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

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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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More formal synonyms of “snob”

To me, the word snob seems rather informal, although it appears in dictionaries, and I am unable to find anywhere on the internet a more formal word than snob. Are there any sophisticated synonyms ...
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Is there a good synonym for “recency”?

I wasn't sure I had ever used/heard the word recency before but, when trying to come up for a word to describe proximity in time, it popped into my head. It's in the Merriam-Webster dictionary so I ...
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What is a good synonym for “settled”?

The context I am thinking about is a sport competition or league, along the lines of GM's Tennis Competition (settled) Premier league will be (settled) this weekend The football game was (settled) ...
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Common synonym of tortuosity or antonym of straightness

What is a common synonym of tortuosity or antonym of straightness, as in the following: Country roads typically have greater ____ than motorways. Tortuosity or tortuousness is technically ...
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Can “an act of protest” and “a sign of protest” be used interchangeably? Are they idioms that are synonymous to each other? [closed]

Can "an act of protest" and "a sign of protest" be used interchangeably? Are there contexts where one of these phrases should be used, and not the other? Also, are "act of protest" and "sign of ...
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Is there a word for temporary-but-may-become-permanent?

Is there a word in English for a solution that is temporary, but may become permanent if no better solution is found? I thought of "provisional" but if there is something better than that I would like ...
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American Equivalent of “Bog Standard”

I'm searching for an American English phrase that is the most readily equivalent to the British expression bog standard (which means, as I understand, plain, ordinary or unremarkable). I'm tempted to ...
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What is a more sophisticated way of saying “grand finale”? [closed]

I want to say big deal/grand finale, but more professionally.
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Alternative to the phrase “took place”?

My sentence looks something like this: Immediately after the task was complete an interview took place. I'm trying to think of a good alternative to took place. So far all I can think of is ...
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What is the noun for “implore”?

What is the noun form of the word "implore"? I saw some suggestions online for "imploration", but this seems awkward to me.
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Word or phrase for making something seem better by comparison

What is a word or phrase that expresses the idea of purposely making something seem better by comparison? For example, lemon Starburst was created to make the cherry flavor seem that much tastier.
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Alternative word for “arguably better”

I am trying to find a word for it different than "arguably better" because I am trying to avoid arguing or pointing out the reasons why it is arguably. May you suggest me an alternative word?
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what would be synonym of 'utility' in the sense of 'marginal-gain'

I wanted to ask, what would be synonym of utility, when it is used in the sense of marginal-gain. For example, we say: Among two competing persons, I prefer giving this object to Person-A, since ...
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Is it possible to rephrase “we're going to bring back that hulking hunk of bumbling brawn”? [closed]

The context of the following quote is from the comic book Avengers. In a circus, the ringmaster introduces a brawny guy by saying: First off today, we're going to bring back that hulking hunk of ...
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Synonym for “application”

I am looking for a synonym for the word application as in mobile application. In Spanish I would use programa but I am not sure if English speakers would understand me if I use program to refer to an ...
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Difference between “humble” and “modest”

What is the difference between humble and modest? I saw one difference here. Is that true? Any other difference?
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“feint” and “feign”: Are they synomyms?

Both to feign and to feint seem to mean to pretend. Are they synonyms or the same word with only a different spelling? Or is there an actual concrete difference in their meaning?
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What's a better word to use instead of “nicheification”?

What would be a better word to use than "nicheification"? In the article here, there's one sentence that says Furthermore, when your entire career has been structured around nicheification, there'...
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Better word than “district”

I'm trying to describe a country that isn't divided up into anything so distinct as states, or anything terribly specialized, but is divided for the purposes of government, etc. "Quarter" is out ...
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Difference between “purpose” and “goal”

What does this sentence from Star Trek: The Alternative Factor mean? Jim, madness has no purpose ... or reason ... but it may have a goal. As far as I know purpose and goal are synonyms. How ...
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Word for “after one's career”

Posthumous is the word used to denote that something occurred after someone's death. Is there a word that could be used for after one's career? The best I got is postcurricular, but I think that is ...
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Difference between “dawn” and “realize”

I encountered a word dawn and I have a feeling I understood the meaning in context. For example, 1) It dawned on him that she had loved him. means 2) It entered his consciousness that she ...
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What's the difference between “niche” and “mainstream”?

Is there a word meaning that usage of something is narrower than "mainstream" but wider than "niche"? For example, speaking of operating systems, Windows is mainstream, embedded operating systems are ...
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What is a synonym for “attempted to jump start”?

I want to make this sentence more concise: Chairman Mao attempted to jumpstart China's agriculture and industry. Could one replace "attempted to jumpstart" with a single word?
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What is the feminine noun for 'benedict'?

I came across the word 'benedict' recently: Benedict: A name for a newly married man, esp if formerly a confirmed bachelor Is there an equivalent feminine noun for a newly married woman? 'Bride' ...
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What is a word with two synonyms that are antonyms (other than cleave) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can anyone provide me with a list of English words that are their own antonyms? My wife read on a trivia website that there is only one word in the English language which ...
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Word for “how it fits”

What are some synonyms for relationship which encompass how something fits - like how a couch fits in a room, or how a building fits on a block, or how a neighborhood fits in a city. Its "fitting-in-...
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Positive synonym for 'exploit'

I want to know a single word which denotes the idea of full or maximum utilization, such as the words exploit or milk. But the trouble is, they both have a negative tone to them. Is there a positive ...
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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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What's the difference between superpose and superimpose?

The definitions seem very much alike: superposed - Place (something) on or above something else, esp. so that they coincide: "superposed triangles". superimpose - Place or lay (one thing) ...
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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 'mother'...
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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. I'...
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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 ...