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

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Word for trying to boost your image unnecessarily

A typical request where I have a word on the tip of my tongue that I just can't place. UPDATED: A lot of the suggestions are direct synonyms of bragging so I'll try and clear up the context more. ...
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Is a *by-law* the same thing as an *in-law*?

When I was a student (over fifty years ago) I had a landlady who used to talk about her 'aunt-by-law'. I wish I had been bold enough to ask her the nature of the relationship, but I have always ...
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More friendly word for “enterprise”

This is a toughy, but I'm looking for a word that doesn't have the connotations of "enterprise," "corporate" or "national account." Something that will get the idea of multi-unit businesses across in ...
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Synonym - “to go above someone”

What's a synonym, preferably solely in one word? I tried circumvent and its synonyms (eg bypass, sidestep, ...), but still desire a better one. Example: If you decide to go above the teacher, ...
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Enlightenment, enlightened, Illuminism, illuminist

The Enlightenment was a cultural movement of intellectuals (Europe, XVIII century). It is associated with the Scientific Revolution, the Atlantic Revolutions (American Revolution, French Revolution, ...
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One word for 'Uncondition Learning'

'uncondition learning' refers to forgetting the conditioning, society has given us. Also suggest related words.
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Synonym of malicious, but more “competitive”

The word I am looking for is to describe an intentionally harmful duplicate. Sort of an evil twin, but in a competitive way - one who'd "test your might" in an actual tournament to give you a lesson ...
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is “if any” the same as “if existing”?

Given this sentence: Its original manufacturer’s warranty, if any, still applies, with warranty details included in the item details. Can I change “if any” in the above sentence to “if ...
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Synonym for man-made, but not by man

I'm looking for a synonym for man-made (i.e., not naturally occurring) that doesn't imply it was made by humans. "Fabricated" or "constructed" are the closest I've come, but I'm not very happy with ...
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A single word which can be used in the place of floccinaucinihilipilification whithout losing the nuances of its meaning [closed]

Humans are quick to partake in the floccinaucinihilipilification process, it has happened before and it will happen repeatedly until evolution explicates perfect men. Is there a single word that ...
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Contemplate vs consider

After reading an article recently, I wondered when one should use contemplate over consider. I searched for the issue on Google and found that: In that context, they're essentially the same. ...
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What does ranked two places below mean?

If a statement says "India is ranked two places below China" What place does India hold if China is ranked 1? Is it rank 3 or 4? Also, is there any difference between the following two sentences? ...
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“accuracy” or “accurateness”? [closed]

Do "accuracy" and "accurateness" have the exact same meaning? When is one of them preferred over the other one? "accurateness" does not exist as an entry in Oxford Dictionary of English and Longman ...
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Synonym to “very convenient” [closed]

Can you list me candidates that can replace "quite convenient","very convenient", and sort according to the degree? I don't want to use the word "very" in my text. For example, "using this editing ...
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Common expression for request and order

We are designing an automated ordering system which concerns itself mainly with two entities: Requests, which express the need of a customer to place an order in the near future Orders, which are ...
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Is there a more tactful way to tell someone they are “difficult to work with”?

I want to tell someone they have been “difficult to work with” in writing, but I don’t want to put it quite so directly. Is there another way to write it so that doesn’t sound as if it were some ...
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Is there a word for permanent solution?

I would prefer a positive connotation.
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'shared' as a synonym for 'said'

I'm seeing more and more of the word 'shared' in reporting speech, especially in meeting minutes and even publications. Is this correct? For example: Mr X shared that training programmes will be ...
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What's the word for drugging someone?

I remember having learned it from the TV. But I can't remember what it is now. It's a verb synonym of drug or poison. It means someone slips some drug into someone's food or water. The drug may be ...
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What does this phrase mean: “His set shoulders”?

What does the adjective set refer to in this case? What would be a synonym for it?
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Non positively connoted synonym for “highlights”

I'm producing a monthly report that put forward a selection of ten particular cases out of 70 individual entries. I filter for the 5 best and 5 worst cases according to various indicators. The idea ...
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Defining a goal that can be achieved through many ways

I want to define a goal that can be achieved through many ways. Does multidirectional work? A multidirectional goal? Its for a title of an essay saying that there is not just a single way to stay ...
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Is 'can' an appropriate substitute for 'may' to indicate possibility? [duplicate]

One definition of can in Merriam-Webster Online is: c —used to indicate possibility < do you think he can still be alive> < those things can happen> ; sometimes used interchangeably with may ...
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What do we call a person who is obsessed with cleanliness?

Is there any word for a person who is very , very much concerned about cleanliness and keeping things hygienic and even point out faults in clean things and explaining that they were dirty ?
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Is there a word that describes seeing and hearing as one thing?

I'm looking for a single word that is the synthesis of seeing and hearing together.
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A single word noun for a “reusable object” [closed]

What is a single word noun that means "a reusable object"? I'm looking for something with as few syllables as possible, that is English vernacular. The word would also be abstract, so it ...
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Synonyms for “default” [closed]

I've been looking for other words to describe a pre-selected option that can be changed by the user but must have a value. Everyone uses the word "default" to describe that, but in searching for ...
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Does it make sense to apply the quality of “Identicality” to one or multiple objects?

I'm writing a script which involves the comparison of two objects. I keep finding myself referring to this sort of test as an "identicality" check. From my preliminary research, "identicality" does ...
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What is the equivalent of “susceptibility” in medical literature, but to a healthy condition?

In medical literature the word susceptibility collocates with negative adjectives or nouns -- negative prosody. Likewise, the word predisposing factors or state is mostly associated with negative ...
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Word to describe difficult to keep request

I am looking for a word which can used in the following blank space: I understand the ____ nature of the request; hence a negative answer will not change anything between us. The word needs to ...
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What is another word for share in the context of a blog?

What is another word for share in the context of sharing a blog article on twitter, facebook, etc..?
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Difference between “repress” and “quell” [closed]

What is the difference in meaning between repress and quell? Are they interchangeable?
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Misusing 'hone' to express subtly different idea that combines 'hone' and 'home in' [duplicate]

This question is similar, but I'm looking for something subtly different. Suppose you have a philosophy describing a way of thinking and acting. Acting on this philosophy requires work: your mind ...
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Wording for constant in time

Hi I'm writing a scientific paper and want to write something along the line of: "Static in time" objects are ... Is there a single word describing time independent?
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Word for 'make more frequent'

For example, how would you convert He made cunning remarks more frequently. to He ____ his cunning remarks.
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Is there a word for human litter-mates?

If my brother and I shared a womb during gestation (as humans) we're twins. If there was another sibling in there we're triplets.. and so on, but is there a general term to describe us irrespective of ...
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Synonym for 'reinforce/back up idea/concept'

I'm sure there must be a word for this! I'm looking for a synonym for 'reinforce/back up idea/concept'. Eg: "He looks like an Australian and his accent would seem to back that up/suggest ...
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Is there a word that means “nearly synonymous”?

Google was no help. It found many synonyms for almost, nearly, close, etc. Is there a noun that means "not quite a synonym"? Examples: car : wagon hide : lose
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Is there words that mean “meet the criteria”?

I'm making a comic strip and looking for a funny word in the theme of hair, maybe something that means "make it meet the criteria". Thanks in advance It is hard for me to explain, as my first ...
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What is synonym of Abide? [closed]

What is synonym of Abide? a) Pays b) Diverts c) Hang Real sentence is "Curse abides on a tyrant for ever!"
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Omnipresent is to Ubiquitous as Omnipotent is to _____?

"Omnipresent" means everywhere at once, while "ubiquitous" means seeming to be everywhere at once. My question is whether "omnipotent" (all-powerful) has a similar 'seeming to be all-powerful' ...
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Synonym of many, multitude, etc., but starting with ph- [closed]

I have been working on my tongue, but not able to get it. The word means many, multiple, multitude and so on. The closest that my brain can think is something rhyming with "phelanthra". A phrase ...
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Better word for the “source” of a remix?

For "remix" in the general sense, e.g. "everything is a remix". Is there a better word than "source" for describing the thing that got remixed? ("Source" is just ambiguous in many contexts.) Thanks! ...
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A word to mean “To murder your colleague”

Suicide is to kill yourself. Genocide is to kill a genus. Homicide is to kill a human. Matricide is to kill one's mother. Patricide is to kill one's father. Parricide is to kill one's close relative. ...
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What word describes a university class in both the UK and the US?

In the US words like class, subject, course are used to describe a university class, while in the UK, words like subject and course are used to describe the name of the whole university degree. ...
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Synonyms of “such that”

I found myself writing such that many times already. Which synonyms would be adequate? Here is a typical example: For theory 1 Eq. (1.1.1) can be written as ... , while for theory 2 A must be ...
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one word for a sentiment close to ignorant or illiterate [closed]

I want a word to describe people who despite of their education and economic status and apparent sophistication, are lacking of even the most basic level of critical thinking. People who will just ...
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The difference between slick and sleek

What is the difference between the two adjectives: slick and sleek? My dictionary returns almost the same explanation for both, like smooth and glossy. Could someone explain when it would be more ...
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More concise word or phrase for “people who have been taken advantage of”

I’m hoping for a single descriptive word for “people who have been taken advantage of”, but a shorter phrase would be ok. These are people who now have a lack of trust and are in need of loyalty in ...
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F for intoxication [closed]

Is there a word that starts with "F" that is related to intoxication? I have racked my brain all over the state of mindlessness for this, but have yet to come up with a good answer.