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

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Is “connexion” synonymous with “connection”?

Is "connexion" synonymous with "connection"? For example, "an ethernet connexion". Can I use it like that?
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Can a book be divided in categories?

A book divided in several chapters/topics, can also be considered to be divided in categories (or have categories)? Not sure if category can be used in this case, or if it should only be used in the ...
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Synonym for “main topic” (of a book)?

I have a book that is divided in 5 main topics. What would be a good synonym for "main topic", in a formal document? "Main theme" or "Main subject" would be better? Also, if I wanted to replace "...
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“Protein-coding” or “Protein-encoding”?

The reason I am asking this is the following. Some time ago I performed proofreading of a book, and there was a phrase containing "Protein-encoding genes". I wrote a post on my blog, detailing why ...
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What is another way to say “working on”?

I don't want to repeat "working" in the following sentence: We are working on a working arrangement.
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Synonyms for “anal retentive”

I would like one or more synonyms for anal retentive. I was chatting last night in an mmorpg, and any message with the word anal was banned. I ended up talking about my canal retentive minus c guild-...
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Compact rephrasing of “In contrast to previous work, our method …”

I am writing an abstract for a paper, where I say the following: "In contrast to previous work, our method does not rely on ...." Then, about three sentences later, I would like to use a similar ...
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A word for “rate of change”

Physics problems are usually written like: The rate of change of the soup's temperature ... Is there a common English word that captures "rate of change" or "speed of change" in a single word, ...
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What are alternatives to the verb “study” (in the meaning of “research”)?

When writing scientific discussions (articles, book chapters, reports, ...), I frequently feel short on synonyms of the verb study, which I use extensively in sentences such as “in the next section, ...
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What is the difference between “in-between” and “between”?

Do in-between and between have different meanings? What is the difference between in-between and between?
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“Liberation” and “free”

What is the difference between liberation and free? Are spiritual liberation and free will the same?
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“Pending” vs “Impending”. Are they synonyms?

They appear to me to mean almost if not exactly the same thing, but I am not sure. Are there differences in meaning between them?
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What is the synonym of “spy”?

I know the word "watch" is used as a synonym of spy. Are there other synonyms that are used by native speakers?
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Humorous synonyms for “lie” [closed]

What are some funny synonyms for to tell a lie? E.g. fib, pull a Bill Clinton, etc.
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What's the best way to say “while *working on* Project X”

I'm looking for a synonym for "working on" in this sentence. I feel like there has to be a more concise way than to say "Joe has contributed a lot while working on Project X, Y and Z". Joe has worked ...
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Curriculum vitae: Proper qualifiers for skills

I am updating my curriculum vitae, and there is a section where I list my experience with several technologies and programming languages. I would like to group my experience in two categories; namely, ...
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Is healthful considered an acceptable synonym of healthy?

To my ear, healthful does not sound right. This could well be geographical bias on my part. Is it now a valid alternative to healthy? Does it have another meaning?
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“Grayed out” or “Greyed out”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: 'Gray' vs 'Grey' Which one is correct? Is it "Grayed out" or "Greyed out"? Google brings almost the same number of results for both. Can they always be used ...
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“Commitment” vs. “dedication”

I use both interchangeably. What's the difference?
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What is the difference between “subscription” and “membership”?

A friend of mine is trying to coin the correct English word for the people paying for his company's services. My initial choice was "subscriptions", but I'm not so sure about "membership". Do you ...
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Synonym: Medium or soothsayer

I don't know if many of you watched the new Matt Damon movie Hereafter. Near the end of the movie, the little boy who lost his twin brother meets Matt Damon in the Book reading room, and says ...
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Can “paper bag” mean any bag?

Being Swedish but living in Kenya for many years I initially reacted when at the local market I was offered a paper bag (verbally) but given a plastic bag (physically). This is always the case and ...
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“Economic” vs. “economical”

What is the difference between "economic" and "economical"?
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Mark: outstanding (as in: not yet known)

I’m updating my tabular CV for an application and I’d like to include my master thesis even though it’s not yet finished (soon!) and marked. So I’d like to write that the mark is still outstanding but ...
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What is the the role of the two a’s in “we planned to meet a few times a year”?

How can I rewrite this sentence without the two a’s? We planned to meet a few times a year. I think this would be the best way to show the role that the two a’s play in the sentence.
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“Cuddle”, “snuggle” or “huggle”

There is a ton of words with similar, yet slightly different meaning that describe this kind of physical affection where we touch a loved one. What is the difference between cuddle, snuggle and huggle?...
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What is a good substitute that is less localized than “secular”?

I am having trouble using the term "secular" to convey a sense of bringing a religiously neutral ground to government, society, and culture. What term is better than "secular", that is less localized ...
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What are differences of meaning among device, gadget, gimmick and gizmo?

Further to today's my question about the words, 'off-the-shelf' used in Time Magazine's feature story titled 'The Best 50 Invention of The Year' (Nov. 11th 2010 Issue), I found the following sentence ...
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Is there a semantic difference between relevance and pertinence?

The dictionary defines relevant as being Closely connected or appropriate to the matter at hand whilst pertinent is defined as Relevant or applicable to a particular matter. Both of these ...
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Using “dear”, “darling”, or “honey” to address a friend

As far as I know dear, darling, and honey are commonly used between lovers, but I suppose there are more words like that. What else is commonly used? Which of these can be used to address a (close/...
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What is the difference between “gift” and “present”?

What is the difference between gift and present?
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Periodical vs Issue?

I found issues were used on some websites like "$1 an issue". (Some magazines.) But I found another word periodical was used on my vocabulary book as follows: The periodical is published every ...
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“temporal” vs. “temporary” [closed]

Is there any difference between the two? In a technical document I have used a phrase "this is a temporal solution" and my coworker told that he'd use "temporary" in the context. Is one of the two ...
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service record translation [closed]

How do you say "El servicio militar" in English?
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Superlative version or synonym of “Versatile”

I'm looking for comparative/superlative versions of versatile - synonyms which should mean "more versatile" and "extremely versatile" Here's the background: Over on meta.so, I've proposed a new 3-...
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When are “because”, “since”,“for” and “as” interchangeable?

I am not a native speaker. On a previous question of mine, I thanked for an answer by saying: So the phrase is not an idiom, since it is applied in its literal sense. I consciously chose since ...
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Euphemisms or synonyms for plagiarism

Any funny euphemisms or synonyms for plagiarism?
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Difference between “Archival record” and “Archive reference”

How should an official document containing information about exams passed by a person in previous years be called? Are there any differences between "Archival record" and "Archive reference" in the ...
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“Delegated to” vs. “Assigned to”

What is the differences in these terms. I want to use one of them in Task management software. Which term is better for the menu meaning "List of task that was delegated|assigned to me" and "List of ...
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“To date” versus “until now”

Is there a difference between these two expressions? Are they perfect synonyms?
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How do I say “what technologies should be *used* in a project”?

Hey, I'd need a synonym for used in this phrase, because the meaning is from the "long term" point of view, something like: What technologies should be employed in a project for it to succeed in ...
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What is the difference between “onerous” and “arduous”?

Is there any difference in the meaning of these words? Which one of them is used the most in everyday conversation? In my vocabulary for both words I've found essentially the same meaning: "difficult ...
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What's the difference between Media and Press

What's the difference between Media and Press, I think that press for newspapers and media for TV, can anyone give us details about that?
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“Miniscule” vs. “minuscule”

Does the former have a typo or are they synonyms? Do they always have the same meaning? Please enlighten me as I am confused on this matter.
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What is the adjective form for the word “integrity?”

I'm looking for the adjective form of "integrity." Instead of "Be a person of integrity," I'd like to say something like "Be [one word I'm looking for]" I did a Google search for this, but I also ...
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A word for the meaning of “over-constrained”

I want to express that I constrained something too much such that it is contradictory now. At first sight, over-constrained seems to fit, but I am not sure whether it is fine to use in a scientific ...
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Is there any difference between 'often' and 'frequently'?

Do both mean exactly the same or do they have slightly different meanings?
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Is there a subtle difference between “inherent” and “intrinsic”?

I've always used "inherent" and "intrinsic" interchangeably. Dictionary.com doesn't offer much help in distinguishing them.
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Is there a real difference between “null” and “zero”?

Are zero and null perfect synonyms?
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Word for person who loves to share knowledge

What is a word for a person who loves to share knowledge? So far I have educator in mind. Is there any other word?