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Questions tagged [vocabulary]

The vocabulary tag should be used for questions discussing a multitude of words in a certain field. E.g., the vocabulary concerning money or the vocabulary concerning leatherworking.

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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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“Only to” vs “Just to”

In the following sentence I have to write one word: One annoying example of this is when you walk into a room, _____ to realise you have forgotten what your reason for going there was. According ...
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“Category” vs “Section” in this context

I have to choose the correct word in the following sentence: In the 1730s, Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus set out rules for classifying species, the most basic biological category/section. ...
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Please help me correct grammar, vocabulary and puntuation, and condense each paragraph [on hold]

Câu 4: Please:- a) give up to three practical examples of how you intend to use the knowledge, skills and connections you will gain from your scholarship. Possible tasks can be personal and/or ...
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The meaning of Only more so

What is the exact meaning of only more so. A sentence I read in the book Then we bought a pizza and brought it back to his apartment,which was your standard Divorced Guy Pad,only more so. ...
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Muzzle or not? What would you call this thing? [on hold]

What would you call this in English? What's this white thing on cat's or rabbit's muzzle? Or is this a muzzle itself? Would it be right to say, "This is a head with a white muzzle?"
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Word which sounds the opposite of its meaning - i.e. antonym of onomatopoeia

Decomplexify! Definition: To rid of complexity; to simplify. Now, a word which sounds like its own meaning is an onomatopoeia. But, what is a word (like decomplexify) which sounds (to me) like the ...
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What is the meaning of “goes”? (NOUN OR VERB) if goes is noun , what is the meaning of goes? [closed]

I have just started to read English novel.Today, I have seen a sentence ( Joining this caravan may have been my decision, but where it goes is going to be a mystery to me)
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List of “criminal epithets” [closed]

I am looking for a list of (generally derogatory, but not always) names used to describe criminals by their offense. Some examples: "murderer" "rapist" "pirate" "killer" "traitor" "thief" "spy" "...
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when we talk about settlement in litigation, can we use the word “price”?

When we talk about settlement in litigation, can we use the word "price"? I feel "amount" is commonly use when we talk about the amount of money one side has to pay to the other. Can we also use "...
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The phrase “to the numbers born”?

There is this sentence in a book named Shoe Dog which has confused me a lot. In what sense is the word born used here? I'd met other accountants who knew numbers, who had a way with numbers, but ...
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What’s the word for an unnecessary statement that must be true given an earlier comment? [closed]

For example, “it was 3am in the morning” or “i saw with my own eyes”.
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Can one use the word 'majority' for the leading alternative (in a three way split) even if the proportion in favor is less than 50%?

If there is a political proposition with three alternatives and the leading alternative, that is to say that which command the most support, does not have 50% or more support can that alternative be ...
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Is the word “on” pronounced like /ʌn/ or /ən/ instead of /ɔn/ when it is unstressed? [duplicate]

Is the word "on" pronounced like /ʌn/ or /ən/ instead of /ɔn/ when it is unstressed in an American accent?
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Are there any words describing normal breathing?

I am not sure but I can't find any words that describe normal calm breathing. Something that describes the exhale of a breath or blowing air out from your mouth. Not frantic or puffed breathing just ...
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Is the word “I'm” pronounced like /əm/, instead of /aɪm/, when it is unstressed? [closed]

Is the word "I'm" pronounced like /ʌm/ or /əm/, instead of /aɪm/, when it is unstressed?
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Word or term for quarter but for 1/5 1/6 and so on? [closed]

Its for a letter to someone. A proposal involving fractals and housing. Name as much as you can. Im asking for similar terms all in one post because it would probably be useful in the future.
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Difference between 'should have a place to live' & 'should need a place to live' [migrated]

I am confused between I should have a place to live and I should need a place to live Can anyone explain difference between these sentences.
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“too high” vs “so high” [migrated]

My brother in the middle school had a question in his vocab exam. It says: The roof was ..... high that no one can touch it. to so such too He thinks so high is correct, however, I am more into ...
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What is the suitable word for tasks which need your attention?

I am designing a portal for managers. I have to show the list of tasks which requires their attention to take some action. Currently, I am using title "Critical Tasks List". Is there any other best ...
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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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Is there a term, preferably informal, for upper-tier white collar workers?

I'm looking for an informal term to describe investment bankers, big law corporate lawyers, high-end consultants, and the like. The closest I can come up with is "yuppie", but that's no good because 1)...
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What's the best business term to refer to someone who works as an outpost of a departament?

Let me explain it better. I need a name for the job position of a person that works inside a department but answers directly to another department and acts as a small unit of this other department ...
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Posses vs possession [closed]

Is it better "I have something in my posses" or "I have something in my possession"? or are both OK? The first possibility sounds a little more hi-brow to me... PS, I'm not confident of the tag I've ...
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Difference between 'everything to me' & 'everything for me'

I am confused between she's everything to me and she's everything for me Can anyone explain which one should i use.
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How should I use the word “incisive”? [closed]

INCISIVE How do you use this word if you use it ? I was reading a book which provided the translation of this word as (I will write the word which is an exact equivalent of it) CUTTING OR BITING ...
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Is there a word for swear word substitutes? [duplicate]

Is there a specific name for swear word alternatives? I know about synonyms, but was wondering if there is a specific word to describe when a substitute is created for a swear word (e.g. "dang" or "...
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A word for someone who pretends to be interested in a home for sale

I need a word for a third person who goes into a home for sale to increase the price by pretending to be interested in a home for sale.
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She was shrink by trade [closed]

James Paterson in his novel writes, “she was shrink by trade, a forensic profiler, and Jack Morgan’s number two at Private “. What does whole sentence mean?
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preposition follow the word “interpreter”?

Example Statement: He acted as interpreter between the Spanish locals and the tourists. Should the preposition following "interpreter" be "between" or "for" or something else? or should the entire ...
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Vocabulary Question: Stane (verb); to stane to do something

I came across the word "stane" in a poem in the Paris Review, and I can't seem to find a definition that fits its use in the poem. I checked several dictionaries. Some didn't have it at all, and those ...
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What is the word for this definition?

In my country when two people want to get married they set an amount of money that if they want to get divorced the husband must give that money to his wife. I wanted to know if there is any specific ...
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Usage of “optimize” [closed]

Say I want to maximize the production of corn by controlling factors X, Y, Z. In english, do I say 1) I want to optimize corn yield/production (optimal response) OR 2) I want to optimize the level of ...
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Example of history and historical [closed]

I have read the previous topics but still dont know where I should use history or historical in the following examples. Athens is a historic / historical city This chair is historic / historical ...
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Tall legs VS Long legs [closed]

Which one of these sentences is correct, and why? -I have tall legs. -I have long legs.
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What is the correct form of adjective in the sentence?

I’ve done a test and I’d like to know what is the correct answer for the question: *conplete the correct word, please make necessary changes: 8. I would like to have an_______ coat so nobody can see ...
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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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What is the difference between impertinent and impudent?

Do impertinent and impudent have different meanings? What is the difference between impertinent and impudent?
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when to use “to” vs “in” with elope?

I would have thought "elope to (destination for the marriage)" was correct. However, I recently saw someone write "elope in (destination for the marriage)," and when I looked it up, the answer wasn't ...
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Is there a term for someone trying to dismiss an argument without addressing the points?

Let me give you an example. Two people are having a debate on the internet (surprise, surprise). Person A and Person B go back and forth a few times. Person B catches Person A in a fallacy. Instead of ...
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Looking for a word that means an implicit assumption

For example, if one believes that A is true, whereas A is true because of some unspoken assumption B. Is there a word to describe such B?
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What is the term for “overlooking words with letters written in reverse”?

If I recall correctly, there is a term in English which refers to the phenomenon /behavior where people are unable to tell, at a glance or when skimming through an article, a misspelled word because ...
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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 the difference between edge and margin? [closed]

What is the difference between edge to margin?
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What do you call these in English?

I think the title says it all. Are they called boxes? Columns? I really don't know. It you could help me, that would be very useful :)
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A word like “anachronism” but for word meanings instead of time

I’m trying to find a word that has roughly the same meaning as “anachronism”, but rather than incongruous time periods, it’s the word meanings which don’t line up/don’t make sense with each other. ...
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What “I couldn't place it“ about an accent means?

Stephen Clarke wrote in A Year In the Merde, 2004 : "Not really, I'm 27. If I was a rock star I'd be dead." The bloke made apologetic gestures. "No, no. Ah'm not criti-sashing. Ah'm just... ...
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Why is a song's radio edit called a ‘7" version’?

For some reason, I used to think that a 7" version of a song was a 7-minute long version. Then, I started noticing that most 7" versions I came across were in fact around 3:30 long. Upon further ...
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“Nine crazy years at the ticker”?

From Franklin Delano Roosevelt's 1936 Madison Square Garden speech: "For twelve years this Nation was afflicted with hear-nothing, see-nothing, do-nothing Government. The Nation looked to ...
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Usage of “Potential vs Promising” as an adjective

"Lithium ion batteries are considered as the most potential candidates for energy storage devices" A native speaker who reviewed this sentence asked me to change "potential" to "promising". I couldn'...