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What is the difference between the words “dormant” and “latent”?

It seems that they are interchangeable but I am having a hard time differentiating between the two.
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What's the meaning of “there's no stinkin' way” in this paragraph?

When I started explaining the project’s work scope to people in the school, I learned quickly that most believed the technology classes would be my biggest challenge. One special education teacher’s ...
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What does it mean ((feeling flatter than a fritter))?

Please tell me the meaning of ((feeling flatter than a fritter)) in this paragraph: It is different every day. My whole day’s plans might go out the window because a teacher’s lesson plans change. ...
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Can the word 'centerpiece' be used figuratively?

The word 'centerpiece' refers to the decorative piece in the center of a dining table. In the German translation ('Kernstück'), we can also use it figuratively, e.g., to refer to the central point of ...
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conversation (n) vs. talk (n)

I do not understand the difference between conversation (n) and talk (n). I am only interested in the difference in the following definitions: conversation (n): 1: an informal talk involving two ...
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What's “watering place” in this case?

I'd like to ask about the sentence from The Adventure of the Dancing Men by Conan Doyle. But we have several small watering-places not very far away. And the farmers take in lodgers. The sentence ...
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Why do victims “sustain” injuries?

In the phrase sustain an injury, the sense of the verb strikes me as out of line with its other senses, most of which can be replaced with either support or continue. Can someone suggest a chain of ...
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Capital letter “L” in Oxford English Dictionary entry

I just started Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson and am wondering what the “L.” in the first line of the definition for “virus” means. I checked the online Oxford English Dictionary commonly used ...
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Find out who make at least $10000 less than the 50000

Suppose that: John makes $20000. Sara makes $40001. Peter makes $45000. If I want to find out who "make at least $10000 less than the 50000.", what should be the answer? My idea is that Sara and ...
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Word for looking cute to try and get something from parents?

Is there a word that describes the attitude of a child who is trying to get something from their parents, and so they try to look cute/sweet/innocent?
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What is the word/phrase that is used for 'that is all you get'?

For example, "Guess vegetables are ____ for me since my mom banned any sort of meat in the house." I was thinking of the phrase 'in stock' but I would like to know if there are any other phrases or ...
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What does “tired of her ass” mean? [closed]

Does it mean tired of her or tired of having sex with her?
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What verb for taking advantage fits in “I don't want to ________ on the friendship”?

What word am I misplacing that means 'to abuse' but takes the preposition 'on.' For example, My best friend the attorney could give me some free advice here, but I don't want to ____ on the ...
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Is Autistic the new “spaz” or “retard”?

Has autistic become an accepted cool pejorative through constant misuse? While I usually would not bother with Urban, the theme was taken up… Autism is typically said with a negative connotation....
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Could you please tell me which of the following two sentences is correct?

Having had the same best friend for more than 10 years who I'm so mentally connected to is very precious. or Having the same best friend for more than 10 years who I'm so mentally connected to is ...
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meaning of Nietzsche's sentence:

I would appreciate it if you give me a simple explanation of the Nietzsche citation in this following paragraph: Nietzsche instead believed that we must look beyond hope. We must look beyond values....
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Difference sorting & separating [closed]

Is there a difference between sortation and separation?
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NORMINAL — normal or with nominal mistake?

At the very end of the live-stream for the nominal SpaceX STP-2 mission, the presenter places what appears to be a baseball cap onto the table. It reads "NORMINAL" (sic). My first thought was how ...
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Do east side and west side implicate poor and rich respectively?

One day I googled the words and I got the meanings and I remembered them as below East side = poor city West side = rich city Is this correct? I want to know the historical, cultural background of ...
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A Word To Use To Describe A Person's Non-Physical Presence

What word could I use to describe a person who is dominating not only physically but also in knowledge, experience, and comprehension? Someone who has a vast amount of experience? Example of a ...
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Word for the ability to deliver clever replies? [duplicate]

What do we call the person who comes back with clever replies when someone insults them? Also what is this ability (personality trait) to cleverly thrash rivals on-the-spot called? Example: ...
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Are they both same or do they have different meaning? [closed]

1) You can also promote products by messaging the link. 2) You can also promote products messaging the link.
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Does “sit” mean “have a meeting”?

I was born in the United States and raised there in the 1980s. I moved to Israel a couple of years ago and work in a primarily English-speaking corporate office. It has, as you might expect, many ...
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what is the difference between and among [duplicate]

what is the difference between Blockquote communication between and communication among?
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What does baller mean on Match Attax cards?

In the trading cards for association football made by Match Attax, some players are described as ballers. See https://www.footballcardsdirect.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/EPLMAE1819-BL01.jpeg for ...
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Double meanings of English proverbs

I recently read a long list of English proverbs and strongly felt that a considerable number of them have a double meaning, despite that the explanations of the proverbs provide only one meaning for ...
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Difference between change (n) and coins (n)

I am interested in any differences between the two nouns change and coins in actual usage. These nouns have different but similar meanings. I am only interested in the difference of the meaning of: ...
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What is the meaning of this sentence? I ain't worried 'bout nothin' [duplicate]

I ain't worried 'bout nothin' I want to know the meaning of this line. I found it in a song named fifth harmony.
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Is there a difference between a “contribution” and a “positive contribution”?

Just wondering if there's actually a difference as I hear them often.
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Flexible change another prepositon [closed]

Here is the sentence: " I argue with you" Most of the time I have been taught that ARGUE + WITH is the function that I have to remember. But recently I have read some books about lexicon and they ...
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Correct meaning of this statement

Consider this statement. A function F may have a derivative G which exists at every point, but is discontinuous at some point. To which function does the phrase 'discontinuous at some point' refer ...
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What does it mean that an altruistic person is disinterested? [closed]

In various online sources, it describes altruism as: "showing a disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others" It doesn't seem to make sense to say that someone is "...
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Definition of “pick up” [closed]

How is "picked up" in this sentence defined? After seeing the support for the show, NBC picked up the series for thirteen episodes I think it means "acquire and begin producing [some media ...
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What does ‘to be all in’ mean in this context? [closed]

I encountered the following sentence: “This was not in fact an original idea, but was based on the English ‘Harvest Festival’, an old custom whereby people gave thanks to God once the crops were all ...
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Unknown word “visigraph”, what could have the author meant to use?

I've encountered a word in print which does not exist, and which Google isn't auto-correcting to an existing word. I wonder which word the author had meant to use. Following is the sentence in which ...
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Meaning of the verb “to vendor”

Several technical articles write about vendor using it as a verb: https://www.python.org/dev/peps/pep-0518/#configparser quoth: While one could standardize on what Python 3 accepts and simply ...
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Are US detention centers on the US-Mexico border “concentration camps”?

There is a hot "debate" on Twitter regarding whether the detention centers used by the US border patrol to detain/hold immigrants can be called "concentration camps" or not. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, ...
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What does the word 'collect' mean here in the sentence? [closed]

Good afternoon, With regards to your request we would like to inform you that Europcar staff will collect the vehicle at requested hour. An extra cost of 20,000€+vat will apply. We ...
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Difference between “Latest version” and “Lastest version” [closed]

I see some deveeloper use "Lastest version" but almost other user "Latest version"
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What is meaning of “Wrestling words into submission”? [closed]

I came across a sentence which goes "I knew I wasn't meant to spend my life locked away in a silent room alone and half-crazed, wrestling words into submission." Can some please tell me what it means?...
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the meaning of the expression “on the eye”

Can someone tell me what this expression means? "on the eye" It accounts for the scene I witnessed in the barracks: after a particularly tasteless dinner, which was left uneaten by most of the ...
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What does “play with your toy’s toys” mean? [closed]

The Law of Demeter (“talk only to your friends”) is a good place to start, but think about it this way: you can play with your toys, with toys that you make, and with toys that someone gives you. You ...
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Word for 'Understanding future consequences' [closed]

I'm trying to find a word that describes the 'skill' of understanding the future consequences of an action or event, to accurately predict events based on a mental model. Prescience or Foreknowledge ...
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How to distinguish speaker (person) from speaker (thing, loudspeaker) without using the word loudspeaker?

I want to say "You are just a speaker in a conference room" meaning that you get reduced to a tiny loudspeaker on a conference room full of people where you are actually connected to via ...
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What is the meaning of this qoute?

What is the meaning of this quote? Thus, from the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of the higher animals, ...
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What does inflate mean in women inflate?

"he’s likely never made eye contact with a woman he didn’t have to inflate." Some people says this about me. What does it mean?
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Definition of 'vrit'

Can someone explain to me what vrit stands for, please? I can't find it in any dictionary. The Interventionists is a half-hour vrit documentary that follows the days and nights of a unique mental-...
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Meaning of “You missed it by just a hare” [closed]

What does the sentence "You missed it by just a hare" mean, in this context: Think these are rabbits? You missed it by just a hare If the context is about rabbit. What are the possible meanings of ...