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

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A sign that is still up after it no longer applies

What is the word to describe the following situation: There is a sign up warning people not to do something, but it has been up so long I think it no longer applies, but I'm going to follow it anyway. ...
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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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A critical situation in which no trick works?

How could one describe a situation in which no trick, no approach, no magic, nothing at all works to change the outcome? One where you have no choice but to accept things as they are. For example, I ...
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A word for one who loves only one girl throughout his life

Just like one wife man is called : monogamous. Is there any word for one who loves just one girl throughout his life time. For him one life, one girl matters. History has seen such people. Are such ...
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One word for “change of requirements”? [on hold]

In software or in Any Industry the change of requirements is often seen. Is there a particular single word that can describe the "change of/in requirements". Apart form updation, editing, amendment ...
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word for “almost the same but not exactly the same” [on hold]

Is there a word to express the meaning in the title: "almost the same but not exactly the same"?
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What's the difference between “although” and “even-if”

What is the difference between the following sentences: You may be prevented from crossing the border, although you are in possession of a valid visa. You may be prevented from crossing the border, ...
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“Make sure” vs. “Make sure that” [duplicate]

Is one more correct than the other? Make sure the part is connected to the widget. Make sure that the part is connected to the widget.
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Is [Its'] a word? (Note the apostrophe at the end.)

I just had a strange flashback to a conversation I had when I was in high school, with a man who was regarded by many members of a particular online community as having an impressive degree of ...
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Is it correct to say “It is pathetic to see some people only see the lust side of a girl”? [on hold]

I want to put as a comment on a photo of a girl on a social media site that some people has made some bad vulgar comments on her photo.
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Is “right hand of” means right hand of anybody else? [on hold]

Idiom meaning of "right hand of" Example. Right hand of GOD.
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I'm looking for this word that means showing understanding or assent but may be faux assent

The word had been used with "nodding [such-ly]". If I remember correctly, the person I heard this from was describing one of the attributes you needed to be a manager was to be able to listen to ...
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A word for killing a cousin

Almost every type of killing can be described in a single word such as suicide, parricide, genocide, etc. Is there such a term for killing a cousin specifically?
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What's the difference between “the lack” and “the lacking”?

In the following sentence, my teacher says that the lacking should be the lack, instead. The lacking of trees may lead to global warming. If it's wrong, would someone mind explaining why it is ...
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What is the definition of plain cereal? What is the definition of plain wheat germ? [closed]

Searching on the internet left me with no answers. Later edit : plain cereal in this context : http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/breakfast-cereals/1562/2
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“Analogous” vs. “analogical”

What is the difference in meaning between analogous and analogical?
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why is googling the definition of “aviance” so difficult? [closed]

I was just checking on the spelling of "aviance". However, google is giving me very surprising results. Please type "aviance", "aviance definition", and "what does aviance mean" into the google search ...
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Cheesy fake grins and all!

What is the good word to describe 'comedy movies' and 'ads' that seem very fake and tacky, and which failingly try to draw emotional responses (with fake grins and all) (like some but not all Robin ...
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Single word to describe something that is “meant to be”

I am trying to come up with a single word that describes the saying "meant to be" in a poetic and prophetic manner (but I am not looking for a fantastical description that talks too much about fate). ...
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Who was real Frank (Lee)? Anybody know this? [closed]

In film actor George Kloony ask man 'can I be Frank'? But his name not Frank it Michael Clayten (I think). I get confuse so ask very good English teacher Paul. He say me Frank mean he honest man and ...
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From Latin prefixes and suffixes and its usage, does “absolute” denote “freedom” or “away from freedom”?

First of all, I would like to apologize for my title's awkward formulation. English is not my mother-tongue. I am looking at the word "absolute", which, according to Dictionary.com, has the ...
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A word for “hard and diligent work under sleepy-eyed conditions”?

How would you describe one who works hard with full interest and consciousness, including spending sleepless nights. In such a scenario, sleep is deprived deliberately by the person. What is such hard ...
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Me or Myself? Reflexive pronoun?

This is to confirm the number of people for an event I am hosting with someone else; which of the following is correct: A. Until then, if you all could confirm your attendance [either] with John ...
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Simple word/ slang for “Re-share a content”

I need a simple(commonly used/known) word or short slang(2 words max.) which means to re-share a piece of information with your network of friends. Something just like "Share" on social networks. ...
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One single word for honour killing [closed]

honour killing is a word that carries sentiments. But its Google synonym don't. Like assassination - is a more of a war machine word. butchery - is not right either. Do we have a single word for ...
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“stress” vs. “distress”

From Cambridge dictionary, stress - great worry caused by a difficult situation. distress - extreme worry, sadness, pain. I'm not sure if the words 'distress' and 'stress' have the same ...
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Is there a word for answering a question with a question?

I am aware that answering student questions with further, leading questions is sometimes dubbed “Socratic,” but I am asking more broadly about all occasions where someone asks a question and, instead ...
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Is “banana” the shortest overlap word?

Banana, alfalfa, entente: these are words containing an overlap, that is, the pattern XYXYX where X and Y are replaced by letters or sequences of letters. The idea is that the two occurrences of XYX ...
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What is the word for a man who keeps returning for other people to abuse him?

I'm looking for a word describing a man who keeps returning to a place although people there always abuse him and say bad things to him. He keeps going back because maybe he likes to experience this ...
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What's the difference between “irritated” and “vexed”?

What's the difference between "irritated" and "vexed", or between "to irritate" and "to vex"?
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Can parents “educate” their children? Or only teachers? [closed]

Many of my Asian students who are learning English say that parents can "educate" their children. However I'm not sure if this is a correct collocation in English. My understanding of "education" is ...
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Word for foundation patches

Sometimes when you put powder on your face after applying a foundation it leaves white patches due to heavy sweating.What are such patches called?
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What do you call money earned through unethical sources?

Money/Assets/Property that is earned through unethical sources is called ? Money that is earned through bad sources like corrupted politics, corrupted business, ransom money, stolen or theft ...
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atemporal means not relate to specific time; is there a word for “not related to specific place”?

I can write "the story is atemporal" as a specific "time" (as in setting) can not be established from the context; there must be a word that means 'not specific location" -as in setting also but ...
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What is that loop you hold on to when you ride a bus/subway?

What is that loop you hold on to when you ride a bus/subway? Is it called a loop of some sort? Or handle? In the picture below, an invisible... ?
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What is the difference between “condescending” and “patronizing”?

When would you use each? I understand "condescend" has another meaning of "voluntarily lower oneself" (Babylon definition). But in the "look upon other" meaning, which would you prefer in which ...
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Is it correct to ask “can talk?”

Whenever I hear my boss asking a colleague through the phone whether he or she is available to talk, his question is " Can talk?" I feel it's quite annoying and something not correct, but please ...
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What's the word for a sportsperson who always makes his team win?

For many years I have tried to describe the great cricketer Ian Botham ("Beefy" Botham) to other people in my international language school. I try to think of a word to describe someone who always ...
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What do you call a person who dies an honourable death?

What do you call someone who dies for a good cause or an honourable reason? An example would be a soldier who dies while saving his country.
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What do you call someone who's fascinated by machines?

See people who are fascinated by machines like computers, cars, bikes, robots. They adore engines, hardware the visual looks for them the smell of it, everything about it. Such people are hardware ...
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“Bearer of good news” & “bearer of bad news” are called?

The person who brings a good(good news messenger) news is called ? similarly the person who brings the bad news(bad news messenger) is called ? In this generation that may be same person. But ...
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Word for “quietly accumulating shares of stock by traders when the stock is at a lower price”?

I'm looking for a word or expression that means "the act of quietly accumulating shares of stock by traders when the stock is at a lower price"?
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What word means someone who’s satisfied with superficial knowledge?

I used to know this word but cannot remember it. Basically it’s someone who likes the prospect of being knowledgeable about many things, or at least wants the appearance of erudition, but who is ...
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A word for “mercy killing”

"Mercy killing" is an act of killing someone who is already dying and in terrible pain, in order to reduce his or her suffering. Is there any single word for "mercy killing"?
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What are the machines at the grocery store entrance called?

What are the machines at the grocery store entrance called? I'm talking about the 'CoinStar' machines specifically, but what is the general name for them? I'm planning on creating one, but to do ...
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Which vocabulary to choose for this sentence? [closed]

When the animal control officer cornered the stray dog in an attempt to catch it, the dog bristled and whined in a low _ tone. A) tremulous B) Confident C) Unexpected D) Erratic E) Passive
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Is there a word for people who emit positive vibes and negative vibes? [closed]

It's happened to me tons of times. See some people on Tv, live in office or anywhere, meet them and without their saying much you feel some positive energy oozing out of them. Although sometimes it is ...
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What does “running a gauntlet of fire” mean?

From the Wikipedia page for "Battle of Melle": Now Moltke broke off with the entire force and headed for Ghent running a gauntlet of fire from the various French posts along the roads and ways ...
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What's the difference between a half-truth and a half-falsehood?

According to Merriam-Webster, a half-truth is 'a statement that mingles truth and falsehood with deliberate intent to deceive', yes, but a bit of searching shows that on-line dictionaries don't have ...
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What is the word for “All Being” (similar to omnipotent for all powerful)

I'm looking for a word for "All Being" to describe deity existing, always existing, and existing for eternity. Other words often used to describe deity include: omnipotent—all powerful ...