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

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Non-gender uncle/aunt relation name [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a single term for “nieces and nephews”? Is there a gender-neutral word for [aunts and uncles], parents' siblings? The non-gender name for ...
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Synonym of “at a time”

Is there a synonym of at a time? For example, Only four controllers can be connected at a time.
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Do you make a difference between “anybody” and “anyone” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a subtle difference between “somebody” and “someone”, “anybody” and “anyone”? Not being an English native, I’m ...
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Virtually is like almost or practically? [closed]

In the first definition of the word virtually there is written: almost [= practically]: Virtually all the children come to school by bus. He was virtually unknown before running for ...
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What's the difference between micro-particle and micron-particle? [closed]

A simple Google search gave me: Micro-particle 564,000 Micron-particle 309,000 Are they interchangeable or is there a difference between the two? Here is an example: Air filters remove dust, ...
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What are the replacements for “i.e.” and what are their differences?

I can think of "that is to say", "in other words", "put differently". And I'd like to know if there are any subtle differences in the usage of these synonyms. Can they always be used interchangeably ...
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Is there an alternative, one-word name for the question mark?

Is there an alternative name for the question mark? For example, the exclamation point is often called a bang, the number symbol is called a pound sign or sharp symbol and the asterisk symbol is ...
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How official is the word “subpar”? [closed]

How official is the word "subpar"? Is there a reason not to use it in a document and are there any circumstances under which I should avoid its use? Could the phase "subpar performance" confuse the ...
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“Location” vs. “locality” [closed]

I can't seem to find a good explanation of what the differences are between the words location and locality. Are they interchangeable, or are there certain contexts in which one or the other must be ...
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verb “to accent” in the meaning to pronounce in a non-native like manner

What synonyms can be used for the verb "to accent" in the meaning to pronounce in a non-native like manner? For example: Of the three target sounds [bla], [bla] and [bla] two segments were ...
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Is there a name for synonyms that appear to have opposite meanings?

The words flammable and inflammable mean the same thing, but (to someone unfamiliar with their meaning) appear to be opposites (because of the "in" prefix). Is there a name for such word pairs that ...
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Synonym needed for “teetotaler”

Is teetotaler still an acceptable term for someone advocating alcohol abstinence? If not, what is a better word to use?
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Difference between “retro” and “vintage”

What's the difference between retro and vintage? (or antique for that matter)
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Is there a better, existing word for “antifragility”?

Nassim Taleb, on a recent episode of Econtalk, talks about his upcoming book that aims to coin the word antifragility. The essential meaning is close to the phrase “What doesn’t kill you makes you ...
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Synonym for “focused”

I'm looking for a better adjective that means focused in the sense of "intense concentration" like an elite warrior in battle. I guess it doesn't even need the sense of having blinders on, more about ...
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Is there an alternate term for “the power behind the throne?”

NOAD describes a figurehead as a nominal leader or head without real power. I'm wondering if there's a complementary one-word term for the person who does wield the power in such a situation. ...
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Does “fare” apply to non-persons?

If one pays for transportation of oneself a fare has been paid. What is paid if the transportation is of a non-person object (a parcel, a letter, a vegetable, a box of rocks)?
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Meaning of “needful”

I am trying to find alternative ways to refer to a very necessary thing or thing that someone must have. Can I use the word needful for this purpose? A person said that needful means the thing needs ...
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Is *race* a synonym of *species* or is just a common mistake?

It's very common -- specially in fantasy and science-fiction -- to use race instead of species. For example: “In Middle Earth (...) Aragorn (race: men) (...) Bilbo (race: hobbit)” 1 “Tarkin's ...
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Synonym for “final” or antonym for “draft”

I'm hitting a problem where we're using forms of the word final with three different meanings: Final evaluation, as opposed to midterm evaluation Final version, as opposed to draft version ...
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Alternatives to “this doesn't add any value to that”

What are alternative ways to express that something that was added to a thing doesn't add any value to it?
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What's the proper synonym for purchase when used in real-estate context?

How to say Buying Price Purchase Price You name it Note, I need the 'buying' term, as opposed to Sale Price. It's for a form where the user should fill in how much he paid for the apartment and ...
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Suitable synonyms for “migrate”, “migrated” based upon the supplied context

I recently asked a question on meta.stackoverflow.com (please see it for the context; I didn't copy it to this question in order to avoid unnecessary duplication context quoted below*), so the damage ...
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'to dither' as synonym for 'to hesitate'?

The verb to dither means to hesitate about what to do because you are unable to decide The verb to hesitate means to be slow to speak or act because you feel uncertain or nervous The usage of to ...
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Synonym of 'Run' or 'Operate' in the context of a computer programme

I'm trying to find the right word for this sentence, and replace the word run with something more computer orientated A bash script was developed to run the programme I've looked on ...
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Is there a similar word to 'twain' but meaning 'three' instead of 'two'?

I would like to split something into three parts, is there a phrase I can use with similar overtones to "cleave in twain"?
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Synonym of “game assistant”

Well, I'm asking this for two reasons. First, because of my combined clumsiness for sports and English. And second, because due to the whims of my boss I have to keep using flowery terms in the ...
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What does “not even close” mean? [closed]

I was watching a Matt Damon interview on YouTube. In it, the interviewer asked Matt Do you remember? Can you speak any of the languages you spoke? Matt replied Not even close What does ...
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Is the word Concurrence synonymous with the word harmony

recently I sat for an exam where I was asked this question - Concurrence means all of the following except: A. Agreement B. Accord C. Consensus D. Coincidence E. Harmony What could be the correct ...
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Distinction between “ambulate” and “perambulate”?

At a cursory glance, these two terms appear to be synonyms. But that would strike me as unusual since one is a prefixed form of the other. (Prefixes are used to modify a word in a specific and ...
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What's the correct term for potato chips?

In school I learned to say crisps but I don't want to mix it with french fries. So what's the correct term to use, and what synonyms are there?
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Synonyms for multiplexing and demultiplexing

I have developed a software mechanism which operates on a certain kind of software entities which are called interfaces. If you want technical details about the mechanism you can read this post on ...
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Is there a synonym for “satisfied customer” or “one who can testify”?

For example, I wish to borrow a book from someone. In order to assure that person that I will treat their book carefully, I want to refer them to someone I have already borrowed a book from in the ...
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What's a good synonym for “unwantedly”?

Hi all I was wondering how do we rewrite this sentence in a nicer way: This webapp makes me hit the "Cancel" button unwantedly, arghh! I was wondering what's a good synonym for the word ...
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What would the job title be for someone who organizes parties?

I'm currently searching for the right term for someone who Organizes or Promotes Parties, "Clubbings", Events or similar. I understand that there's a difference between someone who promotes a ...
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Synonyms for 'conference attendees'

I'm trying to think of the best way to casually say 'conference attendees'. Any ideas?
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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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Differences between “sledge”, “sleigh” and “sled”

Is there a difference between a sledge, a sleigh and a sled? Dictionary definitions suggest they are synonymous, but it certainly sounds wrong to refer to Santa Claus on a sledge.
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What is a synonym for a casual hiatus? [closed]

An example for contextual purposes: "Smoking has become part of my routine, a [casual hiatus/break] to my day, if you will, rather than an addiction"
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What is the social context of “pizzazz”?

The word can also be written "pzaz" and "pizazz". I have found some definitions, but I want a synonym. As English is not my natural tongue, I also don't exactly know what it means socially. Is it the ...
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Shorter word for 'Settings' [closed]

I am creating an application which has a button which opens the settings pane, but there is just not quite enough space on the screen for the whole word (in a readable font size). Is there a shorter ...
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Word for hope-instilling? [closed]

What's a good word for hope instilling, as in "it is (hope instilling) to see that the first thing we teach our children is to say hello"..
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What's the difference between “judicial” and “juridical”?

I have found the definitions below from Merriam-Webster (my bold) and, aside from the fact that judicial has a wider use (and definition) than juridical (most of which I cut from this excerpt). When ...
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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 ...