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

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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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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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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 expression. Does accept mean to welcome the difficult ...
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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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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 ...
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How do we know if learning some of the new words are necessary or a waste of energy? [closed]

Sometimes I receive emails with the name " word of the day" ,but I don’t know how understandable this words are for the others, if I search it on Google Ngram tool I still don’t know this site ...
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Understandable songs to learn English [closed]

I am not very good at speaking and listening English. Can someone please suggest some songs, which have clear pronunciation of English words, to listen and understand the songs too and also I can use ...
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Is there a literary or scholarly synonym for an 'origin story' or myth?

I am trying to remember a word I learned in high school that meant "a story that explains why something is the way it is." It's not origin story or creation myth, but rather one word probably with a ...
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“I'll revenge” vs “I'll take revenge”

Throughout my life I have thought that the correct expression is to take revenge; however, I have also heard people saying I'll revenge. Which is correct?
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Is “scathingly small” used correctly?

I heard a quote today on the radio from Dr. Michael Fine, Rhode Island's director of the Department of Health, where he used the phrase "scathingly small" (e.g. here) when referring to Ebola's chances ...
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What's the best word that can be used to describe level of activeness?

I'm looking for a word that can be used in a question like "how is his * right now?", where a possible answer is 'calm'. Another example is: Person 1: Calm down! Person 2: My * is none of your ...
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A word for not knowing an appropriate word [duplicate]

What is a word to represent a situation in which we feel short of word to be able to express what we want to or what we are feeling .
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Fear of asking girl out - is called …?

Fear or phobia of asking girl out, fear of rejection(that she would say no or even worse). Here, Soceraphobia (fear of her father/brother) is not involved. Mostly guys are feared by most compelling ...
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on Sundays and every Sunday

I am curious whether 'on Sundays' and 'every Sunday' are interchangeable. Can you think of any examples that prove they are not? What about "He usually goes to church on Sundays' and 'he usually goes ...
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Completing something just to finish it despite lack of interest - is called …?

Recently I started reading a novel that I was excited to read. After getting approximately 45% into it, I lost the pace. It started becoming slow and lousy. I thought to leave it unfinished but it ...
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Administer the patient the drug? Administer the patient with the drug?

Does the verb “administer”, as in to give a drug, work like the verb “give” or like the verb “provide”? Which of the following is better: 1 or 2? Patients are administered the drug. Like ...
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Better way of saying “in order to demonstrate this”

What is a better way of saying "in order to demonstrate this, I will..."? I already use "to that effect" in the same paragraph. I'm looking for something as compact and concise as "to that effect" ...
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Is it correct to say “In order to overcome this loss”?

I am looking for a word that I can use in a situation where I would like to say: In order to "overcome" the loss, we have to ... . I know somehow that the word "overcome" is not correct to use ...
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What is the difference between “way of thinking” vs “the way they think”

I am writing a short description of a social experiement. The objective is to get a better idea of the way people think. I have some troubles to understand the difference between those two phrases: ...
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Is “I am not about this week” correct

We had an English test today and the correct answer to one question was "I am not about this week. I work in Romania" Is this correct and if yes what does it mean?
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Thanks. You got it

Can "You got it, dude " be used as a reply to "thank you" in informal English?
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Is there any expression like “minor fun”?

"Minor fun" or "trivial fun", which I think means that tiny, little, minor, trivial things or actions that is funny or interesting.
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Truancy or Skip class

At my school, I realized that most of my teachers use the phrase "skip class/school" while only a few of them use the word "truancy/truant". So, my question is what is the difference between these ...
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Torturing oneself by emotions is called?

People who love emotions, they love to torture themselves by emotional feelings. Be it real or vicarious. Often see people reading love stories and getting emotional, listening to sad song and watch ...
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Looking for an Equivalent to the AWL for Academic Idioms

Coxhead developed and evaluated something called the "Academic Word List" for English Language Learners. This is a list of (supposedly) the most common "academic" terms to be used by students from ...
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Word for belief or prejudice that is held, but it is not conscious

I remember reading about an idea of a belief or prejudice that is subconscious. It had a prefix, and it was something like: belief -> alief or prejudice -> ajudice But I can't remember the ...
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Word to Describe One Who Speaks Politely but with Conviction [closed]

Imagine you are at a debate on a controversial topic. One of the speakers presents her case straightforwardly and with conviction; there is no doubting her stance on the issue. At the same time, you ...
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Fastest way to learn new difficult words to widen vocabulary? [closed]

I am training for the GRE. I am wondering what the fastest way to learn difficult words is. Recently, I have been using a method that puts a lot of words under an umbrella. For example: Umbrella term: ...
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Collective word for these people

I am looking for a word to describe people such as barber, ironsmith, tailor, carpenter etc. People with miscellaneous specialty who would move to a village to serve others who are normally into ...
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use of the word “assume” in this sentence

Apologies for the bad question title, I lack sufficient vocabulary. From the vocabulary I know I could not find a duplicate question. I am having trouble understanding how the word "assume" can be ...