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

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Imparted vs Imputed

so I am a bit confused by the meaning of the two words: imparted and imputed. I know impart means to give or to communicate something. Impute means to ascribe. However, I dont know how can i ...
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Person who pretends to not understand unless one speaks in exactly the words they expect

I just realized there are some people around my workplace who always try to correct me when using a certain word, saying that that's not how I should speak, and I should use other words (the ones ...
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You can only do so many of them

I heard this one in a documentary about foot fetish. The woman who produces fetish videos says: A lot men like feet. But you can only do so many of them. What does this mean? I googled but ...
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Need help to understand job ad eligibility criteria

I want to apply for a researcher position. This is the homepage I am refering to. Now I have serious trouble to understand this part of the eligibility criteria: Early-Stage Researchers will, at ...
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What is “Current Post” in a form?

I have a form which I have to fill in. Therer are the fields name, address, email and current post. I know what to fill in in name, address and email. But what is current post?
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Are the words 'empirical' and 'experimental' interchangeable? [on hold]

Are the two words interchangeable in the academia, specifically in the field of physics and engineering? I am currently reviewing an engineering paper, and the author has used the word ...
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Culinary language: “closhe” [on hold]

In an episode of the TV show Chopped the dish-cover shown here was called a "closhe" but by definition a closhe (French for bell) is a "bell-shaped" cover (a simple Google image search will provide ...
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What is the word or idiom equivalent to henpecked?

This is the meaning of hen-pecked from urban dictionary: When a male complies to ever single demand of his girlfriend or wife, and the female is in complete control of her man. A hen-pecked male will ...
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increasing vocabulary in history of civilization, philosophy and ancient history [on hold]

Would you please guide me and show me the shortest way for increasing my vocabulary for history of civilization, philosophy and ancient history. I need to learn because I want to read books and essays ...
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Can the word 'sumptuous' be replaced by 'luxurious'? [on hold]

Can the word 'sumptuous' be replaced by 'luxurious' in the following sentence: Kevin's classmates were invited to his birthday party where a sumptuous meal awaited them. Thanks!
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Is there a word for a person who loves to build his vocabulary?

What is the English word for a person who loves building his vocabulary?
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“Programatically” v.s. “Pragmatically” [closed]

Whenever I need to express the fact that I need to express some process in terms of code, I generally use the word pragmatic. For example: How can I extract the markdown tags that a website uses ...
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Are there measures of language complexity? [migrated]

I can find measures of "readability" but not language complexity (there might be another word for this, I give an example below) online. If anyone knows of any, would you list them? By complexity I ...
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What does 'pivot' mean in the given context? [closed]

The intention is possibly to counter the U.S. pivot towards Asia, but the Russia-China axis will have an impact elsewhere as well, including in west Asia. What does 'pivot' mean in this context?
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A word for “groups of populations”

I'm trying to describe an event that has affected large numbers out of separate populations. For example: "In the past, oil spills have affected [large numbers out of populations] of birds". The word ...
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Forming adjectives via suffixes, exhaustive approach [migrated]

My word is for postfixes (they call them suffixes) forming adjectives, very often I face missing English counterparts speaking of rich in adjectives (they are formed easily with almost no snobbish ...
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“run the wickets of”

I was watching a documentary recently and I couldn't understand something: "At this point, we were running the wickets of the investigation." What does "to run the wickets of" mean? Thank you.
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herstory/herstorical [closed]

There's this newly-coined word "herstory" (as opposed to "history"). I'm wondering if a group of researchers concerned with the subject should be called "herstory group" or "herstorical group"?
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“critical” nominalization [closed]

I'm looking for the nominalization of the adjective "critical". Basically, a noun synonymous with the following: The extent to which a particular issue or item is critical or vital Any ideas? ...
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Word for letters from a foreign or unknown language

I used to describe these characters as Cyrillic ("I don't understand the cyrillic text on this poster"), but I learned today that Cyrillic is an actual type of script/alphabet! Is there an English ...
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Is there any noun in English which changes the first letter in the plural?

Plenty of nouns change the second letter to become plural (man->men, goose->geese) but does anything change its first letter. I've hunted high and low over the internet, and spent ages browsing the ...
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Word that encompasses a person's mood, activity, company, etc [closed]

I'm looking for a preferably short word that encompasses how a person is feeling, what they're doing, and who they're with. The list of things I want to represent will probably grow over time, so a ...
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An adjective to describe a question with an ostensibly simple answer

In other words, the correct answer to the question is actually NOT the simple answer that first comes to mind. I remember coming across the word a few years back but have forgotten it since. If ...
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Difference between arguable and debatable?

I have noticed that people use 'debatable' a lot, while 'arguable' is used quite less. What's the difference and when should one use one or the other?
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Term for using Google or other search engines to cheat at trivia?

In a most meta act, I've been trying to search for such a term, but as you may have guessed, it's extremely difficult to get meaningful results when including the words in my question. Lots of noise, ...
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Meaning of “sugar-cloud kisser”

I am reading a renowned novel these days in which there is a sentence which goes like: "Well, well, well, guess who's back? Nick Dunne, Brooklyn party boy, sugar-cloud kisser, disappearing act." My ...
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Difference between “turns out” and “turns out to be”

I'm not a native English speaker, hence I'm a little confused here. I want to know the difference between the two and also correct me if I'm saying it wrong here "It's turns out to be a conspiracy ...
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Word, expression for copying someone who inspires you

All of us have a person; our elder siblings or friends or any one who we are inspired by. For example my elder sister, I love the way she carries herself, her personality, her poise, that I try my ...
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synonymous expression for bide one's time

Can anyone think of a synonymous expression for 'bide one's time'? E.g., he has been biding his time. I'd appreciate your help.
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Things saved in the memory of the gone people — are called?

We all love to save things, collect items, items/things those remind us of the departed souls or gone people, gone from life may or may not be dead. What are those things called ? They might not be ...
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Difference between 'voting' and 'casting a vote'

What's the difference between them? A man was talking to another person while the elections were being held. I overheard them. But I'm confused here. English is not my mother language and I have ...
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Have any amount of a road under them

I'm reading Kevin Barry's short story "Fjord of Killary". He's Irish and I can't understand the context of this sentence: “You’d make good time coming out of Sligo, normally,” Bill Knott said. ...
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Meaning of 'reciprocate' [closed]

I want to know its meaning in the context glitter reciprocated in my bag what does it mean here? Since in the mathematical terms , it meand the inverse. But here, it sounds a bit weird to me. Can't ...
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Related to Wordnet

I want to find all words that occur commonly with a given word. For example the words light, sunshine, breakfast, alarm commonly occur with the word "morning". Where can I find such information? I ...
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A number between 0 and 1 - like a percentage but expressed as a decimal [closed]

I'm looking for a word to replace "percentage" for numbers between 0 and 1. To explain: what I'm actually dealing with are decimals (like 0.12), semantically however they serve the purpose of ...
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What does “come to terms with” mean?

The Free Dictionary defines it as "to start to accept and deal with a difficult situation," but I don't know what accept means in this context. Does accept mean to welcome the difficult situation? ...
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Difference between lexicon, vocabulary and dictionary

What exactly is the difference? Around the Web, I'm finding contradictory information and sometimes circular references. Some say the lexicon is inherent to a language (objective) while a vocabulary ...
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People with similar traits

I am curious as to whether there is a noun or some other, more suitable expression for that group of people which shares my personality type. I often use 'people with same traits or personality'.
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What the right expression for “pursue a requirement”?

I have the following sentence in my essay. "We pursue a unique requirement, that is, how to optimally utilize the space for.......". I feel like "pursue a requirement" is a little odd. Any ...
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Use and Meaning of 'to be the last one'

I saw a friend's (A) picture on a social network. And a friend (B) of hers commented on it. Apparently (B) was having her finals exams , so (A) remarked "you should be the last person to comment on my ...
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To get on someone [closed]

My English is not very good as it is my second language, so I need a little help here. A cousin of mine came to my place to attend my sister's wedding. In our culture, bride to be is not supposed to ...
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diffrence between activity,action,and process [closed]

How be can differently use the activity,process and action? Please explain difference between of them.
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How to comment on somebody's clothes? [migrated]

Is it correct to say e.g. "I like your way of wearing" or "the way you wear looks perfect"? Is it politely? Is it in use or not? Thank you for your suggestions in advance.
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Native English speakers vocabulary [closed]

I was wondering, how many English words does an educated native English speaker know? I speak English as a second language and since the first year of my undergraduate, I have been learning new ...
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How do you write “outprioritize”? [closed]

I often hear "outprioritize" spoken, like: Request X outprioritizes request Y But it's not a word, so how should it be written? Out prioritize? Out-prioritize? Neither?
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What does “freighted” mean in the context?

(Talking about paying more for expedited access in an airport and amusement park...) Expedited access to the Revenge of Mummy thrill ride may be spiritually morally less freighted than privileged ...
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Which one is correct to show that “the fan” in not the only one? [closed]

Which one is correct? a big fan of yours in millions or a big fan in millions of yours Tanx
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What does “consound” mean?

Hello and happy holidays. While reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, I came across the expression "consound it" in Huck's dialogue parts. "Consound it, Tom Sawyer, you're just old pie, 'longside ...
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Word for a statement that embodies its own 'theme'?

eg, "People over-generalize." Sort of, 'autological', for sentences.
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What is the difference between “submit” and “deposit”? [closed]

I am trying to find out the difference between "submit" and "deposit" these words are very confusing when you visit to a bank and somebody ask you "what is the purpose of you to come here and you ...