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

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It took everything within me?

In a documentary I'm watching, a teenager is missing and her car is found. In the car's truck a bag can be seen, and they suspect that she might be inside of the bag. Her father states: It took ...
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what does “to walk at grade” mean?

"John was walking at grade and slipped on a patch of ice. When John slipped he did not fall to grade as he caught himself with his right hand [...]" Does "at grade" mean "on an uneven/inclined ...
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Is the phrase “Thank you for your effort” is the best way to praise someone for the help he giving me? [on hold]

Let's say that I'm doing my daily labor, and it's a pretty hard work in general. And someone offer to help me, without I that asked for it, and surprisingly that person invested in that job a lot more ...
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what does “fine-grained” mean in cloud computing? [on hold]

I don't understand the term " fine grained" as used in cloud computing. Can anyone help me please?
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Do surnames have to English language in England [on hold]

I've asked another question, because they wouldn't let me comment on my old question, but Italian? Amazing! As to whether not having an English-language name would make me English or not, I looked up ...
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wait on the laurels [on hold]

I heard this in a documentary that I'm translating. Can you tell me what it means? Here's the quote: But one thing I can say, at least we tried and we didn’t sit back and wait on the laurels for ...
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One word for “Unseen but felt” or maybe a better expression to denote the exact meaning?

Romantic relationships and sexual activeness are also sensitive areas where competition among men is unseen but felt.
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birthday cake times twelve

I heard this in a documentary about the Peoples Temple. The quote goes exactly: These people would be on time, they’d be polite and nice. They were a span of ages, a span of races. They were ...
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To forcefully do something you're not supposed to do

What's the correct verb to say to forcefully do something you are not supposed to do or to attempt acts in the attitude of 'just go for it'? Here, "forcefully" does not necessarily mean physical ...
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Is my name English? [on hold]

I have a question regarding my name and English language. My family's last name is Maiorana and were from Yorkshire (or so I thought). The other day my new girlfriend asked where my name was from and ...
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Is there a simpler or better way of saying “promises that hold no meaning”? [on hold]

Is there a simpler or better way of saying "promises that hold no meaning" or "promises without meaning"?
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More than an acquaintance, less than a friend?

Is there currently, in English, a word which describes the following kind of relationship: A person who you know you could be close friends with (this feeling maybe even being mutual and/or ...
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Umbrella term for organizations that help people?

Is there a word besides humanitarian which we could use to describe any organization (non-profit, charity, volunteer, or otherwise) whose explicit purpose is to help people? Is that precisely what ...
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What does word “jibi” means? [on hold]

I guess it's a slang word, so I can not find it in a dictionary.
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A phrase for a tip or trick passed down from one generation to the next

Many use the phrase life hack to describe a novel or clever solution to an everyday problem. Before this expression became popular I remember seeing another phrase in the English language to describe ...
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can the adjective “sexist” be replaced by “chauvinistic” in this context?

"the nature of these rituals generates a sexist mentality among the new members" can "chauvinistic" denote the same meaning as "sexist" in this phrase?
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Stele on the road while approaching a town

How would you call a stele on the road at the city entry like this?
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Is there a word meaning “easy to misidentify”?

It seems like there is a word for this, and the sense is not exactly "hard to identify" but specifically "easy to misidentify". If no such word exists, a word for "hard to identify" could suffice.
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On the duplicity of “peruse” [duplicate]

The following are the two main definitions of the verb peruse that the editors at Merriam-Webster.com have put forward; : to look at or read (something) in an informal or relaxed way : to ...
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What is a “good stop gap”? [closed]

Sentence: A is a good stop gap before I find a better place to get help. Does it mean that A is good but temporary?
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rather gorgeous?

One dictionary marks 'rather gorgeous' as a British usage. I was wondering whether Americans also say that phrase. If not, what do you think is unnatural about it? I'd appreciate your help.
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What single word means “uncritique-able”?

I'm looking for a single word be for unable to be critiqued - "uncritique-able" - as in - "some people would say that the bible is "uncritique-able." I want the word to convey that one should not ...
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Noun similar to Nostalgic or Sentimental

Funny Example: My older brothers used to love "Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone" when they were young. Now they're older and it's clear that they enjoy the modern Harry Potter movies (Deathly ...
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Word or phrase for fearing arrest/detainment/blame having done nothing wrong

I believe I'm not alone in this, but I get a sensation when I encounter someone who is in a position of power (relative to me) that the person will find me guilty of an infraction of some sort, ...
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A parent who has more than one child with one or more partners: “Poly-what?”

A polyglot is someone who can speak many languages; something that is polychromatic has many colours, and polysemy is a word or phrase with multiple meanings If polygamy is having more than one ...
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Vocabulary advice for non native English speaker [closed]

I am not native speaker & aiming to work as Software Engineer by the end of this year. To work as engineer in addition to other skills one needs communication skills. I do have problem with this ...
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Name for presenting two arguments and letting the reader make their own decision?

As the title says, is there word for presenting two arguments and letting the reader draw their own conclusions from that? For example, let's say that someone has asked for my thoughts on restaurants ...
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Less derogatory term for dump

I’m making a (multiple-)photo editing web-app, and there is a certain feature which allows users to sort of “hibernate” their accounts and log out, allowing them to pick up exactly where they left off ...
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What are some alternative words for an item that casts magic spells? [closed]

I am designing a video game set in a medieval fantasy world, and in the game, there is a chance of receiving a random weapon. For melee weapons, I currently have around 20 different weapons, such as ...
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Word/Phrase List to Describe Different Types of Relationships

The Swedish language has a big list of the words which describe the various types of the relationships. Many of those words just were coined recently. There is even the word which describes the people ...
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Another word for “designated”

I am in need for a word to mean "designated" but with a stronger undertone of dictated task that one is obliged to perform reluctantly. Thanks. :)
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What's more than a girlfriend but less than a wife? [duplicate]

Let's say I am in a committed relationship with a woman, but we are not married; talking about her as "my girlfriend" seems a bit silly, as it conveys the idea of something juvenile, and 1) our ...
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What is the opposite of a sunk cost? (A sunk gain?) [migrated]

Here's an example of the sunk cost fallacy: You decided to buy a solar panel because you heard that you can make money from them over time. Unfortunately, you didn't do enough research and bought an ...
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Is there a word that means “multiply by ten”?

I'm wondering if there is a word that means to 'multiply by ten'. I'm curious based on my interest in the word decimate, which used to mean to remove a tenth of something.
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Is there any word that could be used as an alternative to “of utmost importance” [duplicate]

Is there any word that could be used as an alternative to "of utmost importance". Looking for synonyms.
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Is “manually talented” a thing, linguistically-speaking?

Came across "[these people are] manually talented" in an English language test.The context was a group of people who were good at karate or ballgames, but also origami, pottery, sculpting, etc. To ...
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A verb like “delegate,” but it moves in the opposite direction

In short, I was thinking about how much of the time someone will come to me with a task that I just don't have the industry knowledge to perform, so I have to bring it to my boss. I was thinking it ...
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“Cousined to them” expression [closed]

What is the expression that sounds like "cousined to them" meaning accepted or gotten used to? For example, The city councilors passed the building code but the planning department was set in ...
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What verb describes the action of pricing just below a round number, eg $9.99 [duplicate]

We see it all the time: "New Brand X Sedan: $9,999 drive away". Personally, when I see this my brain registers this as $10K, but many people must filter out all but the first digit and their brains ...
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What is a good alternative for 'Yours truly' while quoting yourself? [migrated]

I wish to use a phrase/word after a quote, to indicate that it was me who came up with it (i.e. a phrase to quote myself) This is for a blog post. Is there any way to do so without telling ' "......" ...
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Meaning of “He didn't move that we weren't with him”

This is from a video I watched. The police are watching a suspect. The first sentence is fine, but I couldn't figure out the bold part. The quote is: We set up an overwatch position across the ...
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Does the word 'Conscripter' exist and if doesn't what is the alternative?

I recently came across the word 'Conscriptees'(Thanks to Pirates of the Carribbean 4) and looked up the meaning for it and found that it referred to the victim of a 'Conscription' which in turn means ...
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Verbal equivalent of “correspondent” [duplicate]

one of the definitions of the word "correspondent" is a person with whom one converses through writing: is there a corresponding ;-) word for a person with whom one converses vocally (either in person ...
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Root words and affixes lead to a limitless vocabulary? ( 2 ) [closed]

I had to revise the entire question in order to be more specific about what I was really looking for. let's take a look at the example below: ( there are countless examples like this presumably ) ...
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received religion

Does anyone know what "received religion" means? Here's the link to the book where I found it: Hungary's Long Nineteenth Century Does it mean something like the "official religion" or "legitimate ...
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to stalk the block

I cannot find the definition of the verb phrase "to stalk the block". Can someone explain this? The context is: After yuppies and dinkies, a new creature from adland stalks the block.Source: ...
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Single word for “positive impact”

What single word can I use to denote positive contribution or positive impact? E.g.: He was let go because his burden outweighed his [positive impact] I thought of using benefit but that word ...
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root words and affixes lead to a limitless vocabulary?

Could anyone explain how a solid knowledge about root words and affixes ( which can alter words meaning presumably ) boosts one's vocabulary? I want to know how it works? I've read somewhere that good ...
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What is a “rehab stint”? [closed]

I have looked through all dictionary meanings of "stint" (even at the Urban Dictionary), but have not found a meaning which is implied in "rehab stint" as a collocation. I have found a longer ...
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What is the scope of the word 'Augment'?

The dictionary meaning of the word Augment is to make (something) greater by adding to it. Is the scope of the word restricted to just quantity or does it extend to quality as well? For example: 'Her ...