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

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A synonym for “possible hypothesis” in academic context

I am currently translating into English an academic article discussing some recently-proposed hypotheses for deciphering certain ancient steles. Those hypotheses include the so-called "Greek ...
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Difference between “spruce” and “fir” when used in “Christmas tree” context [closed]

What is the difference between the words "spruce" and "fir" (or even "fir tree")? Could they be used interchangeably, for example, when referring to a kind of evergreen trees people decorate on ...
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A single word meaning 'absolute control over something'

I'm looking for a single word meaning 'absolute control over something'. For example, the government having absolute control over money. I thought of 'stranglehold', but I'd prefer something without ...
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Word for “complementing each other, while showing an increase in intensity”

I have 2 sentences. The sentences are: In college, I wrote a simple calendar program. Concurrently, 2 years on, I am working on developing a complex universal calendar system. Here, I want "...
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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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The meaning of the word “flack” [closed]

Can I say "flack" means being criticized? Subway gets flack these days, but it's been the most consistent and dominating sub chain for 20 years for a reason.
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Quotient vs Ratio vs Fraction

I am mathematician for whom English is the second language. In general I feel like I do not have major problems keeping up with math vocabulary, whether I am reading an article or giving a lecture. ...
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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 verb can I use to describe someone who is talking very quickly?

I have a situation where two characters run into each other by coincidence, and they're very surprised to see each other. One of them is hurt, which the other notices pretty quickly, and she shows ...
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A synonym for 'à la carte' to describe additional services provided

What is a synonym, specifically for business negotiation, to describe additional services provided (e.g. The following services will be offered à la carte:...)?
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Is there an antonym for “dim”/ synonym for “lighten?”

I'm looking for a word that refers to when a dark room is slightly lightened- for example, by a candle or a weak lightbulb, but not so much that I could use "brightened" to describe the action. "...
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“one day” vs “one-day” [closed]

I wrote the following sentence in Microsoft Word: I was destined to one day live in the corridors of the Great Library and digest the world. And Word wanted me to change "one day" to "one-day". ...
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What's a word for “toughish”?

I am looking for an adjective that can be used to describe a 'thug'. Seeing that toughish isn't in most dictionaries (nor did I expect it to be, but an entry in a thesaurus would have been nice), nor ...
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Politer way of saying “Your discussion is invalid”

Someone is criticizing my work and they are using arguments that are not correct. I have explained the reasons why their argument is not correct and I want to conclude by saying: because of these ...
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Is “Donald Trump finally dropped the ball” the right expression?

I would like you to suggest a more apt/suitable idioms and expressions in the following senses: Everybody knew it would eventually happen at the end of the day. After waiting for some time like a ...
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Synonym for “isn't truly happy with who he is”?

What would be an appropriate, more condensed way to say "isn't truly happy with who he is" without having the negative in the sentence? This sentence is part of an essay where I discuss how a ...
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Synonym request: “paint into a corner”

Could someone please let me know the synonym of "paint someone/somebody into a corner". I don't know any and have to use the idiom all the time, it will be good to know its synonyms. I generally use ...
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Word for someone who puts on too much perfume

Is there a word for someone who puts on too much perfume ? cologne ?
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Having to do with rivers

I had originally thought that the word riparian meant having to do with rivers, but it appears that it actually means only having to do with river banks. Is there a word that more exactly means having ...
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Were to find synonymous for very + adjective?

As an exercise, I am going thorough I paper I wrote and trying to replace all (or most) adjectives in the form of "very + adjective" with a word. I feel that if done good this would greatly improve my ...
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Is the word “specific” synonymous with the word “particular”?

To be honest, I am more interested in contextual examples in which we cannot replace the words "specific" and "particular" with each other, keeping the intended meaning intact. Of course, the examples ...
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Word for physical exercises

There is a word in Russian that means some physical exercises during onу minute on a lesson at school, kindergarten, etc. Exercises are ususally simple(move left, clap in hands, look up, etc.). Its ...
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What do you call a type of person you don't want to become? [closed]

Say this person had every single personality trait that you despised. Somebody that you don't want to be like or be associated with. What would this type of person be called?
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A word (verb) used when media purposely withholds details

St Louis Rams WR Stedman Bailey is currently recovering from two gunshots to his head. So, staying true to the tradition of sports media coverage, the details of the incident have been "____1____" (I ...
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Is there a vendor-neutral synonym for podcast?

I was writing this sentence: I just came across this website with interesting podcasts. And I felt that using a word tied to a specific brand wouldn't be optimal. So now I am wondering if a ...
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Aural Analogue of Aesthetic [closed]

If Aesthetic means 'visually pleasing'. What is a word that means 'aurally pleasing'.
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Synonym for e.g. “believe”, “think”, or “claim” but in a derogatory sense?

I'm discussing with a friend a particular personality flaw. I want to posit that members of my generation may be more inclined to suffer from that flaw. Certainly it's the arrogance of youth to ...
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In which single word can this be summarized?

Say you have several companies working for you to achieve/complete a certain task, but the one who does best/finishes the job gets the commission for the job. I'm aware of the term pitch (from the ...
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The opposite of “gift”

Is there a noun for the opposite of "gift"? I want to use in a context like, "A kind word can be a gift but a kind word said in malice is not a gift. It is a ____." Something that means like a ...
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Clean alternative to BS [closed]

You're reading a report. It's full of excuses and flat out lies from someone who thinks they can pull one over on you. When you go home and complain about it, you might call it complete bull****. I'm ...
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Is there a word/term for a distant acquaintance?

Let's say I know and have met a person about 2-3 times and we know each other only on first-name basis(a distant acquaintance if it is), and I am trying to contact a mutual friend(a close friend of my ...
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One word for a wandering scholar

So I'm looking for a single word to describe someone or something such as a wandering scholar, or a person who travels to obtain knowledge, or even a mobile repository of information. Preferably ...
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Another way to say “to become a better person”

When I'm asked the generic question, "why do you do community service?" I usually respond by saying "because it makes me a better person," or "because doing community service allows me to develop ...
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What word means both “advantages and disadvantages”?

So I am writing an essay and I can't find the word I want to use. The sentence says: When I travelled to England there were pros and cons. The sentence doesn't sound right and if I change it to: ...
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Is there a male counterpart to being a virgin?

Is there a word for a sexually-inexperienced man/boy - like how virgin is for a woman/girl? I'm from Norway, and here the word svenn is used for males who have yet to sleep with someone. Although ...
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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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Alternate for “drop” in context of “A taxi will drop you to that place”

Is there a decent alternative for the word "drop" in context of helping someone by giving them a lift to a place?
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Which is more wet: ‘moist’ or ‘damp’?

Which contains more liquid, something that is moist or something that is damp? Context of question: This question was asked to a young friend of mine in her high school freshman English class. It was ...
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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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Is there any difference between “exquisite” and “excellent”? [closed]

For example I could say The city has an excellent public transport system. Could I also say the following? The city has an exquisite public transport system. To my ears the second one ...
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Alternative for huckster

I couldn't think about a word which would describe a mercenary-minded person, a huckster, who with the right haggled price would sell his mother.
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Word for “speeding up a process” in line with the idiom “to kick-start”

I am not a native English speaker that but I'm looking for a good word that highlights that a process is improved in that it completes more quickly. I thought there was a word that is semantically in ...
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Another way to saying “As part of”?

I am looking for a synonym for 'as part of', I want to say something like this: 'As part of his plan..... he did this...'. Also, just out of curiosity should/can I be starting a sentence with 'as part ...
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What were sideburns called before the Civil War?

According to reputable sources, sideburns is a corruption of burnsides, a reference to the Civil War General Ambrose E. Burnside. What was this style of facial hair called before that? I'm ...
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Suggest another term for “patch”

Which other term/terms (literary preferably) can we use instead of "patch" in this sentence? There were patches of clouds in the sky. I have only found streak so far.
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What's a word for someone you don't like? [closed]

I'm looking for a noun for a person you don't like, but does not reveal any more information about that person besides disliking them/
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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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I need a word that is suggests both positively and negatively, good and bad. Almost like bittersweet

This is for a medical essay. It's both good that we have this example, as it lets us learn about the condition, but also bad, because it exists at all. It's to begin a sentence. For example, instead ...
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A synonym for teleport? [closed]

I looked at the thesaurus and wasn't satisfied with any of them. [beam, emit, send, transmit] I'm looking for a word that means move to another place instantly - preferably less than 3 syllables. ...
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What is another word for street-wise? [closed]

Apart from 'street-smart' what is another word for street-wise?