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

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Synonyms for “section”

How I can replace the word "section" as the meaning of a part of a website? For example: "Friends section", "Event section", "Messages section" etc. Can I name a small part of a webpage "a block"? ...
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Relatively to each other — less awkward word?

I'm rating the performance of things in different dimensions on a scale, e.g. [--, -, 0, +, ++]. This ranking only describes the relative performance in one dimension, without referring to other ...
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word for burrowing, but by a plant rather than an animal

I would like to describe how deeply a tree's roots go underground. Burrowing is a term used for animals. Is it appropriate to use it in describing the extent to which a certain tree can dig its roots ...
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I need a synonom for the phrase “took place”

My sentence says "Tom Robinson's case..." I wanted to say "took place" but I'm using it in the sentence right after it. Help!
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Word for “outside of school”

The word probably has the prefix "extra-", but I am not thinking of extracurricular, as that only pertains to that which is outside of the educational curriculum. Any ideas?
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Adjective describing someone who is in constant communication with someone else?

I'm searching for a good synonym for communicative, but with an emphasis on being in constant communication over time, not merely the "amount" of communication (so talkative and such don't work). A ...
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Appropriate word for smile

I'm looking for an appropriate word for a certain kind of a smile. Are you in love with that girl' asked she with a grin on her face. I have used the word grin but I guess grin is a broad ...
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What's the phrase/expression for practising martial arts?

Recently, I took up Taekwondo and ended up with a question: How can I say I practise a martial art in English? Is it just practise or is there another verb for it? In my mother tongue I say (roughly ...
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One-word synonym (not a compound adjective) for “time-consuming” and “less time-consuming”

As regards time-consuming, I tried http://thesaurus.com/browse/time-consuming for time-consuming but the results don't categorically pertain to time. As concerns less time-consuming, I tried ...
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Is there a word that means the trait asking a question out of skepticism in hopes of finding the truth?

There are many synonyms for asking a question. Is there one that means or implies that the person asking the question is skeptical and hopes to find the truth? It'd have to be in the form of a trait. ...
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What do you call the green slippery thing formed, due to standing in water?

I can only think of "algae" or preferably "green algae", these are in the context of science. But is there any other general word in English used for this green slippery thing? In Hindi we say, ...
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Looking for an alternative to “I hope that…”, “I'm hopeful that…” and all the similar expressions [closed]

Whenever I say "I hope you...", or "I hope that...", or "I'm hopeful you will...", it sounds so hollow. In part, I think, because it sounds cliche (to me anyway), but also because I can't think of a ...
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What is an alternate word I can use other than “field?”

Grammaticists: I have a data set with many records and many fields (the records are rows of the spreadsheet and fields are columns). Each field has a name, for example income or town or home ...
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Synonyms for small in stature [closed]

With "big in stature", we have large, tall, rotund, huge, mammoth-like, towering and so on. What would be valid (and if possible, comical sounding) words that would be able to describe somebody who is ...
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Synonyms for “offers the possibility of”

What are some alternatives to the phrase "offers the possiblity of"?
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“To search for something” versus “to look for something”: are these verbs synonyms? [closed]

Are the verb phrases "to search for something" and "to look for something" synonyms?
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“Accepted” not correct for legal document [closed]

Could someone suggest a good word to use in the sentence given below? It is for use in a legal operational protocol manual and should fit within context. I'm currently using "accepted", due to a lack ...
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“desert island” versus “deserted island”

What is the difference between "a desert island" and "a deserted island"? Are they synonyms?
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Influence vs. Effect

How are these two nouns different when used in scientific papers? I'm not an English speaker and was having a hard time choosing the proper word.
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Synonym for nirvanic

To me, nirvanic sounds like a butchery of nirvana. Is there any adjective describing a feeling of nirvana? You know, the serenity/transcendence after meditating for a long time. I know I just listed a ...
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Word for “overly proud of heritage”

I remember at one point knowing a word that meant "overly proud of your own heritage or culture", and basically being racist or at least biased toward your own heritage/culture. Anyone know some words ...
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What is the suitable word to use after the word fall or drop to mean it dropped a lot? [closed]

In particular i have an index in mind. I think the word heavily is okay, but is there a better word? Or even better is there a word to mean dropped heavily?
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Good synonyms for “waste of time”? [closed]

Can't think of any off the top of my head, and the thesaurus comes up with bland results.
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Are there good examples of compatible co-hyponyms?

It is often said that co-hyponyms are incompatible. For example, here's Alan Cruse: Very often a superordinate has more than one immediate hyponym, and among these there is typically a set of ...
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How to name liabilities owed by me and by someone?

If I have to pay an invoice it's my liability. If someone has to pay an invoice issued by me it's also liability. Are there any words that distinguish these two types of liabilities? Disclaimer: ...
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Examples for intelligent, brillant, smart, talented, wisdom and genius?

Out of the terms intelligent, brillant, smart, talented, wisdom, genius Which are the ones that is natural(by genetics) and which are the ones that is developed by practice and which are the ones ...
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Is “to split up” or “to break up” colloquial?

Are "to split up" and "to break up" colloquial if I want to say that somebody ended a relationship? If they are colloquial, could you give me non-colloquial synonyms except "to end" a relationship?
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Are the words 'innuendo' and 'insinuation' different in meaning?

According to the dictionary the two words are synonymous to each other but I think there is a subtle difference in meaning between the two words that I do not find in the dictionary. I thought of ...
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Is there a word that conveys 'keeping someone wondering purposely'?

Scenario: Someone publicly says, "We have made a decision" in reference to an important choice, but no matter how many people ask what the decision was, the person does not say. Later, when asked ...
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One word synonym for “easy to follow”

I am working on a rubric to grade a presentation, and I am only allowed 4 very short criteria. After a lot of thinking, the 4 I have chosen are: Organized & Easy to Follow Interesting / Useful ...
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Expressions similar to “at the expense of”

I'm struggling to expand my vocabulary. Could you please provide expressions alike to "at the expense of"? Words or phrases are all well-appreciated.
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go there vs go up there

What is the difference between 'go up there' and 'go there'? Examples: The boys want to go up there. He didn't want to go there. Are they interchangeable in the above examples?
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Difference in usage between “Dependent” and “Reliant”

Based on the comments on a question on another SE site, I'm trying to define the difference between something being "Dependent upon something" and being "reliant upon something". The sentence in ...
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Noun that means “To not take advantage of anyone”

I am writing an essay on To Kill A Mockingbird and need a noun that is synonymous with "not taking advantage of anyone" as I need to be able to say: Scout learns [Insert the noun here].
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'typeface' or 'font'? Which term is better known to a layman?

I'm designing a simple CMS in which users (non-experts) can, among other things, choose from a select group of typeface-combinations. Although not entirely correct ( I believe?) I could also use ...
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Synonym for “raise the bar”

Is there another way to express "raise the bar"? The context I'm looking for would fit this sentence: A firewall raises the bar for would-be attackers.
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Is there any synonym for “Ordeal” which has a positive connotation? [closed]

The word "Ordeal" as defined by google is "a very unpleasant and prolonged experience". I need a word that does not have this negative connotation attached to it.
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Searching for a synonym or an alternate Phrase

I am looking for a synonym or a phrase that means, that after reading a particular thought my perspective / way to look at life has changed in a good manner. Basically this is for my new blog ...
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Synonym for “call bulls--t”

I am writing a column for publication in a widely circulated newspaper, and would like to use a phrase meaning something like "call bullshit". I can't think of one that captures the meaning so ...
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“Recover” vs “Recuperate”

Often times, I use to verb to recover to state that somebody is returning to normal health after having been ill, for instance: he is recovering from illness Recently, I've heard somebody using ...
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Is defined by vs. is contained

Say I have a definition and I am trying to find an English word that represents it, and I provide an example of said word (think word=fruit, example=apple). Someone gives me a word whose definition is ...
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Is there a non-colloquial equivalent term for “cool”?

As I get older (into my 30s) the less I feel like using youthful slang, and I take extra pride in using professional English. But I can't think of a word that is universally equivalent to the ...
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Is Vouchering a valid synonym for “time booking” or not?

I have an ongoing dispute with someone who insists on using "Vouchering" in official documents as a synonym for "time booking" - (as in making entries on a time management system against booking ...
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Can prone always be used as a synonym of sensitive? [closed]

Can prone always be used as a synonym of sensitive? For example, is the sentence "Rabits are prone to humid conditions." equivalent to "Rabits are sensitive to humid conditions."? The first sentence ...
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Looking for synonym 'look into heart' or 'reexamine thoughts'

I am looking for synonyms for 'reexamine thoughts'. I want to use the synonym in a context where I want to say 'think about myself or karmas before going to bed'.
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'Vulnerable' Without Negative Connotations [closed]

The word vulnerable has a negative connotation - as seemingly a weakness. I'd like suggestions for replacement word that has a positive (therefore, strength) connotation. Thank you
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Meaning of the word “brook” in Rise Against song “Lanterns”

The song lyrics are here, with the following: The black brook calls It sings a chorus While the gathering swells The flames grow tall Right before us As drums keep pounding And the masses now are ...
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Difference between the use of “supplier”, “vendor”, “provider”

Which is the difference between the use of supplier, vendor, provider? The way I see it, they are complete synonyms. Am I right?
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What are the differences in meaning among 'aid', 'assist', 'help', and 'facilitate'?

Intro The words aid, assist, help, and facilitate are all closely related. What do you believe the differences among them might be? My best attempt to make the differences explicit follows. My ...
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Synonym for statistical meaning of “mode”

Are there any synonyms for the term mode as used in statistics? the value that occurs most frequently in a given set of data. The term seems like one that is not user friendly and would not be ...