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Questions tagged [synonyms]

A synonym is a word that means the same, or almost the same thing, as another word.

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subside vs dissipate

I am wondering what is the difference between these two words? I often hear: the fear dissipates the pain subsides But what's the real difference? Also, where can I look for the subtle, or not so ...
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A different way to say: It does not

It does not allow collective building on, to connect and share with each other and with organizations, so "it does not" have the same dynamics and personalized appeal as a modern...
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Another word/phrase for something being very “push-button”?

What's another word for something being very "push-button"? What this means is a set of tasks that are made in a way that is very easy and as easy as "pushing a button". Another phrase is like ...
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What's the right word for something that doesn't sum to 100%?

Suppose I have a pie chart with segments that don't sum to 100%. Would I call this a "partial" pie chart? An "incomplete" pie chart? Is there a better word to use for this? Thanks!
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what is a “positive” synonym for 'target'? [on hold]

e.g.: I was a(n) _____ to/of his kindness. Not 'object'.
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Foreshadow vs Adumbrate

The good news was foreshadowed by several disturbing events. The good news was adumbrated by several disturbing events. I am trying to see which word is better to use. Is there a (subtle) ...
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What is/are the synonym/s for 'to move to sit closer to someone'?

I have a couple of things in mind, but I'm not sure if they can be applied to sitting position. For example, if I'm sitting on the other end of the couch, and then I move to sit closer to someone ...
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Looking for a word for a person who refuses gifts [on hold]

I have a friend who refuses to accept gifts, or if they do they make sure the person giving the gift is compensated fairly. We talked about this, and realized that neither of us know a word ...
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The opposite of "to peel? A word for removing a valuable center?

An antonym for peel would be to unpeel, to put the skin back on. I am not looking for that, but rather, for something that extracts and retains whatever is valuable or central or essential or edible ...
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Fake sympathy for a past event

What do you call it when you profess inauthentic sympathy for past behavior when that behavior has directly benefited you? Hypothetical Example: my family members from 175 years ago burned down some ...
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Are “two” and “duo” synonyms?

I recently asked a question (Why are there are so many words for "zero"?) where I stated that zero is the only number with synonyms. In response, people commented words that they meant ...
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Why are there are so many words for “zero”?

Null, nil and naught are all synonyms of zero, and to my knowledge, zero is the only number that has this many cognitive synonyms, if not more. Why is this? Does it have to do with English being ...
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Word meaning “out of place”

I'm looking for a single word that means "out of place": ? is to "out of place" as "anachronism" is to "out of time".
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A shorter, more formal word for “as you go” or “along the way”

We have common phrasing such as “pay as you go” or “invent along the way”. Is there a more formal and specific word for this concept of a verb’s action continuing or repeating over time?
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A word that has a similar meaning to contain someone, as in a loving and understanding way

I had the same issue with this word and I rememeber finding it and wtiting it somewhere but sadly it is nowhere to be found. Anyway, the word can be literally translated as "contain". I have spent ...
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Alternative way to say “I am coming” [closed]

Sometime, you will receive a call from a deliveryman to collect your express package in the office. I think the "wait a moment" is not a positive expression, and the "I am coming" is ambiguous to ...
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Shouldn't the word “no” be a synonym of “without”?

This is a somewhat basic question but I cannot find an answer yet. I was under the impression that "no" should be a synonym of "without" but it seems not to be (at least on the synonym sites that come ...
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I'm looking for a word to mean less enthusiastic in a positive demeanor

I'm trying to convey to someone that he is too "enthusiastic" and I would like him to calm down a little bit but done with a positive tone.
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How to say “Fall asleep in 60 seconds” with 22 characters?

I’m a German app developer of the app “Pulse Breathing” that has recently had some success on the App Store and whose catch-phrase in the marketing strategy is: “Fall asleep in 60 seconds”. Now, the ...
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Any alternative for the verb “span” in the following context?

"These novels were written in 1826, 1871, and 1915, which span about one century from Georgian England to the World War years." *** I am not sure if "span" is a suitable word to refer to the novels ...
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Adjective word that means a person who sets up decisions and plans

I'm trying to find the word that is used as an Adjective which means a characteristic of a person who sets up all the plans and decisions. This word is usually used in relationships when a girl, e.g,...
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Overfill is a word, why isn't “underfill” as widely recognized to be a word?

Is there a different or better word for "underfill". MS Word, Google, don't seem to recognize underfill as a word. On Merriam Webster, they recognize it as a noun(paraphrased): a piece of steel ...
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Adjective for a person who enjoys taking care of their appearance

After a brief search over StackExchange I've decided to ask my own question. I'm looking for a word to describe someone who enjoys grooming themselves or taking care of their appearance, but without ...
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Annual is to yearly as _____ is to monthly

A more formal word for yearly would be annual. I pay my school loans annually I pay my rent check monthly or _____. What is the “annual” version for “monthly’?
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A replacement for consistently

"There are still a lot of features to add to this project which I will consistently do in whatever free time I get. " The way this sentence sounds doesn't seem right to me. I looked for other ...
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Acceptable synonym for *very good* in this scientific context: “… X is a *very good* technology…” [closed]

I am writing a scientific paper, and I want to say the following: The development of DC transmission dates to the 1930’s and has proven to be a very good technology since the first major ...
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A synonym for “sensationalised” that is suitable for reading

I have to prepare a 1min response based on a question of "What’s a difference between a busy body asking questions and a critical thinker asking questions?" I am using the current introduction. ...
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Is there a non-religious alternative to the expression “mixed blessing”?

In my writing I'm looking for an alternative way to say that something is a "mixed blessing". The word "blessing" seems to carry a religious connotation. I'm seeking to convey to the reader that a ...
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A formal way to say “she used hand gestures to ask why”

I am writing a copy on an ADHD child's clinical assessment. In one part of the assessment, the clinician pretends not to be able to blow a balloon. Instead of using verbal language to ask what ...
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Can “prior” be synonymous with “former” in this context?

Earlier this week someone I was talking to insisted that it's acceptable to use "prior" interchangeably with "former" in the context of "former vs. latter," i.e. to mean the first item of two things ...
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“receive” is to “send” what “???” is to “scatter”

I am looking for a word in English that is a synonym for receive but is specific for the process of another scattering something to many rather than just sending individually. If one entity sends ...
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Is there another way of saying someone messed up your hair in a jokey matter?

You like in the movies where there’s a guy who messes up a boy hair and say stuff like “you little rascal”?
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What is the best word to collectively describe a street, suburb, town, district etc.?

What is the best word to collectively describe a street, suburb, town, district, state, territory, country, continent etc.? In a sentence: He does not live in the same [street / suburb / town etc....
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Alternative to “immediately” given its positive and negative connotations

What's a better way of saying "I'm willing to sign a confidentiality agreement immediately" that conveys that my willingness to sign an agreement immediately is for their benefit but doesn't sound ...
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Alternative for “Involved” for CV accomplishments

Please advise what is the alternative for "Involved" for CV accomplishments. Involved is tended to be passive. How would you describe participation in a group or involvement is some activity. Not ...
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Singular word for gravel?

Had a discussion with somebody about what a single piece of gravel is? Would it be a rock fragment, pebble, grain of gravel/rock? Or is gravel both the singular and plural (like pants or trousers)?
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Word request: multi-context-type

I use "multi-context-type device" to name the "device" that works in different modes for different types of context. For example, type of context is like "classroom", "office", and context is like "...
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Academic word for “squabbler” [closed]

I'm looking for a word to use in an academic proposal that conveys the idea that the individuals are fighting, potentially violently, and immaturely (optional component of the meaning) and should be ...
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Alternatives to in the “grand scheme of things”

I'm looking for alternatives - either phrases or words, but no full sentences; something I can embed at the end of another sentence, ie: ...it didn't really matter in the grand scheme of things. ...
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What is the meaning of “we must have missed you”? [migrated]

I was missed from agenda list of minutes of meeting, hence i requested for including my name in the list. But the chairperson of the meeting replied saying "we must have missed you". I am confused? ...
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What would be a word between 'opposite' and 'next to?'

If you had two people sitting at ninety degrees to each other (see the attached image), they wouldn't be opposite each other, but they wouldn't be next to each other either. Is there an English word ...
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How to rephrase 'questions that concern me'

I'm wondering how is the following statement could be improved and used in formal English: I've added some questions that concern me. I've added some questions I'm worried about. I've ...
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Is “diversified” really a suitable translation for what Germans call “abwechslungsreich”?

I need a word to describe a meeting or conference or other event which was the opposite of boring due to the variation of activities there.* German language has abwechslungsreich, literally rich-of-...
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Ashen / pallid / sallow / pale (/ livid)

I have these words in my spaced repetition system (Anki), however, when I am trying to guess translation from my language, I always guess one of the other three. Looking for pictures on google ...
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Use of climate and its derivatives as adjectivized forms with another noun

I am working on the area of Ecology and the word climate and its derivatives show up in almost every writing. Climate/climatic/climatology/climatological My question is, what is the correct word to ...
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What other verbs could I use to say that the fragrance from one person “gets” onto another person? [closed]

Another person can smell the same with the one that comes in close contact.
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Synonyms for “rather than” (preferably single word synonyms) [closed]

Example usage: A person can reuse their current tool rather than purchasing a new tool
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Ideal synonym of “making survey” of thesis title [closed]

I am thinking about correct thesis title and I can not find right word for phrase: "making a survey". Now my thesis title begins as: "Mapping people's awareness of...". I was thinking about word ...
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Word that means 'requiring a high degree of trust'

Something like the reciprocal of 'trustworthy'. 'You need to understand how [requiring a high degree of trust] it is to get to know the code to the safe. John has only told three people that ...
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What are alternative ways of saying “pressing the keyboard”? [closed]

I am looking for alternative ways of saying "pressing the keyboard" to include in a slogan. So I want a short and sweet phrase. I have these three phrases in my mind: Stabbing the keyboard, poking ...