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

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Are “Get” or “Grasp” stative or dynamic verbs?

In Merriam–Webster, the definition of understand is as follows: to get the meaning of something / to grasp the meaning of something. Now my questions are regarding a sentence like: I don’t ...
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What is the word for students under the same advisor

I'd like to know what is the word to describe students under the same advisor in graduate program, e.g. PhD program. Normally, students in the same department who attend the same classes are called ...
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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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Verbs with interchanged subject and object

For some verbs we can find another (not necessarily unique) verb which has the same meaning except that it corresponds the subject and the object in the opposite direction. For example, if I say “our ...
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equivocal vs. unequivocal vs. unambiguous vs. ambiguous

The word "equivocal" sounds like "talking with the same (one) voice". But in the English language it seems to mean explicitly "ambiguous" (= "talking with two voices/tongues/meanings"). How can ...
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“Twice (adj.)-er” vs. “two times (adj.)-er” vs. “twice/two times as (adj.) as”

Suppose we are comparing a particular characteristic (that takes comparative -er) of two items, A and B. Compared to B, A displays double that characteristic. There are multiple ways we can express ...
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What's the word for day/night?

So I'm customizing a WordPress (cms) for hotel for a client and he asked me to do add a new functionality that is a options dropdown where the user can select "time" like Time: - Day - Night ...
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What is the difference in nuance of amiable and affable?

Both come from Latin. The noun amicus(friend) from amo(I love) The verb affor(to address) from ad + for(to speak to) I am pretty sure etymologically amiable should be much more warm, pleasant and ...
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When would one use the word “participance” in place of “participation”?

The Oxford English Dictionary includes three words that all appear to have the same meaning: participation, participance, and participancy. I'm curious if there is a difference between the three. ...
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Is there a synonym for “flunky” that specifically denotes a failed student at university?

Am searching for a term to denote a person who has failed within a university, ie. someone who could not excel in his or her course of study. Not a dropout, per se, or someone who simply could not ...
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Single word meaning “Treasure Hunter”

I am looking for a single word which means something close to "treasure hunter". However, "treasure hunter" may not mean exactly what I want. I want a word that describes a person whose job is to ...
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Differences in antonyms of “balance” with negative prefixes

Most words only have one correct negative prefix out of "in-", "im-", and "un-". Why are both "imbalance" and "unbalance" both grammatically correct (but "inbalance" is not")? What are differences in ...
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Synonyms for “Low”,“Medium”,“High” that sort alphabetically

In database queries, clients often asked to group values into ranges, "Low", "Medium","High" which make sense when read by a human. But if the computer returns strings, they sort alphabetically not ...
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Words to call a gun?

How would someone who goes hunting/shooting a lot describe a gun? (in UK, not USA) Any casual terms that non-hunters would not know, e.g. would they refer to the make - as in I've just bought a new "...
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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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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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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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What is a synonym for the slang word “foreigner”?

Up until right now, after looking up the word "foreigner" in a few dictionaries and finding nothing relevant, I would never have guessed that it is British slang. I have always assumed that the word ...
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using ''require'' or synonyms in a cover letter

I have a doubt about the correct use of the verb to require and its synonyms in a cover letter. My doubt is: require sounds almost like it's something that you are forced to do (therefore expresses a ...
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“To date” versus “so far”

Are "to date" and "so far" synonyms? Or is there a difference between the two. For example, So far, research has identified nearly 80 CYP450 enzymes involved in triterpenoid metabolism in plants. ...
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Finding the right word for a process

How would one say that he did the same thing (e.g. making the same dish) but in different ways in a single word? a more elaborated example would be, I used different technologies to achieve the same ...
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Synonyms for “exchange partner”

I'm currently writing a letter to my Canadian student exchange partner whose name I don't know. So, instead of writing "exchange partner" all the time, are there any useful synonyms? Any help is ...
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Is there a dictionary/tool where I can find advanced usage of simple words?

Is there a dictionary/tool where I can find advanced versions of simple words? (thesaurus is not enough) For example, Untapped vs unexploited Lucrative vs profitable Prospect vs aspect ...
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Is “to attribute a property” equal to “to give a property”?

I'm wondering if I can use both. For instance in: "We can give/attribute a property of an eraser to a pencil." Thank you in advance!
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Using 'caveats' in context of problems

I am using the world caveats as follows: However, there are three major caveats in using these data sets. The meaning - there are 3 major drawbacks/flaws that a researcher might encounter if he or ...
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Is there a corpus of synonyms that is classified by connotation (or sentiment)?

I am a software developer working on supervised document classification. In this case, a classification system for movie reviews. I need to determine with an acceptable degree of accuracy, whether I ...
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exhibition v.s. inhibition

In my experience... Inhibition is commonly used in different ways, say to render difficult, or to hide, to restrict or hinder, etc. Exhibition can be something like making and art show, presentations,...
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“unloading” or “landing”? The action to remove goods from a ship

When I was checking an English document written by Japanese colleague, I found "landing" and wanted to replace it with "unloading". In Japanese-English dictionary I found "landing" also has such a ...
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Synonym for “follow-up” meaning the most experienced waiter as a noun

I used to work for a restaurant that had waiter teams. There were three roles: Aid, Lead, and Follow-up. The Aid was basically the busboy. The Lead greeted the customers, took the drink orders, got ...
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Craving vs longing vs yen

What is the difference between long, yen, and crave, as verbs and nouns both? Longman: Longing - a strong feeling of wanting something or someone Craving - an extremely strong desire for ...
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Difference between headstrong and strong-minded?

I can read the dictionary definitions myself, of course: strong-minded: Someone who is strong-minded is determined and unwilling to change their opinions and beliefs: You'll have to be strong-...
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Riding along with the windows down

I have met a kind of expression that I am unable to understand. The full sentence I met is "Most of the automotive stock analysts were, and are, happily riding along with the windows down." I myself ...
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Right wing terror

I want to make slide for a program we are conducting against right wing terror. In the slide can I use ' right terror ' to denote right wing terror ?
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Opposite of Therewithal

Below is the definition of therewithal according to google and several other sources. Therewithal: together with that; besides. "he was to make a voyage and his fortune therewithal" I was searching ...
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How do you say “to brown-bag it” in your neck of the woods?

Is the North American phrase "to brown-bag it"--which means to take a packed lunch to work, school, etc.--used or at least readily understood in the UK and other English-speaking countries? How would ...
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Decry vs. Call (someone) out

To decry means Publicly denounce. To call (someone) out means, especially in American English Draw critical attention to someone's unacceptable actions or behaviour. As far as I am concerned,...
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One-word synonym for “anonymous assistance”

I'm looking for a single noun or verb that means the following. The first on the list is the most important and the others are other characteristics the word must have. Anonymous assistance Rapid ...
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Is “paper cutter” still used as a synonym of “paper knife”?

The Oxford Dictionary and Merriam Webster tell me that "papper cutter" is also a synonym of "paper knife". However, so far I've found only examples for this usage from the 19th century. Is "paper ...
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Usage of the phrase fall back

I came across the usage of "falling back" in a poem (Ted Hughes' Crow and Mama), and googled for its meaning and its usages. Putting the poem aside, what I'd like to understand is when an english ...
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Is there a word for a false accuser?

Obviously other than false accuser. Something like charlatan but specifically when someone is making a false claim against another.
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What is the abbreviation of customized

How can I abbreviate the word customized? Or could I use the word custom instead, without changing the meaning? I want to say customized database.
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Another word for “long run impact”

What is a poetic word for "long run impact"? to decribe some event in the past which still leave something until tens of years later?
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What's the best way to describe someone you do not know

I am currently writing a University report disucssing a project I worked on. The project consisted of 7 people, including myself. The other 6 team members were essentially strangers, although I had ...
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What are the other synonyms of Persona?

I learned the word from my UX team. They do this exercise where they put users into different buckets based on their characteristics and behavior. These buckets are called Personas. What are the ...
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“Pass under an overpass” alternative

For directions to my house, I'd like to use the phrase: Pass under an overpass in front of you. However, it sounds weird with twice "pass", "over" and "under" etc. Is there any better alternative ...
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Phrasal verbs with synonymous opposites

There are some cases in English where one can substitute in a word that normally has an opposite meaning, but instead produces the same meaning. For examples, consider the following meanings and uses:...
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Why do “supposed” and “expected” both have similar dual meanings of assumed/predicted or obligated?

"You are supposed to pay your taxes" This could mean that you should pay your taxes, under obligation. It could also mean that someone (probably the speaker) has presumed that you do pay your taxes. ...
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What's the difference between retrospect and hindsight?

Are they synonyms for looking back on the past that have separate contextual applications or do their meanings differ?
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Word for lying lazily in bed?

There is a word used specifically for lying relaxed in a bed or someplace comfortable, stretched out and not wanting to move from that position. Problem is, I can't remember what the word is called, ...
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word or phrase for describing one that has much opportunities

Take "folly" for example, there is the term "fool" or "foolish" for the individual that does that folly, and the term "foolishness" that is the quality of being foolish or doing folly. I am looking ...