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

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I need to reword “best face forward”?

What is another word/phrase for "best face forward"? Example usage: What first attracts us to a business is its visual appeal— so why not present your business with its best face forward?
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Trendy fashion phrases in press releases

How appropriate is it to use trendy fashion words in a press release? A fresh season truly requires a new wardrobe for the fashion-forward style setter. The surest bets? Stripes, lace, leather, ...
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What's a career-threatening injury if you don't do it for a living?

How would I describe a 'career-threatening/career-ending injury' when I'm talking about someone who didn't do it for a living? In this particular example, a middle-aged man who loved Sunday cricket ...
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Good word for “framer” (not in the constitution sense)

Is there a good word for a person who frames another person (for a crime, etc.)? Looking for something in the vein of "snitch" Thanks!
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Verb synonyms for 'come/spring to mind'

What are some more formal synonyms in the form of a verb, preferably one word? thesarus.com produced 'strike', but it is transitive and sounds too grating. 'Arrive' sounds noncontextual.
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What is another word for an weak or unsatisfying (to the viewer) smile?

I'm writing a poem about someone who smiles in a very vague way that leaves something to be desired. I've thought about words like unreadable, empty and vague, but not really "enigmatic". Their smile ...
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Is “broad variety” in common usage? Better adjective?

A colleague used "broad variety" which sounds odd to me. I would go for "wide range", but is there a commonly used adjective with "variety" that can be substituted?
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What is another word for severe consequences?

I am trying not to overuse the words "severe consequences". I am describing how different entrepreneurs are responding to a crisis differently. For example in this sentence: An entrepreneur was ...
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Is there a word that strictly means “mutual understanding?”

In an essay I've written, I come to realize something. Someone else understands that I've just realized this something. The engendered sense of achievement and understanding . . . In this ...
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A more commonly understood synonym for “inculcation” [duplicate]

What word is similar to inculcation, but would be understood by ordinary people? When I asked about inculcation, people didn't understand the word. Psychologists, however, use it.
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Small but powerful?

I'm looking for a word or idiom that describes something that is small but powerful. For example, a tiny computer that is capable of doing the same work as a larger computer.
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Is it proper to refer to a clothes dryer as a drying machine?

A clothes washing machine is commonly referred to as either a "washer" or a "washing machine" but I have only ever heard of a clothes dryer being referred to as a "dryer". Is it a regional thing? Is ...
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Describing the attribution of a machine's characteristics to humans

Is there a word, an opposite of anthropomorphism, that describes the attribution of a machine's characteristics to humans (e.g., speaking of humans as though they were computers)? Or, when we ...
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What other words can I use for unexpected? [closed]

Like this sentence for example "Destiny is [x], you know it's going to happen to you but you don't know when or where it would."
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Is there any phrase or word to relate time, location and event? [closed]

I'm working on a research paper, I need a word or phrase which is related to users' location, time and event. If there's isn't exact word or phrase then any best fit would also work out.
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Apart from the intensity of the feeling, is there any other difference between “surprised” and “astonished”?

EDITED Surprise (verb) Cause (someone) to feel mild astonishment or shock. Capture, attack, or discover suddenly and unexpectedly. ...
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Difference between promptness and promptitude

Seeing this EL&U question: 'saying thanks to someone answering your email ASAP who is important for you', the first word that came to my mind was promptitude which, as the definition states, can ...
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Is there a neutral word for an olfactory impression?

While creating this proposal I was struggling to find the right words for olfactory impressions. Is there a neutral word for an olfactory impression? smell seems to have a negative connotation ...
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A more common word for the noun “effectuator”

I want to use the noun "effectuator" to denote an object that delivers the final effect which was produced by a whole chain of mechanisms. For example, a bullet shot out of a gun is an effectuator of ...
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What is one word for truncating a string and adding “…” at the end of it?

In software apps sometimes a string's length is greater than its container so the string is truncated. Example: "The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog" becomes "The quick brown fox ...
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Is there a single-word synonym for “preserved” as in “Fruits preserved in syrup.”?

To preserve - To prepare (food or any perishable substance) so as to resist decomposition or fermentation. Is there a single-word synonym for "preserved" as in "Fruits preserved in syrup."?
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What is a word for comparing two things but suggesting one is better than the other?

What is a word for comparing two things but suggesting one is better than the other? For example: John verbally compares a and b but hints that a is superior. With what word would I replace compares ...
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Synonyms of 'bitter-sweet'

Are there any synonyms for bitter-sweet? I've tried having a look on online thesauri, but haven't had much luck in finding anything suitable. The context I wish to use this in: I have described ...
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Positive Synonym for Indecisive

Is there a word that describes a person who tries to get as much information as possible when making a decision for fear of committing a mistake that might affect both him and others in a negative ...
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Concepts figuratively unable to be pulled apart?

I'm trying to describe the connection between two 'concepts' information literacy and information technology. I want to use a word that emphasises the strength of the bond between them. I want a word ...
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Is there an adjective for having and spitting lots of saliva, especially in a state of wild, raging abandon?

I'm looking for a word that describes this happy fellow: source: imgur.com I don't think frothing is the right word. It isn't froth or foam, but sticky wads of spit.
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is there any word that means “current and upcoming”?

I want to find a word that could mean current and upcoming but couldn't. Or is there any other shorter ways to describe it? can anyone help me?
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What is a word for doing something that you don't want to do?

I am reading Of Mice and Men, and I am trying to come up with a word that describes how George manages to shoot Lennie at the end of the book. I have come up with Self Discipline, and Overcoming ...
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Word/phrase for free flight rides given to pilots

I remember that pilots are given free flight rides on other flights and that there was a particular term/phrase for this. Any ideas?
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An alternative to the word pray, without a religious connotation

When I write, I try my best to leave religion and words that carry some divine connotation out of it. I recently stumbled upon the phrase in one of my texts "[...] but pray it never happens.". I was ...
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Is there an adjective for “cannot be defended against”?

The adjective indefensible is commonly used to describe something that cannot be defended, but it applies to the defender, not to the attack itself. I'm wondering if there's a reasonably neutral word ...
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I need a clean, professional way of saying 'Half-ass' [closed]

as in I don't want to do a __ job of motherhood or my career.
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Extra vs Extraneous [closed]

I always thought "extra" is nothing but an abbreviation for "extraneous". However a friend of mine pointed out that the two are listed differently in the dictionaries, and have slightly different ...
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What word conveys “accounts”, “identities” or “registrations” for signing up to things?

I'm attempting to set up a new email address for signing up for accounts on- and offline. I like the following but each has its own problem: accounts: implies financial, as in accountant ...
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Can you clarify usage of “all but…”? [duplicate]

Example sentence: "As the concert ended, the atmosphere was all but ecstatic." Replace words with synonyms: all = everything but = except The sentence would appear: "...the atmosphere was ...
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What is the meaning of 'Oshkosh by Gosh'?

I was recently watching a TV series named suits where a character said "Oshkosh by Gosh". I googled it and all I could find was the meaning of bagash from this site. Urban Dictionary - Bagash What ...
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Is addendum synonymous to supplement?

What's the difference between addendum and supplement? The way I see it they both mean pretty much the same thing. It's something added to something else to complete it. I think supplement can be used ...
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Any single word synonym for “fawn over”?

I have been looking for single word that can be used in place of "fawn over"
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Momentary vs Temporary

Is there any difference? Which would be better to describe a requirement for 1 or 2 days. Suppose I need to inform my Operations team, that I need a particular requirement to be implemented but I want ...
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Alternatives to “inside view”?

I want to describe in details how something works. It is good to say: "I want to describe it from inside view" ? If not, what are the alternatives?
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Rephrasing “the Lord's our Banner”

How to rephrase "the Lord's our Banner" for kids to understand referring to the story of Moses praying for Joshua to win the battle in Exodus 17:10-15. I am thinking of "God gives us victory" or "He ...
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Difference between elucidate and explicate

I read the definitions of these two terms rendered by various dictionaries and concluded that elucidate denotes 'to make perspicuous or intelligible (especially by explanation)'; whereas, explicate ...
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Synonym for I will get back to you or I come back to you?

What is the synonym for saying I will get back to you or I come back to you?
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A short, colloquial way of saying “make up your own mind”

I'm trying to find a short (1-2 word) way of saying "make up your own mind" (as opposed to having other people unduly influence you). I want a positive connotation, so "figure it out" doesn't work. ...
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loud, aloud, loudly?

Which one of the following should I use ? Speak loud. Speak loudly. Speak aloud. I heard once a teacher say 'speaker louder', so I think 'speak loud' should be no problem. What's more, ...
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Is there a word for “a variety of breakfast foods”

My native tongue has a word for a specific kind of breakfast where you ask for "a little bit of everything in the middle" or "breakfast of variety" and you get, for example, cooked eggs, jam, butter, ...
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Word for “person living with in-laws” or “feeling awkward and inadequate”

Is there a word for a Person living with in-law parents, by which I mean, a man or a woman who got married and moved to his or her parents in laws' house, in English ? There is a word for it in my ...
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Synonym for: It may take longer than expected (ie. a meeting)

For instance: I have a meeting today that is scheduled until 15h00 but it may take longer. In dutch we would say: Het kan uitlopen. How would I say this?
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Word for someone who is “pretentious”, but without negative connotation?

Pretentious is defined as "attempting to impress by affecting greater importance, talent, culture, etc., than is actually possessed." What if someone does impress others because they actually do have ...
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Abstract noun for solecism

I am looking for the abstract, non-count form of solecism, if it exists. Just as "brevity" describes the quality of being brief, I am looking for an abstract noun to denote the quality of being ...