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

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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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What is the usage of this word here?

O, Davy Jones! your terrible ear lend to my plaint,/ Let not us be thrown into your bosom's embroilment. (1890 One Sailor's Howl) What is this usage of this word?
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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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University research or Academic research

What do you call researches that are carried out in the universities as thesis or...? academic researches university researches researches in university
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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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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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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
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Work Gives Professional Experience, School Gives ___ Experience?

If I'm trying to differentiate between my knowledge base, how do I address the experience gained in school? For example, "My professional experience includes C#, .NET, etc." "My educational? ...
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Alternate word for impersonate in terms of Items or things

Well actually I'm searching for the right word for a particular scenario or maybe behavior. Suppose I go to a shop and ask for an item but they don't have it. Now the sales person's priority is to ...
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Is it correct to use the word 'etiquettes' for plural?

One of my friends argues with me that the plural for etiquette is etiquettes and for fish it is fishes. I was taught since ever that etiquette is plural as fish does. To support his statement he ...
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What do rodents do?

I wonder if there is a English verb to express the way rodents (rats, mice, etc.) bite on something they are trying to eat or bite. In Portuguese we have the verb roer which comes from roedor which ...
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“The feds” has a negative connotation? Who exactly are they anyway?

In the US media, news reporters enjoy saying "the feds" with authority, but this using of a slang term without an agreed upon definition frustrates me. Let me elaborate. Speaking as a native speaker, ...
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Novels for improving English vocabulary [closed]

I'm learning English and I think my level is between upper intermediate - advanced now and I want to improve my english as well. So I need free download fictions, novels, .... books. I downloaded some ...
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Word for a salesperson's enthusiasm

Suppose you visit a shop looking for something to buy. Every time you pick up an object, the shopkeeper goes gaga over the features of the product and why it's a must-buy. I'm searching for a single ...
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Word for someone who always corrects misspellings

Is there a specific word for the type of person who always corrects misspellings? Something exact, not something like perfectionist, grammar nazi or anal. Something that describes the person, like ...
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How to say *develop a long term career*?

I have finished my studies and I want to start my career at a company. I want to express that I am searching for a position where I can work the next years of my life, so no limited 2 years contract. ...
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Is “recordee” a word? [closed]

Does recordee exist in English? The word doesn't exist in Oxford and Cambridge dictionaries, but I was hoping to use it as "someone who is being recorded".
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Synonym for “Passion driven”?

What's a word for using one's motivation to accomplish something? I tried passion driven but it doesn't seem to fit. The sentence is: Motivation fosters the dedication needed to ____. or ...
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Are you familiar with the term “air-conditioningitis”? [closed]

According to this article, "[a]ir-conditioningitis occurs when the body cannot adjust properly to the sharp differences in temperature between the cool air-conditioned indoors and the warm outdoors." ...
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Is there a way to say “the opposite of a statement is not true”?

"the opposite of a statement is also true" can be said as "vice versa". Is there a way to say "the opposite of a statement is not true"?
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what do you call a water tap placed on the outside

What do you call a water tap placed on the outside of a house? I'm looking for the correct technical term in English. here in sweden there seems to be only one vendor and model, which I'm not so ...
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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 ...
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What's the difference between “bucket” and “pail”?

What is the difference between bucket and pail? Is there a distinction between the shape of a bucket and the shape of a pail? Are buckets and pails made of different materials? Is there a difference ...
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Noun for an individual that formulates a question and also for an individual that addresses an answer

Given a person who formulates a question, may he or she be called the questioner or enquirer? Likewise, may a person that addresses or responds an answer be called answerer or responder? Which are ...
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What is “lemonade” in American English?

Lemonade is a fizzy drink, strongly carbonated. It comes in two varieties, white (which is actually colourless) and red. I have never known anyone to make it at home. Various things I've picked up in ...
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Derogatory term for electronic device

In German, the term "Kiste", literally meaning "box", is often used as a colloquial derogatory term for electronic and mechanical devices. It is comparable to "jalopy", which, however, seems to be ...
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Looking for an English word to explain a certain business situation

I am looking for an English word to explain the following business situation. A new product or service is offered to the market. There are many small companies that start to provide this service or ...
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What is an easier word than “serendipity” with the same connotations [closed]

A word that a majority of high schoolers would know. Unless, of course, there is significant evidence that most high-schoolers know the word “serendipity”. It shows up somewhere between 35,000 and ...
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What is it called when you say something but it does not imply for the other?

I'm really lost for words... For example, I like people with short hair. But then someone could say, so you hate people with long hair? But, of course, I did not give any information on people with ...
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what does “are organized” mean in this sentence?

"by 2013 the theoretical and practical courses are organized" Is it already organized or is about to get organized? I mean is it past or future?
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what does “field release” mean in this sentence?

"Technical workshop on preparation of dossiers for field release of LMOs" LMO= Living Modified Organism thanks in advance
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What is the verb form of “conjunction” in the logical sense?

In logic and computer programming, a conjunction of two logical statements is said to be true if and only if both statements are themselves true. For instance: "The sky is blue" and "the grass is ...
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do specialst fields have their own colloquial vocabulary not shared by laymen? [closed]

I saw the following passage in a PSAT study guide. One of the questions is about the use of the term 'hot spot'. Can we say it's being used colloquially and technically at the same time? The question ...
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Word that describes a word which isn't normally used in an everyday conversation

I remember there was a word which describes a word which isn't normally used in an everyday conversation. Ironically, that word isn't normally used in an everyday conversation. It's an adjective. In ...
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What is the reason that American English and British English use “Post” and “Mail” with different frequencies?

Common usage in the UK is that a postman of the Royal Mail Service delivers the post, and someone may post a letter (see BrE Ngram), whereas in the USA, usage has become equally common that a mailman ...
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What does “stocktaking analysis” means in this sentence? [closed]

"Without GEF support, Iran will not be able to execute the priority actions identified in its stocktaking analysis, capacity enhancement and consolidation of institutions will be slow or may not ...
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Difference between “empathetic” and “empathic”

Apparently both words empathetic and empathic mean the same thing, yet I see one person refer to the specific type of writing as empathetic writing, while another empathic writing. Who's correct and ...
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Is there a specific word in English for the owner of a pond/pool?

In china, there are many pools/ponds for finishing, I am wondering is there any specific word for the owner of a pond/pool?
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What does it mean to be “worth someone's keep”?

“Do not get any gold or silver or copper to take with you in your belts no bag for the journey or extra shirt or sandals or a staff, for the worker is worth his keep. What does it mean ...
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A word for saying things indirectly because you do not know the correct word

Is there a word that describes the act, common of language learners, of using a cumbersome way to say something because they do not know a concise word (almost like I am doing here...). For example: ...
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Referring to the lightness/darkness of colors

Presently I have 3 different colors. I am referring to them as: light (could be sky blue or pink) middle (could be blue or red) dark (could be navy or crimson) Is there a better way to describe ...
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What word or phrase expresses briefly detaining a suspect on the street and then letting him/her go?

Today, a Dutch paper published a little research triggered by a politician outing the English phrase (abbreviated) "65 percent of them have been detained by the police at least once." I think, and ...
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Name for the stick running through the small and narrow leaf of a big coconut leaf

Is there any specific term in English for the stick running through the small and narrow leaf of a big coconut leaf? In coconut tree, there is a stick(resembling a spinal cord) running through ...
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A word to describe “a man who does all things that a girl say”? [duplicate]

I'd really appreciate if you could help me, I wanna know, what's the word to describe "a man who does all things that a girl say" ? A friend of mine asked me this and I really din't know the answer. ...
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What is the formal synonym of “taking over the property”

I'm writing a text and am confused about a word I knew before. The definition is : to Take away the property of someone (by government or bank or a legal institution). I have found seize or take ...
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A man who keeps his word

I'm looking for an appropriate word to describe someone who is a man of his word. Trustworthy springs to mind but doesn't seem appropriate, as it doesn't imply an honorable connotation associated ...
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Term for one brother–sister pair marrying another?

While translating a book on the aboriginal people of northwest India, I came across a tradition of marriages, where one brother–sister pair were married to another brother–sister pair, as well as many ...
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Difference between “to enhance” and “to improve”

What is the difference between the verbal synonyms "to enhance" and "to improve"? Do they have exactly the same meaning?
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Best way to describe “turning ideas into reality”

I'd like to ask if sentence “We accelerate ideas” sounds odd or natural? What is the best word/phrasal to describe transformation of the ideas into reality/real things?