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

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Synonym for “media item”

I am looking for a synonym for "media item" by which I mean a single photo, article, video, document, etc. I need one term as a handle for one of any of these types of items. I am honing my domain ...
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“Farthest” vs. “furthest”

My spellchecker insists on replacing "furthest" with "farthest". I was under the impression that farthest is strictly speaking in terms of distance, whereas furthest is more abstract. A poster on ...
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What is the difference in meaning and usage between the words “topic”, “theme”, “subject”?

I'd like to get a feel for the difference between these words. When are they interchangeable and when is only one of them appropriate or preferable?
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Are there synonyms for “love marriage”?

I was fascinated by an answer to a comment question I asked under Is the term “would-be” just an Indian usage or universal? about a term for a non-arranged marriage in India. Love marriage was the ...
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Formal alternative for “like” and “such as”?

Is there a more formal way of saying: "In most western countries, such as the United States, an increased level of ... has been observed." Or should such a sentence be rephrased completely?
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Positive-sounding substitute for “dull”/“boring”?

I was recently writing a testimonial, and I wanted a positive substitute for those words. The adjective is for describing the guy in question (i.e. He is a _____ guy). Any ideas?
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Answer or solution to an exercise?

In the context of the word exercise, e.g. in a textbook, is it more common to say answer or solution?
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What words sound like opposites but are synonyms?

Somewhat related to this question, I am curious to know what words in English would seem to be opposites at first blush but are in fact synonyms? Immediately I can think of flammable and inflammable.
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Synonym for “utilize” that means “to use without waste”

I'm looking for a synonym for utilize that sounds less dry and emphasizes that nothing is being wasted. "The program utilized all the supercomputer's resources." Ideally, this word would make the ...
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Less formal synonyms for “barred”

Nobody but guards on duty were allowed inside the building itself and outsiders were blank from the compound altogether. The only words I can think of for blank are barred or forbidden to enter ...
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Can the terms “jingoism” and “ethnocentrism” be used interchangeably?

Maniacal belief that "your" race, gender, culture, religion, language, country, group, beliefs are better than everyone else's. Which term would be more suitable: "jingoism" or "ethnocentrism"? Can ...
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“Last Name” and “surname”

Between last name and surname, which one is British and which one is American? If I talk with somebody from Great Britain, which one is preferable?
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Synonyms for “little by little”

What are some other ways I can say something that means the same thing as "little by little"? The only other thing I know is "bit by bit."
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What is the “explicit”'s equivalent of “imply”?

Note: The original title of this question was "Why is 'exply' not a word? While considering the words implicit, implicate, and imply, it struck me that I can't think of an equivalent to imply for ...
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What is a good synonym for “devil”?

If a person is very evil some would say he is a devil. Can anyone give me another word—devil sounds a bit strange to me.
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Is there a better word or phrase for “somewhat ostentatious”?

Certain graduates of a class are donating money to place an ad in a booklet celebrating s school’s centennial. Their names will be placed in the ad. The intent of the ad (and sale of the booklet) is ...
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Storage for abstract things?

Are there any synonyms or alternatives for the words store/storage in context of storing abstract things? For example: storage of user's posts to store functions
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Is 'expanse' an acceptable synonym for 'surface'?

Is 'expanse' an acceptable synonym for 'surface'?
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What are the metaphorical ways to say that someone has died? [closed]

What are the metaphorical ways to say that someone has died? For example "He has gone to the far country where he will be happy for ages". P.S. There is this question, but it focuses on mentioning ...
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Gender-independent replacement for “fiancée” and “fiancé”

I can use child to replace son or daughter, sibling for sister or brother, and parent for mother or father. What is the unisex replacement for fiancée and fiancé? I don’t need it for speech, but for ...
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What's a word for “widespread,” but not so wide?

I want to say that something is trying to attain widespread use. However, when I say widespread use, I really want to say that it is trying to be used by a few people (not necessarily that widespread)...
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Synonym for “It is easy to acknowledge accuracy to be a very important feature”

What is an alternative expression for : "It is easy to acknowledge accuracy to be a very important feature". The word Accuracy should remain in the sentence. In an academic context.
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Any better term than “Postscript”?

There was a Postscript section in my English Course-book, which simply teaches the colloquial English phrases as in "Give me a lift", "Let me have a look", "There is no point", etc. But "postscript" ...
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Alternative to “double entendre”?

Does anyone know another word or way to say double entendre — in the non-bawdy sense of the word — as this phrase was only invented in the latter 1600's and so not around when Shakespeare wrote his ...
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Alternative (short) way of saying “a three-pronged approach to X”

I rather like this construct, as exemplified by “a three-pronged approach to physical therapy” (or four-pronged, or whatever). However, I tend to use it too much, and I am wondering how I could ...
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English synonym online database?

Is there a good english synonym database available in the Internet? I imagine that it should work like a translator: you enter a word and synonyms for this word are displayed. The reason for asking ...
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How can I say “girl” in archaic English?

I'm looking for an archaic replacement for the word girl ?
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“You and I” versus “you and me” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which is correct, “you and I” or “you and me”? I was surprised to hear "you and I," when I expected "you and me." Are the two expressions synonyms ...
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I need a synonym for “transfer” which makes clear that the recipient has initiated the transfer

I have following situation: There is a software system for managing to-do lists for a team. If a team member sees that a coworker has too much on his list, she can decide to transfer the feature to ...
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Is there any difference between “unproductive” and “nonproductive”?

If you can find any difference between "unproductive" and "nonproductive," could you explain that with some illustrative sentences?
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Need a nominalized synonym for the word “include”

My dictionary lists the following verbs as synonyms for "include": activities include sports and drama incorporate, comprise, encompass, cover, embrace, involve, take in, number, contain; ...
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What is the difference among “human,” “human being” and “humankind”?

Those words all mean ..... WE!
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What is the difference between “abduct” and “kidnap”?

What is the difference between abduct and kidnap?
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“Auxiliary” or “ancillary”

I am trying to phrase something like: We argue that introducing these concepts is likely to achieve ancillary goals. Should I use auxiliary or ancillary here? Is there a difference in meaning?
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A synonym for “bastardized” without the evil slant?

With the following definition: To lower in quality or character. Synonyms found: corrupt, pervert, subvert, demoralize, demoralise, debauch, debase, profane, vitiate, deprave, misdirect ...
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What is another term for left-minded people?

I want to address people who are mathematical, logical and analytic; left-minded, let's say. But I find the left- vs right-minded theory trendy and biased (just the opposite of the people I'm trying ...
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“Senseless” and “irrelevant” synonyms of “unreasonable”

Aren't "senseless" and "irrelevant" synonyms of "unreasonable"? This question is related to: What does it mean when someone calls himself “non sequitur”? comments to to my answer to Is there a ...
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Word meaning an object can be “empty”

I'm looking for a single word that can describe a container object as having the ability to be in a state of emptiness. The first word that springs to mind is "emptiable", but that implies an ability ...
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“Intent” and “purport”

I was unable to understand the similarities and differences between intent and purport. A description will be good to understand.
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Synonym for “factor”

I'm looking for a synonym of "factor". "Factor" as a cause of something. Example: X happened due to technical and social factors.
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Terms to apply to something that leaves strong memory

Do the following terms have positive, neutral or negative meaning? memorable impressive remarkable What are other similar terms that are used for positive, neutral and negative intention?
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How would you substitute English vulgar words in foreign phrases?

Subquestioning "Substitute for F*** in emphasizing disbelief, anger, etc": How would you substitute the vulgar English word in foreign phrases like in: 1) brand name: "Fucking beer"? or 2)in ...
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Are “zugzwang”, “catch-22” and “catch-33” synonyms?

Are these words synonyms? zugzwang — a situation where one player is put at a disadvantage because he has to make a move when he would prefer to pass and make no move catch-22 — a ...
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Synonym for a specific usage of “after all”

Is there any other word or phrase that could be used instead of "after all" in a case where it comes at the end of a sentence? For example: Running away was in his nature, after all. (If you ...
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Synonym for “such as”

As in: Many factors are to blame for this disaster, such as: «bulleted list»
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Difference between “empathetic” and “empathic”

Apparently both words empathetic and empathic mean the same thing, yet I see one person refer to the specific type of writing as empathetic writing, while another empathic writing. Who's correct and ...
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What are the differences between 'offer', 'propose', and 'suggest'?

What are the differences between offer, propose, and suggest?
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Usage of “nonetheless” and “nevertheless”

Person A: "Is it just because you think I am sad, that you want to talk with me?" Person B: "No, I want to talk with you _______." In the blank, which word is correct: "nonetheless" or "nevertheless"...
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Can one “decrease” or “increase” sound volume?

My daughter's English teacher insists that synonyms for "turn up" and "turn down" (volume)do not include the words increase and decrease. We wondered if we had been using increase and decrease ...
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Word for “Ray of Hope”

Which word or phrase to use instead of "Ray of Hope" ? EDIT : In a general context. Suppose there is one line - There is a Ray Of Hope in darkness always.