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

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word for “almost the same but not exactly the same” [on hold]

Is there a word to express the meaning in the title: "almost the same but not exactly the same"?
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What's the difference between “although” and “even-if”

What is the difference between the following sentences: You may be prevented from crossing the border, although you are in possession of a valid visa. You may be prevented from crossing the border, ...
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“Make sure” vs. “Make sure that” [duplicate]

Is one more correct than the other? Make sure the part is connected to the widget. Make sure that the part is connected to the widget.
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Is it correct to say “It is pathetic to see some people only see the lust side of a girl”? [on hold]

I want to put as a comment on a photo of a girl on a social media site that some people has made some bad vulgar comments on her photo.
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A word for killing a cousin

Almost every type of killing can be described in a single word such as suicide, parricide, genocide, etc. Is there such a term for killing a cousin specifically?
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Is “right hand of” means right hand of anybody else? [on hold]

Idiom meaning of "right hand of" Example. Right hand of GOD.
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why is googling the definition of “aviance” so difficult? [on hold]

I was just checking on the spelling of "aviance". However, google is giving me very surprising results. Please type "aviance", "aviance definition", and "what does aviance mean" into the google search ...
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Who was real Frank (Lee)? Anybody know this? [closed]

In film actor George Kloony ask man 'can I be Frank'? But his name not Frank it Michael Clayten (I think). I get confuse so ask very good English teacher Paul. He say me Frank mean he honest man and ...
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Cheesy fake grins and all!

What is the good word to describe 'comedy movies' and 'ads' that seem very fake and tacky, and which failingly try to draw emotional responses (with fake grins and all) (like some but not all Robin ...
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From Latin prefixes and suffixes and its usage, does “absolute” denote “freedom” or “away from freedom”?

First of all, I would like to apologize for my title's awkward formulation. English is not my mother-tongue. I am looking at the word "absolute", which, according to Dictionary.com, has the ...
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What is the definition of plain cereal? What is the definition of plain wheat germ? [closed]

Searching on the internet left me with no answers. Later edit : plain cereal in this context : http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/breakfast-cereals/1562/2
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Is “banana” the shortest overlap word?

Banana, alfalfa, entente: these are words containing an overlap, that is, the pattern XYXYX where X and Y are replaced by letters or sequences of letters. The idea is that the two occurrences of XYX ...
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What is the word for a man who keeps returning for other people to abuse him?

I'm looking for a word describing a man who keeps returning to a place although people there always abuse him and say bad things to him. He keeps going back because maybe he likes to experience this ...
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Can parents “educate” their children? Or only teachers? [closed]

Many of my Asian students who are learning English say that parents can "educate" their children. However I'm not sure if this is a correct collocation in English. My understanding of "education" is ...
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Word for foundation patches

Sometimes when you put powder on your face after applying a foundation it leaves white patches due to heavy sweating.What are such patches called?
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A word for “hard and diligent work under sleepy-eyed conditions”?

How would you describe one who works hard with full interest and consciousness, including spending sleepless nights. In such a scenario, sleep is deprived deliberately by the person. What is such hard ...
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atemporal means not relate to specific time; is there a word for “not related to specific place”?

I can write "the story is atemporal" as a specific "time" (as in setting) can not be established from the context; there must be a word that means 'not specific location" -as in setting also but ...
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Is it correct to ask “can talk?”

Whenever I hear my boss asking a colleague through the phone whether he or she is available to talk, his question is " Can talk?" I feel it's quite annoying and something not correct, but please ...
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A critical situation in which no trick works?

How could one describe a situation in which no trick, no approach, no magic, nothing at all works to change the outcome? One where you have no choice but to accept it. For example, I can't use the ...
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What's the word for a sportsperson who always makes his team win?

For many years I have tried to describe the great cricketer Ian Botham ("Beefy" Botham) to other people in my international language school. I try to think of a word to describe someone who always ...
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A word for one who loves only one girl throughout his life

Just like one wife man is called : monogamous. Is there any word for one who loves just one girl throughout his life time. For him one life, one girl matters. History has seen such people. Are such ...
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“Bearer of good news” & “bearer of bad news” are called?

The person who brings a good(good news messenger) news is called ? similarly the person who brings the bad news(bad news messenger) is called ? In this generation that may be same person. But ...
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Word for “quietly accumulating shares of stock by traders when the stock is at a lower price”?

I'm looking for a word or expression that means "the act of quietly accumulating shares of stock by traders when the stock is at a lower price"?
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What do you call a person who dies an honourable death?

What do you call someone who dies for a good cause or an honourable reason? An example would be a soldier who dies while saving his country.
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What do you call someone who's fascinated by machines?

See people who are fascinated by machines like computers, cars, bikes, robots. They adore engines, hardware the visual looks for them the smell of it, everything about it. Such people are hardware ...
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What do you call money earned through unethical sources?

Money/Assets/Property that is earned through unethical sources is called ? Money that is earned through bad sources like corrupted politics, corrupted business, ransom money, stolen or theft ...
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What word means someone who’s satisfied with superficial knowledge?

I used to know this word but cannot remember it. Basically it’s someone who likes the prospect of being knowledgeable about many things, or at least wants the appearance of erudition, but who is ...
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What are the machines at the grocery store entrance called?

What are the machines at the grocery store entrance called? I'm talking about the 'CoinStar' machines specifically, but what is the general name for them? I'm planning on creating one, but to do ...
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Which vocabulary to choose for this sentence? [closed]

When the animal control officer cornered the stray dog in an attempt to catch it, the dog bristled and whined in a low _ tone. A) tremulous B) Confident C) Unexpected D) Erratic E) Passive
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One single word for honour killing [closed]

honour killing is a word that carries sentiments. But its Google synonym don't. Like assassination - is a more of a war machine word. butchery - is not right either. Do we have a single word for ...
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Is there a word for people who emit positive vibes and negative vibes? [closed]

It's happened to me tons of times. See some people on Tv, live in office or anywhere, meet them and without their saying much you feel some positive energy oozing out of them. Although sometimes it is ...
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What does “running a gauntlet of fire” mean?

From the Wikipedia page for "Battle of Melle": Now Moltke broke off with the entire force and headed for Ghent running a gauntlet of fire from the various French posts along the roads and ways ...
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What is the word for “All Being” (similar to omnipotent for all powerful)

I'm looking for a word for "All Being" to describe deity existing, always existing, and existing for eternity. Other words often used to describe deity include: omnipotent—all powerful ...
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Difference between “lady” and “woman”? [migrated]

Are there differences between "lady" and "woman" ? Google say lady is a polite social woman. But we don't use them just as this. Do we? English isn't my native language so I am better clarifying ...
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Is “dominant in microsoft office” correct? [closed]

I'm filling a resume and i want to say that I am good in word,excel and powerpoint. is saying "dominant in microsoft office" or " dominant in microsoft word and excel" correct?
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What is the opposite of interorganization?

What is the opposite of interorganization? Is it even a correct word? Interorganization means the things that happen inside the organization (I think). What about the things that happen outside of ...
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What do you call someone who doesn't believe in “ghost”? [closed]

What do you call someone who doesn't believe in "ghost" neither in ghost stories ? web has it's answer as skeptics but that's not a dictionary answer. It is more or less conventional.
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Use of the word “panic-stricken” for self

which would be the correct use of the word "panic-stricken" in the two sentences below: I was panic-stricken at the thought of missing my trip to usa OR I got panic-stricken at the thought ...
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Is it appropriate to use “it's my bread and butter” in formal english?

I am preparing for an English language test. That is why I am working on strengthening my English vocabulary. My question is regarding the speaking section of the test. If the examiner asks me about ...
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Looking for a word that describes when you say both possible outcomes

Sometimes someone will say "if we don't win, we lose" or "we will make it, or we won't" or another example is, "if i don't pass, I fail" It is when someone needlessly states the obvious alternative. ...
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what do you call a person who repeats the same mistakes over and over again? [duplicate]

A single word for the person who repeats same mistake again and again.
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“Visible strap of the bra on shoulder”?

Is there any word for the strap of the bra that is visible on shoulder.? Mostly it is addressed as strap which is obviously a common word not specific to bra or any inner-wear.
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A word for “mercy killing”

"Mercy killing" is an act of killing someone who is already dying and in terrible pain, in order to reduce his or her suffering. Is there any single word for "mercy killing"?
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What do you call someone who believes in ghosts?

What do you call someone who believes in ghosts and ghost stories?
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What is the term for a child that's in between toddler and adolescent?

I'm trying to come up with terms to describe the various age ranges for children up through teenager and I'm stuck trying to describe someone who's in the age range of about 6 through 10. In other ...
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What's a better way of saying “rarely used”

I'm writing an article about using rarely used English words and how to learn and use them. As an example I'd like to find an alternate way of saying "rarely used" I believe there should be one word ...
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A word or expression for someone who had a very important influence in your life?

How to say that someone had a very important influence in your life? I know the word "milestone" which is mostly used for events.. Is there any similar word that can be used for people? Thanks!
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The right word for saying goodbye to someone on the street corner, and then both of you walking in the same direction? [closed]

This happens occasionally to me in New York. I will part ways with someone after chatting, and then it will turn out we're both walking in the same direction. What word captures this phenomenon?
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from the 16th century downward?

I'd like to know what the difference is between "from the 16th century downward", "from the 16th century onwards", and "since the 16th century". Many polyglot collections of the prayer have been ...
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What is the opposite of “down-home cooking”? [closed]

What is the opposite of down-home cooking? Somehow uptown gastronomy doesn’t sound right.