A vocabulary is the body of words used in a particular language.

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English word for when avoiding being seen by people?

When I want to go outside, there are times I wish to avoid running into certain people such as friends or colleagues in order to have some private moments. In such cases, I frequently find myself ...
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Meaning of “look as far off now as they did them”

"Well, Tormance is a big place. But I have an infallible rule, Corpang. As I come from the south, I always go due north." "That will take us to Lichstorm." Maskull gazed at the ...
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Difference between “irascible”, “fractious”, “irritable” and “atrabilious”?

It seems that they can all mean "easily provoked to anger" irascible:Easily provoked to outbursts of anger; irritable. fractious:Irritable; argumentative; quarrelsome. irritable:1.Capable of being ...
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what is the best adjective for an uncalm sea? [on hold]

What are the best adjectives describing a chaotic and uncalm sea? I mean, when there are horrifyingly tall waves.
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Nouns denoting a state and the point of its initiation

The word incarnation, according to Webster, has two meanings: 1) the act of incarnating 2) the state of being incarnate So, this word can denote a state, as well as the moment of initiation of that ...
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Name for a person who is always trying to beat the system?

Someone I know is always finding a way to beat the system, for example: Getting fake records to get his children into college, contacting people in the system to find him a way to bypass waiting for ...
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What is the word for something that is pronounceable when reversed?

A palindrome is a word or phrase that's read the same way forwards and backwards (eg. race car). Is there a word for something that is pronounceable both forwards and backwards, but not necessarily ...
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Is it acceptable to use a rare root word of a common inflected form?

I have two questions. The word "reprehensible" is very common, but for some reason the root form "reprehend" is almost nonexistent. What is the reason behind this phenomenon? And, if one understand ...
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Expression for an abrupt change in height

Is there an expression for an abrupt change in height? I’m looking for a word for the edge of the change, like in the German word Geländekante.
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Differences between: “prior”, “ precede”, “predate”, “in advance” and “former” [on hold]

I am struggling with the exact meanings of these words. In the dictionary they all seem to be connected to the idea of "previous". But I don't know which word I should use and in which context. ...
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What is the correct way to say that the electricity has come back after a power outage?

English is a second language for me. If I translate literally from my native language, I'll say, "The electricity has gone." and "The electricity has come". For the first sentence, we say things like ...
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What is the meaning of word rhetoric? [closed]

Please explain the meaning of word rhetoric in detail. Please give some example how to use the words rhetoric and rhetorical in a sentence. Also if possible, please give an example sentence which we ...
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What's a word for someone who wants to voice opinions but not have them challenged?

I'm trying to find the right word to describe someone who wants to voice their opinion about subjects (especially controversial ones or ones where the speaker is going against easily-provided facts) ...
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Word for traffic running slower due to road impediments

What is the word for when traffic or trains run slower and with multiplie unscheduled stops because of not really being congested but because of (rail)road works or change of pattern?
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A word for self answering question

What is the word for a question that answers itself? For example quote Where must we go... we who wander this wasteland in search of our better selves is self answering.
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double drift of stars

I read the following sentence "They seemed like a double drift of stars, streaming through space." In this passage: "...Then this blood began to change too. Instead of a continuous liquid ...
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question about away from

Whats meaning of “ away from ” in the sentence : a move away from traditional industries such as coal mining .please ? can you explain meaning the sentence , please . Thank you so much
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Did I hear “indiscreet or in discreet vs indiscrete or in discrete”? [on hold]

I was watching "Miss Marple" on pbs and there is one conversation between inspector and a lady as one of house member. A lady was showing specific room to an inspector who is looking for some pictures ...
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Please explain the correct usage of the words according to the situation

Please explain the meaning and usage of the following words: Bereft of Denuded of Deprived of I searched some sentences and concluded that in some sentences they all can be used alternatively. ...
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how to say “friends who love to quarrel”

I am translating a story with a word (kenka-tomodachi) meaning "quarrel-friends" or old friends who love to fight constantly about things as their basic way of interacting. Can anyone think of an ...
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Does English contain any “abbreviated” words as a core part of its corpus? [closed]

In other words, are any of the core words in English from the pre-digital era a derivation of other words, abbreviated? Online I find myself using "wrt" a lot, short for "with respect to". But "wrt" ...
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Looking for a word that fits for a young grown woodland

I'm looking for a word for a young wood of forest. In German you would say "junger Bestand". What ist the english expression - young stand, young stock?
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What is the difference between “part” and “component”?

Can a part mean something that (along with other things) makes up a whole, apart from meaning a piece of something? Can then part always substitute component?
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What's the difference between “to validate” and “to confirm”? [closed]

What's the difference between “to validate” and “to confirm”? What is more natural to use in day to day situations. Can you confirm this for me? Can you validate this for me? For example, if there is ...
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Suitable words to describe 'the act of defining parameters' and 'set of parameters' in a software

Let's say you have a software that does follow up of payments. You define after x days send a reminder email, after y days alert a manager to call that person, after z days alert another department to ...
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Vocabulary words [closed]

I wonder if anyone can explain me the difference between "word" and "vocabulary word". Does "vocabulary word" mean words of a particular language? When do we use "word" or "vocabulary word"?
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Difference between Travel and Commute

So I am taking some english lessons on grammar and vocabulary and the teacher said that there was a difference between the meaning of travelling and commuting. He did explain it but I can't seem to ...
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Word describing something as “useful, handy, worth it” in reference to receiving a gift for it

How do you say something (like a hobby) was "useful" or "handy" when you've received a gift for it? I feel like those words imply I deserved a gift, which is not true.
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Word for “the capacity of habituating to new environment”

I am in search of a word that has the meaning of 'capacity of a person to habituate to a new environment'. I can use adaptability. Like he is more adaptable than others. But 'adaptable' may not ...
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Qualifying traffic in English

I am interested in qualifiers for traffic ordered by fluidity. Here is what I would personally use: Fluid Traffic Heavy traffic Congested However, the last one would qualify the transportation ...
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how comes this horrible world to exist?

In the quote below, what does the first line mean? "How comes this horrible world to exist?" Catice did not answer. "Who is Surtur?" source: A Voyage to Arcturus What I understand is: How ...
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“Soul Food” as describing non-African-American Food

What is meant by “soul food” in the following text from the NYT? I thought “soul food” referred to a type African-American cuisine (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soul_food). Is the NYT article ...
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Imperative of archery [closed]

What is an appropriated verb for archery? And what's the imperative of it? I think it's just bow, but I'm not quite sure cause this seems to be a bit messy to me. Things like "to shoot" or "to hunt" ...
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word for Father's responsibilities / duties?

I'm in the process of writing out my family constitution for our marriage, basically it's a book about family goals, family member rights and duties, financial and academic expectations etc. It is a ...
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English word for “hitting with head”

Is there an English word describing the action hitting something with your head? For example: to hit someone with your head; the action of goats hitting each other with their heads.
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What is the UK-English Equivalent for “band-aid?”

What is the UK-English equivalent for "band-aid?" That is, the bandage one puts over cuts and the like?
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Word for the nuances that only an expert might see

For example, two techniques might appear very similar to a casual viewer - maybe because their names sound similar - but if one understands their detail, they are very different. I'm sure there is a ...
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Single English word for Family Tree? [duplicate]

In computer science, when we are doing object oriented programming, we define parent-child relationship. If we define the Parent class (Top root) and a number of Children classes (Siblings nodes), we ...
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Evangelism versus evangelicalism? [closed]

What is the difference between the two? They seem so similar to me. In everyday speaking, can I use just one of them?
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Sharp difference between almost similar meanings

What is the difference between "Speculation" & "Propaganda"?
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Definition and Origin of “Kettlestone”

This turned up in my Tumblr dash yesterday. I work at a state park where we have some rather large grindstones/kettlestones set up around our visitor center. I get this question almost every day ...
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are “all-male” and “all-female” opposites of androgynous? [closed]

In the book The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin, the residents of a planet are all androgynous. Then a male human, named "Genly", arrives to this planet. I am looking for a word for his ...
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Word or phrase for someone accepting a story completely & unquestioningly

If someone accepts a version of a story completely, without questioning any part of it, they ..... what? I'm looking for a word or a phrase or a more elegant, eloquent way of saying it.
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“Re” prefix vs remote

My first post here, hello everyone. :) Feel free to suggest changes to this question. I was just wondering why is the word remote unlike the other words starting with “re” like replay, reply, ...
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What does “why” mean in this sentence?

What is the meaning and usage of why in the sentence below: All my aunts and uncles talked it over as if they were choosing a prep-school for me and finally said, ‘Why—yees’ with very grave, ...
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How to use “blithe”?

I looked up blithe in the dictionary, which means "happy and without worry." For example, "She shows a blithe disregard for danger." I just don't understand what a blithe disregard means in the ...
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Can any verb's present and past participles be used as adjectives?

Verbs' present and past participles can be used as adjectives, such as "devastating" and "devastated". Does this rule apply to all verbs or some verbs?
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One word for things which are different for different people, or exclusive to the person to which they belong?

What is an English words which describes that something is different for different people, or in other words, it's kind of exclusive to the person they belong to. For example I want to say that there ...
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What does “the exposed nail” mean?

"I was the exposed nail in the meeting room." What does "the exposed nail" mean in the context?
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Is there an antonym for “pejorative”?

Perhaps "compliment", but are there any other ideas?