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

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What do you call the source of a “said” quote?

The source of a quote that was written (perhaps in a book) would be the "author" of the quote. What if the quote was said? Is it the "dictator" of the quote? That sounds odd and "speaker" just doesn't ...
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presenter vs speaker

I am organizing a seminar but i wonder how to address the person who presents the presentation in that seminar. presenter or speaker? What is difference between presenter and speaker? Are they ...
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What word means a “male temptress”?

I was trying to describe a man who entices others into making bad decisions. I have several closely related questions: Is it okay in English to refer to a man as a temptress? Is there a uniquely ...
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What does the semicolon in the dictionary definition of a word mean?

Many dictionaries use a semicolon in a meaning for a word. For instance for the word impertinent I have seen: "outside the bounds of proper speech or behaviour; impudent; insolent; saucy" Then ...
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Trustable or trustworthy?

For a long time I have been using trustworthy as the adjective for of trust. However, I recently heard someone say trustable, and it piqued my interest. Apparently it is a word on Merriam-Webster as ...
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Word to describe “something that makes sense in your own head”?

I’m looking for a word — I’m sure I read it somewhere, but it’s not commonly used — which describes the situation where a theory (or something similar) makes sense in your own head but not to others. ...
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What are some alternative words for an item that casts magic spells? [closed]

I am designing a video game set in a medieval fantasy world, and in the game, there is a chance of receiving a random weapon. For melee weapons, I currently have around 20 different weapons, such as ...
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Words associated with throwing things, specifically the action of throwing a paper airplane

What word(s) would you use to describe throwing something, specifically during the action of throwing a paper airplane? The one word I was able to come up with was "flick", but I'm looking for other ...
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What is a formal but less dramatic synonym for “oligopolistic”

I am providing suggestions for a document which will serve as a business plan. In it, it describes the market the authors are entering as oligopolistic. This is factually correct but sounds dramatic ...
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What's the difference between “insulated” and “isolated”? [closed]

I don't know the difference because they have the same meaning.
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Another word for “designated”

I am in need for a word to mean "designated" but with a stronger undertone of dictated task that one is obliged to perform reluctantly. Thanks. :)
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Specific word for quick and short reminders

Is there an English word (noun or verb) for a quick and short reminder? Imagine a friend reminding you five times a day to take your medicine. He doesn't actually tell you, but rather gives a clue, so ...
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A word that would mean the following- “A desperate search for”

I have tried googling and stuff but couldn't find any satisfactory suggestion that would mean "A desperate search for"
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“Guesswork”, “guesstimation” synonyms [closed]

I'm looking for idioms and synonyms for "guesswork". Especially i'm looking for idioms and synonyms for given word connected to unscientific ways of predicting future. Both - pejorative and positive - ...
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Stronger word for “selfish”

"Selfish" could mean anything from taking the last cookie to killing someone for the last cookie. Is there a harsher word for selfish that emphasises that it's wrong and/or hurtful?
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Siamese for two, which word for four?

We use Siamese for two, such as Siamese twins. Which word should be used when the number is four in such situation?
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Synonym for “academic year” when talking about primary/secondary schools not universities

Academic years in my culture are specified using two-year format e.g. academic year 2014-2015 (which starts in September 2014 and ends in June 2015). The term "academic" bears, in my opinion, much of ...
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Single word for something that receives a request or response

Something that sends Requests, can be called Requester, but is there a single word to denote a Handler / Receiver? Request Sender > Request > Request Receiver AKA Requester ...
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Does 'extraordinary', 'exceptional', 'outstanding' always carry positive connotations nowadays?

When I take the word 'extraordinary', 'exceptional' and 'outstanding' literally, it simply means something 'out of the ordinary', 'rare and/or unusual', or something which 'stands out from the rest', ...
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Alternate phrase for “I would be happy to” [closed]

I had an interview at a company 5 weeks ago. I received feedback that they "liked" me but need to interview a couple of additional candidate. I am going to send them an email to let them know I am ...
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synonym for “worth finding”

Can the sentence "It's worth finding a part-time job during the holidays" be replaced by "It's good to find a part-time job during the holidays." Do they mean the same ?
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Synonym for “motion”

What is an uncommon synonym for the noun "motion" (movement)? I'm looking for cool sounding words like "twitter" that are synonyms or somehow relate to motion, the noun that means movement. Example: ...
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Synonym for 'to follow up on something'

Regarding 'to follow up', I prefer a one-word synonym for want of concision. Example: I am writing (or calling) to follow up on the earlier missive.
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Can laboring and belaboring be used in the same way?

While reading the book, Nine Algorithms That Changed the Future (amazon link), I came upon the following sentence: I know I am laboring this point, but the reason for going through this example ...
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Meaning of Tantalizing paradox [closed]

What is the meaning of tantalizing paradox? I searched for it in an oxford dictionary. but couldn't understand the exact meaning.
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“Lover of Life”: Biophile?

Looking for a single noun to title a funeral picture board where photos show the subject dancing, eating, drinking, reading, and laughing. I want to portray this man's love of life. Other photo ...
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What does “is for” mean exactly? [closed]

I get the main idea in phrases like "L is for the way you look at me" and "A is for Apple", but I don't know the exact meaning. If you were to use other words instead of "is for" which synonym would ...
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To manage or to use?

I am writing a text in English and unfortunately word "use" is used very often (like in this statement:) ). So I decided to replace it with other words where it is possible. For example there is ...
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Could “Give in” mean “Hand over”? [closed]

Give in = hand in but does give in = hand over? and which of them are equal? and what's the differences?
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I'd like to know the spelling of a word, a synonym of unknown

I'm used to watching American TV Series all the time. I watch them with Italian subtitles, so I misspell many words. Many of them are not so difficult to figure out, but there's one that I just cannot ...
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What is a single word for “Currently Working” [closed]

I'm listing all my work experiences on resume but for my current job I added a little label which reads "Currently Working". For some reason this doesn't seem right to me. What's the best way to ...
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Avoiding stuffy language: “Therefore”, “Thus”

In my thesis, I'm using "thus" and "therefore" a lot. This is repetitive and it sounds stuffy. Is there any alternative which sounds a bit more relaxed but is acceptable in scientific writing? "So" ...
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To “opt-out” or to “withdraw”?

Which is more formal in register, opt-out of something or withdraw from something? Are there any more formal ways to phrase the idea?
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Can someone explain when to use “relevance” and when “relevancy”?

Okay, so today I first came across the word relevancy in written. I grasped its meaning without problem, checking in a dictionary that my hunch was right. So it would appear that relevance and ...
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Synonym for plug-in? [closed]

I'm making some software which allows users to enable extra features. These extra features are currently called 'plug-ins'. I'm not a fan of 'plug-in' because of its technical connotations. I also ...
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If I feel that an answer isn't relevant, how do I express that? [duplicate]

If I feel that an answer isn't relevant to the given question, how can I express it more clearly? I am not able to come up with an appropriate word to describe what I wish to describe, a few ...
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What's a better word for “hugbox”?

What's a better word for what the term 'hugbox' suggests; i.e. an environment in which one is surrounded by likeminded people and as such is likely to have their preconceptions reinforced rather than ...
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I need an alternative for “her whole life” [closed]

In my story a young girl only understands the life of a dancer, but once her dream comes to an end she doesn't know what to do with herself. I need a better way of saying She danced all day ...
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Negative synonym for ambitious

The word ambitious can be used to describe both positive and the negative traits of someone's personality, depending on context. Is there some synonym that conveys purely the negative meaning of ...
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What's a formal way to say something is “happening”?

What is a formal way to say something has a lot of activity in it? I can only think of two informal ways to say it. For example: This field of physics is very "happening" right now. This field of ...
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Do people in Colorado typically say “attorney” or “lawyer?”

I'm interested to know if people in the Colorado area say attorney or lawyer more frequently.
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Pretentious vs Superficial [closed]

From what I Understand , both these words in a day to day vocabulary describing a Person Pretentious means Someone who is trying to get more importance by pretending something or Exaggerating ...
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Politician says he will vote in favor of legislation that he hasn't read and will change once elected

Can anyone come up with a few good synonyms/idioms/expressions for a person or politician that will say whatever he/she believes will get him/her the most votes? For example: He/she will vote in ...
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Is there a word for “someone who can talk to anyone”?

Trying to think of a word for a resume that would cover "being able to converse with almost anyone from having a general knowledge of many subjects". It wouldn't be articulate but I can't find ...
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A word that has the same meaning as its negation [duplicate]

Is there a pair of words in English, where one is a grammatical negation of the other, but they are synonyms? For the negation I'm thinking about a negative prefix or suffix, like de-, dis- or -less, ...
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'spite' and 'malice' [closed]

Is there a difference between 'spite' and 'malice'? Are they interchangeable? Is there an instance where one would be more suitable than the other?
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Positive term for “curious”

I'm looking for a synonym for "curious" that is undoubtedly positive. "Curious" itself is fairly neutral--it could be interpreted as a good thing, but it's sometimes seen as a bad thing (i.e., ...
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A synonym for “different” [closed]

I am not a native English speaker and currently writing on a scientific journal. In my paper, I want to explain a fundamental difference when comparing my idea with other methods. I need a synonym for ...
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Synonym for subscribe

I am developing a software in which I use the following terms: subscriber publisher subscription When a subscriber subscribes to a topic, something like this happens: subscription = ...
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What's a synonym for a passionate person?

What's a word for a passionate person? Like a "passionista", but that of course already has another meaning. Someone that generally has strong desires, goals, or convictions, and works hard to make ...