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

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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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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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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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Please proofread. “Those are…”, “[enumeration], with the last one to be a…one” [on hold]

I passed Abitur examinations in 2015, and received results on 18 June. Those are an overall score of XX, XX points in the Abitur examinations of both physics and maths, and XX points in the ...
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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 ...
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mom-husband-wife thing [on hold]

I heard this one on TV, too. Here is the quote: Narrator: Sara is isolated geographically and emotionally from her family and friends. A friend: Five years had gone by where we were doing ...
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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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What does “a media splash” mean? [on hold]

What does the expression "a media splash" mean? Is it something like a reference or mention appearing in the media?
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Describing People as from (or belonging to) a Country [duplicate]

People from India are Indians People from Rwanda are Rwandans People from Japan are Japanese People from China are Chinese What are these words (indicating citizenship of some country) known as ? ...
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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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Common term or single word for someone who is embarrassingly over-complimentary

Does English have a word for someone who compliments another person in a way which is awkward or even embarrassing? Someone who uses compliments which are overly-familiar and all but inappropriate, ...
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What does “facility” mean in the context of fitness certification? [on hold]

I want to host a fitness certification. So, i have to fill this form. But i didn't understand what facility means in this context therefore i can't find the best word to put in that field. What does ...
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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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What single word means “uncritique-able”?

I'm looking for a single word be for unable to be critiqued - "uncritique-able" - as in - "some people would say that the bible is "uncritique-able." I want the word to convey that one should not ...
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What is the word that means to accuse someone of a crime, to divert attention from the guilt of the accuser

I know there is a word for this, eg when someone is stealing from their employer, they tell their employer that they have noticed xyz and they think so-and-so is doing it. Help me out? Edit ...
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One word for the act of being born?

Is there any one word for the act of being born? The closest things I could think of are: I was born I come to life She is giving birth to me I'm interested in knowing if there is one word to ...
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Using the word “eyesight”

I was wondering whether the usage of the word "eyesight" is wrong or not in the sentence below. "The purpose of data visualization is to aid people in comprehending complex data by stimulating ...
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What would you call a laugh that sounded like a mix between wheezing and a hiccup

A friend of mine suggested that one of her co-workers laughed in such a fashion, and I was curious if there was a single word or phrase that might closely resemble that. I asked her if it sounded ...
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Is there a word or phrase that expresses the action of “a person thinking about what another person is doing when the other person is not around”

Is there a word or phrase that expresses the action of "a person thinking about what another person is doing when the other person is not around". for example, John is sitting in his room in Kentucky, ...
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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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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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Word for opposite parallel vectors

Given two points, A and B, there are two vectors: A-->B and A<--B which are parallel but pointing in opposite directions. I remember learning as a kid a word which simply defines the line upon ...
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Difference between “underneath” and “under” when we describe an action

I ask for the difference in a sense of active quality rather than a stative quality of the verbs. E.g. in "the toy is sitting underneath/under table", the verb is stative. So we are dealing with ...
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peripheral equipment - only for computers?

If I say "peripheral equipment", does this always refer to equipment attached to computers (such as printers, mice, keyboards, etc), or can it also be used for other things? For example, can I talk ...
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Meaning of word “nicy” [closed]

Can you explain me the meaning of word "nicy"? I'm newbie in english, and I've already tried google translate, but I'm not sure. Maybe there is some informal forms, or other ways of using this word.
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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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Burn a hole in the road?

my question is: In Marry The Night's lyrics, Lady Gaga sings "I'm gonna burn a hole in the road". Why is that? I've heard the expression "on the road" but not "in the road". I don't speak English ...
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Term for insulting words which sound grand?

I don't mean euphemisms or backhanded compliments (or the reverse). It's the words which sound grand, but actually have a bad meaning (e.g., jumentous: smelling strongly like a beast of burden). Is ...
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What does “insteadly” mean?

I have seen it couple of times in a chat room on the internet. What does "insteadly" mean? Is it a shortcut of "instead of"?
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Word for “referring to common but not universal attributes of a group of people”?

I was recently out with friends and also with someone I didn't know too well. At some point during the night, I was imitating English spoken with a Mandarin speaker's accent for humorous effect, and ...
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Motive, Motivative, or Motivating?

What is the most fitting adjective to describe '(something) that motivates' among motive, motivative, and motivating? EDIT: Reading from the answers that 'motive' is not an adjective, actually I put ...
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Word for “studying a research article to get the most out of it”? [duplicate]

From the Word web dictionary: Study: Consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning Particularly, I am looking for a word (synonym of 'study') ...
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Can a person's name be used to represent a group of people?

Can a name of a person (usually from stories, or history) be used to describe a group of people? For example, can Cinderella be used to refer to girls who are poor and have difficulties in life, but ...
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'Ours' meaning 'our home' - where is it used outside the UK, if anywhere?

In expressions like: Let's go back to ours and have some food. There's a party at ours on Friday. There's a bottle of brandy at yours, isn't there? 'ours' and 'yours' are synonyms for ...
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Like “sexist” or “racist,” but in reference to being gay?

Is there a term that is similar to sexist or racist but refers to gay people? "Homophobic" comes to mind, but that's more a fear or disgust of homosexuals versus discrimination based solely on sexual ...
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the switch went on (definition)

I heard this in a documentary. The speaker is some serial killer who claims he started his rampage after watching a video. He goes like this: "I put one of the videos in and what came on the ...
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Is “alien” offensive?

I understand that alien is used as a synonym of foreigner, as well as a synonym of extraterrestrial. I suspect that people from other planets wouldn't mind being called aliens. But is it wrong ...
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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 it about to get organized? I mean, is it past or future?
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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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What's the difference between 'every time' and 'everytime'? [closed]

What's the difference between everytime and every time? I'm a little confused about them, they both seem to have same meaning. Excluding their spelling, are there any other differences b/w them?
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what is the difference between need and necessitate?

both are verb and necessitate is formal. two are all related with the adjective necessary. Mostly people use need in daily life. what is the difference?
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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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Meaning of “The whole of eastern North America makes do with but one species”

Makes do with means accepting something less satisfactory because there is no alternative. In this case, it makes less sense for me why we use this phrase, and by using but I think it accentuates the ...
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Difference between “infinite” and “indefinite”

I have found that infinite means "very great in amount of degree" while indefinite refers to "a period of time that has no defined end." Is there a subtle, nuanced difference between these terms, or ...
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What's a word for someone who puts others down for having different views on a topic?

I'm trying to think of a word for someone who thinks their views are better than other views and talks down to others who don't have the same views.
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Word that encompasses a person's mood, activity, company, etc [closed]

I'm looking for a preferably short word that encompasses how a person is feeling, what they're doing, and who they're with. The list of things I want to represent will probably grow over time, so a ...