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

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Word to describe someone who goes to all the events in town!

I'm looking for a short word that could describe people who are always going to every event in town. It doesn't need to be an existing word, feel free to create one of your own. It can also be made of ...
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Synonyms for “walking on thin ice”

It's tough to find synonyms for whole phrases as opposed to single words. I'm trying to think of at least a couple for "walking on thin ice." So far the only one I've come up with is "playing a ...
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What was “Herbal Tea” called before ‘tea’ was introduced in Europe?

I recently got in a discussion with a colleague, about herbal tea not being a correct term, as it contains no tea. Instead, one ought to use the term herbal infusions. Tea (dried leaves from the tea ...
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What should I call classwork at the start of a period?

So as far as I can remember, whenever a teacher gives you work at the beginning of a class period, they are called "Drills" or "Warm-ups"; however, friends that I have talked to from other schools ...
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Do the words 'tied' and 'tight' have a common origin?

I was reading a book in supposed 'Ye Olde English' and came across the sentence 'Perhaps she has him so tied he cannot get loose'. This made me wonder if 'tied' and 'tight' have the same origin, in ...
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What word describes things that are similar yet different? [duplicate]

There are two words on either side of the word I'm looking for: synonym and antonym. Of course, a synonym is a word that means the same thing (automobile vs. vehicle), and an antonym is a word that ...
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Synonym for “focused”

I'm looking for a better adjective that means focused in the sense of "intense concentration" like an elite warrior in battle. I guess it doesn't even need the sense of having blinders on, more about ...
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Is “realize” a synonym for “implement”?

Many of my colleagues use the word realize in the sense of implement (as in "software realization" or "I didn't realize this function") It looks like these are false friends in both French and German. ...
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Synonyms for “untilted”

In a physical/technical context, I (being not a native speaker) am looking for an adjective that describes the absence of tilt and found “untilted”, which seems however not widely used. More ...
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A word to convey “online-ness”

To give some context, in the algorithm design world there are two kinds of algorithms, online ones (which can work with partial amounts of data as it becomes available), and offline ones (which need ...
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Can a tree “uneasily frowning” be synonymous to a tree “hauntingly frowning”?

In the sentence "the trees uneasily frowned on....", I was wondering if saying "the trees hauntingly frowned on....." is synonymous. From the look of the definitions of the words "uneasily" and ...
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Word for varied with equal spacing

I'm looking for a less clumsy way to say: The phase advance in the measurement plane was varied between the corrector lenses and the measurement screen. Also with the additional constraint that ...
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Synonyms of “such that”

I found myself writing such that many times already. Which synonyms would be adequate? Here is a typical example: For theory 1 Eq. (1.1.1) can be written as ... , while for theory 2 A must be ...
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Dusk vs. Twilight

I'm really confused about the correct usage of dusk and twilight. Can we use them to describe the time before night falls or day breaks?
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Is there a difference between “continual” and “continuous”?

They are very close in meaning, I know, but I want to know if there are any subtle differences. Let me give you an example of a subtle difference in meaning between synonyms: Deceitful vs. ...
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What is another way of saying “less premium?”

I'm looking for another way to say "less premium." This is the context: The competition's brand was less premium. I do not want to change the overall structure of the sentence. This is not a ...
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Difference in usage between “Dependent” and “Reliant”

Based on the comments on a question on another SE site, I'm trying to define the difference between something being "Dependent upon something" and being "reliant upon something". The sentence in ...
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Is there a difference between “on condition that” and “provided that”?

Do the terms "provided that" and "on condition that" mean the same? Or is there any difference in usage? The means will be available provided that the state will allocate its part of financing vs. ...
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A weaker form of “ironic”

Is there a word or phrase to express something that may or may not be ironic, but is certainly humorous beyond just coincidental? I'm thinking along the lines of a weaker form of irony. My goal is to ...
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What is another word for complications? [closed]

For instance, If someone were to say "I wasn't able to attend the meeting because of ________
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What to say instead of “Ladies and Gentlemen”? [duplicate]

What do I say instead of Ladies and Gentlemen if there are many men and only one woman present? Should I say: Lady and Gentlemen Gentlemen and Lady Madam and Gentlemen or something else?
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What are synonyms of the word “metadata”?

Metadata is "data about data". Are there other words with similar meaning?
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Difference between the words resulting and resultant

Can anyone suggest situations where resultant would be preferable to resulting, or vice-versa? Dictionary definitions, noted down as a result of a telephone conversation but should be correct: ...
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What is the synonym of “pixel pusher” for programmers? [closed]

"Pixel pusher" is the ironic expression denominating graphical designers (see this article). What would be the similar expression for programmers? I would like to emphasize the user interface ...
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What is a word that means “easy to give up”? [closed]

What is a word that means "easy to give up"? For example, "A person that would give up is more likely to lose a basketball game than a person that never gives up."
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Peevish, crabby, irritable, and bad-tempered [closed]

What's the difference between them? What the difference between someone who is peevish or irritable and a ‘crabby person’? As far as I get them Peevish — easily annoyed, especially by things that ...
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What is the noun for “implore”?

What is the noun form of the word "implore"? I saw some suggestions online for "imploration", but this seems awkward to me.
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Synonym of 'kangaroo court'

From legal-dictionary.com, kangaroo court is defined as such: [Slang of U.S. origin.] An unfair, biased, or hasty judicial proceeding that ends in a harsh punishment; an unauthorized trial ...
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Short idiomatic word for “low-complexity” [closed]

I am looking for suggestions to convert "low-complexity" (in the context of computations or a program) into a simple, short idiomatic word or adjective (not "simple"). [EDIT] It is meant to be used in ...
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Term for past, present, and future classification of nouns

In a software program, I assign contracts a temporal classification as a past, current, or future agreement. I need a descriptive term for this classification and "temporal classification" seems ...
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Is there a word that means both interschool and intercollegiate? [closed]

I am trying to name an international competition that is open to both secondary and tertiary students. Something like: {insert word here} Frisbee Throwing Competition or International {insert word ...
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Synonyms for the “not…but…” construction

I am looking for proper alternatives to the "not...but..." construction, which is used to refute an assumption and draw attention to a new point. Example: The park was known not for its amenities, ...
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Description word between new and old?

I am trying to create a scale of descriptive words. I have new content being described as "fresh" thinking of describing old content just as "old" unless you have any other suggestions. My issue is ...
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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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Synonym for “Register activities”

I'm currently in the process of designing an app for the smartphone, but I'm running into a linguistic issue. In the app you're supposed to be able to keep track of what you did on a day, and see how ...
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Synonyms for “having a property”

When writing a mathematical text one often wants to express that a certain object has a certain property, i.e.: "Object A has property X." Since this formulation gets boring if used too many times, ...
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replacing “preface” to “opening words”

when I write the first page of the book listing the contents of the book has, would it be proper if I choose the word "opening words" rather than the word "preface" like opening words (preface) ...
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Same theme pictures( or paintings) merged

Is there an english word (substantive) that refers to a type of picture or painting where there are merged lot of pieces of a same theme? So far I found 'mural' and 'collage', but not sure if they ...
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Is there another way to say a false dichotomy, such as a forced choice or …?

Is there another way to say a false dichotomy, such as a forced choice or ... ??? Isn't there some even handier phrase, that I can't for the life of me think of (doesn't that drive you absolutely ...
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What's the difference between 'envy' and 'jealousy'?

Do you have to be jealous of someone in toto as opposed to a specific thing they have or do? Is the fear of losing that person a key component of jealousy, whereas you can be envious of someone you ...
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Phrasal verbs with synonymous opposites

There are some cases in English where one can substitute in a word that normally has an opposite meaning, but instead produces the same meaning. For examples, consider the following meanings and ...
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Inhabitant of a hospital?

I'm looking for a word that can describe a long-term inhabitant (inhabitant is the best I've come up with so far) of a hospital. Specifically, a soldier living (retained? - again, word might fit here ...
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Word for a real-time counter of something

Is there any better word than just "counter" for a tool that counts/calculates something according to some rule and displays the result in a real time? Examples of such tools: national debt clock ...
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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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“Before” is to “ere”, as “after” is to …? [closed]

Are there any literary, poetic, or archaic form of "after" or "beyond"? I am especially interested in monosyllabic forms. Both "aft" and "yon" won't work, because they have quite different meanings. ...
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“Slay” and “Entertain”

I have recently been shown that "Slay" can also mean "Entertain", however this seems rather odd to me. "You slay me, you really do." I have two main questions: In what reasonable context would ...
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Equal vs Equivalent: Finer differences in meaning and usage?

Equal vs Equivalent: Finer differences in meaning and usage? What would be the subtler differences & similarities? Examples & scenarios where: Only one can be used Both can be used One ...
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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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What is the person who records the sales/winning bids in an Auction called?

In an auction there is a person doing the auction chant (auctioneer) and another person recording the results : who won and for how much. What is that second person called?
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Latin equivalent for “case-by-case” phrase

I would appreciate a reminder of the Latin-phrase equivalent, or alternative suggestions, for "case-by-case," specifically for language to be included in a public-private case-study. Thank you.