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

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Word or phrase for someone who annoys you as soon as they walk in and start talking

Looking for both a journalistic and perhaps playful term. In a journalistic sense, how would I describe a CEO figure who holds a company meeting and the employees are either annoyed, bored, or rolling ...
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Are pled and pleaded interchangeable past tense of plead?

From this article: http://nation.time.com/2014/02/03/stand-your-ground-michael-dunn-jordan-davis-killing-loud-music/ "Dunn has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges along with three ...
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Can I say “I have been nourishing my passions”?

Can I say "I have been nourishing my passions"? Or something similar to express the figurative fact that "I have been developing and nourishing them"?
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How can I describe lips which are wearing lipstick?

How can I briefly communicate that a character's lips have lipstick on them? I can't say something like "lipstick covered lips", because using "lips" twice sounds awkward. I considered "gloss covered ...
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What does “pave the path for” mean?

what does pave the idiom "pave the path for sth/sb" actually means? and if possible, please provide some alternatives with the same meaning as well.
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Medical Equivalent of Disbarred

If a doctor loses his license to practice is there an equivalent word to disbarred? For example: That lawyer was disbarred The doctor was (medically disbarred).
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Displaying two things scaled differently - ratio?

If got a picture that displays things. As thing A is alot bigger than thing B, I have downsized A. Not mentioning this size adjustment may confuse viewers and transport a wrong message. How can I tell ...
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Is there a pair (at least) of really absolute synonyms in English?

Are there two words that in the same grammatical form have the same set of meanings? In meanings here context of use and necessary construction about the word are included. For example, if one word ...
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What is the difference between nap, snooze and doze?

In the Macmillan's dictionary doze (verb) to sleep for a short time, especially during the day nap (verb) to sleep for a short period of time, usually during the day snooze (verb) to sleep for a ...
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What is the exact synonym for the word “buddy” in female sex [duplicate]

two male people used the word buddy, how a boy call a girl with the same meaning as buddy
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Convoluted Synonym for “Convoluted”

Does anyone know of a complicated, preferably large word that is synonymous with convoluted?
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any differences between fund and funding when used as a noun?

Are there any differences between fund and funding when used as a noun? They seem both to have a meaning of "money made available for a particular purpose", and I was wondering why we need "funding" ...
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Analysis of Cost Efficiency - Economics of?

I'm in search for a title that says: You can exspect to read about how economic efficient different things are when compared against each other. As I need a noun, grabing the word economical and ...
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Word for a portmanteau made of two synonyms

Is there a word for a (possibly accidental) portmanteau of two synonyms? For example, say, you contract "liberty" and "freedom" to "liberdom".
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WHat would be a proper alternative word or phrase for “Social Network” but have the same impact or meaning as it? [closed]

What people normally first think in my opinion when they hear "social network". What else could you say apart from social network.
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Proper Use of “Disponibility”

I recently ran into a word that I hadn't encountered before in my life in this context: "Well, thanks a lot [BlackVegetable] both for your quick reply and disponibility." (It's in a comment on ...
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Is there an antonym for the word dislocation?

For my PhD research I am writing about the metaphorical displacement of people (as in "they drove me out of their group", "he was snatched away before his time"). Essentially there are a variety of ...
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Mob/Riot/Protest?

There are three words that I know that refer to groups of people in the public: mob, riot and protest. What is the difference between these words? Are there other words with similar meanings? Also, ...
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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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Is “to share or to have a common interest” a tautology?

I often read and hear "to share a common .." but it seems very pleonastic to me. Isn't it saying the same thing twice? In other words, is it a tautology, and if so, should it be avoided or is it ...
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What's the difference between “Blood group” and “Blood type”?

Do blood group and blood type refer to different classifications of blood (A, B, AB, O vs. something else), or are they used in different contexts to refer to the same thing?
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Client who orders directly, what do we call who outsources their work?

Well, am working on a business project where I need to name a category, say clients, now this applies to the people who directly places an order to the company, but the company also accepts outsourced ...
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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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Relatively to each other — less awkward word?

I'm rating the performance of things in different dimensions on a scale, e.g. [--, -, 0, +, ++]. This ranking only describes the relative performance in one dimension, without referring to other ...
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word for burrowing, but by a plant rather than an animal

I would like to describe how deeply a tree's roots go underground. Burrowing is a term used for animals. Is it appropriate to use it in describing the extent to which a certain tree can dig its roots ...
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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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Word for “outside of school”

The word probably has the prefix "extra-", but I am not thinking of extracurricular, as that only pertains to that which is outside of the educational curriculum. Any ideas?
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Adjective describing someone who is in constant communication with someone else?

I'm searching for a good synonym for communicative, but with an emphasis on being in constant communication over time, not merely the "amount" of communication (so talkative and such don't work). A ...
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Appropriate word for smile

I'm looking for an appropriate word for a certain kind of a smile. Are you in love with that girl' asked she with a grin on her face. I have used the word grin but I guess grin is a broad ...
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What's the phrase/expression for practising martial arts?

Recently, I took up Taekwondo and ended up with a question: How can I say I practise a martial art in English? Is it just practise or is there another verb for it? In my mother tongue I say (roughly ...
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One-word synonym (not a compound adjective) for “time-consuming” and “less time-consuming”

As regards time-consuming, I tried http://thesaurus.com/browse/time-consuming for time-consuming but the results don't categorically pertain to time. As concerns less time-consuming, I tried ...
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Is there a word that means the trait asking a question out of skepticism in hopes of finding the truth?

There are many synonyms for asking a question. Is there one that means or implies that the person asking the question is skeptical and hopes to find the truth? It'd have to be in the form of a trait. ...
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What do you call the green slippery thing formed, due to standing in water?

I can only think of "algae" or preferably "green algae", these are in the context of science. But is there any other general word in English used for this green slippery thing? In Hindi we say, ...
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Looking for an alternative to “I hope that…”, “I'm hopeful that…” and all the similar expressions [closed]

Whenever I say "I hope you...", or "I hope that...", or "I'm hopeful you will...", it sounds so hollow. In part, I think, because it sounds cliche (to me anyway), but also because I can't think of a ...
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What is an alternate word I can use other than “field?”

Grammaticists: I have a data set with many records and many fields (the records are rows of the spreadsheet and fields are columns). Each field has a name, for example income or town or home ...
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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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“Accepted” not correct for legal document [closed]

Could someone suggest a good word to use in the sentence given below? It is for use in a legal operational protocol manual and should fit within context. I'm currently using "accepted", due to a lack ...
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“desert island” versus “deserted island”

What is the difference between "a desert island" and "a deserted island"? Are they synonyms?
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Influence vs. Effect

How are these two nouns different when used in scientific papers? I'm not an English speaker and was having a hard time choosing the proper word.
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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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Word for “overly proud of heritage”

I remember at one point knowing a word that meant "overly proud of your own heritage or culture", and basically being racist or at least biased toward your own heritage/culture. Anyone know some words ...
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What is the suitable word to use after the word fall or drop to mean it dropped a lot? [closed]

In particular i have an index in mind. I think the word heavily is okay, but is there a better word? Or even better is there a word to mean dropped heavily?
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Good synonyms for “waste of time”? [closed]

Can't think of any off the top of my head, and the thesaurus comes up with bland results.
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Are there good examples of compatible co-hyponyms?

It is often said that co-hyponyms are incompatible. For example, here's Alan Cruse: Very often a superordinate has more than one immediate hyponym, and among these there is typically a set of ...
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How to name liabilities owed by me and by someone?

If I have to pay an invoice it's my liability. If someone has to pay an invoice issued by me it's also liability. Are there any words that distinguish these two types of liabilities? Disclaimer: ...
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Examples for intelligent, brillant, smart, talented, wisdom and genius?

Out of the terms intelligent, brillant, smart, talented, wisdom, genius Which are the ones that is natural(by genetics) and which are the ones that is developed by practice and which are the ones ...
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Is “to split up” or “to break up” colloquial?

Are "to split up" and "to break up" colloquial if I want to say that somebody ended a relationship? If they are colloquial, could you give me non-colloquial synonyms except "to end" a relationship?
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Are the words 'innuendo' and 'insinuation' different in meaning?

According to the dictionary the two words are synonymous to each other but I think there is a subtle difference in meaning between the two words that I do not find in the dictionary. I thought of ...
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Is there a word that conveys 'keeping someone wondering purposely'?

Scenario: Someone publicly says, "We have made a decision" in reference to an important choice, but no matter how many people ask what the decision was, the person does not say. Later, when asked ...