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

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Meaning of the word 'apprehension' in following context

Sentence: As she had never been in such a situation before, her apprehension was understandable. Options: eagerness fear hesitation excitement
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English word for when avoiding being seen by people?

When I want to go outside, there are times I wish to avoid running into certain people such as friends or colleagues in order to have some private moments. In such cases, I frequently find myself ...
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Meaning of “look as far off now as they did them”

"Well, Tormance is a big place. But I have an infallible rule, Corpang. As I come from the south, I always go due north." "That will take us to Lichstorm." Maskull gazed at the ...
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When do I say “front-left” vs “left-front”, or how do you differentiate between sides?

Suppose I have a box in front of me. I have labeled the front, rear, left and right sides of the box (overhead view). Each side has two handles, labeled A through H. A B ...
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Name for presenting two arguments and letting the reader make their own decision?

As the title says, is there word for presenting two arguments and letting the reader draw their own conclusions from that? For example, let's say that someone has asked for my thoughts on restaurants ...
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“Directory” for the main board in an airport, etc., informing people on arrivals/departures, floors/levels to certain stores, etc

In AE, is it appropriate to designate as a "directory" the main information board found in the concourse or front room of a public place such as a passenger station, an airport, a shopping mall, an ...
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What does “the exposed nail” mean?

"I was the exposed nail in the meeting room." What does "the exposed nail" mean in the context?
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Difference between “irascible”, “fractious”, “irritable” and “atrabilious”?

It seems that they can all mean "easily provoked to anger" irascible:Easily provoked to outbursts of anger; irritable. fractious:Irritable; argumentative; quarrelsome. irritable:1.Capable of being ...
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what is the best adjective for an uncalm sea? [on hold]

What are the best adjectives describing a chaotic and uncalm sea? I mean, when there are horrifyingly tall waves.
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What's a word for saying 'entering a room suddenly and fast'?

I'm looking for a word that means 'enter a room fast and suddenly'. Using a dictionary I got the word 'to plunge' - however I'm not sure if that's correct. When looking up 'to plunge' ...
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Name for a person who is always trying to beat the system?

Someone I know is always finding a way to beat the system, for example: Getting fake records to get his children into college, contacting people in the system to find him a way to bypass waiting for ...
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Nouns denoting a state and the point of its initiation

The word incarnation, according to Webster, has two meanings: 1) the act of incarnating 2) the state of being incarnate So, this word can denote a state, as well as the moment of initiation of that ...
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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 ...
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Expression for an abrupt change in height

Is there an expression for an abrupt change in height? I’m looking for a word for the edge of the change, like in the German word Geländekante.
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What is the word for something that is pronounceable when reversed?

A palindrome is a word or phrase that's read the same way forwards and backwards (eg. race car). Is there a word for something that is pronounceable both forwards and backwards, but not necessarily ...
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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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Smaller vs. less vs. lesser

I am confused as to some of the vocabulary that can be used to compare numbers and quantities, and would very much appreciate some clarification. I suppose it is safe to say that 1 is smaller than ...
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Is it acceptable to use a rare root word of a common inflected form?

I have two questions. The word "reprehensible" is very common, but for some reason the root form "reprehend" is almost nonexistent. What is the reason behind this phenomenon? And, if one understand ...
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What is the correct way to say that the electricity has come back after a power outage?

English is a second language for me. If I translate literally from my native language, I'll say, "The electricity has gone." and "The electricity has come". For the first sentence, we say things like ...
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A word for self answering question

What is the word for a question that answers itself? For example quote Where must we go... we who wander this wasteland in search of our better selves is self answering.
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Differences between: “prior”, “ precede”, “predate”, “in advance” and “former” [on hold]

I am struggling with the exact meanings of these words. In the dictionary they all seem to be connected to the idea of "previous". But I don't know which word I should use and in which context. ...
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What's a word for someone who wants to voice opinions but not have them challenged?

I'm trying to find the right word to describe someone who wants to voice their opinion about subjects (especially controversial ones or ones where the speaker is going against easily-provided facts) ...
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What is the meaning of word rhetoric? [closed]

Please explain the meaning of word rhetoric in detail. Please give some example how to use the words rhetoric and rhetorical in a sentence. Also if possible, please give an example sentence which we ...
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differentiating between all that and what

Original (extracted from the book The Scarlet Letter): Like all that pertains to crime, it seemed never to have known a youthful era. My own rephrased sentences: Like whatever that pertains ...
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Proper term for knowing four or more languages?

If bilingual means you know two languages, and trilingual means you know three, what would be the proper term for knowing four, five or even six languages?
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Word for traffic running slower due to road impediments

What is the word for when traffic or trains run slower and with multiplie unscheduled stops because of not really being congested but because of (rail)road works or change of pattern?
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how to say “friends who love to quarrel”

I am translating a story with a word (kenka-tomodachi) meaning "quarrel-friends" or old friends who love to fight constantly about things as their basic way of interacting. Can anyone think of an ...
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double drift of stars

I read the following sentence "They seemed like a double drift of stars, streaming through space." In this passage: "...Then this blood began to change too. Instead of a continuous liquid ...
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question about away from

Whats meaning of “ away from ” in the sentence : a move away from traditional industries such as coal mining .please ? can you explain meaning the sentence , please . Thank you so much
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Did I hear “indiscreet or in discreet vs indiscrete or in discrete”? [on hold]

I was watching "Miss Marple" on pbs and there is one conversation between inspector and a lady as one of house member. A lady was showing specific room to an inspector who is looking for some pictures ...
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Please explain the correct usage of the words according to the situation

Please explain the meaning and usage of the following words: Bereft of Denuded of Deprived of I searched some sentences and concluded that in some sentences they all can be used alternatively. ...
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What is the difference between “part” and “component”?

Can a part mean something that (along with other things) makes up a whole, apart from meaning a piece of something? Can then part always substitute component?
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Does English contain any “abbreviated” words as a core part of its corpus? [closed]

In other words, are any of the core words in English from the pre-digital era a derivation of other words, abbreviated? Online I find myself using "wrt" a lot, short for "with respect to". But "wrt" ...
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Word for “the capacity of habituating to new environment”

I am in search of a word that has the meaning of 'capacity of a person to habituate to a new environment'. I can use adaptability. Like he is more adaptable than others. But 'adaptable' may not ...
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Looking for a word that fits for a young grown woodland

I'm looking for a word for a young wood of forest. In German you would say "junger Bestand". What ist the english expression - young stand, young stock?
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What's the difference between “to validate” and “to confirm”? [closed]

What's the difference between “to validate” and “to confirm”? What is more natural to use in day to day situations. Can you confirm this for me? Can you validate this for me? For example, if there is ...
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Fear of Information, which has been proven by statically data [closed]

What is the psychological terminology for the fear of being presented with facts or shunning/deliberately ignoring facts?
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Suitable words to describe 'the act of defining parameters' and 'set of parameters' in a software

Let's say you have a software that does follow up of payments. You define after x days send a reminder email, after y days alert a manager to call that person, after z days alert another department to ...
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Vocabulary words [closed]

I wonder if anyone can explain me the difference between "word" and "vocabulary word". Does "vocabulary word" mean words of a particular language? When do we use "word" or "vocabulary word"?
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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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Is the word “yearling” appropriate for a recurring event?

The Stack Overflow / Stack Exchange sites all have a "yearling" badge. Active member for a year, earning at least 200 reputation. This badge can be awarded multiple times. So each year, if ...
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Emend and Amend- What's the difference? They both have the same definition

What's the difference between the words emend and amend? They both have the same definition.
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“It was a truly amazing experience” vs “It was truly an amazing experience”

Is there much of a difference between these two sentences? It was a truly amazing experience. It was truly an amazing experience.
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A parent who has more than one child with one or more partners: “Poly-what?”

A polyglot is someone who can speak many languages; something that is polychromatic has many colours, and polysemy is a word or phrase with multiple meanings If polygamy is having more than one ...
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Difference between Travel and Commute

So I am taking some english lessons on grammar and vocabulary and the teacher said that there was a difference between the meaning of travelling and commuting. He did explain it but I can't seem to ...
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Word describing something as “useful, handy, worth it” in reference to receiving a gift for it

How do you say something (like a hobby) was "useful" or "handy" when you've received a gift for it? I feel like those words imply I deserved a gift, which is not true.
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Qualifying traffic in English

I am interested in qualifiers for traffic ordered by fluidity. Here is what I would personally use: Fluid Traffic Heavy traffic Congested However, the last one would qualify the transportation ...
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“Soul Food” as describing non-African-American Food

What is meant by “soul food” in the following text from the NYT? I thought “soul food” referred to a type African-American cuisine (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soul_food). Is the NYT article ...
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how comes this horrible world to exist?

In the quote below, what does the first line mean? "How comes this horrible world to exist?" Catice did not answer. "Who is Surtur?" source: A Voyage to Arcturus What I understand is: How ...
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Imperative of archery [closed]

What is an appropriated verb for archery? And what's the imperative of it? I think it's just bow, but I'm not quite sure cause this seems to be a bit messy to me. Things like "to shoot" or "to hunt" ...