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

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Reason vs. purpose

Just now I wanted to explain why I was doing something, then I wrote "the purpose of doing something is blablabla". Immediately I wondered why I didn't write "the reason of doing something is ...
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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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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 another word for severe consequences?

I am trying not to overuse the words "severe consequences". I am describing how different entrepreneurs are responding to a crisis differently. For example in this sentence: An entrepreneur was ...
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A positive alternative to “smelling” to describe something with a pleasant odor

When one hears that something smells, one would generally assume that it smells bad. Isn't there a word which wouldn't bring to mind the idea of a bad odor? For example, how would you describe ...
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Word for trying to boost your image unnecessarily

A typical request where I have a word on the tip of my tongue that I just can't place. UPDATED: A lot of the suggestions are direct synonyms of bragging so I'll try and clear up the context more. ...
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What's the correct term for potato chips?

In school I learned to say crisps but I don't want to mix it with french fries. So what's the correct term to use, and what synonyms are there?
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Is there a non-derogatory synonym for “propaganda”?

Is there a non-derogatory synonym for propaganda? Specifically, I’m talking about a word to describe the sum of all messages a particular political member has broadcast (through various media), but ...
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Stingy, miserly and frugal: what is the difference in usage?

Could you please provide an example sentence for each adjective so that to show a situation when only one of the adjectives may be used while the others may not? The thing that confuses me most is ...
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Alternatives for “conducted” with respect to research

Literature review is a big part of my life. I usually use “[Scientist] conducted a research using data from” to state a previous study. Do you have recommendations of other verbs to use? I am tired ...
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What is a similar word to “comprehensive” that doesn't suggest absolutely everything will be covered?

I'm putting together a proposal for a website and one of the things that we're providing is a knowledge base for users to find solutions to their problems. I'd like to imply that the KB will have a ...
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Alternative to “double entendre”?

Does anyone know another word or way to say double entendre — in the non-bawdy sense of the word — as this phrase was only invented in the latter 1600's and so not around when Shakespeare wrote his ...
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What is a good substitute for “echoey”?

As in "an echoey room". People do use this word in speech, but it isn't proper in writing. I thought of "echoing", but that implies that something is currently making an echo, whereas what I'm ...
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One word synonym for “easy to follow”

I am working on a rubric to grade a presentation, and I am only allowed 4 very short criteria. After a lot of thinking, the 4 I have chosen are: Organized & Easy to Follow Interesting / Useful ...
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What is a synonym for “jack of all trades, master of none”?

What is a synonym of jack of all trades, master of none? I want to differentiate it from a generalist (might have deep knowledge about everything)? On the same note, is there a better way to say ...
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How to describe useless conversation?

Is there a word or concise English expression for the kind of discussion that is heated, perhaps a bit contentious or pretentious, but ultimately off-topic, vague, or too abstract to be useful? A ...
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Is there any countable noun which is a synonym of 'rating'?

What noun can be used to describe how many times something has been rated? For voting, you can say "one vote" or "two votes". For liking (Facebook), you can say "one like" or "two likes". For ...
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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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What is the synonym/antonym for “feminist”/“feminism”?

I am looking for a word or phrase that are to men's rights as the words feminist/feminism are to women rights. And will the word or phrase be called a synonym or antonym?
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More formal synonyms of “snob”

To me, the word snob seems rather informal, although it appears in dictionaries, and I am unable to find anywhere on the internet a more formal word than snob. Are there any sophisticated synonyms ...
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“Doubt” vs. “suspect” [closed]

I have never used doubt or suspect properly before. Now I understand that they seem to bear quite the opposite meanings in a sentence. For example, Everybody believes him, but I suspect he is ...
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A poetic/literary term for “Ice Age”? [closed]

Is there a poetic/literary term for "Ice Age" (besides "glacial epoch")?
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“feint” and “feign”: Are they synomyms?

Both to feign and to feint seem to mean to pretend. Are they synonyms or the same word with only a different spelling? Or is there an actual concrete difference in their meaning?
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A synonym for “bastardized” without the evil slant?

With the following definition: To lower in quality or character. Synonyms found: corrupt, pervert, subvert, demoralize, demoralise, debauch, debase, profane, vitiate, deprave, misdirect ...
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Word for a “Male Mistress”

Is the male version of a mistress, a mastress? It's a term I would use, but I don't know if it is just slang or if it is formal... P.S. I mean a male that sleeps with a married woman (love, not ...
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Word for someone who prepares reports

The situation I am thinking of is where someone within a company runs queries on a database and formats the information (with or without commentary) into a report. Is there a single word that ...
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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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What is the difference between mass murder, massacre, and genocide?

Please, help me to understand the following terms along with proper definition and example. I found some references, but, most of them are not clear. Genocide: Wikipedia: Genocide is ...
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Word for something which is directly related to something else

Suppose I am planning an event. I have a list of things like: Get napkins from Bob Meet with rental hall supervisor Buy donuts from Donut-a-thon Bake vegan cookies From this list I can ...
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Is there a non-colloquial equivalent term for “cool”?

As I get older (into my 30s) the less I feel like using youthful slang, and I take extra pride in using professional English. But I can't think of a word that is universally equivalent to the ...
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Meaning of W in SFPW, or a synonym that starts with a W

Big disclaimer: when I was proofreading my question it sounds like I am doing a crossword puzzle. So I added some extra information to avoid confusion. I am making an Excel sheet that assists in Risk ...
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What is a word for food preferences?

What single word would you use to describe a list of food preferences, which includes: Allergies (e.g., shellfish) Sensitivities (e.g., lactose intolerance) Dislikes (e.g., Brussels sprouts) Likes ...
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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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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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How to rephrase “Deliberate failure”?

I have a document that I'm drafting that, at the moment, has a sentence that reads something like: Remove X from all company computers. Deliberate failure to do so constitutes grounds for ...
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Less-technical synonym for “timestamp”

I've already looked at Is there a word for "a point in time"?, but there doesn't seem to be any answers other than "timestamp". While I agree that it is the most technically accurate ...
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Better term to put on a label of a bottle of milk to describe that it's 'made' in a particular geographic location

While waiting for the kettle to boil this morning, I was idling and reading the label on the bottle of milk and was struck by the declaration: "Permeate free, made in WA". Here's a shot of the label ...
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What's a word for lack of confidence?

I'm trying to find a word that describes a lack of confidence. Something that gives a sense of worthlessness maybe. I've dried looking up in Thesarus.com for similarities to lack of confidence and ...
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Is there a good synonym for “recency”?

I wasn't sure I had ever used/heard the word recency before but, when trying to come up for a word to describe proximity in time, it popped into my head. It's in the Merriam-Webster dictionary so I ...
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Is there a word better than “exotic” to describe languages that are little known and little studied but have many speakers?

I'm looking for a word to describe languages which are not easy to study or find books about in Western Europe or North America. On example language, which I'm currently immersed in, is Georgian, ...
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Single word to denote date and time

I want one word that means Date and Time. For example in "the date and time of the event will be announced later" I want to use single word instead of "date and time"
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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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When does “part” mean “quarter”?

‘Behind us in the caves of the Deep are three parts of the folk of Westfold, old and young, children and women,’ said Gamling. ‘But great store of food, and many beasts and their ...
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Synonymity of “is that so” and “really”

Do these have the same meaning? Oh is that so? Oh really?
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“screenshot” vs “screen capture”

"screenshot" vs "screen capture" context : the picture of the screen of a cellphone / desktop 1) Which is the most commonly used ? 2) Is one of the two confusing for some not native speaker ? ...
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What is a word for implying someone else is wrong?

For instance, if someone says to you, "I like cake," and you reply, "I like to take care of my body," your response is a passive-aggressive way of implying that they don't like to take care of their ...
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Terms to apply to something that leaves strong memory

Do the following terms have positive, neutral or negative meaning? memorable impressive remarkable What are other similar terms that are used for positive, neutral and negative intention?
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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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The difference between slick and sleek

What is the difference between the two adjectives: slick and sleek? My dictionary returns almost the same explanation for both, like smooth and glossy. Could someone explain when it would be more ...
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Adjective describing a person who does work to get it done

I have a friend who always goes on that I have a bad work ethic, though I am not lazy. At the same time, he says he has a good work ethic, but is lazy. The definition of having a good work ethic is ...