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

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Difference between the use of “supplier”, “vendor”, “provider”

Which is the difference between the use of supplier, vendor, provider? The way I see it, they are complete synonyms. Am I right?
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What are the differences in meaning among 'aid', 'assist', 'help', and 'facilitate'?

Intro The words aid, assist, help, and facilitate are all closely related. What do you believe the differences among them might be? My best attempt to make the differences explicit follows. My ...
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Synonym for statistical meaning of “mode”

Are there any synonyms for the term mode as used in statistics? the value that occurs most frequently in a given set of data. The term seems like one that is not user friendly and would not be ...
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Use of the word “issue” as a euphemism for “problem”

I am submitting to a journal, and the guidelines require me to avoid use of the word "issue" as a euphemism for "problem". Thing is, as far as I know the two words are (or can be) synonyms: ...
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“Explain” versus “Explicate”

Is there a difference in meaning between the words 'explain' and 'explicate', or are they interchangeable? It seems that explicate is just a very formal (pretentious?) version of explain, that is ...
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Can “among” and “amongst” have different contextual meanings?

After reading the answers to What is the distinction between "among" and "amongst"?, I realize there are no dictionary differences between the words and most would consider ...
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Is there any difference between “a few relatives” and “a few relations”?

In the following sentence I prefer saying relatives but I am unable to explain why. It's going to be a small wedding. Only a few friends and relatives have been invited On doing research I ...
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Difference between contract and catch [a disease]

What could be the difference between contracting a disease and catching a disease? I know there isn't any big difference. However, it looks like there are some diseases you can both catch and ...
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What word would be a good replacement for the use of “licensee” [closed]

A lot of my clients do not natively speak English. Because of this, confusion has arisen over what is meant by the term licensee. Each product requires its own unique license key and the licensee's ...
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Swim into the water [closed]

Is it correct to say "I swim into the water" as a synonym of "I dive"? Thank you
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Alternatives for “layperson”

We are developing a website and we have different personas (to connect with certain user types). We think layperson is probably not the best and i was wondering if the community here might be able to ...
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Word for a person who lives in the past

Someone who is highly nostalgic and is stuck in the past, better days
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The state of not progressing [closed]

What is the state of not progressing called? Going in circles. When the person is not progressing despite the active trying.
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Words that describe the repetitive sound of machine [closed]

I'm looking for words that can describe the repetitive sounds that machine produces (For example an engine). Those droning, looped and long-lasting sounds. Patterned sounds of various parts of an ...
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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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Words for building fire's intensity

What is the action ot slowly blowing air on the ignited fire to build heat and intensity called? Intensifying the flame. Making a dying flame alive.
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Other ways to say “I have a bad hunch”

I'm looking for ways to say "I'm having a bad hunch", or more like a bad feeling about something upcoming. The gut-wrenching feeling that something bad will happen.
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A better word for “synchronised”

I'm struggling to find a better and less "harsh" word for synchronised. I'm trying to convey a message of simplicity for our product which synchronizes viewing of documents on multiple iPads. (The ...
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Is follow-ups the right word?

I'm creating a web page (intranet) where administrators can add customers to scheduled "follow-ups" by phone (we'll call them in the future and ask how it goes). So I used google translate and the web ...
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Action of unintentionally leading someone into concluding something

Imagine a situation where one sees a woman without being aware of her surroundings and concludes wrongly something about her and the group she is a part of. For example, the person sees the writings ...
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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 ...
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Relationship between “ductile” and “malleable”

What is the relationship between the words ductile and malleable? They are definitely not antonyms, but can we call them synonyms?
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synonyms for “copying a person”? [closed]

Hey could someone please tell me what is the word or synonym for "copying someone's pose, style , get up"?
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What are other alternative ways of saying “how are you?” in business email [closed]

I'm looking for an alternative ways to ask my email recipients about themselves before we go into more serious discussion. I think "how are you" does not sound professional when you are emailing to ...
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Isle vs. Island

Some islands are called isle like "Isle of Man", "Isle of Tortuga" and the "British Isles". Other islands are called island, like "Island of Malta" or "Island of Cyprus". What is the difference ...
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Is there a meaning for the word “cegon”? [closed]

I came across this word, as in Cegonsoft, cegon+software.. what is cegon?
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Can anybody define the meaning of the word “Inspiron”? [closed]

As you are familiar with the Dell inspiron laptops, I was wondering what does it actually mean , its origin..
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Synonym for “a tuple of” time and place

Is there an elegant one-word english term for datums made of a combination of (meeting) time (span or point) and place? Naturally you could say "time and place of ...", but when you speek of a ...
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Difference between “dumb” and “stupid”

A friend and I had a disagreement about something, in which he called one of my statements "dumb". As we were talking through the disagreement, it got a little heated and I tried repeating what he had ...
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Difference between flooding and inundation? [closed]

flooding vs. inundation Watching the News, I noticed that the above two words are a bit different. Some Disaster Management organization has one of its goals listed as To prevent inundation and ...
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What's the meaning of 90-plus?

What's the meaning of 90-plus? More than 90? If so, please tell me more ways to say "more than 90". Thank you!
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More advanced way to describe a country has many resources

My question is: Instead of "this country has many resources", what can I say? This country is abundant in many resources? Thanks!
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Whats a word for a non-communicable (non-contagious) disease that has still spread throughout a population?

Normally I would use forms of the words epidemic, pandemic, or infection but these would imply that the disease in contagious. Are there any words that mean a disease has spread but is not contagious? ...
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What do people normally call a glass walled lab or room? [closed]

I remember reading Dan Brown's the Lost Symbol and coming across a word that was used to call one of Katherine lab/research rooms. I can't remember what it is, and this really bugs me. Does anyone ...
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Synonym for public [closed]

I am currently stuck with the following situation. Imagine that there is a website which offers premium content that only paying members can access. However, there are a few pages which is available ...
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Word for “someone who talks too much” [duplicate]

What is another word for a person who likes to talk too much. I was thinking bigmouth, but bigmouth could mean "somebody who likes carrying messages voluntarily".
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Why is “violent” a synonym of “impetuous”? [closed]

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, impetuous can be defined succinctly as "without thought or reason; controlled by emotion rather than thought". However, violent is listed as a synonym, ...
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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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Words for a person who imposes [closed]

I need a few words that describe a person who is imposing, in a context of overstaying his welcome. Someone that is present unwelcomed and you can't do your usual routines until the person is gone. A ...
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A better “better” [closed]

What is an adjective that can be used in the place of better that is synonomous, less over-used, and more interesting?
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Usage of the word 'adroitly'

Is it correct to say that a barkeep was "adroitly pouring out drinks behind the bar"? Something rubs me the wrong way here. Perhaps it would be better to use some synonym in this context? If so, which ...
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How can I teach what synonym to use according to context?

I'm a teacher of English as a foreign language, and today I was reviewing some vocabulary from a book with my students. We found "irksome" and "pestering" to refer to something that is annoying. A ...
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One word substitutions for number of days?

Words exist to label periods of time - like week which represents 7 days and fortnight which is used for a 14-day period. Are there other such words used for certain numbers of consecutive days?
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Synonym for discovery? [closed]

I'm working on a backend product and the term "eDiscovery" is overused in my industry. What's another appropriate word that has enough resonance to be marketable? Discovery in this context does not ...
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Do synonyms exactly stand for the same

I have a question about synonyms: I'm wondering for quite a while if synonyms always stand exactly for the same thing. Is there sometimes a little difference in meaning? Let's use clumsy and clunky ...
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What is a synonym for bad writing?

I am looking for a word to reflect what a novice author would use to describe his own writing (somewhat derogatorily). My first thought was drivel.
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A non-clinical name for the ball on the outside of the ankle (the malleolus)?

The bony prominence on either side of the ankle are called the inner and outer malleolus. That term is however too technical to be used in the story I'm writing. Does the English language have any ...
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Alternative term to 'Uncle Tom' for a black or colored person who is subservient to whites?

In Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, the eponymous character was meant to be a sort of model of resistance against slavery, a man who whose "devotion to his fellow slaves is so unshakable that he ...
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“visceral” vs “emotional”

What's is the difference in nuance between visceral (relating to deep inward feelings rather than to the intellect) and emotional? How do we decide when to use one over the other?
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Alternative for “not popular” [closed]

On a similar website to Ebay we have "popular items" (items that have many views) and "not popular" for items that don't have many views yet. Can you provide some alternative for "not popular" or for ...