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

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Motive, Motivative, or Motivating?

What is the most fitting adjective to describe '(something) that motivates' among motive, motivative, and motivating? EDIT: Reading from the answers that 'motive' is not an adjective, actually I put ...
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Word for someone who “backseat-games”, but in real life [duplicate]

I'm looking for a term that describes a person commenting everything you do in a manner that puts (or tries to put) this person in a position superior to you, often mocking whatever you do and telling ...
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Let Alone ≈ Much Less ≈ Still Less : How do the 2 words in each combine to mean 'not to mention'?

For brevity, I symbolise (imperfect) synonymity with ≈ :  X ≈ Y  means  X and Y are synonyms. From http://www.thefreedictionary.com/let+alone: let alone ≈ not to mention From Merriam Webster: let ...
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Not to Mention ≈ [Let Alone ≈ Much Less ≈ Still Less]

For brevity, I symbolise synonymity with ≈.  So  X ≈ Y  means  X and Y are synonyms. From http://www.thefreedictionary.com/let+alone: let alone ≈ not to mention From Merriam Webster: let alone ≈ ...
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Synonyms for “big deal”

I have read on The Free Dictionary that the expression big deal may be used as an interjection to answer ironically "to indicate that something is unimportant or unimpressive". If it is the case, what ...
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Alternative expression/term to trivial use of 'OCD'

After being reproved for doing so myself on SO yesterday. I realized that over the last couple of years the meaning of the expression OCD, seems to have deflated. Up to the point where people(read I) ...
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Another word for “understated sexuality”?

I am trying to find a proper word for describing a visual concept. At the moment the closest description is "understated sexuality", but maybe there is another word to describe a woman that is ...
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Difference between “purpose” and “goal”

What does this sentence from Star Trek: The Alternative Factor mean? Jim, madness has no purpose ... or reason ... but it may have a goal. As far as I know purpose and goal are synonyms. How ...
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Synonym for “In the final phase of this study”

Can anyone give me a synonym for the phrase "In the final phase of this study"? I have already used this phrase in my paper and now I am looking for a synonym without losing the real meaning of the ...
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Is there a synonym for Thanks? [duplicate]

I was asked this question by a friend today, and the question really beats me. I know that gracias and merci are like practical workarounds, but is there no synonym for Thanks in English?
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Word or expression for immediate fear of death?

I'm looking for a word or expression describing extreme fear of sudden death. This could be caused by a (real or perceived) life-threatening situation, such as acute illness, violent assault or ...
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A word to describe a London projects dweller

Actually, I think I would also love to know the proper British English word for the type of housing that's called 'projects' in US (slums?), but it's a secondary question after all =). The main ...
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A word for an amused surprise?

You tell your friend about a person's funny habit and that person shows it right away without knowing. You tell your friend "See!". You are surprised but you were right. What is the verb for that kind ...
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Words that are synonyms for multiple meanings?

A lot of words obviously have multiple meanings. Also, a lot of words have synonyms. Are there groups of words that are synonyms for multiple meanings? For instance, say word A has Definition A1, ...
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Is there a word or expression to describe a desperate act of “trying to be different”?

In the introduction of my paper/letter to a scientific journal, I would like to describe that, in a particular area of research, there are a lot of new methods presented during the last years, that ...
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A term for two different words whose “multiple senses” share similar or identical meanings (e.g. Peers/Peeps) [on hold]

One such example of words like this is: peer (v) = look = peep peers (n) = associates = peeps I would like to find some more words that fit this pattern. Is there a name for words such as this? ...
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Synonyms for “speak of the devil [and he doth/shall appear]”

Specifically, I'm looking for something that would fit in the same situation, but I need a less negative connotation. Saying that when my Dad, for instance, walks into the room while I'm talking about ...
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Syntax of “not only” + “furthermore”

Can I use not only with furthermore instead of also? Not only is he tall, he is also heavy. Can I say or write: Not only is he tall, he is furthermore heavy. or (and please tell me if this ...
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Alternative word for “statistics”?

Statistics seems to mean both numerical records (e.g. "baseball statistics"), and also the analysis of that data (e.g. average, ANOVA, confidence intervals, etc.) In my work at the moment, I need to ...
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Any better terms or words for oversea office

Is there any better terms or words for oversea office? It's like a company opening a new workplace in other countries.
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Is there a synonym for “schadenfreude” that sounds more colloquial?

Is there a more colloquial synonym for "schadenfreude"? I'm specifically looking for a noun that denotes a pleasure derived from other people's misfortunes or sufferings. Sadly, I couldn't find any ...
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A non-gendered word for fishermen

Is there a non-gendered word for fishermen, that doesn't feel as self-conscious as fisherpersons or as folksy as fisherfolk?
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Synonym for “worse” with no negative connotation

Say there are two records in a band's discography and neither of them is bad. What's a better term than "worse" to refer to one record not being as great as the other record? Since both records are ...
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I'm looking for a psychology term related to behavior motivation or inducement

Its a single word that essentially means motivation. There are both positive and negative versions of it like positive something - motivate by giving reward when someone does a good thing, or ...
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Multiple subjects in a single text? [closed]

I'm interested in the actual meaning of the word "subject": Is it possible that a clause might have more than one subject? On the other hand, is it possible that the word "subject" is not an exact ...
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Difference between “riddle” and “puzzle” [closed]

What's the difference in using these synonym verbs. What's difference in meaning of the following sentences? Could those verbs be used interchangeably? I am riddled knowing there are so many ...
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Synynom for “Plug-and-Play”

I'm writing a companion document to a spreadsheet my company provides to clients. The spreadsheet consists of columns that correlate to the database, and, therefore, cannot be changed, added to, or ...
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Synonym for Crowdsourcing

Describing that we (as systems' owners) can leverage users' capabilities to do something useful unpaid, what's the best word/expression for? I'm looking for something rather than Crowdsourcing.
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What is the difference between “use” and “utilize”? [duplicate]

What is the difference between "use" and "utilize"? Which one is more common? utilize : to use something in an effective way "The vitamins come in a form that is easily utilized by the ...
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When to use “use” and when to use “utilize” in a sentence?

Sometimes I go through articles and find the expression utilize, I've always been wondering if there are special cases in which it should be used instead of used. Also because google ngram clearly ...
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Baby girl names that are close to “Buddy”, her dad's birth name? [closed]

What name can you give a baby girl that is close to the father's birth name, "Buddy"? What can we name our baby girl that would be close to her dad's?
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Synonym/more sophisticated term for free-flowing

I am looking for an apt, or rather, a more sophisticated description for my cacographic handwriting style. The term free-flowing is strictly accurate. However, I am looking for a adjective or term ...
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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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The same pronunciation but spelled differently [duplicate]

What do we call words that sound (pronunciation) similar but have different spellings? Just for example : come - kom you - u I've already seen this post but that does not comply with the ...
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Synonyms for 'right in the'

What are some synonyms for right in the/at the? e.g. Get milk right at your doorstep. Watch movies right in your tablet. Or, alternatively, what are some synonyms for "itself"? e.g. ...
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A more common word for the noun “effectuator”

I want to use the noun "effectuator" to denote an object that delivers the final effect which was produced by a whole chain of mechanisms. For example, a bullet shot out of a gun is an effectuator of ...
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Positive synonym for sacrifice

I am looking for a positive synonym for the word sacrifice. Something that highlights the positive qualities needed to sacrifice the old and go with the new.
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What is the difference between “supplant” , “supersede”, and “replace”? [closed]

The words supplant, supersede, and replace share similar meaning. What is the difference between them?
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Word for a nostalgic anachronism?

"Vintage" is close to what I'm looking for. Maybe "anachronism" is too strong, but I'm looking for a word that describes something that becomes desirable since it is no longer in use, like receiving a ...
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What's a better replacement for the word “enemy”?

What's a better replacement for the word enemy? I'm not simply looking for a synonym, I'm looking for one that fits this context: When you don't know how to use your firearm, you could ...
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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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“Aforementioned” vs. “In question”

As I know, the words "Aforementioned" and "In question" have a similar meaning and imply referring to something that has already been mentioned, but when I looked up at the internet i found out that ...
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Word that means to “press softly”?

Example: I held the bee and [...] against my arm, to see whether it would sting me. I can't think of any suitable word. And the Thesaurus only has synonyms that mean pressing harder.
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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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Single word for something that receives a request or response

Something that sends Requests, can be called Requester, but is there a single word to denote a Handler / Receiver? Request Sender > Request > Request Receiver AKA Requester ...
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What is a word that describes “acceptance” and “understanding?”

I'm looking for a better word for "actions" in the following sentences. Foreign language classes help increase acceptance and understanding of other cultures. These actions are important, because ...
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“Bundle” synonym

Are there any synonyms for "bundle" that mean anything like "multiple items together" (apart from package, parcel, etc.) For example, a discounted SOMETHING of two products on a website. "bunch", for ...
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Synonym of 'continue' [closed]

Here is my sentence: Continue the execution with a fixed number of resources generates a delay and an additional overhead in terms of performance. How can I change 'continue' ? By execution I ...
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One-word synonym for 'fall short of'?

What are ONE-word synonyms, existing as a LONE verb, for the verb phrase 'fall short of'? I already know, and so ask NOT, about 'trail' (suggested by OED's thesaurus) or 'fail' or 'miss'. This search ...