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"Specialization" or "Semantic Narrowing" - "A process of SEMANTIC CHANGE in which narrowing occurs in the meaning of a word..."


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I might suggest: coopt: to use or take control of (something) for your own purposes Merriam Webster To take or assume for one's own use; appropriate The Free Dictionary or in extreme cases redefine*: to define (as a concept) again, reformulate; had to redefine their terms to reexamine or reevaluate especially with a view to change *From ...


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I think you intended to use the idiom "raise a white flag", meaning surrender. With that change, the sentence says something close to what you intended. (It may or may not mean that you concede the point under discussion. Surrendering one battle doesn't necessarily mean conceding that the war has been lost.)


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lay means non-professional, as in the word layman. So lay governance of higher education refers to governance by people who aren't professional educators.


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It's a rarely used word that sounds quite like an intensifier of a commonly used word, so it's easy to misuse it --easy enough so that it could become an actual alternate meaning. I would venture it's close to the incorrect but common use of penultimate to mean "better than best."


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As this ngram shows, the phrase auspicious situation regularly appears in literature. The pattern suggests that such usage was more frequent in the nineteenth century. However, all of your alternatives are much more common, as shown in this ngram.


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An obvious truth is one which is instantly recognized, but one which may not hold up on careful examination. A patent truth is incontrovertible, but it may not be instantly recognized. In many cases. of course, something will be both obvious and patent. In that case, a political candidate would use patent when trying to emphasize the validity of his own ...


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I agree with Kevin's answer but if you want single words I'd use purchases and recurring.


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Would you not open the door? I wonder if you would mind not opening the door? I want you to not open the door. You can also add please. ;-) And you can use I would like instead of I want. These are a bit more polite: Would you please not open the door? I wonder if you would mind not opening the door, please? I would prefer that you not open the door, ...


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Audience is a single group of people that are participating in watching a performance. Audiences is more than one group watching a performances: e.g., Audiences around the world enjoyed the stunning performance of the recent online musical. If you want to talk about plurals within a single audience, you can say audience members.


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To "recruit" is to "attract" or "sign up." To "employ" is to "use. All employees were recruited, but not all recruits are (ultimately) employed. (Some are "let go" after a short period of time.)



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