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Questions tagged [single-word-requests]

This tag is for questions seeking a single word that fits a meaning. To ensure that your question is not closed as off-topic, please be specific about the intended use of the word.  INCLUDE A SAMPLE SENTENCE demonstrating how the word would be used.  Click on "Info" or "View Tag" and "Learn more ..." for more information. Please use the "phrase-requests" tag instead if you seek more than just a single word.

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what is the world that best completes the sentence? [on hold]

Seldom ........ that he may have made a mistake. A does a politician admit B a politician admits c admits a politician D a politician does admit
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A word for a parody that is also a good example of the thing parodied

A friend is struggling to remember a word. It was for a parody of X which is also a good example of X. For example a parody of westerns which is also a good western in its own right. There are some ...
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Use of 'relate' without a preposition

I saw somewhere it is written: Sometimes love relates river, though both sides aren't equal but still continues to flow. Was that sentence correct? If so, why? In my opinion, it should have been: ...
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What is the compound noun of a box that contains new toys

I'm really confused, I'd like to make a compound noun for a box that contains new toys only. Should I name it "New toy box"? but, this makes me think of a new box for toys not a box for new toys. [ ...
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What is it called when people decide an issue for you and you have no say in the matter?

All powers in Yalta (word) decided the fate of Eastern Europe.
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what is the world that best completes the sentence and why please [on hold]

there are those .... the world cup is a month of volcanic excitement and others who see it simply as alot of quadriennal balls. A/of whom B/for whose C/whom for D/whose for
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Adjective for “Cover up or conceal nefarious activity”

What is an adjective describing behavior used to cover up or conceal nefarious activity, as in a "smoke screen"? For example: His _____ nightly coughing fits were meant to drown out the rattle of ...
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What is the adjective for describing your attitude towards someone you can trust and tell everything?

I'm looking for an adjective to put in the blank in the following sentence. He is very .... with his mother. He can literally tell her everything.
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Is there any verb for making a girl more girly?

'Feminize' is used for making a boy more girly. We can say, "She is forcibly feminizing her boyfriend." But is there a word for pushing a girl to be more feminine? The Oxford Dictionary of English, ...
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Is there a word for “able to be conducted”? [on hold]

Is there a word that means that something is able to be conducted, like heat or electricity, but more generally/in a metaphorical sense? "Conductible" means "able to conduct" which is counter ...
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Is there any word for someone who is originally from a non-Western country but has been educated in Europe or America? [on hold]

I mean someone like Edward Said who was born in Palestine but studied in America.
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looking for a word that means when somebody is good at one thing you assume that they are good at other things [on hold]

A word that means when somebody is good one thing you assume that he is good and other things. Example: Because a person is a good basketball player you assume that they will be a good basketball ...
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What is the opposite of being 'paranoid'? [on hold]

I understand that 'being paranoid' is about unreasonably anticipating something bad to happen. Is there a word for unreasonably anticipating something good to happen? For example, one bought a lottery ...
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How do you call a person that reports something, like a failure to another party? [on hold]

Let's say you have a company where people call, when something broke – like their heating, or water lines or their internet connection. These people are not necessarily customers of the company they ...
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Collocation for perception

Considering the sentence: Investor perception on active funds will be ______ too expensive. I am struggling to find the right wording. The message is clear in my mind, but I can't make it clear ...
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Formal variation for “stash” or “cache” given collocation involves “index”

Considering the sentence: The company adds another index to its _____ of 61. The best I can come up with is "holdings" or "inventory" but it's tough to find a collocation that matches index. ...
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Words for someone who gives up his moral standards?

I am not sure if the word "fallen" matches the moral context.
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Is “false concedence” a thing? If not, is there an established term?

concedence /kənˈsiːd(ə)ns/ noun 1) The action of conceding; concession, agreement. Here's what I describe as false concedence: Expressing that you concede a less consequential point, but only ...
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2 synonyms used in 1 sentence: makes up <number> % and constitutes <noun> [on hold]

I’m wondering whether it looks well-written and, most importantly, grammatically correct to use 2 synonyms at once in my following sentence: Pacemaker Cells make up only about 1% of the Total ...
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Word for a person about to do something terrible, but is hesitant about whether to proceed [on hold]

What do you call a person who is about to do something terrible (drug addiction), but is hesitant whether to proceed or not?
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Word to call someone who is talented in the arts?

Is there a call word to describe someone who is talented in not one, but all the arts? (eg. singing, painting, writing, etc.) The only words I can think of are virtuoso, artist, and maestro, but they ...
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Verbs for subscribing to a proposition [on hold]

When A believes that the proposition p is true, we may say A subscribes to the proposition that ... Which verbs may replace the italicized expression without altering the meaning of the sentence? ...
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Word for blue ring around the Earth [migrated]

From certain positions in outer space the Earth will appear to have a blue ring around it when the viewer is in the shadow of the Earth and sunlight is passing through the atmosphere. Here is a ...
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What's the opposite of “simple”? [on hold]

i'm a newbie here. What is the opposite of "simple"? Sentence example: "Don't draw the eyes more (...), make it simple" Thanks if answered it!
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Is there any one word to describe people who don't prefer the product?

In terms of marketing, is there any simple word to describe non-preference in a particular product? Like Pick-up truck non-preferred type?
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How to describe persons who care about cost-effectiveness?

How can I describe in a single word or two words a person who is sensitive in cost-effective stuff or products? Or persons who care the most for cost-effective stuff?
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Is there a word that means “attracted to talent” in the way that sapiosexual means attracted to intellect?

I think the title says it all but just wondering if there is a word that means attracted to talent or attracted to displays of talent. Examples would be being attracted to seeing someone be a good ...
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Single word that describes network effect

Is there a word that describes "Network Effect". Sometimes referred to as network externality, or positive externality. I would like to describe the effect to a layperson. The word I'm looking for ...
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word for being overly childish

I can't find a word for this and I don't know what to search, so I am asking here. I cant explain this very well, so sorry, but here goes: I would like a word to explain the feeling of annoyance when ...
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What's a word for a generic, simple name that gains significance over time the more it's referred to?

An example might be how "Catch-22" was one of many bureaucratic catches, but gained significance and recognizability over time the more it was used.
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Word or phrase for believing people will take up a new opportunity even though other, potentially better, opportunities readily exist [on hold]

What's a word or phrase for believing people will take up a new opportunity even though other, potentially better, opportunities readily exist? For example my parents always tell me to take out ...
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Antonym of the word “fault”

Consider the meaning of the word "fault" as used in the following sentence: It is not your fault that the warehouse burned down. What word could we use in the following sentence: It is not your ...
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Does the word 'authored by' imply the non-existence of co-authors?

In an article I'm co-authoring, I'm about to say the following: ... d is the number of articles authored by John Doe ... But then I thought this would be better: ... d is the number of articles ...
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Word for evaluating or understanding a system as a whole

Trying to rediscover a word I used to enjoy using but have forgotten. To mean something like: "Looking at something as a sum of its constituent interconnected parts". My dodgy brain keeps returning '...
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What is the word to describe someone who thrives on change? [closed]

Need word that would describe this type of person and I am unable to locate it. Please help! I was recently ask for a word to describe myself and the best thing I could come up with is I thrive on ...
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Is there a single word meaning “the thing that attracts me”?

Is there a single word meaning "the thing that attracts me"? The terms attractor or drawer don't feel right: The attractor for me at this restaurant is their sumptuous ravioli.
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Distinct terms for a monolingual dictionary and a bilingual dictionary

I would like to know if distinct terms or phrases exist for two types of dictionaries; The first type of dictionary presents words alongside one or more possible definitions, constrained to a single ...
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The particular word or phrase for description

Detailed descriptions are used in poetry and prose[fiction or even non-fiction] to paint a vivid, detailed picture in the minds of the readers. Authors achieve this feat using vivid imagery about a ...
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What to call a small, open stone or cement reservoir that supplies fresh water from a spring or other natural source?

In Spanish, this is called a pila or pilón. It's built out of stone or cement near a natural source of water (a spring or a stream) to hold the naturally-arriving water to make it convenient for ...
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An adjective to replace “so random” (to describe one who is apt to say random things)

Among friends, we describe a person as "so random" (he/she is so random) if that person says random things (often in group discussions). That is, we do not use it as defined below (i.e., he/she is "so ...
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A single word for describing someone who's both great at writing and speaking [closed]

Writing and speaking are relevant to each other; they both employ words in expressing ideas. Wondering if there's an adjective for describing someone who's impressive in writing and speaking. The ...
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What do you call someone who is always wrong? [closed]

So I'm doing readworks questions in class I have have to give a character trait but I don't know what you call someone that is always wrong.....
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Can't think of a good word or term to describe not feeling or thinking [on hold]

I'm looking for a word or a term that describes a human who actually can't think. More specifically I'm thinking of a word that describes how embryos don't feel anything or think, etc. Thanks. For ...
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Coordinating Conjunctions

Good morning. Which sentence is correct, please? I usually eat pizza, ice cream and have a cola. I usually eat pizza and ice cream, and have a cola. Thanks in anticipation.
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Word for the feeling when any word that we think doesn't exist but actually exist

Recently I came across this word, which meant "Word for the feeling when any one uses the word, we think they are wrong , but when searched in the dictionary they actually exist . We didn't know the ...
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What is the name of this sort of Platform?

They are above the ground, below them their children are training. For some reason the word is escaping me.
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What do you call a person who hides the identity of others?

I need a word that could apply to a person erasing someone's identity in the real world or on the internet. Preferably, more in the context of an army position, a person who hides another's identity ...
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Is there a word for an individual who makes a claim while its validity is in doubt? [closed]

For example, suppose someone claims they've read every book in a particular series. However, while making this claim the individual was also aware that another book they may have missed could exist in ...
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Word or phrase for set of events with no context as to timing

What is a word to use for a set of events that are reported with no context in terms of date or time, or frequency? The speaker claims, "someone told us you did X", but we don't know if they're ...
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(Adj) Word for “Related to the content” of media, rather than related to the medium

I'm talking about the different problems related to the experience of watching lecture videos. Certain problems such as video resolution or audio quality are technological. Other problems are related ...