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

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What is a word for “to make explicit”?

The definition of explicit that I wish to use: stated clearly and in detail, leaving no room for confusion or doubt. E.g. the speaker's intentions were not made explicit. My motivation: I'...
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What is the noun form of the verb “vocalize”? [closed]

I know, vocalize means "to give voice to". I would like to know the noun form of it. thank you :)
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Reach out to me at 12345(phone number) or Reach me at 12345

In an email for a colleague in overseas department to tell him my available time slots and my contact phone number, which is appropriate ; "You can reach me at 12345" or "You can reach out to me at ...
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Reach out to me/Reach me at 00###(phone number) [duplicate]

In a business email to a colleague in overseas department, which is correct; "You can reach out to me at 1234500" or "You can reach me at 1234500"? I often use the phrases in verbal like "I tried to ...
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If I were to personify death is there a better statement than “delay death”

If I were to personify death is their a better statement then "delay death". I have considered saying "negotiate with death" but that does not sound formal enough for the tone of my essay. I am ...
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Is there a verb that is the antonym of the verb “to listen”?

I've been looking for a single word that exactly means "to stop listening", but I haven't found anything. Is there such a word?
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Synonym for “done to stall time” [closed]

While procrastinating during the tedious process of typing random stuff, I wondered if there was any activity referring to what I was doing. What I mean is: is there any single word used to refer to ...
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Equivalent expressions for 'I will reply in the near future' or 'before too long'

I'm looking for equivalent expressions for 'In the near future' & 'before too long'. I'd use these terms in the following way 'I will reply to you in the near future (or before too long)'. I ...
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What is the verb form of “Enjambment”?

I wish to say in a poetry commentary something like: These two enjambing lines demonstrate... I know enjambing is not a real word, but I wish for something to substitute.
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Alternatives to the term “about me” [closed]

I'm looking for an alternative to the term "about me". It's for a navigation entry on a website and I'm tired to see "about me" everywhere on the web. As I'm not native speaking english (german) it ...
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Word for heat haze illusion

There is a word for the optical shimmering effect that is caused by heat. It is particularly noticible when you are lying on the ground looking into the distance (the effect, not the word). It is a ...
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the meaning of Sun-speak

Lindsay, with A Voyage to Arcturus, tests the same visionary and linguistic envelopes. In the Orwellian view of language, the reduction of vocabulary to a functional and brutal Sun-speak is seen as a ...
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'Year Obtained from education' on CV meaning

So I am filling out a CV and answering about my education, when it comes up 'year obtained' I have never come across this on a CV before and if I have it hasn't been worded this way. Could someone ...
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Revising a Sentence for Brevity while Maintaining Eloquence

I am working on an article / story about legal cannabis in Colorado, and I have written this sentence regarding the smell upon entering a large, industrial grow room: The only way I know how to ...
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How does the word “enjoin” come to have two opposite meanings?

By the Cambridge Dictionary To ​legally ​forbid or ​stop something by ​order of a ​court Enjoin also ​means to ​order or ​strongly ​encourage someone to do something By the Oxford ...
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'Functional [something]': using an object intended for one purpose in a nontraditional or unforeseen way [closed]

Many years ago someone used the term "functional _______" (the blank being a placeholder for the second word of the term, which I can't remember) to denote the skill of being able to envision using an ...
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Connotation vs. Subtext

Can these two words ever be used interchangeably? My intuition as a writer tells me that I can either say (for example) The word denotes (x), but its connotation is (y). or The definition of the ...
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“Tense” Equivalent Neutral Term for Singular / Plural Form?

Here's one for the English professors: I originally came across this problem when answering a question here. We all know that tense refers to the temporal form of a verb. "Act, acted, will act, has ...
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What do you call this button-shaped thing?

I was changing the back light bulb on my car ,and I was struggling to unbutton this button-shaped thing . what do you call this button-shaped thing in English? It looks like a tack or a fastener. ...
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A word or expression to describe someone who don't think for themselves [closed]

People who don't have a critical mind. They repeat what they heard without questioning or analyzing the subject matter. What would you call these kind of individuals?? Thank you .
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You say something but you don't really mean it: an adjdctive to describe that offer or a phrase

What adjective do you use to describe something that you say, but you do not really mean it. For example when you make an offer to someone, but you don't really mean it and kind of hope they say no! ...
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Where can we find a list of English words classified by frequency of use? [closed]

I need at least the first 10 000 most commonly used words, but more would be better. It’s not a problem if the list is a little imprecise.
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Specific vocabulary question: quotidian and tenebrous

I wondered, do most native English speakers use the words "quotidian" and "tenebrous"? I use these words in my writing, but also speak fluent French, so for that reason, I know instantly what they ...
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How many words are there in English if we don’t count duplicates? [closed]

How many words are there in English if: we don't count plurals: 'dogs' doesn't count; only 'dog' counts. we don't count different conjugations or different tenses: 'walks', 'walked' and 'walking' ...
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What is wrong with the expression 'most perfect', and the adjective-forms 'rounder' and 'squarer'?

Here is an excerpt from the textbook High School English Grammar & Composition, by Wren & Martin (2005 edition by S. Chand, New Delhi): Certain adjectives do not really admit of comparison ...
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What is “pishantosh”?

I found the word in Heinlein's "Friday": I apologized, saying that there was no excuse for me to be sleepy since it was still early evening by the zone where I had started the day. Janet said ...
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A word for an incident from history which becomes the basis of a law, rule or custom practiced today?

Many rulings and even laws in today's societies have a basis/root in the past. For example, let's say that there is a community which holds a king from the 18th century, let's call them A, in a very ...
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Word for the inability to explain something to someone due to their complete lack of understanding

Is there a word for the situation one is in when, for example, trying to explain something or provide a rebuttal to someone who attempts to make a point about a topic they know nothing about? This is ...
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Word that describes a sentence which deals in absolutes

I'm looking for a word that can describe a statement that uses words (or sentiments) like "all" or "never" and applies to a wide domain. There is no implication of validity or accuracy, but I would be ...
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Meaningless/Placeholder Verb?

In some fields of study, there are various placeholder nouns/proper nouns---basically nouns that are conventionally used in an example but are understood not to correspond to an actual object. In ...
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What is the right verb to describe someone's extreme liking of something trivial?

What is the right verb to describe someone's extreme liking of something trivial? For example, someone really likes pictures of vegetables (not even sexualized pictures) and he's a super nerd of ...
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Word for reduction of open positions/jobs

When we say "reduction of positions", in the context of a company's efficiency plan, are we talking about laying off current employees, or eliminating available positions at a company (e.g. in the ...
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In an impossible position [closed]

What does it mean by being in an impossible position? Here's the context: The NHS has been left in an “impossible position” following the case of Ashya King because the parents of other young cancer ...
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Is there a word for saying something in a nice way without saying it?

So, you are walking all day with a friend, you feel tired, you don't want to say: "I'm tired, let's stop", but say: "Oh dear, we've walked a lot today". A friend promised to meet you to go for the ...
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The word for referring to the patient's standard measurements such as heartbeat rate, blood pressure, etc [closed]

What is the word for referring to the patient's standard measurements (like heartbeat, blood pressure, etc)?
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Is there a term similar to fascist used outside the political realm? [closed]

I've heard the term "body fascist," which I assume means someone who subscribes to a collective ideal of body image, but I was unsure if that use of "fascist" could be applied to anything.
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How to emphasize being complimented professionally? [closed]

I would like to say something along the lines that I am honored to accept... (job, award, etc) but without using the term honored as I find it more dramatic sounding (purely my subjective sentiment ...
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Word for making an assertion without knowledge of its truth? [closed]

As opposed to lying which is to assert a false statement knowing that it is untrue, with the intent to deceive. Is there a related word for making a statement as if it were true, with the intent to ...
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Is the word 'get' correctly replacing more and more words in English?

Would it be safe to say that using the word get (or phrases containing it) to replace existing but longer words is now fashionable and acceptable? With already about 50 meanings, it is replacing ...
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Can I use the word “sceptical” this way? [closed]

I am sceptical about my vacation plan. Is this the correct way to write? I wanted to express doubt about my vacation schedule. I have to tell someone that my vacation schedule has yet to be ...
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Meaning of 'not permitted in A or in B' [closed]

Does "not permitted in A or in B" mean "not permitted in A and not permitted in B" or mean "not permitted in A or not permitted in B"? Thanks for any helpful answers!
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What's the meaning of “I've got an end darter down on six” in The Pink Panther?

In the movie The Pink Panther, during the scene of Clouseau's bag full of weapons, the person that checked the bag later says "I've got an end darter down on six". What's the meaning of the phrase? ...
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Chronologically relevant

I am looking for the word that expresses the relevancy of an event as it follows the next in a series. But the relevancy is NOT from one event to another (especially no causality); the events follow ...
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What is a more general word for 'airport' and 'train station'? [duplicate]

I am designing an application, and I am looking to group these two entities (airports and train stations) into one category. The primary meaning of station seems to be for trains, and air station ...
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Complement of “attentive” in the sense of “vigilant”

In several dictionaries I have found that "attentive" can mean either "paying attention", "observant", "vigilant", etc, or "courteous", "considerate (about)", "careful to fulfil the needs (of)". With ...
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Word for a phrase that is very commonly used to describe something [closed]

What is a word to describe a phrase such as "Anything can happen", which is often made in reference to baseball. This is frequently said, but "platitude" and "cliche" aren't the right terms. What ...
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Word for the feeling of thrill when doing something for the first time [closed]

I want a funky word for the feeling of thrill when doing something for the first time. The word should contain 'first'
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How well does the “A” fit in the “B”?

I'm trying to find two words that describe how well a single person/object/thing would fit in with some kind of situation/grouping/place/things. A few examples: "How well does the 'Student' fit in ...
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Yearning without Hope

I was reading Poe and thinking about his work. Then I thought his dark-romantic style seems like a huge yearning without any hope but I was not sure if this is possible. Does the word yearning contain ...
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Date as a synonym for anus

In the Song "Ten Foot Cock And A Few Hundred Virgins" Tim Minchin uses the phrase "it's a sin to take it up the date, even if it's great, even with your cowboy mate". I'm not a native English speaker -...