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

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Positive term for “curious”

I'm looking for a synonym for "curious" that is undoubtedly positive. "Curious" itself is fairly neutral--it could be interpreted as a good thing, but it's sometimes seen as a bad thing (i.e., ...
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A synonym for “different” [closed]

I am not a native English speaker and currently writing on a scientific journal. In my paper, I want to explain a fundamental difference when comparing my idea with other methods. I need a synonym for ...
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Synonym for subscribe

I am developing a software in which I use the following terms: subscriber publisher subscription When a subscriber subscribes to a topic, something like this happens: subscription = ...
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What's a synonym for a passionate person?

What's a word for a passionate person? Like a "passionista", but that of course already has another meaning. Someone that generally has strong desires, goals, or convictions, and works hard to make ...
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What is the difference between “in March” and “by March” [duplicate]

What is the difference between "in March" and "by March". Is there any ?
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“Obsequy” as a more concise synonym of “sycophancy”

Yesterday I was composing some text and found myself in need of a concise, formal word denoting an act or practice of servile, insincere flattery. As I mentally searched for the right word, the ...
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Word for flaws associated with an overly rule-based cognitive style

I am looking for a word which describes the psychology behind multiple related behaviors. I feel that it's at the tip of my tongue, but I can't seem to get it. I want to describe this person as ...
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Elide versus omit [closed]

Do "elide" and "omit" mean exactly the same thing? Are they completely interchangeable? Or is there some nuance that would indicate that you should use one over the other depending on the ...
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What is the difference between 'dimension', 'dimensional' and 'dimensionality'?

Could someone show me the difference? I do not know how to distinguish the usage of dimension and dimensionality when saying something is high-dimensional.
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Synonyms for “freak show” or idioms for a “working awkwardness”

What are other expressions that describe some prepared, working awkwardness, that's is worth to show because it does work and/or is interesting, and even maybe solves some problems? Example of such ...
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Synonym of word “last” for some special case

There are two special words (abbreviations) showing the significance (weight) of a bit in a set (nibble): lsb - least significant bit, msb - most significant bit. Both "lsb" and "msb" are not general ...
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Electronic module or unit?

I make circuit boards with micro controllers that I mount inside plastic cases. I've always referred to them as electronic control modules. But what is really the best word for these? Electronic ...
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Any term for an indirect reference/name for something?

Euphemism and dysphemism would be hyponyms of such a term, with positive and negative connotations of meaning respectively. I don't think "synonym" quite describes what I'm getting at here, though, ...
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Should I say “American grounds” or “American territory”?

Which one sounds more natural to you? If this message still catches you on American territory, I wish you a safe flight! or If this message still catches you on American grounds, I wish ...
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Fiscal versus Financial [closed]

I've never quite got the hang of this one. Money is the object, but what's the difference between for example 'fiscal policy' and' financial policy', or are they indeed merely synonyms?
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what word means “to be exposed to new things”? [closed]

I need a word other than exposure to explain that the benefit of a college education has lead to "exposure" to different cultures.
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Synonym for 'recipient' (of an email/letter)

As communications habits shift in favor of digital media such as email, text messaging, chats or instagram, it's increasingly common to need to describe the parties involved in a message exchange. ...
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Specious versus facile

How do you differentiate between the uses for the words specious (apparently but not actually valid) and facile (apparently neat and comprehensive only by ignoring the true complexities of an issue). ...
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Better wording for “Mr” and “Ms” on a registration form

We a developing a Web application. My co-worker, who is a native German speaker, created the following registration form. I assume that he checked a dictionary for the translation of Anrede, found ...
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How and when did “bash” and “do” come to mean party?

I am on my way to a faculty party at the university. The Head of Sciences is retiring and is throwing a huge bash, all his staff, selected external examiners like me and various scientists from ...
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Uniqueness vs. Unicity

Uniqueness and unicity can be synonyms when they are used to describe something that is “unique”, meaning something that is distinct from all other things. Are these terms interchangeable, or do they ...
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Synonym for cul-de-sac? [closed]

Is there a synonym for cul-de-sac, perhaps one which does not sound French?
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Good synonym for “professional” that includes skilled amateurs

I sometimes want to stress a technique as something that would be described as professional. In my aviation scenario, I wanted to describe how keeping radio communication parsimonious and brief is ...
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Alternative for “particularly interested” [closed]

What are other formal ways of saying "I'm particularly interested in..."? In this case it's for use on cover letters for CVs. The synonyms for "interested" offered by the thesaurus don't seem ...
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Word meaning 'To be pulled'

I am looking for a word that means 'to be pulled' in that same sense of propelled or compelled means to be forced or urged forward. Ideally, it would use the same base pel. Searching Google and ...
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A word meaning either arrow or bolt

I'm looking for a word which could mean arrow or crossbow-bolt (but not other missiles like stones, darts or javelins or whatever). More specifically I'm trying to use it as a description for what ...
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Is the meaning of “to grant the freedom to” closer to “to permit”/“to allow” or closer to “to facilitate”? [closed]

What is meant by saying that you grant X the freedom to do Y? that X can do Y and you are free to present obstacles other than outright forbidding X to do Y that X can do Y and you must not ...
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Is there a word for “too much time (more than necessary)” [closed]

A good word that would replace the following sentence: I spend too much time on youtube.
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What is a suitable substitute for 'approach', as used in 'research approach'?

When currently writing a proposal, I find myself often using 'research approach' and 'approach to research', but I cannot come up with a suitable alternative to avoid tedious repetitions. I'm trying ...
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Safer alternative to “opaque”?

As a child I was taught that opaque means doesn't let any light through at all, as opposed to translucent (lets some light through, but diffused/frosted) or transparent (completely clear, lets you see ...
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Alternative, softer word for 'Employee'?

Afternoon all, A colleague and I have put together an internal feedback form in our workplace, and had to amend the previous form from the word 'Agent', referring to the individual receiving the ...
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Need a synonym for “action” in a specific context

I need a synonym for the word "action". Here is the sentence where I need a synonym: When an event occurs, an action is taken. For example: When you read this question, you write a comment.
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Would a specific type of animal be capitalized? [closed]

I did a project on owls. And I had to name 5 breeds, or species, of owls. But would they be capitalized or not? For example, spotted owls. Is it Spotted Owls or Spotted owls or spotted Owls or just ...
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Word for politicians truth, really a lie

What is the word for something that is said but isnt true, but because it is said it is believed (by the masses) to be true and is never then undone easily? Often used by point scoring, or wriggling, ...
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multiplicands:factors::addends:______?

When two multiplicands are multiplied, we get a product. But when we factorize the product, we split it into factors. Similarly, when we add two addends, we get a sum. What do we call the resulting ...
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Synonym for “dream life”? [closed]

I have been unable to find a good word (or 2-word phrase) to convey the idea of "dream life", by which I mean "the possible future state of my life in which I experience even more fulfillment, health, ...
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Does informative ever mean gossipy?

My copy of "Chambers Dictionary Of Synonyms and Antonyms" lists the following synonyms for informative: informative adj. chatty, communicative, constructive, educational, enlightening, ...
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What is an adjective synonym for “discretion” or “up to you?”

This has been bothering me for some time, and I apologize for any mistakes here. What I'm looking for is another word for discretion without possession. It's almost like saying the phrase "up to ...
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A single word to define “leave in state of ignorance”

What is a good word that describes the act of purposefully leaving someone else in a state of ignorance with the goal of benefiting from their, well, ignorance?
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is there a better word for “solving” a paradoxical situation?

So I am trying to write my first paper, that is describing a method that is in a way "solving" a paradoxical situation by creating a new sort of trick that helps to solve a previously difficult ...
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Other uses of the word “politics”? [closed]

How can the word politic(s) used besides it's general meaning, that is " the activities of governments concerning the political relations between countries". For example, what does politics mean in ...
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What is the word for the movement you make when you give someone your hand?

When someone falls down and you give your hand to her but she doesn't hold your hand, what's the proper word for the gesture you've done. You extend your hand? Is "extending a hand" right usage as a ...
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Concisest synonym for 'to be without'? [closed]

Single intransitive verbs exist that mean 'to be with' (eg 'exist' itself). Example: 'A parsnip exists'. But are there lone intransitive verbs that mean 'to be withOUT'? Example: 'lack' is ...
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Is there a formal word for people that are local to a place? [closed]

I wish to write about the people and language of a city I recently visited in an essay. Is there a word for people who are local to a place?
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What is the usage difference between dilemma and quandary

Between dilemma and quandary, what are the various denotations and connotations. A dilemma is a difficult choice, not just any difficulty or problem. The dictionaries put them as synonyms. ...
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One-word Synonym - 'to narrow down'

Context: Please narrow down your question, which is too broad. I tried thesarus.com but I doubt those suggested synonyms prevail in use? For example, Google produces only 4 hits for both ...
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What can be used as formal euphemism of “hack”?

I'm writing a technical document, and I need to convey the fact that we had to find a non-optimal, non-orthodox solution that was adopted as the best available alternative (a hack) to solve an ...
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Josh Earnest - Press Secretary or Oxymoron?

Isn't the current Whitehouse press secretary's name, Josh Earnest, an example of an oxymoron? Can proper nouns even be oxymorons, and if so, could I (acceptably) refer to such as, oxymoronic? Can you ...
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Shorter version for “take into account”

I need a shorter version of a phrase "Take into account magnetic declination" for user interface in my application. I am considering on of these: Use magnetic declination Count magnetic declination ...
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What is a word which describes something you are looking for

The word would fit within the following context: I found the ______ of my search. I know there there is a simple word which describes an object which is being searched for, but I just can't ...