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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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Synonyms to ‘semi thick’?

What is the synonym to ‘semi thick’ body? When someone describes their body shape as semi thick, what does he mean? Thank you.
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Synonym of Dream Interpreter

Is there any single word synonym from "Dream Interpreter" or the person who tells the meaning of the dream?
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Can warship be used as a verb? [on hold]

As in warship my wreck... any way to reason this out? as in a really messed up "wreck" of a person referring to events and most likely certain persons responsible for their current state … sort of ...
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What does this sentence in a paragraph about the Notre Dame Fire mean?

A 2017 Time article discussing the crumbling, wearing out, and water damage of France's Notre Dame Cathedral prior to the 2019 fire writes (emphasis added to the part I would like clarification on): ...
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The state of being integrated

I am looking for a noun of the adjective "integrated", as in, "combining or coordinating separate elements so as to provide a harmonious, interrelated whole." Integration describes the process that ...
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A word to describe the contour of a sheet of paper

I'm looking for a word to describe the outline of a paper document. For instance in the sentence : The software will detect the edges of the receipt over the dark background. I have multiple ...
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Is there any difference between to strew and to scatter?

I just read that : https://forum.wordreference.com/threads/strew-scatter.172228/ and it appears those two words are interchangeable, apart that strew is rather literate. What do you think?
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revive vs revivify

I recently stumbled upon the word "revivify". As a verb, it seems to be a synonym for "revive". Is it? Or are there any differences between the 2 words? And is it usual to have synonymous words with ...
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Verb meaning “to make a list of elements unique”

I am looking for a verb that would mean to make a list of elements unique. For example, let's say I have a list of elements and some of them can exist more then once in the list (duplicates). What ...
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What is a word for being being in a event that feels so much bigger than you? [on hold]

I used to know the word, I just can't remember it. The word also could relate to a euphoric feeling, like from a concert, or a football game or even getting a award or just out with friends.
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Another term for “controlled like a puppet”? [on hold]

What's another word or phrase for "being controlled like a puppet". eg., "to be manipulated by a more powerful force" . . . what the puppet is enduring?
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Do you put/lay/spread a bedsheet on a bed?

What is the right way of saying that you put a bedsheet on a mattress. Do you put it on, lay it on or spread it on a mattress? If it’s neither of the 3 please tell me what is the right word. I’m ...
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Word for: a synonym with a positive connotation?

For example: "Cautious is just a _________ for being scared." "Opportunistic is just a _________ for being inconsiderate." "Not too bright is just a _________ for being dumb." "Simple is just a ...
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Voyeurism but not really [closed]

I am looking for a word or phrase that portrays the feeling of watching an intimate (but not sexual) moment unfold. Some context; A is keeping a watchful eye on E because he is worried about her ...
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What are analogous words to “occidental” and “oriental” for southern and northern? [duplicate]

Definitions Occidental: "1: relating to the countries of the West" Oriental: "1. of, relating to, or characteristic of the Orient, or East; Eastern." So, occidental is effectively a word that is a ...
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Alternative to “launch customer” or “beta customer”? [closed]

I'm looking for a phrase that refers to the initial customers of a new product or service - the ones who bear the risk and benefit of trying something new. "Launch customer" is used in the aircraft ...
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What does phrase “alternative language ” mean?

Context trying to get to a compromise on what should be written in the contract: "Suggest alternative language" I thought about putting my thought and arguments differently but it can also mean to ...
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How to sound more sophisticated without being pedantic? [closed]

I read an article that said you should avoid certain words in writing such as really, you, feel, think, as, a lot, sort of, kind of, like, just, used to. I think the intention is to be more direct ...
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“All else equal”

Looking for a way to articulate "holding all else equal." In my context, I'm writing about economists' (unrealistic) love for holding all else equal
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Is there a word for when something's name completely fits the description or personality?

for example in a story i'm writing, there is a character named Revenge who's main goal is to get revenge. Is there a single word for that?
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Is there a nicer/politer/more positive alternative for “negates”?

I have somewhere the following sentence: our platform negates the need for a middleman ... but I do not want to offend or upset the middlemen whomever it is ... there are many middlemen in the ...
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Car Interior synonym?

Is there a synonym for a car's interior? E.g. 'cockpit', 'cabin', etc. "He sat quietly in the _____ and waited."
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What is the difference between Clients and Clientele? [closed]

Google says Clientele means: "clients collectively." But so does Clients mean
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What is the difference between to pollute and to contaminate? [closed]

I think they might be synonym, but I'm just not sure.
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Is kid-friendly an appropriate synonym of child-oriented?

I am a German native speaker and I am currently working on a project. We called the project KARLI which is the short form of the German first name Karl. The english translation of Karl is Charles. ...
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What's the one word for “Take the Lead” [closed]

what can I use as a synonym for "take the lead" preferably in one word?
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How would one describe the relationship of next-to-adjacent?

In other words, say there are three or more objects, how would you describe the relationship between object one and object three? For context clarity, I am referring to the lateral positioning ...
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A word means “move one's hand across hair till it is flat and even” [closed]

I basically just forgot the word, I've got really vague recollection of it, I think it's SMOOTH, like I smooth my hair back But I only remember one of the example sentences in my app, I don't really ...
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I made up the word, “performant”. Has it occurred in the English language? [duplicate]

By performant, I mean something that performs well. A piece of computer program code could be performant, meaning that enough thought went into it to make it perform well, making it an adjective; ...
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Alternative idiom to 'as it stands'

I am looking for an alternative idiom to 'as it stands'. I have received a corpus of documents from a client which are unstructured in their delivery and file naming and I wish to reply along the ...
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What word can be used to describe an ideal situation based on finding companions?

I'm writing a paper analyzing Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five, and one of the pieces of evidence I am using in a section is the following quote: Weary's version of the true war story went like ...
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What do you call somebody who brings forth change?

Looking for a word for a body or group of people who are the initial/prominent cause of a change. For some reason my mind keeps going to angels in the bible? I think there may be a phrase used to ...
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Other ways to say “military glory”

It seems like there are only so many ways to describe a person's career in the military. We can say "military glory", "military prestige", "military reputation", but are there ways of describing this ...
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general approaches in learning the subtle (or not so subtle) differences of words [closed]

What is the best way to learn the subtle (or not so subtle) difference in words? For example, most dictionaries will tell me that both 'replete with' and 'fraught with' mean 'full of.' But are they ...
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Synonym for “dragged on”

I'm looking for a synonym for dragged on. For example: This project has dragged on and needs to be completed. His story was very long, it just dragged on. I have used languished in the past, ...
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Words regarding different types of manipulations

I'm looking for words that describe specific types of manipulation. The context is board games, but I'm actually looking for more generic words. Specifically, I'm looking for words that describe ...
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In the context of work, is a report and direct report the same thing?

Essentially what I'm asking is whether or not a report and a direct report are the same thing --- are the words synonyms? Oxford Dictionary defines a report as someone who reports to a fellow ...
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what is a word for “narrow-mindedness”? [duplicate]

I am looking for a specific word to describe a person with a narrow perspective, suggesting a lack of foresight/consideration of the broader implications of their decisions. This would preferably be ...
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One word for “someone working far away” [closed]

To say that since you're working in different location which is far away you won't be able to handle this activity.
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How can I form this sentence better?

I am trying to formulate the following sentence: "-also they can focus on research work (instead of fighting with technical limitations and problems)" However, I am not quite happy with its current ...
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What are the possible words or word phrases which can describe Friendship between two persons? [closed]

Purpose: I'm trying to build a computer program / a database where a User (from various set-ups) can have options (all possible meaningful semantically correct manner) to define/describe a relation (...
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What would be a good expression for “currently widely used and accessible”?

I am trying to formulate the following sentence: "-Support for currently widely used and accessible interfaces and devices." However, I do not want to use "currently widely used and accessible", ...
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A collective term describing both pick-up and drop-off?

I am looking for a single term that describes both dropping off and picking up terms. For example, a bus stop can be of three types(for any particular bus company) Pickup only Drop off only Pickup ...
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A rainy day question

Can 'happy' in the sentence: "I don't feel too happy about going outside in the rain", be replaced with 'enamoured' to make the sentence: "I don't feel too enamoured about going outside in the rain. ...
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Propensity vs. Probability

What is the semantic difference between propensity and probability? I'm thinking of a context like "Given his habbits, he has a high probability of dying of cancer". Would the choice between ...
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Are there other interjections to substitute for “jeez”, “good grief”, “oh my god”, "and other interjections containing religion? [duplicate]

I would like to know if there are interjections expressing exasperation, annoyance, anger, frustration without connection to religion. Preferably doesn't originate from it either. No euphemism too. ...
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What is a word I can use instead of “the other” when referring to an unknown person?

I am writing a scene where a character interacts with someone he cannot see and does not know - in essence anonymous stranger, with no visual aids. Are there any other words or phrases I can use to ...
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Are “let” and “lets” used properly…? [closed]

If let means to ‘give permission to’ or ‘allow’ then lets means ‘allows’ or ‘gives permission to’ then is inthebushbook lets you to connect...correct? why or why not?
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Words to describe a person that values merit and achievemnt

Or, you could say, a proponent of meritocracy (descriptors for opponents of meritocracy also welcome, see details below). Please don't say "meritocrat", I would rather avoid that one. Nouns and ...
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What's the best alternative to “golden”?

So I need a good synonym for the word golden. It should fit in a sentence like this: The heat lamp at the restaurant gave the dish under it a golden spotlight The words I have so far are either ...