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

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Usage of the word “curious” in the meaning of peculiar: always correct or only as 'artistic' form? [closed]

To me the word "curious" would be something you can be i.e. I am curious what tomorrow will bring I recently read a text of a student I was supervising which used it as follows A curious ...
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Words with the suffix -duce

deduce = 1. arrive at (a fact or a conclusion) by reasoning; draw as a logical conclusion: educe = 1.1. infer (something) from data: induce = 4. Logic derive by inductive reasoning: Would ...
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Formal way to say “pay off”?

I am trying to write an Abstract and need to change the sentence I believe that the work load for the physicians will pay off by increasing patient safety. I was wondering if there is a more ...
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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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“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 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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Preference vs Favoritism

Could anyone please explain the subtle difference between preference and favoritism? Both of them basically give the same meaning, but there is something more than that in it. Can someone point that ...
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Etymology of the word “generator” when used in the context “random name generator” [closed]

I'm also curious to hear synonyms for this meaning-in-context; the idea that "this is a thing which generates other things algorithmically." Sorry for the pathetic definition that uses the word itself....
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Replacement for the phrase “Online Represence”

I'm writing a CV. I have a section which I've currently named "Online Presence" in which I give details of my online accounts like twitter, linkedin, github, stackexchange etc. But the phrase "Online ...
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Are derived class and deriving class interchangeable terms? [closed]

Consider the following statement that I quoted from Inheritance and Derived Classes (C# vs Java) You can extend the functionality of an existing class by creating a new class that derives from ...
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Synonym of “button” as a technological term? [closed]

Do you know any appropriate synonyms for the word "button" in the context of User Interface design?
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What is a single-word synonym for “hobbyist writer”? [closed]

I am trying to find a single-word synonym for hobbyist writer. Any answers please.
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A word similar to handicap/slack

I'll start off with an example for context. Two race car drivers race for the fastest lap time on track X in identical cars. Racer A finishes before Racer B, however it was discovered afterwards ...
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Is there a synonym for 'idionymon'?

Other than phrasal descriptions, such as "special illegal act"[1]? [1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idionymon
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Word for secret or in-joke

There is a word, somewhere in my dictionary, that means a joke that only a particular group understands i.e., in-joke. I can't remember it and have failed to find it with an online thesaurus, but it ...
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Alternative for “full-fledged”

I am looking for an alternative for "full-fledged". Mister X systematised its use and meaning, and developed the notion into a full-fledged concept of ... The context is academic, but not ...
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Is there a difference between “opt” and “choose”?

Could you give examples where one is better suited than the other one? Or are they completely synonymous? (I'm not a native speaker.) Update: I'm writing a piece software documentation and I wonder ...
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Sending to a specific person in address [closed]

How do I specify on an address that it should be forwarded to some person? Sometimes I need to send mail to a company where it should be addressed to a specific person, but it's not the 'address name'...
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Redeeming, sort of. Need a better word!

My site has a feature where users can buy, or they can obtain a code that will allow someone else to buy it for them. The part of the page that lets the buyer input the code and gift the item to the ...
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Alternative for the word “options” as in “extra purchase possibilities to go with a booking”

Is there a better alternative to the word options when referring to "extra purchase possibilities next to a booking you have already made"? For instance, you can think of food and beverages, ...
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What does “not even close” mean? [closed]

I was watching a Matt Damon interview on YouTube. In it, the interviewer asked Matt Do you remember? Can you speak any of the languages you spoke? Matt replied Not even close What does ...
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Word that means effectual or efficacious?

I'm an old guy suffering from a malady common among seniors: I often have trouble recalling the right word to express an idea. The word I'm trying to retrieve from my faltering brain means the ...
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is the sentence “But we didn’t be informed before” grammatically correct? [closed]

is the sentence "But we didn’t be informed before" grammatically correct? please answer my post.
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An adjective that relates to Purpose or Intended Use

I want to talk about anxiety that a person is not using something for its purpose. I want to use an adjective, such as "Bob has ____ anxiety". What word could fit there? I tried "purpose anxiety", "...
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Single word/phase for “if they can do it, why can't I?”

Is there a single word/phrase to describe the personality attribute of "If they can do it, why can't I?" nature. Need this for grounded theory analysis of interviews for my PG. Thanks a lot
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What does “week accommodation” mean?

I have been selected as an intern in a company. The company mentioned in the internship offer letter that it would provide travel and "week accommodation" during the course of Internship. Does that ...
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Would a character string “start with” a character or “begin with” it?

This question was raised by a programming colleague. Basically, we have a programming interface that represents strings of characters (such as "abcd") and operations performed on them. Two important ...
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what is the word/phrase that corresponds to 'fusion center'?

I have a sentence: Data have to be transmitted from AAA to the fusion center. AAA could be the phrase 'the local places'. However, I think 'the local places' is not a good phrase that matches the ...
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What's an interesting way to denote “secret sender” — usually of a great gift?

I am starting a website for surprise gift-giving where the name of the sender will not be mentioned and will be open to guessing. The gifts are very dignified, so only loved ones will be sending, ...
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What can be the full synonym for “fitness enthusiast”? [duplicate]

What could be a single word to "fitness enthusiast" ?
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What are the true meaning of Hold sway , Jest and Jabbed?

Ok , So After reading This sentence : As Russia has changed rapidly in the past six years , so has its sense of humor, The political Joke held sway , the secret jest that jabbed at 70 years of ...
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Trial vs try out (verbs)

I've look them up in the major dictionaries. They seem to mean almost the same thing or do they? Apparently the only difference is trial is British. Let's try out / trial this new computer / system / ...
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replacing “preface” to “opening words”

when I write the first page of the book listing the contents of the book has, would it be proper if I choose the word "opening words" rather than the word "preface" like opening words (preface) ...
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“Indicative”, “Suggestive”, and other alternatives

I am documenting a software design for a scheduling system. The system allows users to allocate tasks to people. The UI displays a list of people, alongside their pattern of working hours. Tasks can ...
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Usage of “very” [duplicate]

I know the word "very" means "much, many, a lot of" etc. However, sometimes I see it is used in a different way which I struggle to understand. For example, As municipal water experts very well ...
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Difference between can't and couldn't

I am doing exercises for English and I am asked to match 1 and 2 with A and B, but the sentences look very much alike to me. 1: "I don't believe the plan succeeded" 2: "It wasn't really possible ...
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Ohh am writing an article for a column in for a magazine and the idiom i want to use is common so i wanna know if there are synonyms for that phrase [duplicate]

Yep,okay is there any synonym for "left hanging" in the sense that in mist of a problem eg: Hot licks was left hanging when questioned by the cops :if there is kindly let me know.
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“aside” and “interpolated clause”: synonyms in some contexts?

In this answer, "that you would like to fill with water" in the sentence: If you have, say, a bucket — that you would like to fill with water — then ... is called an "interpolated clause". ...
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Albeit vs even though [duplicate]

From here, I found out the meaning of the word albeit. My question is why is this used when we can simply use though or even though? If this has to be used, what exactly is the situation for that?
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What's another word for street-smart? [duplicate]

What word would be another word that means street-smart?
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Difference between “valued” and “valuable”

Please explain the difference between "valued" and "valuable" when talking about goods. Which of them should be used to indicate intangible value and which to indicate price? For example, if a product ...
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What is a formal way to say fine by me?

The heading pretty much explains it. How would you say it's alright with me formally if somebody tells you he would come later?
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Does inaugural have a yearly connotation?

We recently started the tradition at our company of honoring an employee of the month. I want to congratulate the first employee who received it, they would be the inaugural employee of the month. ...
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Height and Tallness

We use the words "tall" and "high" to mean different things. A dwarf on top of a mountain is high but not tall. A professional basketball player in Death Valley is tall but not high. Note: I am ...