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

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verb “organise” vs. verb “order”

1) order: The verb order has different meanings. One of them is the following: to organize (things) in a particular list or series : to put things in a particular order or position 2) organise: Also ...
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A word for someone who shows great interest/love for something that they know very little about

I'm searching for such a word so I can use it for myself. I'm still young and I sadly have numerous passions for many things but sometimes find myself at a loss, for I know very little in the subject, ...
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Word for “a deep study”

In the past few years I've started to do personal studies on different topics ranging all parts of life. They range in length from a week to a few months, on and off, but focus on understanding a ...
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One word for playing on the violin with a bow

When one is playing on the guitar, one is strumming. One can strum on the strings of a violin too. But most of the time, one uses a bow to play on the violin. Is there a single word for that?
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What word can suitably replace “Chronicles” in “Chronicles of Narnia”? [on hold]

What words can suitably replace "Chronicles" in "Chronicles of Narnia"? Records or Journal doesn't sound good to me, are there any better words? I wanted to start a blog(for recording my ...
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Any slang word for “debt-collector”?( specially among gangsters & criminals!)

According to dictionaries, A collection agency, also known as a debt collector, is a business that pursues payments of debts owed by individuals or businesses. But I have seen in movies that criminal ...
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Colloquial definitions of 'nice', possible alternatives?

I (and my family) use the word 'nice' in a very particular way which I seem to have trouble conveying to other people; so I've come here to see if there is anything remotely analogous. I describe ...
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Word to describe “everyday things”

Is there any one word which can describe everyday things? By this, I mean things we commonly regard as things most people do every day, like taking a shower, brushing your teeth, getting dressed, ...
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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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How much of the English language comes from each of its influences?

I was watching a video linked in this answer and it made the following claim: [...] like most words in English is derived from German. That got me thinking. While I know that Germanic languages ...
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The opposite of 'attend' [on hold]

What is a word (a verb) for the opposite of attend (to a class, to a conference...)? Unattend? Disattend? If there is not such a word, then maybe not attending could be OK... EDIT: The context ...
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“be kept waiting” vs “be made to wait”

We were kept waiting for two hours. We were made to wait for two hours. Are both equally correct and common?
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What is an unambiguous term for a square standing on its corner?

I'm helping write descriptions for a catalogue of Pacific artefacts, and have stumbled upon a problem. A fan is shaped like a square, with a handle coming down from one of the corners. What is the ...
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Is there a term denoting the writing of words using numbers instead of letters?

Sometimes, more in some languages than in others, a word is spelled using one or more numbers instead of letters. Is there a term for this? The only example I can think of in English is se7en ...
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Use of inroads in a sentence

I was reading "The Man who was Thursday" from G. K. Chesterton when I found this sentence which I have not been able to fully understand because of the use of the word 'inroads'. I don't really ...
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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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can you please tell me some idioms • expressions for talking to my friends like veey informal word or maybe offensive words [closed]

I wonder If you tell me some phrases and very common idiom and expressions I would like to learn some very common and informal words used by friends
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Say “you guys” to a group of people [duplicate]

Can we say "guys" to a group of people, that group possibly including women? Example sentence: I am looking forward to see you guys then!
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Single advancement within bigger strategy

Which word could I use to denote a single advancement within a bigger strategy? For example, "a recent ? in my mission to improve my English was to..." I was thinking of the word gambit but, ...
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A word meaning to remember emotionally or sadly?

What is the word used for remembering something when the memory makes one emotional or sad? Like thinking of a beloved who is not there anymore or something that happened in the past. I looked and ...
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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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hit the road (meaning in context)

I was watching a show on TV (I escaped my killer) and Lisa Noland is dropped off after being raped several times by her attacker and to her surprise he doesn't kill her, drops her off at her ...
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Word for the feeling of dread/complacency that comes when starting something new

Is there a word for the feeling of that comes when faced with something new and you really have to push yourself hard to actually start and get into the flow of said task or situation? It seems to be ...
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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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What's a word for an instance in which one has an opinion about something without having tried it?

What do you call it when someone has a strong opinion about something without having any experience with that thing? For example, if someone writes an entire newspaper article about how disgusting pie ...
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Expression for when an actor has become so associated with a role that it becomes difficult to 'unsee'?

Think of Daniel Radcliffe. Is there an expression that describes his situation or state of him always being associated with Harry Potter by many people?
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What's the difference between “course” and “training course”? [on hold]

What's the difference between these two words "course" and "training course"?
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What does being a team player mean? [closed]

Today I was told I would not be hired because I give the impression that I'm not a team player. I shrugged my shoulders and never denied the accusation. If someone is a team player, what kind of ...
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Is there a word for the form of a word that means “pertaining to”?

For the sake of this question, let's call types of words forms "onym"s, as in "demonym" or "retronym". (Note: I don't know the word for those kinds of words, either.) I'm looking for the "onym" that ...
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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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Why the words Apprehend and Apprehension have very different meaning?

Why the words Apprehend and Apprehension have very different meaning, though they seem to have same root word. Apprehend - to arrest someone Apprehension - fear, dread
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Name for an electrical element to use multiple appliances on the same plug

Sorry, I don't know what is this element called in English. It is an electric power cord with multiple sockets to allow multiple appliances to be plugged into it. In Spanish it is said to be ...
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What do you call someone who is good at their job?

What do you call someone who is good at their job? For example: how would you describe an optometrist/ophthalmologist who is really good at what they do?
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Word that means “of or relating to 'vocabulary'”

I'm looking for an adjective that would mean essentially the equivalent to the meaning some might ascribe to the made up word "vocabularic." Is there a word that means "of or applying to vocabulary?" ...
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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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cut / cut down * cut down on

I never know when to use "cut down on", "cut down" or just "cut". Some sentences I've come across: They are trying to cut street crime in the area. [Would "cut down on street crime" be ok?] You ...
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What is the difference between “toward” and “towards”?

I only know "towards" and always use it before today: "move towards", etc. But today, I come across toward, after referring the dictionary, I find I can't differentiate them clearly. What is the ...
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Thanking someone

I have two questions: Does thank you become archaically thank thee? Are there alternative ways, archaic or not, of saying thank you other than thanks?
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Dictionary or Vocabulary? [duplicate]

Could you help me, please? In our country EL students have got special copy-books where they write new English words down (not in alphabetical order). How is it correct to call such a copy-book in ...
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Word for a person at a company who is in charge of my data

I looking for the exact translation for the German word "Sachbearbeiter". When I enter this German word into a certain online translation tool, I get a long list of words, but I am not sure, what to ...
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What is the bestiary equivalent for plants

I am looking for the Bestiary equivalent for plants. But I don't want to use 'compendium' or 'herbal'. Is there such a word? If not would it be 'okay' to use 'Herbiary' or should I more go to the ...
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What to call the large containers of bottled water?

The water drawn from those 2.5 gallon containers having a spigot (and air hole) is called ‘bottled water’, but what should we call those large containers of water? It seems like “tank” or “tankard” ...
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What is the word or idiom equivalent to henpecked?

This is the meaning of hen-pecked from urban dictionary: When a male complies to ever single demand of his girlfriend or wife, and the female is in complete control of her man. A hen-pecked male will ...
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Word that describes experiencing something second-hand

What word describes experiencing something second-hand? This word has been on my mind a long time, but it keeps eluding me. The word, I think it's an adjective, describes experiencing something ...
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hit/meet a deadline

I've just heard: I have to make sure we hit the deadlines. There's a lot of emphasis on circulation figures this days... I know we say "meet a deadline" when something is finished by the date it was ...
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What does “a couple” mean to you, and what does “a few” mean to you?

What does “a couple” mean to you, and what does “a few” mean to you? Is there a proper way to use it? It was striking to hear that “a couple” meant two (2) to someone. My reaction was, “how/why do ...
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A word that refers to a “half-smile”?

I need a word to describe something like this: Disclaimer: I'm not a Smallville fan. A half-smile or a sappy smile. Any suggestions?
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What's the best word for one ride on a train?

According to its schedule, a train leaves A and arrives at B. It does it everyday just like, well, trains should. We've all been there. Now - what's the most natural word for this scheduled journey? ...
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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 ...