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

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Formal synonym for “badass” as a noun [duplicate]

This question discusses formal synonyms for "badass" as an adjective, but I am asking for a noun usable in a somewhat formal setting with the same connotation and meaning. A single word would be ...
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What's another way of saying “I failed to mention” [closed]

I failed to mention I faced a similar situation with... I don't like the message I'm presenting
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A positive word for 'opportunist'

The word opportunist seems to be used negatively for a person. Is there a word with the same but positive meaning?
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Would you tell me the difference between object and objective as a noun?

I am very confused. Could you possibly elaborate (in detail) the reason why: My object is to improve my English as much as possible. [WRONG it should be 'objective'] My object is to learn ...
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Is there a male equivalent of 'bitch'?

While I know you can attribute 'bitch' to a male, I feel there is a sense of femininity. I was wondering if there is a colloquial equivalent that describes someone with the qualities of a 'bitch' ...
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Better hypernym to substitute for “business agenda”

I'm using the words “business agenda” to describe the set of tasks, documents, processes, features and other artifacts that are related to a single “function” executed by a business. In my language ...
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Synonyms for “unfortunately”

Are there any words for unfortunately? I know that "sad" is a wrong replacement, but I don't know any other words for it. I write this word just way too much and it would be nice to have an ...
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Word to describe two processes which function at opposing times

I'm drafting up a workflow report that I need to present in a meeting tomorrow and I'm reaching for a word, it's on the tip of my tongue but it's alluding me. I'm writing about two processes which ...
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What is a word that is like a little treasure you leave for someone else to discover?

I am having trouble coming up with a noun that is almost like an Easter egg. Is there any word that could be something someone intentionally leaves for another person to find at a later time?
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Words similar to “vainly”/“in vain” meaning it is pointless to even try do do something [closed]

I'm reading a poem which contains the lines "How vainly men themselves amaze / to win the palm, the oak, the bays". This got me wondering about words like "vainly" or "in vain" not meaning: "doing ...
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Synonym for Boolean

Question I am trying to find a word, other than Boolean, that represents a true or false value. Is there such a word? Context I am designing a programming language that is meant to be as easy as ...
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What's a word/phrase for a player/seducer?

I can't seem to remember this particular word/phrase. I'm almost certain it's a two-word phrase. It specifically refers to someone who is skilled with the ladies, ie, someone who knows the tricks of ...
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Is there a word to describe something that is bad/harmful, yet needed/imperative?

I am trying to describe the nature of pesticides. Although they are mostly harmful, we need them in order to produce the amount of food the world requires. Is there a word or phrase besides "necessary ...
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Synomym for untrue love

What is the word that can be used to describe a person who has something in heart and speaks something. Specifically showing fake love and affection.
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If something is broken on the ground, it lies in _____?

I cannot remember the synonym for lying broken on the ground. I remember that it starts with "lies in "... For example, if a plate is shattered on the ground, it lies in _
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What would be the proper term for the head of an Academy?

I'm reading a book, and I'm constantly seeing the name 'Chairman' appear to describe the head of an Academy that students of all grades can attend. An "Elevator School" if you will. The problem I ...
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Can 'trains' be used as a synonym for 'postponement'

Was solving a cryptic crossword clue recently which reads Coaches for postponement (6) The answer is 'trains' obvious from coaches , but dont get the postponement reference. The solution ...
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Is there another way of saying “opener” as in the one who does the opening prayer in a devotion?

Another term for saying "Opener" in a Christian devotion.
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A more formal alternative for “go with” in the context of food or literature

... or the literature on food. I need a verb for associating things that go particularly well together. Possibly with a wine or French lineage. It is not pairing. Other ideas thrown out are go with ...
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One word for “putting it together”

I am starting a blog focused on software development and trying to come up with some catchy name for it. The theme of the blog should be "putting things together", or to "connect all dots of complex ...
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Single word for shopping after comparing price and features across multiple shops and product types

I'm looking for a phrase or a single word that denotes the act of buying an item after analyzing the price and features of different products across several shops. The closest I could get to was ...
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A person who goes to gymnastics school — a 'student' or a 'pupil?'

I am trying to find an exact answer of this question: Is a person who goes to gymnastics school a 'student' or a 'pupil?'
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Is there any difference between “student” or “pupil”? [duplicate]

I am a little bit confused, when somebody told me that a student is the same as a pupil. Would it be correct, if I said "He is a pupil of MBA."? Which of the following expressions is the most ...
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“focus on” or “concentrate on”

I am wondering if "focus" and "concentrate" can be used interchangeably? Such as: [..] designed solution will focus on using modern hardware [..] [..] designed solution will concentrate on using ...
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Word for describing process of walking, going on foot

I’m translating an article about a wax-doll museum, and I got trapped on a phrase: This wax doll has a mechanism, which simulates {insert: process of going on foot, walking — something like that}. ...
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What is a term for a form that has been filled out?

Assuming the definition of 'form' as follows (see definition #6 here): "a printed document with blank spaces for information to be inserted." What could you call a printed document with the blank ...
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'uplink' or 'interfaces'

I wonder, which sentence fragment is better? ... effectiveness of the interface failure detection ... effectiveness of the uplink failure detection
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Less-technical synonym for “timestamp”

I've already looked at Is there a word for "a point in time"?, but there doesn't seem to be any answers other than "timestamp". While I agree that it is the most technically accurate ...
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Word for feeling in the mood to experiment

I am looking for a word for being in a mood to experiment or try something you would not normally do for a situation. A person might say: "I am feeling .... today, and will go another way". I knew ...
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Good word for something physical that's inexplicable

I'm looking for a word to describe something physical, something that you can tangibly and empirically feel, but cannot see, nor sense in any other way than touch, nor explain its imperceptibility. ...
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Single word for “from then” or “from it” [closed]

I would like to use the archaic expression (from the family of hence, whereby etc.) to refine the sentence: "..the weights introduced in Exercise 2 and determined from it/from there" meaning the ...
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Cheap talk vs gossip

Are cheap talk and gossip close synonyms or are there instances where one cannot be used to substitute the other?
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A word similar to pride (without it's troublesome patronizing connotations)

I frequently want to express a feeling of pleasure to be associated with someone who is doing something exceptional. The phrase that comes to mind is, "I'm proud of you," but I am troubled by a ...
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Synonyms for “previous”? [closed]

I looked up the synonym for previous up in the dictionary, and found preceding, former, earlier, etc. Are there other synonyms for this word which can be used in writing a scientific paper? ...
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One word that can be used to represent Weak student?

Is there a word/term in English that describes a student that has bad grades, weak performance... I am writing a PhD thesis so I need a word that can be understood by native and non-native English ...
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A synonym for Viral

Viral, meaning a contagious spreading of word, saying, picture or song which reach a huge number of people through the Net, mainly via social networks, is now a very popular term that is finding ...
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What's another way to describe a circular continuum?

A continuum is anything that gradually changes from one thing to another. But I want another word that describes something that changes gradually and whose opposite extremes are actually one in the ...
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Ways to say “Can't be bothered!”

How else can I express a feeling similar to "can't be bothered!" Words or phrases would be appreciated as well as variations from across the English speaking world.
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How to describe useless conversation?

Is there a word or concise English expression for the kind of discussion that is heated, perhaps a bit contentious or pretentious, but ultimately off-topic, vague, or too abstract to be useful? A ...
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How is a person I've affiliated called?

What's the right terms to define: A person who is an affiliate in a company, who brings to the company other affiliates What are the people he affiliated called in relation to him What is he called ...
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What are some synonyms for “mindbody” or “psychosomatic”?

I'm open to synonyms for "mindbody" either as a noun (the combination of mind and body as one unit) or as an adjective (e.g. "psychosomatic" or "psychogenic"). But I can't have "psycho" in the term ...
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Is there a non-derogatory synonym for “propaganda”?

Is there a non-derogatory synonym for propaganda? Specifically, I’m talking about a word to describe the sum of all messages a particular political member has broadcast (through various media), but ...
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Is “ambiguate” a word, or is there a word with a similar meaning?

I want to say something along the lines of "obscure", such as "He obscured the details" but I want it to capture the idea that the obscurity lies in the ambiguous nature of his description.
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Usage of diffuse vs. defuse

I often hear phrases such as "infantry were sent in to diffuse/defuse the situation," and I am never quite sure which people are saying, and which is correct. Both seem to make sense. To me (a ...
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Laws I created that I must follow?

I have created a set of laws I must follow to enforce self-discipline. One law is I will not steal candy from children. It sounds sort of weird to say "I broke my own law", and sounds sort of ...
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A word for reading something thoroughly until one understands it well? [duplicate]

I was wondering if there was one word in English for "to read something thoroughly until one understands it well"? I am trying to translate a word which has this meaning in Chinese. Thanks.
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Is there a word for a unique manufactured item?

Is there a synonym for "unique" that specifically applies to a custom-made or customized item - say, a car - of which only one copy exists? Something like "once-in-a-lifetime" but in the meaning of ...
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Current / Previous / Previous — A term to describe this state other than tense or currency

I'm looking for a term to describe a state. Ordinarily I would use the word "Currency" to describe the state of "Current", "Future", "Previous", however in the context, this would be too easily ...
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Is there a word for when caravan guards kill a merchant and take all his stuff to sell? Other than defalcator?

If it was on sea it would be mutineer. I swear there is a word for this.
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Synonyms for 'the use of'?

I need synonyms for the word 'the use of' in my sentence. Also, the use of commonly available solutions contributed to cost reduction. Thank you in advance for your help.