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

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“Cuddle”, “snuggle” or “huggle”

There is a ton of words with similar, yet slightly different meaning that describe this kind of physical affection where we touch a loved one. What is the difference between cuddle, snuggle and ...
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What is a single word for “Currently Working”

I'm listing all my work experiences on resume but for my current job I added a little label which reads "Currently Working". For some reason this doesn't seem right to me. What's the best way to ...
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Is it “mat” or “matte” for the color around an image?

We are writing a program to add a “matte” around an image but the developers aren't sure whether to name the method matte or mat. The Oxford American dictionary has mat as an alternative spelling ...
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Avoiding stuffy language: “Therefore”, “Thus”

In my thesis, I'm using "thus" and "therefore" a lot. This is repetitive and it sounds stuffy. Is there any alternative which sounds a bit more relaxed but is acceptable in scientific writing? "So" ...
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What's another word for Guinea Pig, i.e. when you call someone a “test dummy”?

If someone is being used to test a new product or idea, they can be called a "guinea pig" (because Guinea Pigs are usually used by medical labs for testing). What is another term that would carry the ...
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Is there a way to use “cute” as a verb, or a synonymous word for that?

Earlier today, I found myself saying "... he cuted his way into one house, he'll be able to cute his way into another one ...", which was all kinds of wrong, because "cute" isn't a verb, and doesn't ...
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To “opt-out” or to “withdraw”?

Which is more formal in register, opt-out of something or withdraw from something? Are there any more formal ways to phrase the idea?
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Can someone explain when to use “relevance” and when “relevancy”?

Okay, so today I first came across the word relevancy in written. I grasped its meaning without problem, checking in a dictionary that my hunch was right. So it would appear that relevance and ...
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A word or succinct phrase for “capable of producing financial income”

I have a bullet point list describing some requirements for a game I will be producing. It is written as follows: The game will be: Requirement 1 Requirement 2 ... One of the requirements is ...
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Synonym for plug-in? [on hold]

I'm making some software which allows users to enable extra features. These extra features are currently called 'plug-ins'. I'm not a fan of 'plug-in' because of its technical connotations. I also ...
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If I feel that an answer isn't relevant, how do I express that? [duplicate]

If I feel that an answer isn't relevant to the given question, how can I express it more clearly? I am not able to come up with an appropriate word to describe what I wish to describe, a few ...
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What's a better word for “hugbox”?

What's a better word for what the term 'hugbox' suggests; i.e. an environment in which one is surrounded by likeminded people and as such is likely to have their preconceptions reinforced rather than ...
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Synonym for “raise the bar”

Is there another way to express "raise the bar"? The context I'm looking for would fit this sentence: A firewall raises the bar for would-be attackers.
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I need an alternative for “her whole life” [closed]

In my story a young girl only understands the life of a dancer, but once her dream comes to an end she doesn't know what to do with herself. I need a better way of saying She danced all day ...
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'spite' and 'malice' [closed]

Is there a difference between 'spite' and 'malice'? Are they interchangeable? Is there an instance where one would be more suitable than the other?
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Negative synonym for ambitious

The word ambitious can be used to describe both positive and the negative traits of someone's personality, depending on context. Is there some synonym that conveys purely the negative meaning of ...
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What's a formal way to say something is “happening”?

What is a formal way to say something has a lot of activity in it? I can only think of two informal ways to say it. For example: This field of physics is very "happening" right now. This field of ...
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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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Duplicate vs. replicate vs. reduplicate

What is the difference in usage between these three apparently-synonymous words: duplicate, replicate, and reduplicate. (Definitions from ODO) duplicate: make or be an exact copy of replicate: ...
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Pretentious vs Superficial [closed]

From what I Understand , both these words in a day to day vocabulary describing a Person Pretentious means Someone who is trying to get more importance by pretending something or Exaggerating ...
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Do people in Colorado typically say “attorney” or “lawyer?”

I'm interested to know if people in the Colorado area say attorney or lawyer more frequently.
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Politician says he will vote in favor of legislation that he hasn't read and will change once elected

Can anyone come up with a few good synonyms/idioms/expressions for a person or politician that will say whatever he/she believes will get him/her the most votes? For example: He/she will vote in ...
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Is there a word for “someone who can talk to anyone”?

Trying to think of a word for a resume that would cover "being able to converse with almost anyone from having a general knowledge of many subjects". It wouldn't be articulate but I can't find ...
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Which word is better? [closed]

A. She's gone anosmic. B. She's gone noseblind. Why? I'd rather go for B.
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List of completely interchangeable words [closed]

I'm wondering if anyone knows where I can find a list of completely interchangeable words, or if such a thing even exists. Please don't link my to a thesaurus to find synonyms, these words have to ...
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Meaning of “needful”

I am trying to find alternative ways to refer to a very necessary thing or thing that someone must have. Can I use the word needful for this purpose? A person said that needful means the thing needs ...
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A word that has the same meaning as its negation [duplicate]

Is there a pair of words in English, where one is a grammatical negation of the other, but they are synonyms? For the negation I'm thinking about a negative prefix or suffix, like de-, dis- or -less, ...
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Word for “Ready/want to go home”

In Mormon missionary culture, they use the word "trunky" to describe the feeling at the end of their two-year mission when they are tired, ready to go home, and are mentally packing their trunks to go ...
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Looking for an alternate word for 'Acquisition'

I am trying to find an alternative word for acquisition in the context of acquiring a license to a piece of software. I would prefer a word that's shorter to put on a report than the "Number of ...
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Synonyms of quality in the technical context

I am writing a technical specification for a product portfolio containing a series of related products, differentiated by quality, well, sort of. I am looking for a synonym of the term quality which ...
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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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What is the difference between nap, snooze and doze?

In the Macmillan's dictionary doze (verb) to sleep for a short time, especially during the day nap (verb) to sleep for a short period of time, usually during the day snooze (verb) to sleep for a ...
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Synonym wanted for 'make it easy '

I am confused about how to write the sentence below. Is it grammatically correct? Our mission is to make it easy to post or search institute. Are there any alternate phrases for "make it easy"?
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Difference between “humble” and “modest”

What is the difference between humble and modest? I saw one difference here. Is that true? Any other difference?
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Positive term for “curious”

I'm looking for a synonym for "curious" that is undoubtedly positive. "Curious" itself is fairly neutral--it could be interpreted as a good thing, but it's sometimes seen as a bad thing (i.e., ...
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A synonym for “different” [closed]

I am not a native English speaker and currently writing on a scientific journal. In my paper, I want to explain a fundamental difference when comparing my idea with other methods. I need a synonym for ...
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Synonym for subscribe

I am developing a software in which I use the following terms: subscriber publisher subscription When a subscriber subscribes to a topic, something like this happens: subscription = ...
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One-word synonym - 'the following' (ie: what follows next)

Please beware that I ask only about definition 2, so I'm seeking a nounal synonym for the following = [treated as singular or plural] What follows or comes next: Particularly, is there an ...
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What's a synonym for a passionate person?

What's a word for a passionate person? Like a "passionista", but that of course already has another meaning. Someone that generally has strong desires, goals, or convictions, and works hard to make ...
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Word for flaws associated with an overly rule-based cognitive style

I am looking for a word which describes the psychology behind multiple related behaviors. I feel that it's at the tip of my tongue, but I can't seem to get it. I want to describe this person as ...
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What is an adjective synonym for “discretion” or “up to you?”

This has been bothering me for some time, and I apologize for any mistakes here. What I'm looking for is another word for discretion without possession. It's almost like saying the phrase "up to ...
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“Obsequy” as a more concise synonym of “sycophancy”

Yesterday I was composing some text and found myself in need of a concise, formal word denoting an act or practice of servile, insincere flattery. As I mentally searched for the right word, the ...
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Words without simple synonyms

Is there a word or concept that describes words lacking simple (e.g. less pretentious, less technical, less subjugating) synonyms, or more generally words without single-word synonyms. I'm looking for ...
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Alternative expression for “xyz Nazi”

I'm not a native English speaker, but I do understand and personally appreciate the use of the term "xyz Nazi" to say that someone is a bit dogmatic about their point of view, without necessarily ...
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“being edited” or “in process of editing” or “in edit” in one word

I am not originally English speaking. How can I tell that something 'is being edited right now' with just one word? Thank you.
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Elide versus omit [closed]

Do "elide" and "omit" mean exactly the same thing? Are they completely interchangeable? Or is there some nuance that would indicate that you should use one over the other depending on the ...
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What is the difference between 'dimension', 'dimensional' and 'dimensionality'?

Could someone show me the difference? I do not know how to distinguish the usage of dimension and dimensionality when saying something is high-dimensional.
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Synonyms for “freak show” or idioms for a “working awkwardness”

What are other expressions that describe some prepared, working awkwardness, that's is worth to show because it does work and/or is interesting, and even maybe solves some problems? Example of such ...
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Synonym of word “last” for some special case

There are two special words (abbreviations) showing the significance (weight) of a bit in a set (nibble): lsb - least significant bit, msb - most significant bit. Both "lsb" and "msb" are not general ...