judgement of the criteria by which the items on the board are ranked? I need to describe a dynamic table of ordered data (with the ...
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Difference between “pain” and “ache”

What's the difference between pain and ache? I often see the two words used (almost) interchangeably. At the same time the phrase "aches and pains" is pretty common, and seems to suggest that the two ...
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Synonym for “heavy use”

Like this sentence: A heavy use in X taught me how to X. What are the other sayings of "heavy use"?
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Synonym for 'arrive independently' at same solution

In biology, convergent evolution describes the process whereby different animals acquire similar traits in separate lineages. Two people can arrive at the same solution to a problem, or invent ...
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More formal word for “mover and shaker”

Is there a more formal word or phrase for mover and shaker? Single word is preferred.
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“Stumble” and “tumble”

Take the word tumble - by prefixing it with a single letter you get a whole new word stumble with a slightly different meaning. When it occurred to me I tried thinking of other words like this but ...
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How do you say “come a long way” in one word?

I'm writing a technical paper and need to say something along these lines: The technology in this area has come a long way in the past twenty years... But I think "come a long way" doesn't seem ...
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What is a less offensive synonym for “hypocrite”?

Is there a word that describe a person who doesn't "practice what they preach"? Basically, is there a synonym for "hypocrite" that carries less pejorative connotations? For example, let's say a ...
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What is a less restrictive word for “crucial”?

I'm writing my research proposal and I have the following sentence: The excess charge is considered crucial for the membrane penetration process. I find the word crucial too strong and I'm ...
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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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Synonyms for “old” with positive connotations (and some conditions)

I want to describe a project for categorizing 'old' things, as well as antedating things that may not be very old*. I'm looking for a word to describe their age. First, I would like a positive or at ...
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Synonyms for “to place on top of”

Is there a succinct verb for the act of putting something on top of something else? I'm looking for something more vivid than a simple put or place. I xxx'd the letter on the pile of bills.
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Synonym for “ad-hoc” that conveys rigor [closed]

The term ad hoc can convey a lack of rigor, for example one of the synonyms is to improvise. Are there synonyms that do not convey this lack of rigor? For example, 'ad hoc' is used to refer to ...
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Alternate database term for variations in data?

I heard someone use the word 'permutation' for variances in data values, they used the word incorrectly. What is an acceptable database term for variations in data? i.e. a phone number can come in ...
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What's the semantic difference between “overrated” and “overvalued”?

I often see those two words used together like "overrated & overvalued". That implies that they have different connotations. I wonder if that's really the case or they are used together just for ...
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A term for “Groceries, toiletries & Conveniences” everyday products

Is there a common term that covers both groceries & conveniences. Products that one would purchase either at supermarkets or corner stores? Is there a venue type that would describe supermarkets, ...
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Is “sans” a drop-in replacement for “without”?

I keep hearing people use the word sans in place of without which causes me to cringe. Can sans really be used as a drop-in replacement? Examples: "I prefer cheeseburgers sans pickles." "I ...
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Synonyms of “caveat”

What are some synonyms of caveat? Interestingly, I wasn't able to find any in the four (approximately) thesauruses which I searched. I'm trying to use it in the following context: The emperor did ...
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“Bash” vs. “party”

Our management team ask us to join a pizza/beer bash, which is essentially nothing but a pizza lunch held for all employees. My concept of the word bash still remained somewhere near the name of the ...
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Any other way of saying “blah blah blah”

You might say "blah blah blah" when you're not interested in what'd be said. I sometimes say "whatever" to convey the same idea, which does not share the nice rhythm effect of "blah blah blah". As a ...
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Difference between “goal” and “objective” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Difference between “goals” and “objectives” For a work related thing (sales) I need to list goals and also list objectives. What are the ...
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Are “power” and “clout” perfect synonyms?

Is there a slight difference between power and clout in the context of a political influence? For instance: Asking China to help the euro world would give a non-eurozone nation the power to ...
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Differences between “tutorial”, “guide” and “how-to”

The categorization on Android Wiki looks pretty arbitrary and redundant to me contemplating the single articles in the categories. In every one you find a tutorial, guide and how-to on for example How ...
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“Supreme court” vs. “highest court”

I just read an article about aided suicide on Toronto Star which mentioned B.C. supreme court and Canada's highest court. Do supreme court and highest court mean the same thing? The different ...
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What alternatives are there to 'de-facto?'

I'm looking to describe something that people use for no particular reason, other than that other people use it. It is popular because it is popular. De-facto seemed like a good fit at first, but my ...
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Difference between “always” and “all the time”

Do always and all the time mean exactly the same thing in these sentences? Why are you always so busy? Why are you so busy all the time?
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“Spontaneous”, “voluntary” and “involuntary”

I was looking for a synonym of spontaneous, and voluntary naturally came to my mind. In an attempt to understand the difference between them, I tried to google spontaneous vs voluntary. To my ...
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Difference between “Excuse me” and “Sorry”

What is the difference between "Excuse me, ..." and "Sorry, ..."? When do we use one or the other? For example, when you haven't heard the speaker, or stepped on someone's foot or accidentally ...
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Synonyms of “that's it”

I often use that's it from me for today to summarise and finish my report on daily standup. Are there any other, similar phrases?
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Synonym for “Social Program”

I'm looking for a synonym for "Social Program" which would fit better into the following schedule: Annual Distributors Meeting Schedule: 1. Sales Workshop 2. Distribution and Logistics Meeting ...
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Any synonyms for “left” and “right”?

I'm a technical writer and I tend to use unambiguous words in my tech writing. I find that "left" and "right" (as in "left hand" and "right hand") are both words with other commonly used meanings, and ...
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Aeronautical equivalents of the nautical terms “port” and “starboard” [closed]

Are there any aeronautical terms for left and right sides of a plane, essentially equivalent to their nautical counterpart terms of port and starboard for the respective left and right sides of a ...
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Word that means “Something only a philosopher would argue with”

I remember reading (apparently not on the internet) a lighthearted definition of the word I want to use. This noun means a kind of quibble that is so trivial that only a metaphysician or similar ...
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Why are “connection” and “connexion” both used in the same work?

This question, Google Ngrams, Wikipedia, and several dictionaries all say that connexion is an alternate, obsolete spelling of connection. I am reading a several-hundred page treatise (Milton S. ...
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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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Is there a better word than “just” for describing the recency of an event?

So, in the US, we make ample use of the word "just" in a context such as: "I just finished my homework." (I finished my homework very recently -- perhaps immediately preceding this statement) or "He ...
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Synonyms for “palette”

I'm looking for synonyms for "palette," but the usual Google/Thesaurus.com searches fail pretty hard. I'm interested in the sense that means "the range of color characteristic of a particular artist ...
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Are “reckless” and “feckless” synonyms?

Both reckless and feckless imply not taking responsibility. When is it appropriate to use the one over the other?
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Equivalent for “inhumane” in regard to animals

It's probably appropriate to use the word inhumane when referring to the improper treatment of animals, but I was just curious if there was another term in the English language that refers to the ...
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Is there a word better than “exotic” to describe languages that are little known and little studied but have many speakers?

I'm looking for a word to describe languages which are not easy to study or find books about in Western Europe or North America. On example language, which I'm currently immersed in, is Georgian, ...
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Can we use “RSVP” interchangeably with “RRSP”?

I received an email with the "RRSP" abbreviation. "RRSP by 1 Nov 2011 to Willy Milly." Upon checking with Thesaurus.com, it is a synonym of "RSVP". Can one use "RRSP" and "RSVP" ...
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Cases where “mistake” and “error” are not interchangeable

Are there cases where error and mistake are not interchangeable?
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Proverb: “have fate without destiny”

I was looking for an English equivalent of the Chinese proverb (有缘无分) which describes couples who meet but who do not for whatever reason stay together. My friend (native speaker, no Chinese ...
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Is there a single word that can describe something that breathes/produces fire?

I'm looking for a word that I can use to describe something that "breathes" (out) fire. If there is no such word, I can create it myself, much like Stephen King created Pyrokinesis. Is there such a ...
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“Doubt” vs. “suspect” [closed]

I have never used doubt or suspect properly before. Now I understand that they seem to bear quite the opposite meanings in a sentence. For example, Everybody believes him, but I suspect he is ...
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Is there a better term for 'low-level?'

In computer programming, low-level means something used as a base upon which to build more complex mechanisms. To the untrained ear, I think the term might imply inferiority, which is simply not the ...
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Is there a synonym for “defenestrate”?

Thesaurus.com lists no synonyms for defenestrate, and I can't think of any (aside from its definition). However, according to etymonline, it has been in use since 1620 (although Wikipedia refers to ...
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What would you call a person being coached? [duplicate]

I am looking for an intuitive one word description for somebody that is being coached, as in enjoying the services of a coach. I am thinking of something analogous to the oft used mentee as somebody ...
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Polite synonyms for “a——hole-ish” behavior

Are there any polite synonyms for asshole-ish behavior? A good synonym would probably have about the same impact and wouldn't send people looking for their dictionaries.
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Is the expression 'more alike' awkward or does it work in an interface?

I want to create a button on an interface that will show me more items (cars) of the same kind (or similar in characteristics). I was thinking of 'more like this' but this is a bit too long and the ...