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

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Someone who is adept/multi-talented in related activities

Is there a word for someone who is skilled at several talents in the arts, e.g. painting, sculpting, playing musical instruments and reading poetry. I am looking for a word that is analogous to ...
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Synonym for observee

I'm looking for a synonym for observee, i.e. something that is observed. The word observee doesn't seem be used much, so I would like to have a more common word if it exists. I need to use it in a ...
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Contact Details Vs. Contacts

"Contact" could be used as a noun. It could be used as plural as in- The more contacts the cloth has with the dirty surface, the more sploiled it gets. "Contact details" is different. "Contact ...
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What does the word “afford” mean here?

What does the word "afford" mean in this passage from an online article? I'd appreciate some synonym as well. Email Limits What You Can Do You do things with people. How you talk is what you ...
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What do you call someone or a group of people who split off from a main group?

What is a single word for someone or a group of people who split off from a main group because they're dissatisfied with its state? I was thinking something along the lines of mutiny, but that's a ...
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Word for a person who is “needy.” [closed]

I'm looking for a word that describes a person who is "needy." All I'm finding are words that treat "needy" as if it meant only "impoverished."
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Synonym for 'idiomatically'

What could be a good and appropriate synonym for idiomatically? I want to use it in phrase " both literally and the synonym"
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What is the symonym of the word dissing here?

What is the symonym of the word dissing here? But be wary of simplistic, baby-out-with-the-bathwater answers. Achieving Inbox Zero is not about “dissing” email, or melodramatically declaring “email ...
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“Speak of the devil” neutral-sounding synonym for non-person scenario

Is there a neutral-sounding (i.e. doesn't mention the devil) synonym for the idiom "speak of the devil"? The idiom "are your ears burning" or a derivative of that wouldn't be great for this case ...
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“hidden” intentions [closed]

I just really want to ask the other ways of saying "having hidden intentions". The word that I've been looking for is something which is synonymous with the "hidden" used in this context. The word is ...
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Word to encompass service, booking, order and reservation

I'm looking for a word that can be used for services, bookings, products and reservations. For example, at a hotel you can reserve a tennis court, book a conference room, order room service and ...
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How to differentiate from multiple interpretations of the word “language”

Suppose I'm currently writing an introduction to programming languages. One of my paragraphs start as follows: Everyone can learn how to program. It is like learning a new language. [...] In ...
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Better synonym for “retirement”

What is a good synonym for "retirement" that doesn't have the negative connotations associated with leaving paid employment?
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Synonym for “Public-Private Power Networks”

I'm working on an article about political systems, which are composed of various elements, including government, media, law enforcement, military, etc. But I can't think of a name for another element ...
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What is a word for ignoring or overlooking evil actions?

Example: The good people of Germany ____ the Holocaust.
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Renumeration vs Remuneration (reimbursed financially), which is correct?

For my entire life, I thought the correct word was Renumeration. But after reading a document that used Remuneration I checked google and apparently I was wrong. The oxford dictionary has a link to ...
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A word for 'make fun of' but less intense than 'ridicule'?

Is there a word which can substitute for the phrase 'make fun of', but is at the same time less intense than the word 'ridicule'? For instance: The author satirizes American capitalism and ...
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What's a similar word to 'precocious' with a positive connotation?

Precocious, per its definition, describes a child in a positive light. But in practice, many tend to use it in a negative way, and I feel the negative connotation outweighs the positive. So even when ...
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Is there a word that includes laptops, desktops, Macs and PCs, but not mobile devices

I want to write the sentence "I am creating an app which is intended for use on laptops, desktops, for both MAC and PC". Is there a single word I can use in place of what I have bolded? They are all ...
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The “fact” whether you win or not?

I am looking for a noun that could be used in this sentence to better describe the situation and make it sound more clear: The "fact" whether you win or lose this game has only minor effect on your ...
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What's the difference between un- adjectives and -less adjectives?

What's the difference, if any, between talentless and untalented luckless and unlucky dauntless and undaunted hapless and unhappy, etc.? Can the answer to this be generalized, i.e. is it ...
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What's a word for someone who always tries to improve things around them?

I'm looking for a word that refers to someone who puts effort into constantly leaving things better than the way he/she found them - an interpretation of 'stewardship'. Sample sentence: "I've been so ...
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Better terms for “Investigative Abilities” and “General Abilities”

I'm writing a roleplaying game based on the Gumshoe system (I swear this is a language question rather than one for rpg.stackexhange.com!). Characters in this games have a set of Investigative ...
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Is puppy a synonym of dog?

I'm a bit confused as to why some thesauruses, e.g. Oxford Dictionaries, state that puppy is a synonym of dog. To me they are related but not a synonym. dog hound, canine, mongrel, cur, ...
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What is another way to say “baby steps”?

I am trying to name a timeline of the American Revolution. The title has to be clever. I was thinking something like " Baby steps to America's Independence " but that was one of the examples soo... I ...
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Catchphrase or word for overcrowded

I am trying to think of catchwords or phrases related to a place being too busy. Something catchy. Examples I've found on the internet: packed, crammed, jammed, packed-like-sardines, choc-full, etc.. ...
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I need a generic word for product and subscription service for an e-commerce site

The site I am designing the data schema for will be selling subscription service and selling access to certain features for a one time fee. I can call the latter a "product" and then I need a ...
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Proper term for “surity..??” [closed]

What's the proper word for "surity or sure-ness". E.g. "It's a surity that it will happen". I know "assurance" can be used. But is there an even closer term for this..?
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Synonyms for “untilted”

In a physical/technical context, I (being not a native speaker) am looking for an adjective that describes the absence of tilt and found “untilted”, which seems however not widely used. More ...
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“Site” vs. “website”

I’ve always used the “website” word in referring to websites. However, several dictionaries (including the Oxford dictionary) mention that one of “site’s” definition is actually “a website”: ...
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I am looking for a word resembling “Coralline”

We are two partners about to launch a product that is currently called "Coralline". We are inspired from the animal and its habitat in underwater. Since this will be an international product I am ...
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Ohh am writing an article for a column in for a magazine and the idiom i want to use is common so i wanna know if there are synonyms for that phrase [duplicate]

Yep,okay is there any synonym for "left hanging" in the sense that in mist of a problem eg: Hot licks was left hanging when questioned by the cops :if there is kindly let me know.
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looking for a synonym for “I believe that”

I'm editing the bio paragraph of a graphic designer's resume, where she has written a sentence beginning, "I depart from the philosophy that..." -- this leads into a quick one-sentence summary ...
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What are some synonyms for uncriticisable? [closed]

I honestly can't think of a word for this. The Cambridge British English dictionary doesn't have it listed as a word, other dictionaries online sometimes have it but don't list synonyms for it. I've ...
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Difference between deformable and flexible

Part of my work is the following sentence: we limit the scope of this work to static, non-deformable and non-flexible objects. However I wonder whether there is a difference between the words ...
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Are there any synonyms for the word high-concept?

Are there any synonyms for the word "high-concept"? Here is the sentence:"The same goes for some of the high concept scenes in the film – I was often creating a new mix down nearly every single day ...
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A synonym for “possible hypothesis” in academic context

I am currently translating into English an academic article discussing some recently-proposed hypotheses for deciphering certain ancient steles. Those hypotheses include the so-called "Greek ...
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Difference between “spruce” and “fir” when used in “Christmas tree” context [closed]

What is the difference between the words "spruce" and "fir" (or even "fir tree")? Could they be used interchangeably, for example, when referring to a kind of evergreen trees people decorate on ...
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A single word meaning 'absolute control over something'

I'm looking for a single word meaning 'absolute control over something'. For example, the government having absolute control over money. I thought of 'stranglehold', but I'd prefer something without ...
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Word for “complementing each other, while showing an increase in intensity”

I have 2 sentences. The sentences are: In college, I wrote a simple calendar program. Concurrently, 2 years on, I am working on developing a complex universal calendar system. Here, I want ...
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“aside” and “interpolated clause”: synonyms in some contexts?

In this answer, "that you would like to fill with water" in the sentence: If you have, say, a bucket — that you would like to fill with water — then ... is called an "interpolated clause". ...
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The meaning of the word “flack” [closed]

Can I say "flack" means being criticized? Subway gets flack these days, but it's been the most consistent and dominating sub chain for 20 years for a reason. 
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Quotient vs Ratio vs Fraction

I am mathematician for whom English is the second language. In general I feel like I do not have major problems keeping up with math vocabulary, whether I am reading an article or giving a lecture. ...
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Albeit vs even though [duplicate]

From here, I found out the meaning of the word albeit. My question is why is this used when we can simply use though or even though? If this has to be used, what exactly is the situation for that?
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What verb can I use to describe someone who is talking very quickly?

I have a situation where two characters run into each other by coincidence, and they're very surprised to see each other. One of them is hurt, which the other notices pretty quickly, and she shows ...
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A synonym for 'à la carte' to describe additional services provided

What is a synonym, specifically for business negotiation, to describe additional services provided (e.g. The following services will be offered à la carte:...)?
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Is there an antonym for “dim”/ synonym for “lighten?”

I'm looking for a word that refers to when a dark room is slightly lightened- for example, by a candle or a weak lightbulb, but not so much that I could use "brightened" to describe the action. ...
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“one day” vs “one-day” [closed]

I wrote the following sentence in Microsoft Word: I was destined to one day live in the corridors of the Great Library and digest the world. And Word wanted me to change "one day" to "one-day". ...
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What's a word for “toughish”?

I am looking for an adjective that can be used to describe a 'thug'. Seeing that toughish isn't in most dictionaries (nor did I expect it to be, but an entry in a thesaurus would have been nice), nor ...
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Politer way of saying “Your discussion is invalid”

Someone is criticizing my work and they are using arguments that are not correct. I have explained the reasons why their argument is not correct and I want to conclude by saying: because of these ...