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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 description of the word “squeaky” in “squeaky clean”?

Is squeaky in "squeaky clean" an onomatopoeia? Is there a right word to describe this word, other than simply an "adjective"? It's something that uses the description of a sound as an adjective. ...
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Word meaning “to create unrealistic expectations”?

I'm drafting a letter to my family to announce the date and location of my destination wedding. I'm asking my family to not tell others about the wedding for now: We would appreciate your help in ...
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At this point, are “military” and “armed forces” synonymous?

Looking at the free definitions online, and not including too much history, it seems to me that at one point the Navy was not directly associated as ”military”. Or rather, that the Navy included not ...
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“Great Divide” synonyms

I am looking for strong, yet poetic expressions/synonyms of "Great Divide" which, beside its other meanings, expresses "a major point of division, especially death." The context I need is the act of ...
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Synonym for mechanical pencil

I'm a non-native english speaker (from Brazil). I'm looking for the most common day-to-day word for the stationery device called "mechanical pencil". Indeed, while "mechanical pencil" seems to be the ...
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A word to define somebody that uses different objects not for their original use

I'm looking for a word that is used to describe somebody that can build or fix things with objects that aren't used for that specific task. Synonyms for this would be resourceful and ingenious.
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Difference between “purpose”, “aim”, “target”, “goal”, “objective”, and “ambition”

What is the difference between “purpose”, “aim”, “target”, “goal”, “objective”, and “ambition”? I found these questions: Difference between “aim” and “purpose” Difference between “purpose” and ...
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Single-word “mirror” synonyms

I was looking for the synonyms of the noun mirror: A surface capable of reflecting sufficient undiffused light to form an image of an object placed in front of it. The majority of the synonyms ...
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Formal phrase for “in hopes that”

I'm using in hopes that in the following sentence. However, it does not seems to be formal and appropriate for a scientific paper. Is there any similar phrase that has the same meaning but more formal ...
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Best way to describe “turning ideas into reality”

I'd like to ask if sentence “We accelerate ideas” sounds odd or natural? What is the best word/phrasal to describe transformation of the ideas into reality/real things?
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Word for “mindlessly entertain”

Sometimes I get done working and my mind is utterly exhausted. I want something to entertain me mindlessly. Is there a good verb to describe this action?
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I am looking for triplets of synonyms? [closed]

I am looking for triplets of synonyms or words which were close in meaning in the past, but changed their meaning. So, I want a pivot word, such that one word in the triplet used to mean that pivot ...
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How prevalent is “I'm game” compared to “I'm in”?

Is it common to say "I'm game" in place of "I'm in" or "Count me in"? Is it used often in American English?
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I'm looking for a word like “switchyard”

I would like it to evoke: Queuing up of the train cars, Determining where each should go, Building lines of cars with similar destinations, and Sending them on their merry way (once there are enough ...
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What would you call a list of parts in a single word

What is a single word to describe a list of parts, tools, and instructions to be assembled later to form an object. Examples: Bag of parts/tools/instructions for a DIY crib A group of parameters to be ...
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What is the difference between Seventh Heaven and Cloud Nine?

Just as the question asks, what is the difference between Seventh Heaven and Cloud Nine? I know that both mean extreme pleasure or joy, but I'm wondering if they have different meanings when used in ...
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Appropriate word for internet name of a person

What is the appropriate word or phrase which means the internet name of a person. I mean the nickname that a person uses in almost all places on the internet like blog, IRC, forums, mailing lists etc. ...
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Is there any other word for “thumbs up thumbs down”?

I am working on my college project, which is a kind of product review/feedback website. In this many users can give their comments and opinion, and like or dislike the product. I'm very confused what ...
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“Tear(drop)” synonyms

I've been looking for the synonyms (especially poetic ones) referring to the nouns "tear" and "tear-drop". Unfortunately, there wasn't much for me to find. I've found two, poetic ones - "brine" and ...
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Better term for “intellectual jokes”

What can you call a joke, pun, or anything funny that likely needs intelligence to get? All I can come up with is intellectual jokes; is there another word for this? A one-word answer would be great. ...
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Noun to describe a “typo-filled” letter

I am changing my e-mail signature on my phone to read: Sent from my Samsung Galaxy S4. Please do not mistake my brevity and/or misspellings for apathy and/or ignorance. I am looking for a ...
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Is this sentence correct: I could not keep calm?

How can I say when I know that I do something badly, but I can't keep calm. E.G. - She asked me don't tell you, but I couldn't ... I hope you understand what I meant. :)
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Syntax of “not only” + “furthermore”

Can I use not only with furthermore instead of also? Not only is he tall, he is also heavy. Can I say or write: Not only is he tall, he is furthermore heavy. or (and please tell me if this ...
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Are “perchance” and “by chance” interchangeable?

Merriam Webster's defines "perchance" as: "maybe but not definitely" Similarly, the fifth definition of chance on Merriam Webster has "by chance" defined as: "in the haphazard course of ...
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Are there any English one-word equivalents for “je ne sais quoi”?

Wiktionary defines je ne sais quoi as An intangible quality that makes something distinctive or attractive. She has a certain je ne sais quoi about her. Is there a single-word equivalent?
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What word means 'to submit a post' / 'bring to public notice online'? [closed]

I dictionary.com'd the definition of the word 'post' and it has nothing to do which submitting a typed message to the Internet. One of the latter definitions shown on dictionary.com was 'to bring to ...
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Which of “press” or “depress” the enter key is the more correct choice? [duplicate]

I’m reading a manual right now instructing one to “press” the enter key. However, both press and depress appear to be correct, as explained in the question Why is the term "depressed" often ...
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Synonyms for 'Registration close date'

I'm managing an online registration to some conferences. The conference coordinator has to add info about that in an online form, when submitting his conference to the registration website. Is there ...
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“Niveous” poetic synonyms

Are there any more poetic synonyms for "snow-white" and "niveous"? I was searching but I've only found "nival".
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ostentatious vs pretentious [closed]

Looking at the definition of these words it appears they are pretty similar: Pretentious: Having or showing the unpleasant quality of people who want to be regarded as more impressive, successful, or ...
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Other words for the cadaverous blue?

I am looking for the particular word (if it exists in English) for the ghastly blue colour of a dead person...
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Difference between use of “ephemeral” and “transient”?

What are some differences between the ways/contexts in which one would use "ephemeral" versus "transient", and vice versa?
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Word for “Ready/want to go home”

In Mormon missionary culture, they use the word "trunky" to describe the feeling at the end of their two-year mission when they are tired, ready to go home, and are mentally packing their trunks to go ...
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Synomyns for undoable [closed]

I'm gathering for an English/Russian dictionary words that are encompassed under the aegis of the word "undoable". Here are the words I've got down so far: unfulfillable, unworkable, unexecutable, ...
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Corresponding vs. appropriate

Let me give you some context first: Germans. We may have similar words with different meanings and use words just because they have a similar spelling. software company, writing software for ...
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Given a “pledge” to complete each day, what words can represent success and failure in a motivating fashion?

If one decides that they are going to attempt to complete a pledge or task each day, what are two words (one for each) that can be used to represent the number of successes and failures, without being ...
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The difference between medium and intermediate

I wish to know the difference between medium and intermediate. There is an academic use for me trying to describe a physical parameter (a coupling constant of interactions) which is not too strong, ...
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Is a canal a type of river?

A Chinese friend of mine says that in Chinese there are no different words for canal and river, and that they are the treated as the same noun. A canal would be a man-made river if you had to ...
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“unorthodox” vs “heterodox”

What's the difference between "unorthodox" and "heterodox"? The dictionary I use roughly states that "heterodox" means "not orthodox", and "unorthodox" means well, "not orthodox". Are they perfect ...
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What's a good word for 'A short review'?

This would be a topic in a progress report that would outline what the project is about without going into details. I'm looking for something that means like 'Refresher' but sounds more professional.
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Is there one word that means 'to temporarily join'?

Is there a one-worded synonym for 'temporarily join'? Examples: I want to temporarily join your team Or a slightly different meaning; I want to temporarily join these two pieces of metal ...
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Meme expression synonyms / explanation

Could someone please disambiguate / deconstruct all the nuanced meanings of the following types of expressions originating in internet meme culture. At some point it becomes obvious there's more than ...
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“On the equivalence of A and B” or “between A and B”

I am writing an academic paper with a choice of titles: On the equivalence of A and B On the equivalence between A and B or On the equivalence of A, B and C On the equivalence ...
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Word for varied with equal spacing

I'm looking for a less clumsy way to say: The phase advance in the measurement plane was varied between the corrector lenses and the measurement screen. Also with the additional constraint that ...
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Open the rivers of Heaven?

I've heard someone saying "Their task in worship is to open the rivers of Heaven", and I understand that it means something like "Their task is to make worship extremely beautiful", but is there a ...
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backquote vs backtick

What is the difference between backquote and backtick . Really, i search on this issue . And it seems that are the same . ` If so , Is it a synonyms ?
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Can I use one word to mean “what is even worse”?

I'm describing the harm that a thing causes. First, it creates more losses. What is even worse is that it creates instability issues. Is there one word that I can use to represent "what is ...
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substitute for peripeteia

I was all set to release an album titled Peripeteia. I thought the word aesthetically sounded beautiful and the meaning, reversal of reality, "the moment the hero realizes all he believes is untrue" ...
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Is there a reference for the differences between synonyms?

Bill Bryson's "Troublesome Words" is an excellent book for, among other things, learning the difference between many synonyms, such as "prone," "prostrate," "recumbent" and "supine." But it can hardly ...
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Are the two sentences synonymous? [closed]

Are Method A is used in preference to Method B. and Method A is used in favor of Method B. synonymous (always)? Which one is actually used in each case?