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

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Designing / devising a concept (e.g. for a website)

I'm looking for a noun that describes the process of "Designing / devising a concept". For example for a website: Means writing a general concept for the designer and developers, sketching wireframes, ...
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Alternatives to “intoxicates” in formal writing

In the following sentence: Stephano intoxicates Trinculo and Caliban. To me, the wording is awkward. I would like to find alternatives to intoxicates in formal writing, but I cannot discern what ...
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Define “God's Acre” [closed]

What is meant by the phrase God's acre? I searched and it was about location names. I'd like short description for it.
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Is “exemplar” a synonym for the word “example”? [closed]

Is "exemplar" a synonym for the word "example"? Would the word "exemplar" fit in the sentences below? He listed several exemplars to prove his point. In his exemplar below, he illustrated the proper ...
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The basic or the main component

I want to write a scientific paper and I am looking for a nice word that can describe a theory can be a basic component or a main tool for another theory. What is the best word that I can use?
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Is there a way to tell whether a “long face” is sad or just long?

Obviously, it is impossible to cover all cases, but how do you usually decide whether the "long face" reflects negative emotion or just has the physical property of being long? Answers from gut ...
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Does the word “cheeky” describe me?

I want to describe my own sense of humor :-) I recently sent my friend's mother a thank you note for hosting me. She replied by saying that thank you notes are very important, and my note was very ...
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What is the word or term used to describe a person who intentionally ignores a rule/regulation/order

There is a girl in my lab who, despite having been corrected numerous times in the past, continues to disregard the lab procedures regarding chain of command. She constantly goes over supervisors' ...
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the contract reflected all the tiny details? [closed]

"Matt's job was to make sure the contract reflected all the tiny details." What does "reflect" in this sentence mean? contain? What other synonyms that have the same meaning ?
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What's the opposite of “pro bono”?

The Latin pro bono is used to describe performance of (often professional or specialized) services for free or for reduced compensation. Is there a corresponding (hopefully Latin, perhaps ...
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Different styles of walkings or running [closed]

Could anyone please let me know possible styles of walkings related words in English? For example: walking, running, staggering, jogging etc
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One word to describe the concept of two counteracting factors

Suppose there are two important factors to a beneficial objective. Bigger values of both factors lead to higher achievement in the objective. However when one of the two factors increases, the other ...
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“My question regards/concerns/relates to the following topic” [closed]

Can I say My question regards [an object]" as a way of saying My question is regarding... I have a question regarding... I like the brevity of it.
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Respect level languages in English [closed]

I would like to ask about respect level languages in English. I was taught to always use "would like to" instead of "want to" to express politeness and respect. However, I am not sure whether this ...
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Which verb describes the movement of a flag or clothes on clothes line?

Which verb describes the movement of a flag or clothes on clothes line? The wind moves a flag or clothes,but what is the proper word for this movement?
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What's the word for “ninja'd” in publishing things

I am looking for the word for a situation like this: Someone is planning to make a big instruction video for how to fold fitted sheets, but just before he's finished his big project, someone else ...
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What is the name of the symbol used to depict 'eat and drink'?

This is the symbol I am talking about, usually used in Google Maps
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Word that means 'most common example'? [duplicate]

I'm having trouble thinking of a good example of this (I have a good example, but it doesn't make sense without context.) Take this silly premise for the sake of explaining what I'm talking about: ...
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What does “level of douchery” stand for? [closed]

I was reading an article about the language use in specific area of the States. Can anyone explain what is the "level of douchery"? This whole sentence is Something is reaching a whole new ...
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What's the adjective for a routine/mindless task that doesn't improve your actual skills?

I remember there was a specific adjective for this but I forgot the word. I've tried throwing "brainless", "routine" etc. into an online thesaurus but nothing's leading me back to the word anymore. ...
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What does hand off mean in mobile technology? [closed]

I am reading a review about iOS 8 but don't know what hand off means and also don't know what versatile means here, I found several meaning for versatile but don't know which one is the best for it ...
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Proper word for caveats in speech? [duplicate]

Similar to this question, but slightly different. I am looking for a word or phrase to describe the act of adding in disclaimers or qualifications in sentences to not suggest a certain thing, ...
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How to call a speech praising a laureate of a prize?

I will take part in an event during which several prizes will be handed. There will be a short speech about each winner, explaining what he got the prize for. What do you call this speech in ...
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“Order on behalf of”

If I were to place "orders on behalf of" Jack, then what is the word I would use to refer Jack? I could not figure out what I would call Jack in one word, if I were to inform that in an email or in ...
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When a phenomenon, usually a proper name, becomes an adjective

At some point I came across a term for an adjective that has been formed out of a proper noun. It happens often in the music, art and literary world, i.e. "Sufjanian" or "Dylan-esque." Other common ...
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Looking for an English word or personality associated with “quality”, “humour”, and “elegance” [closed]

I am looking for an English word or famous personality or anyone famous who can be associated with quality, funny and elegant. If I could find all three qualities in a single subject that would be ...
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Positive Synonym for Indecisive

Is there a word that describes a person who tries to get as much information as possible when making a decision for fear of committing a mistake that might affect both him and others in a negative ...
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Language proficiency

Sometimes, a native speaker of a given language receives their higher education through another language; say, a native English speaker whose higher education takes place in France, through French. ...
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What's the word for “running with your arms outstretched as though flying”?

I caught this on an 'odd words' sort of program on public radio, but didn't hear the full word pronounced, just that it started with an 'f'. I studied the unabridged OED for a bit, but couldn't find ...
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What is the best word to describe a person's false pride?

I need to build up a sentence saying like this "She has no false pride like other actresses, she replies to every message sent by her fans". I need to emphasize that she has no false pride like other ...
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Implementor vs. Implementer

He is the implementor of the library. He is the implementer of the library. Which is correct?
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I am looking for a word for an abstainer from red meat

A number of friends of mine describe themselves as "Vegetarian" but then go on to explain that they don't eat meat—but do eat fish and poultry (plus, in one case, bacon). In my books this is ...
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Sparrow is to bird as snake, human, and lion is to __?

One can call any flying (or even non-flying) feathered thing a bird (excluding oddities such as bats). But what would we call any animal that stays on the ground? A ground animal? Note: this isn't a ...
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Difference between 'oxymoron', 'paradox', 'contradiction' and 'misnomer' [closed]

What is the difference between the words oxymoron, paradox, contradiction and misnomer? For example, Benevolent dictator is an oxymoron. If I replace oxymoron with misnomer, paradox, or ...
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Relocating/Moving house

I asked a question on one of the stackexchange sites and one user edited a sentence I made from "We were relocating so we...." to "We were moving house so we....". As an english speaker, I have never ...
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Does the adverb “quitely” exist?

I was surprised not to find the adverb "quitely" in my dictionary whereas I am pretty sure that I saw it several times. Does it exist or is it a (common?) mistake?
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Word that describes a problem that is missing a precondition

I'm an engineer, and sometimes I want to describe a problem that is unresolvable in it's current state. The problem might be easy, or somewhat complex, but the key aspects of it are understood and it ...
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Document “from” or “of” year 1988

If I refer to a document that was written in 1988, which is correct? The document of 1988 mentions the birth of a legend. or The document from 1988 mentions the birth of a legend.
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Difference between “implementing” and “executing”?

I would appreciate it if you could explain to me the difference between implementing and executing. Here is an example: "The implementing agency(ies) for this project is UNEP and the national ...
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Vocabularies about order of the things

I want to know if what certain orders or positions in the orders are in English. The following are my questions, assume that we have ten apples, I put my questions on these apples: What is the name ...
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Informal Vocabulary - 'Mank you'

I understand the character is being sarcastic but I don't understand why exactly he says 'mank you'. I looked up the word 'mank' and it doesn't make sense in the context so I suppose 'mank you' is ...
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Word/phrase for taking the pilot out of the equation in turning a piloted aircraft into a UAV

Is there a word/phrase for the process of taking the pilot out of the equation in turning an existing piloted aircraft into a UAV? How would you describe it? I am thinking of something that begins ...
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Word/phrase for nationally owned company

Is there a word/phrase for a company whose owners are all from the U.S.? When I search for "nationally owned company", Google returns "Government-owned corporation", which is not what I am after. ...
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What do you call a disgusting mixture you don't want to drink?

What do you call a drink (usually an alcoholic one, say a long drink or a cocktail) that you don't want to have, because you consider it a low quality, disgusting mixture, maybe even of suspicious, ...
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Barkeeper, or bartender? How to address them?

I dunno if I'm right about the meaning of these words. What do you call the person who owns a bar, or a pub? And the person who serves you with drinks at the counter? [As the two may not be ...
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Expression for 'One who likes expensive stuff, luxuries, but lacks appreciation?'

What would be an expression for: Someone who wants expensive stuff; someone who wants luxuries, and who lacks in appreciation.
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Expression for 'One who cares about one's social rank'

What is a word or expression for someone who cares about what social rank they're in. Someone who wants to have money, something similar to ambitious? Vain is not the word I'm looking for.
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Is there any difference between 'represent' and 'represent for'?

'Marriage represents love' 'Johnny represents for single men everywhere' When should I use 'represent', and 'represent for'?
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Term for someone who acquires an image

What is the best word to describe someone (a person) who acquires a digital image with any instrument (which could be a digital camera, microscope, telescope or any other instrument that will produce ...
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When to use Affect and effect? [duplicate]

i had a hard time in using these similar looking words at appropriate places. some help would be appreciated. Thank you