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

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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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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 ...
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Linguistic term for all existing words [closed]

I really didn't know how to name this thread so I apologize about it. My question is: what is the linguistic term that refers globally to the words "vocabulary", "words", "phrases", "collocations", ...
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What is the white smoke-like fog called?

It's not really fog, mist or haze. I used to think that it's mist, but from what I've read here, it turns out that it isn't. It's the white smoke-like fog that is close to the ground. I've seen it ...
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How to refer to an employer that isn't a company [closed]

What term may use I refer to a non-business employer? For instance, a babysitter or housekeeper working for a family or single parent.
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How do I refer to a distinct number, as opposed to a percentage?

I want to say that we should use a percentage as opposed to a "hard number" (or a distinct value). Like instead of designating a budget of $990,000 for a particular department, we should designate a ...
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bottom dropped out

I heard this expression and I don't know what it means. I googled it and it was mostly financial meanings. But mine is not. I'm writing the context exactly. The bottom kind of dropped out when I ...
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Is there a single word for money making avenue [closed]

Please suggest a single word that means "money making avenue" or "money making work" or "money making business."
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To “opt-out” or to “withdraw”?

Which is more formal in register, opt-out of something or withdraw from something? Are there any more formal ways to phrase the idea?
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“choice words” meaning

I am translating one document and I came across this sentence: One of the fans of your work is a cute girl – this time I’m assuming you’re a man, I’m sure over the past four years you’ve learned some ...
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How to describe a waiter's action? [closed]

What verb do you use to talk about the job a waiter is doing? For Example- The waiter who _________ at our table was extremely rude. (waited for, waited on, waited by, waited in on)
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Is there a word for the value that you compare against a threshold value?

I am writing some software where I count some values and compare it to a threshold. Then if it is below the threshold the value will be highlighted. Is there a specific word for the value that gets ...
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If I feel that an answer isn't relevant, how do I express that? [duplicate]

If I feel that an answer isn't relevant to the given question, how can I express it more clearly? I am not able to come up with an appropriate word to describe what I wish to describe, a few ...
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What's the best word for one ride on a train?

According to its schedule, a train leaves A and arrives at B. It does it everyday just like, well, trains should. We've all been there. Now - what's the most natural word for this scheduled journey? ...
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What's the difference between respected and respectable? [closed]

He is highly [respected/respectable] owing to his good manners and gratefulness. I know the difference but I can't decide which one to choose, either he is respected (the passive form)or he is ...
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Is it “the city” or “the City” when colloquially referring to NYC?

People will refer to New York City as "the city" fairly often, but in writing should that be capitalized?
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What do you call someone who builds fences

What do you call someone who builds fences other than maybe "fence builder"? Is there a specialized name for that - maybe even archaic? Example: A smithy smith works with metal (Correction @Chris ...
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What word is used to describe a huge flank of bacon, before it is cut?

I used to think "rasher" implied a large portion of (possibly un-cut) bacon. I recently had my mind blown, when it turned out to really describe only a small portion - possibly even a single strip - ...
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What is the word for when someone is describing something as completely normal when it is not?

In the short fiction story "The Lottery", author Shirley Jackson has a 3rd person point of view narrator who tells the story of a town event that is on the verge of happening. This "lottery" does not ...
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A word that has the same meaning as its negation [duplicate]

Is there a pair of words in English, where one is a grammatical negation of the other, but they are synonyms? For the negation I'm thinking about a negative prefix or suffix, like de-, dis- or -less, ...
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Adjective which means both “Specific” and “General” simultaneously [closed]

I need an adjective which means both "Specific" and "General" simultaneously! As the explanation, the "adjective" is supposed to be used in scientific domain. The adjective would describes a ...
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A word or a substitute word for a casanova type of guy [duplicate]

What do you call a guy who is dating many girls at the same time?
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Where does mercurial get its meaning? [closed]

I'm curious where the word "mercurial" derives its meaning? Two guesses I have are the Roman god Mercury, and the chemical element mercury. I'm leaning towards the latter... because the word ...
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Meaning of “mind is full of red”

What does it mean (from famous song Somebody to love of Jefferson Airplane): When the garden flowers, baby, are dead yes And your mind, your mind is so full of red Especially "mind full of ...
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Looking for a word that means “not requiring permission”

I was thinking maybe, free to use but I'm not sure. Is there any one-word alternative? Preferably an adjective. For example, some user information is confidential and you need permission to access ...
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Word for someone who is typing and then erases what they've written?

I remember reading about this word once and can no longer find it. The word is for a person who is repeatedly typing something to you in a chat service (that shows when they are typing) but then ...
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correct word for an object being worked on [closed]

If an object is being worked on, changed, corrected, ect. in some way, what would you call that object? Someone asked if I'm looking for a noun or adjective ... great question ... looking for a noun! ...
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A different word for “dumbly”

Something that refers to a breathless, quiet speech, not absolute silence like most synonyms for "dumb". Such as when someone is in shock or disbelief. "I... I just saw her last week," he said ...
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Difference between logs, timber, and lumber

I'm interested in the distinctions between these three terms. Here's what I already know: timber is wood that is still attached to the ground, and still has its bark on. Lumber is already felled, and ...
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does any word have the meaning of “overwhelming” but in a positive nature? [closed]

I want to say I was a brand representative and attracted a surprisingly high volume of students' awareness by organising different activities. Below is my whole sentence. "As a brand ...
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Uncommon word describing India [closed]

I am looking for an uncommon word describing India. So far I came up with "diversity", but I fear this is too common. Just to give a bit background to my question I am a grammarian at a Toastmasters ...
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what's the meaning of “spare”

there, I got a sentence when I watched the televison "Lost". The sentence is "Please respect me enough to spare me the pretense that you are actually offended." I am confused with "spare me the ...
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Opposite of “mutually exclusive”

The best I can think of is "necessarily accompanying", but it sounds awkward. Most answers I looked up give words like "concordant" and "accompanying", but these words have more passive definitions ...
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What does “a riff on Shakespeare” mean?

I have a pretty good idea of what this means already. For example, Beckett's riff on Hamlet in Waiting for Godot: What are we doing here, that is the question. But I'd like to be a little more ...
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Should I say “American grounds” or “American territory”?

Which one sounds more natural to you? If this message still catches you on American territory, I wish you a safe flight! or If this message still catches you on American grounds, I wish ...
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Seemed or seems? [duplicate]

I'm new to this forum but have used other StackExchange sites, so go easy on me if I make a mistake :P I have a question, and that question is "Can you use seemed correctly in this sentence?". ...
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Propertied Interest

I'm reading the book Paris, Capital of Modernity by David Harvey, in which there is a chapter called "Rent and the Propertied Interest". Many times, the author uses the term propertied interest as if ...
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Difference between highly and extremely? [closed]

Some where i read that , 'This container contains highly flammable petrol ', this particular instruction is written in my native as well as in english language.The confusion arise when i was going to ...
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A single word meaning “Better results”

Does anybody know of a single word which describes a method or mechanism which is more reliable in getting the best answer (to a question which has no "correct" answers) or provides better results ...
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An adjective or noun for one who cracks lame jokes

Can someone please suggest an adjective or a noun to describe someone who always cracks 'lame jokes'? All I could think is 'Lame Joker' :/ I am specifically looking for a word/adjective that has ...