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

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

6
votes
11answers
645 views

A synonym for “picky” with a positive connotation (food)?

We're very picky about the ingredients we use. In that context, what's a synonym for "picky" with a positive connotation, that denotes that we care very much about the quality of the ingredients? ...
2
votes
2answers
77 views

Can “firstly” be used in the same meaning as “at first/initially”?

I've come across many sources claiming that the words firstly and first (as an adverb) can be used interchangeably. They, however, only seemed to be comparing their meanings with regard to ...
1
vote
2answers
288 views

Word meaning 'To be pulled'

I am looking for a word that means 'to be pulled' in that same sense of propelled or compelled means to be forced or urged forward. Ideally, it would use the same base pel. Searching Google and ...
2
votes
6answers
110 views

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 ...
1
vote
4answers
78 views

Another term for oxymorons

What is the term for an incongruous phrase like domestic violence, where the word "domestic" softens or alters the meaning of "violence", or Big Brother, which is not literally an oxymoron but is so ...
3
votes
5answers
260 views

A word that means emphatically undeniable statement

I'm looking for a word that means an emphatic, definitely correct, powerful assertion, kind of like "undeniable" except that doesn't capture the action aspect of making a statement. (A thesaurus ...
0
votes
0answers
26 views

“Glad to hear” synonyms [on hold]

Just out of curiosity are there any nice alternatives for the phrase, "Glad to hear". Its so commonly used in business letters that I'm looking for alternatives. The only ones close ones are "Happy to ...
0
votes
2answers
55 views

Deference vs Respect: What's the difference? [on hold]

Can I use the words 'respect' and 'deference' interchangeably?
2
votes
3answers
844 views

Single-word synonym for “immensely valuable”?

I am looking for some (may be rarely know to nonnative English speakers) synonyms for "immensely valuable" or "extremely valuable".
0
votes
0answers
35 views

A synonym for the prefix intro~

Good afternoon, While working on a philosophical paper I came across a slight problem and while I searched for an answer on my own, I seem predisposed to not find any, at least not in the sense of an ...
0
votes
2answers
41 views

Synonyms for 'as well as'? [on hold]

I need synonyms for the word 'as well as' (bold font) in my sentence. I am a Computer Network Administrator with a background in computer science and research activities as well as solid ...
0
votes
2answers
37 views

Infiltration & Neoplasia

I'm working on/reading a scientific article about the use and effects of Corticosteroid or Ketorolac on rabbit tendons and I got stuck at infiltration in the following excerpts: "Despite the ...
10
votes
4answers
13k views

Is there a difference between “Speciality” and “Specialty”?

My work colleagues and I have been having a discussion about doctors (we work in healthcare), and we're split down the middle as to whether a specialist doctor would have a speciality, or a specialty ...
-1
votes
2answers
63 views

Is there a word or phrase that expresses the action of “a person thinking about what another person is doing when the other person is not around”

Is there a word or phrase that expresses the action of "a person thinking about what another person is doing when the other person is not around". for example, John is sitting in his room in Kentucky, ...
0
votes
1answer
121 views

“with” vs “to have”

I have a tendency to say things like: It was nice with cake. Usually it's in the form of: It was adjective with noun. whereas my wife is always correcting me to: It was nice to have ...
2
votes
2answers
56 views

Is the definition of a word also a synonym of that word? [closed]

When writing, you can substitute the definition of a word for a word and still make a correct (if more complicated) sentence. Does that make the definition of a word a synonym for the actual word ...
1
vote
3answers
65 views

expressions meaning to risk death [closed]

I am looking for expressions roughly synynymous wtih 'to risk death'. The following are some examples. Can you think of others? to risk one's life to put one's life on the line to flirt with ...
1
vote
2answers
92 views

Synonym for “swearing” [closed]

The actual word "swearing" is considered to be inappropriate in IELTS's acadamic writing. Then, what is the most suitable synonym for "swearing" in academic writing? I'm now taking an IELTS course. ...
8
votes
7answers
896 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
72 views

Single word that could mean three other words [on hold]

I would like to know whether there's a word which could mean these 3 things: Support Like Congratulate I hoping to use it in my website for user's status. I would really appreciate if you could ...
0
votes
3answers
93 views

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.
5
votes
4answers
206 views

SWF Seeks Strong Single-word Synonym

I’m a single female and lately all I do is work, work, work. Truth be told, I’m lonely and bored to tears. Desperate for relief, I decided to take out a classified advertisement but got stuck on the ...
0
votes
0answers
54 views

What does a quantum mechanics magician do?

Thousands of years ago a coppersmith was a magician doing stuff most couldn't fathom, a few decades ago a computer programmer was a magician doing stuff most couldn't fathom. If a quantum mechanical ...
1
vote
7answers
203 views

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?
12
votes
14answers
2k views

A less hostile word that can replace “violation”

I am working with a large open source software project whose code base has to be GNU Public License version 2 (GPLv2). We have to make sure that the "stuff" that goes into the project from our ...
2
votes
3answers
105 views

Politically correct synonym for “Indian giver”?

The phrase "Indian giver" means someone who gives a person a gift and then wants it back later. It's occasionally a useful concept, but the dictionary says it's offensive and I also think so. Is there ...
1
vote
3answers
104 views

choosing a synonym of “wind” in my song [closed]

I'm writing words to a song, and I'm hesitating between some synonyms for "wind" (I'm writing the lyrics here, context is me being alone at night in an old remote mansion) : "Late last night lke the ...
0
votes
1answer
35 views

Word (subject) for the way or style of doing something

I think I can say "There are different ways of eating a cake" or "There are different styles of eating a cake". Is there also a subject that replaces "way of [anything]"? E.g. if I want to list all ...
1
vote
4answers
122 views

I'm looking for a word like “switchyard”

I would like it to evoke: Queuing up of the train cars, Determining where each should go, Building lines of cars with similar destinations, and Sending them on their merry way (once there are enough ...
6
votes
6answers
1k views
1
vote
3answers
46 views

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 ...
8
votes
11answers
1k views

“Calling a spade a spade”: synonymous expressions?

I'm looking for expressions that are equivalent to "calling a spade a spade." In some environments and verbal contexts, this phrase needs to be avoided -- please take my word for it. Thank ...
0
votes
3answers
52 views

Better way to say “founded a company with 100% shareholding” in resume [closed]

I am preparing a resume for an MBA application. I want to state in the resume that I am an entrepreneur who has founded a company and subsidiaries with 100% ownership, but I am not able to comprehend ...
4
votes
6answers
369 views

Word for “studying a research article to get the most out of it”? [duplicate]

From the Word web dictionary: Study: Consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning Particularly, I am looking for a word (synonym of 'study') ...
0
votes
2answers
31 views

Are “control”, “direct”, “lead”, and “head” synonyms for supervise? [closed]

I need to know the following: Is control a synonym for supervise? Is direct a synonym for supervise? Is lead a synonym for supervise? Is head a synonym for supervise/supervisor/lead/leader? I have ...
2
votes
2answers
59 views

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."
0
votes
4answers
48 views

One word for data collection and data dissemination

Is there one word (or two word phrase) for 'data collection and data dissemination"? For example, I would like to replace I am building a text based system for data collection and data ...
0
votes
4answers
117 views

Another expression for “drinking behavior” or “drinking habits”?

In other words, a member’s drinking behavior is influenced by observing his peers’ drinking behavior. To avoid repetition of drinking in this sentence, I need either one word for ...
2
votes
3answers
141 views

Besides “flood plain”, is there also something similar called “flood plane”?

Having stumbled upon the term flood plane (meaning the area along a river that is flooded occasionally), I searched for it and the correct spelling seems to be flood plain. Now, some uncertainty ...
1
vote
3answers
55 views

Synonym for 'dial into'

I am doing an online news update for my company and though 3 of us have tried we can't work out a good synonym for the phrase dial into. The sentence reads:- Also with the summer holidays looming ...
1
vote
5answers
132 views

Another way to say “Does not matter” in formal reports

The phrase "does not matter" sounds rather informal to me. I'm writing a formal report and would appreciate alternative suggestions. For example: "The residents of City X enjoy favorable living ...
0
votes
1answer
31 views

word that means everyone's views are heard [closed]

I'm writing a personal statement, and I have to write about a principle that is dear to me. I was thinking of "righteousness," but I've searched and the meaning of righteousness is not exactly what ...
26
votes
17answers
43k views

Polite synonyms for “a——hole-ish” behavior

Are there any polite synonyms for asshole-ish behavior? A good synonym would probably have about the same impact and wouldn't send people looking for their dictionaries.
0
votes
0answers
56 views

Are “head”, “lead”, “direct” and “control” synonyms for “supervise”?

I am currently writing something and need to know: are head lead direct control synonyms for supervise? Let's say I put down that the President shall supervise the executive branch. Can I also ...
0
votes
2answers
283 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
41 views

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.
3
votes
5answers
9k views

Alternative (short) way of saying “a three-pronged approach to X”

I rather like this construct, as exemplified by “a three-pronged approach to physical therapy” (or four-pronged, or whatever). However, I tend to use it too much, and I am wondering how I could ...
1
vote
2answers
79 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
57 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
50 views

Idiom for “Single out” in a negative way

In a small group of people, the leader singled out Person A to pick on her. What's another idiom (that's a verb) to describe this action? There was a two-word idiom which I cannot remember. The idiom ...