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

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Synonym for “Blind Spot”

I'm looking for a term or an idiom to point to the weakness of something, specifically a computer program. Something similar to "Achilles Heel" but not that! I just found blind spot : "an area in ...
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Is there a viable synonym for the verb “nod”?

Reading through my manuscript, I realize I have overused the verb "nod" - as in "This sounds great", she agreed nodding. It seems to me there is a slight problem in that there aren't any great, ...
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Comparing Two “Errors” [on hold]

In a mathematical context, when I want to say that "an error is > than 0.99", which of the following words can I substitute with ">": Greater Higher Bigger
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Another word for a game mode: Endless

I am currently developing an Android game that will have two mods: Timed and Endless. In Timed mode you have 1 minute to complete as much items as you can. In Endless mode, you have 5 seconds to ...
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What's the proper expression for “An approach to a problem”? [on hold]

I want to express the following: Method X provides a way to tackle problem Y. Is there a neater way of expressing this?
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How do I write about “fun” without using that word? [on hold]

I'm a fortunate writer in that I get to write about toys. I get to describe games, puzzles and many more fun things for kids and adults. But I'm feeling like a broken record that's relying on the word ...
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Word or Phrase for Smart and Difficult to work with [closed]

A coworker and I are having a discussion about a very smart person we work with who is also very difficult to deal with. We both feel like there is a word or phrase out there to describe this type ...
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Synonym for Happy Hour/Cocktails/Hors d'oeuvres

What's a good word that combines happy hour, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres? Inquiring for phasing in a wedding invitation. Following the ceremony, join us for ???? at 6pm.
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Difference between “phenomenological” and “empirical”

Models in science are sometimes called "phenomenological" and sometimes "empirical." Looking at the definitions of these two words, I feel like they are really saying the same thing: that the model is ...
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Short word that means “someone who takes notes”

I have stenographer, secretary and recorder already (but they don't seem to be precise enough) and I'm hoping to find a shorter word if possible please. Some context, I'm a software engineer and the ...
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Alternative terms for meaning “wake up”

What other terms or expressions can be used to say "wake up", either slang or not? I have read about "quake up", but as English is not my natural language I am not sure of how used is this ...
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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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Word for something added that does not improve functionality or performance

Imagine this situation: I am working on a university programming project with another classmate. We agree that I do section A, and he does section B. I finish section A early and decide to also do ...
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All-Round, Versatile, Everyday - For Food

I need to come up with a creative, catchy way to describe a food item (2-3 words), and I have been given the following words as a starting point versatile everyday all-round Any ideas on what I ...
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Synonyms for (information) “system” and “applications”?

As the title asks, what are some synonyms for "system(s)" in the context of "information systems" and software development. Similarly, what are some synonyms for "applications", as in, "...developed ...
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Can the word “line” be used as a substitute for for “sentence” when referencing text?

Does "line" always mean row, or can it be used as a substitute for "sentence" when referencing text? Dictionary definitions seem to define "line" as one row of text. This seems a bit restrictive to ...
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Word to describe someone who goes to all the events in town! [closed]

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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What is the difference between a forefather and an ancestor?

Stumbled upon this question today while going through synonyms of various terms. I was advised that they are not synonymous to each other. Please advise.
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Starring vs Featuring?

I'm writing a description for a photograph, and I'd like to place the emphasis on the scarf that the person in the picture is wearing. The description would be something along the lines of "__ the ...
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The difference between ''cringy'' and ''cringey'' [closed]

Can anyone explain to me the difference between these two words? I looked up them in a dictionary but I find the both meanings to be quite similar. Also, is there any difference in their ...
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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 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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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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darken a hue - synonym

When a person is bruised, the colour of the bruise changes from red to a darker shade of red and finally to black. We could call it as a darkening of hue but is there any other synonym of the same, ...
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An alternative term for 'lesser time'

I have to process 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 instead of ...
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What are good adjectives that mean “not yet connected”?

I'm working on a browser-based tool that allows users to interact with other users they are matched with. Relationships between users progress in a linear fashion along a series of states, initiated ...
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Is there a word to describe a person who is always curious?

Is there a word or phrase for describing a person who is always curious? Curiosiac? Example usage (as requested by a comment): The boy is such a ___, he asks questions all the time! UPDATE I ...
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What word is the positive equivalent of flattery?

The word flattery depicts much heavier compliments and praise than either "compliment" or "praise". Is there a word with similar (or close) intensity as flattery without the insincerity component? ...
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Any synonyms for “requiredness”?

I need to reduce "Is it required?" to a single word for an input label in a web form and also for a column name in the database. Any suggestions what to name the field? Enter field name ...
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If “verbalize” puts thoughts into spoken word, what about putting thoughts into written word? [closed]

If "verbalize" puts thoughts into spoken word, what about putting thoughts into written word? I considered document, record, but neither capture the visualization of "writing" the way verbalize ...
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Noun opposite of complex, intricate

So something that is like "straightforwardness". I remember using it in essays years ago but now it's completely out of my mind and it's driving me crazy! The sentence I want to use it in is as ...
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Can I use “rank” as synonym for “level” for a creature's power?

In a game's rulebook I have heroes fighting monsters. Both have numeric "levels" to indicate their overall power/strength. Usually there are a lot of creatures of the same level, because they are ...
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Nearly substitutable word of hater [closed]

What do you call the person that hates woman? One day an adult male loved a woman but due to some misunderstandings she went unfaithful thenceforth he hates women. Now what would you call that type ...
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what is the word/phrase that corresponds to 'fusion center'?

I have a sentence: Data have to be transmitted from AAA to the fusion center. AAA could be the phrase 'the local places'. However, I think 'the local places' is not a good phrase that matches the ...
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“No less than” vs. “None less than”

Is the expression none less than similar to the idiom no less than? Which form is preferable to use in the following example: None less than the country's president attended today's meeting. OR ...
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What is it called when you coin a different version of a word that already exists?

I was in a college class the other day and someone was struggling to think of the word "invalidate". Much to my amusement, they landed on "devalidify" instead. Is there a word or phrase for such a ...
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Differences between “vulgar” and “coarse”, “crass”, “crude”, “rough”, “rude”, “unrefined” as applied to language

This question specifically covers how these terms are used to describe language, it is a followup to What's the difference between "informal", "colloquial", "slang", ...
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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 do you call a person who thinks a lot?

Is there any specific word for a person who is always involved in processing a thought? I could find synonyms for 'deep thought' - contemplation, rumination and so on. But I couldn't find if there ...
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What's an interesting way to denote “secret sender” — usually of a great gift?

I am starting a website for surprise gift-giving where the name of the sender will not be mentioned and will be open to guessing. The gifts are very dignified, so only loved ones will be sending, ...
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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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Synonym for a specific usage of “after all”

Is there any other word or phrase that could be used instead of "after all" in a case where it comes at the end of a sentence? For example: Running away was in his nature, after all. (If you ...
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Is there a term describing a fish's mouth action as it breathes? [duplicate]

I would wager there must be a term of art describing what a fish does as it breathes, normally, underwater. Any thoughts?
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Is there a single word to describe “just another random thought”?

I'm looking for a single word to describe: just another random thought Or a single word to describe : the state of being lost in random thoughts
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Is there a modern book comparable to Crabb's English Synonymes?

EDIT: I am looking for a book to make a study of modern synonyms. @WS2 recommended what appears to be a book of exceptional quality, but it has great depth in a few topic areas rather than a breadth ...
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Is there a one-word synonym for “someone else's”? [closed]

Is there an adjective that means "something that you don't own"? I mean an adjective that's an antonym of "own." Example usages: "Please do not take xxxxx things." to mean "Please do not take things ...
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Synonym for “final” or antonym for “draft”

I'm hitting a problem where we're using forms of the word final with three different meanings: Final evaluation, as opposed to midterm evaluation Final version, as opposed to draft version ...
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Is there an adjective for “untruthful, especially when pretending to know more than one actually does”?

I originally thought of the word "disingenuous," except that my dictionary gives the definition as "not candid or sincere, typically by pretending that one knows less about something than one really ...