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

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'Prevaricate' as a synonym for 'vacillate'

There's a lot of motivation here. It boils down to a two-part question: is the usage of 'prevarication' as a synonym for 'vacillation' common, acceptable, and/or preferable; and is there any reason ...
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Term for “opposite” items that are actually similar

Is there a term (like "pseudo-synonym") for things that are colloquially considered opposites when in fact they are part of the same set on a higher level? For example, "cats and dogs" are "opposites"...
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Synonyms and antonyms of “specific”

I am trying to come up with the names for the following two classes 1) Design-specification-specific 2) Design-specification-agnostic Somehow I feel that these can be named better. You can help ...
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Word that means effectual or efficacious?

I'm an old guy suffering from a malady common among seniors: I often have trouble recalling the right word to express an idea. The word I'm trying to retrieve from my faltering brain means the ...
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is the sentence “But we didn’t be informed before” grammatically correct? [on hold]

is the sentence "But we didn’t be informed before" grammatically correct? please answer my post.
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An adjective that relates to Purpose or Intended Use

I want to talk about anxiety that a person is not using something for its purpose. I want to use an adjective, such as "Bob has ____ anxiety". What word could fit there? I tried "purpose anxiety", "...
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What is a less strong word for “proof”?

I often make mathematical claims in some of my class. However, at this point, I recognize that anytime I attempt to "prove" something, more often than not there may be a flaw in my proof. This puts ...
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More formal alternative for “called” [on hold]

Is the word "called" used appropriately? The following sentences come from motivation letters and thesis. I had an opportunity to attend a seminar at an agency called XYZ Group. I studied ...
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Variant of the phrase “broad brush strokes”

I'm looking for a phrase that captures the idea that one is dividing material up crudely. The context is a claim that in discussing a certain issue, we only need to make rather crude divisions (or ...
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Equal vs Equivalent: Finer differences in meaning and usage? in 4 distinct scenarios outlined?

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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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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Synonym for personality in context of non-living things

Something living has a personality or persona of its own. Similarly, is there a word that can be used in the case of describing a non-living thing, say, a portrait?
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Craze vs Craziness, are they the same?

I'm a non-native English speaker, so is my friend. We are not literature students but we have our interests in English language and we do speak it to a decent level. He thinks we cannot use the word "...
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Is “the way” synonym of “how”?

In constructions like the following ones, could the way be replaced with how? Is there any difference between them? I like the way she eats peaches. The way he looked at her... Can anybody ...
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What is the meaning of 'Oshkosh by Gosh'?

I was recently watching a TV series named Suits where a character said "Oshkosh by Gosh". I googled it and all I could find was the meaning of bagash from this site. Urban Dictionary - Bagash What ...
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What do you call a pair of diagonally-opposite points on a square or rectangle, relative to the other pair of points?

Suppose there is a rectangle with corners N,E,S,W, names assigned in a clockwise fashion, as you might expect. N and S are diametrically opposite, as are E and W. Is there a term that describes ...
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Single word/phase for “if they can do it, why can't I?”

Is there a single word/phrase to describe the personality attribute of "If they can do it, why can't I?" nature. Need this for grounded theory analysis of interviews for my PG. Thanks a lot
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Is there a word for when two synonym's root words are also synonyms?

For example, Multiamory and Polyamory, where: - Multiamory and Polyamory are both synonyms, meaning having a relationship with multiple people. - Multi- and Poly- are synonyms, both meaning many. - -...
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What are some synonymous phrases for the phrase “Turning Criminal”?

I need suggestions for different ways to say "turning criminal," as in "He began turning criminal, committing illegal acts instead of abiding by the law."
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What is the word for a group holding back one of its members trying to rise above the group?

I know that there is a word which specifically describes the following pattern: When a group will censor, cast bad votes, shout down, keep down or hold back one of its members trying to rise above ...
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Word for something that does the opposite of what it supposed to

Specifically a bad outcome when a good one was meant. I'm trying to describe a cosmetic procedure meant to make you look more natural, which actually makes you look unnatural. Ideally a noun or ...
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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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What is another way to say “baby steps”? [closed]

I am trying to name a timeline of the American Revolution. The title has to be clever. I was thinking something like " Baby steps to America's Independence " but that was one of the examples soo... I ...
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“it's too convenient” and “it's too easy” [closed]

Might those two be synonyms? I watched a movie where sentence "it's too convenient" was directly translated as "it's too easy" (to do something) to my language. Is it correct?
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Synonym for a very insignificant product improvement

How would you call a very insignificant product improvement? Think in the context of a company that creates a very careless add-on to a last-year product just to claim that now the product is new and ...
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Synonym for “Read” (past tense) [migrated]

Say you have a list of books. Some of the items in the list are marked “Read”. Are these articles marked so that you should read them later like a reading list? or do they note that you have already ...
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'get a quote' or 'get a quotation'

I'm not an English native, and as it often happens, I've lost something in translation. I asked a travel agent to 'send me a quote' for a travel we've worked on, and in response I got his logo and ...
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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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What's the difference between “act” and “action”? [closed]

What's the difference between "act" and "action"? More specifically in the way they are generally used (and not more specific theatrical definitions, for instance)?
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A word for a person who can “quickly adapt to change” [closed]

What is a word for (or how would you describe) A person who can adapt to changes in the workplace newer technologies in requirements for his work
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What is difference between “gray” and “grey”? [duplicate]

I want to ask what the difference beetween "gray" and "grey" as the color names? Is there a difference like that one might be adjective, and the other one might be name?
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Using differential as a synonym for difference sounds wrong to me. Am I justified or also wrong?

I hear the term "differential" used in many cases where it seems like "difference" should be used instead. It is especially common in sports, some examples are run differential which is the difference ...
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An alternative term for 'lesser time'

I have two processes running with different speeds. In other words, one of them requires lesser time. I think 'Lesser time' is an awkward term. Is there any good alternative or synonym which I can use ...
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Is there a phrase for 'attending for the longest time'?

I am trying to find a phrase to replace 'longest-serving'. It is in regards to a customer who is the customer who has come to a store for the longest amount of time so they are not really 'serving' ...
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Is there a word like 'Master' better fit for describing businesses?

How would you describe a company that has achieved mastery in a particular field? I feel that, even though 'master' gets the message through, it doesn't work very well in a business context. I'm ...
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Synonym for travel worn

I want to describe an inanimate object as being travel worn but am unable to find a suitable replacement. The intended meaning is to convey something which has been affected by the passage of time, ...
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An 'in-your-face' (physically) synonym? [closed]

The setting is at a restaurant table/booth and I'm trying to describe a hanging lamp/candle/ornament/chandelier that is basically in the character's face. The first word that came to my mind was ...
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What are the true meaning of Hold sway , Jest and Jabbed?

Ok , So After reading This sentence : As Russia has changed rapidly in the past six years , so has its sense of humor, The political Joke held sway , the secret jest that jabbed at 70 years of ...
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What is preferable way to say the phrase “changeble weather”?

I'd like to know what is the best way to express the situation when the weather changes very often in American English and in British English. For example: "The weather is changeble/irregular/fluid/...
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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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What does “week accommodation” mean?

I have been selected as an intern in a company. The company mentioned in the internship offer letter that it would provide travel and "week accommodation" during the course of Internship. Does that ...
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What is another way of saying “final solution?”

"Final Solution" is not the optimal phrase to use because it has a negative historical reference. When working on a project, I'd like to find a phrase that describes the process of evolving solutions ...
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Synonym for “ready to use”?

What is a good adjective for something that is ready for use, in the sense that it was prepared in advance (besides "ready" or "prepared")? Example usage: "This (adjective) document is immediately ...
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Word for corrupt middlemen/landlords during the Roman era?

I happen to know about this word, but presently it escapes my memory. Basically, I'm trying to communicate to someone about how does working in a large bureaucratic software company feels. The ...
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Is there a single word noun describing contact details - email, phone, sms, etc [closed]

I am looking for a (preferably) single plural word that describes one ore more pieces of contact information of various types (email, phone, sms, etc.) that belong to an individual. The term '...