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

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What are the most difficult words you've learned recently? [closed]

I'd like to ask native speakers of English. What are some of the most difficult words you've learned recently? Or what are some of the words whose meanings were elusive and for which you've had to ...
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Term for writing a number as “five” vs “5”?

What I mean is, if I said "Write the number _ ", then you would write "5", "27", etc. Whereas if I said instead "Write the number _ ", then you would write "five", "twenty-seven", etc. I'm not just ...
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Word for having four sides or parts

I need a word to describe the arrangement of mammalian teeth, which is strictly speaking bilateral, but can also be thought of as having four quasi-homologous quadrants. "Quadrilateral" doesn't seem ...
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Hypernym for “import” and “export”?

What word could describe an operation of either importing or exporting? X is to import and export as migration is to immigration and emigration. Porting isn't the word I'm looking for, I don't ...
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I need a word encompassing the meaning of free from something

Suppose I have a work to accomplish today, but I am not in the mood to finish it. I need the word to comprehend all these ideas. The sentence to be put in would be like "Request to free me from the ...
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How to use “no sooner… than…”? [closed]

The structure "...no sooner...than..." is reported to be used only in past tense, yet I wonder whether it is OK to use it to describe a daily habit. For example: Every day, as soon as I return ...
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What is the difference between clothing and clothes? [duplicate]

There is a story that a worker at the airport, while unloading a number of boxes, accidentally discovered a man who was hiding in a box in order to save the cost of the trip. The man was lying on ...
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What is “opening her Caesar” referring to here?

"But, oh, Marilla, I really felt that I had tasted the bitterness of death, as Mr. Allan said in his sermon last Sunday, when I saw Diana go out alone," she said mournfully that night. "I ...
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What's a shorter way to say recommendation?

Looking for abbreviation or similar meaning words. The context is recommended songs, movies, books etc. I need a shorter way to say the same thing (preferably half the characters) in order to fit it ...
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Can I use Partty (with double “t”) instead of Party? [closed]

I am looking for a domain name that ends with Party. However, those names I am looking are already taken. So if I use, lets say , www.WePartty.com (with double 't') instead of www.WeParty.com , would ...
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Is there a difference between 'unknowingly' and 'unintentionally'? [closed]

Sorry, it was unknowingly. Sorry, it was unintentionally.
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Question on using the word “perk”

I am writing the acknowledgement section of my thesis. Could someone please let me know if I am using the word "perk" correctly in the following? I want to thank my great friends in our lab, ...
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When writing about Mongolian felt tent houses in English should the word “ger” or “yurt” be used?

I'm travelling in Mongolia at the moment and being a language buff I've been wondering whether if I were writing about my experiences here whether I ought to use the term yurt or ger when mentioning ...
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What is the correct term for this electricity device type?

Not sure how to phrase the question so, please, feel free to edit. Preferably without biting my head off. :) I'm looking for the (technically) correct term to describe the box that delivers ...
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Is defined by vs. is contained

Say I have a definition and I am trying to find an English word that represents it, and I provide an example of said word (think word=fruit, example=apple). Someone gives me a word whose definition is ...
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What do you call a sequence of repeating numbers

For example, I have a sequence 77777777777 Is there a word in the dictionary to represent a sequence of repetitive/recurring numbers
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How should this sentence be interpreted?

So I am reading the essay "On Some Verses of Virgil" by Michel de Montaigne (translation by Donald M. Frame) and I came across this particular sentence. Is there any ugliness in doing wrong that ...
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Does the American English hesitation sound “uh” imply ignorance, like “d’uh”?

In British English, a pause in speech is usually marked by the word “er” or “erm” and means something like “let me think”, or “what’s the word”. There is no implication of anything other than ...
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Term to describe the phenomenon of people starting conversations when you're about to leave [duplicate]

As suggested by the title, I am looking for a term to describe the well-known (?) phenomenon, that some people often start quite lengthy conversations with someone standing in a doorway about to ...
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What is the name of this elevated street crossing thing (In Britain?)

What is the name of this elevated street crossing thing (In Britain?)
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Is automobiles only a “car”

If we go by the word it should be anything which can move(mobile) on its own. The etymology section under wikipedia suggest so. But dictionary, wikipedia etc. says that its meaning is car. My ...
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Proper verb to denote 'consistent-ize'

Is there a verb I could use to condense "make consistent" or "consistentize" in one word? E.g. another item to <consistentize> across different groups in our process is...
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Single word for “faraway places”

I'd like to know whether there is a single word for "remote, distant places" in no allegorical sense, but with a positive undertone.
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What word describes the process of conceptualizing a collection of things by giving it a name?

Around 1999, a woman told me about this sort of meta-verb (in English) which I found so magical. I've been searching for this word again but can't find it. As an example, I could say "Look, I ...
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what's a “sign-off process”?

I am translating a text which says that during the probation period, the direct report monitors the new employee's performance through a sign-off process. what does sign-off mean in this context? Or ...
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Word, phrase or idiom for enforced charity?

Like when you must pay for a plastic carry bag for your shopping in a superstore but it all goes to charity. Little contrived inconveniences designed to extract money from you. There must be a ...
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Single word for “going along with the crowd”

What is a word to describe the behaviour where you do something because everyone is also doing this, to the point where you do it without any clear reason.
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phrase replacement [closed]

I sometimes use common phrases that I'd rather spruce up with a single word or more direct phrase, or perhaps just by using fresher wording. One phrase I'd like to change is: "was the fact that." My ...
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A word for “nobody depends on me”

If I do not depend on anybody, I can say: I am independent And if nobody depends on me. Is there a monoword to describe that?
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A person who twists facts to appear infallible?

What is the correct term for a person who twists facts and provides misinterpretations in an effort to appear infallible? The kind of person who is given a simple logic puzzle, fails to solve it ...
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generic term: thieves trap

If police set up a trap in order to either identify or even catch a thief (e.g. by means of a bait car, or a special invisible dye on bank notes), is the general term for such a ploy a "thieves ...
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Tom, Jake and Jenny aren't looking forward to Thanksgiving. Why?

And "Hen" (their mother) isn't much looking forward to it either. Why? I can answer that question myself, it's because they're all turkeys. Tom is an adult male turkey (also often referred to as a ...
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What's the difference between “to lie in” and “to sleep in”?

What's the difference between "to lie in" and "to sleep in"? And could you correct the following sentence please: "I wanted to turn off my mobile telefone not to be called next morning, but I forgot ...
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a person with a fossilized mind

How to describe a person who have a fossilized mind? whatever he hears he will not (get it into one's head)
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What is “skat”?

I have been reading a report of a mining accident involving a skat conveyor. But I can't find out what the skat conveyor is conveying. I have found some references to a card game:- 1 : a ...
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Is there a name for this reading habit? [closed]

Someone was asking for advice about reading only half of the letters in a word. Is there a name for it? Example would be...instead of reading "I won't go there with her" you read "I won go here wit ...
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Hypernyms for restaurant dishes

Suppose I classify dishes in a restaurant menu. I would like to classify them by two categories: Category 1: entree main course dessert etc. Category 2: meat fish vegetables cheese etc. ...
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Is there a word meaning “my child's spouse's parents”?

If I am introducing someone to my daughter's husband's parents can I say "Hi, I'd like to you meet my ___". In-laws would not work here because they are my child's in-laws not my own. Is there a word ...
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Need a word for the inability to feel anger

I need a term for the inability to feel anger. Features desired: Single word Prefer connotations of incapacity rather than benefit Prefer reasonably clear specificity to anger More clinical tone ...
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Is there a word for the feeling like you have a spider on you?

So, sometimes when you see a spider, or walk through a spider web, you have this terrible sensation of having a spider crawling on you, even though you know for a fact that it isn't happening. Is ...
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Opportunity vs chance?

As a non-native English speaker, I wonder what the difference is between the following sentences: It's a chance to work with you. It's an opportunity to work with you. I ask this question, because ...
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'This is so sick' [closed]

'This is so sick!' What does this expression (usually said in a very anger manner) mean?
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Anachronistic equivalent for regional disparity [duplicate]

Is there an equivalent term to anachronistic when referring to regional disparities between concepts rather than chronological ones?
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The difference between “focus on” and “concentrate on?” [closed]

This is one question in my book: Our company don’t ____ on profits only. A. Concentrate B. Focus The key gives B but I don't think there is a difference between them in this context. What do you ...
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Inversion of Spiritual Successor

If B is a spiritual successor to A, then what would one call A in relation to B? The obvious answer would be spiritual predecessor, but that seems inaccurate, since spirit seems to refer to intent - ...
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Term that means making humans look inanimate

Keeping personification as a related (yet opposite) concept, is there a term that means "to give humans lifeless or inanimate appearance"? For example, in a recent photo shoot, the photographer ...
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Looking for two terms from law vocabulary

I'm looking for two technical words used in law: Someone who accepts the law, they will try to do the best things in any situation. The opposite of number one, they reject any law and at every ...
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word to describe a quote often attributed to but not verified to a person

I have seen this word many times but can't for the life of me able to remember. The word refers to a quote which is often attributed to someone but no one can verify whether the person actually said ...
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How to make sure “you” is interpreted as plural? [closed]

It strikes me as unfortunate that in English the word "you" stands both for a single person and a group of people. This is different than other languages I have had contact with so far --- there, you ...
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What is proper word for “His words vibrated in my ears”

What is the proper way of saying His words vibrated in my ears The context is a man calls some one for the last time.He is about to die.What ever the other person says he cannot hear clearly but ...