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Best term to show obligation and commitment [closed]

What is the Best interpretation, term or etc that indicates loyalty along with the obligation to do something Conditions: Positive meaning Show the situation that a person has chosen this things with ...
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Head Gesture To Tell Someone To Leave

My question how can you describe it in a few words when you incline with your head that the person to leave without saying a word. Thanks!
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Alternatives for “demand”

"The job Y demands familiarity with Z." How do you say the above sentence, when the familiarity with the product Z is not necessary, but helpful as a part of job Y? Just to give a little ...
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Word for something that takes in input but doesn't output anything [closed]

I'm looking for a word that means "something that takes in some information as input but doesn't output any information". I think I've heard it before... it sounds something like "silo&...
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What is called when someone tries to change another into their ideal?

This question did not give me the answer I am looking for. Recently, I watched an episode of an anime called 'Jaku-chara Tomozaki-kun' and seeing how the female lead was acting towards the male lead ...
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I need a word to describe a word [duplicate]

I need a word that describes how some words have irrelevant meanings. Such as hot fast cold etc. what is hot to one person is not hot to another. What is hot? 100 degrees 1000 degrees. I knew this ...
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Need help deciphering the meaning behind a phrase spoken in 1893

While trying to find a word that describes someone as having a fondness/interest in microbes, I stumbled across this Nature news article in 1893 that utilized the word, "bacillophil" seen ...
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“it’s the one all the pros use.” meaning of the “pros”? [closed]

A: Mr. Miller, how are you? B: I’m fine. How are you? A: Very fine. I suppose you wanna see it again? B: If you don’t mind. A: You know where it is. B: Oh, yeah. A: You know, if I charged you a dollar ...
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Can the word “program” be used to refer to the whole package of courses, facilities, people, funds, etc., in a certain discipline at a certain place?

Is there a simple way (ideally, one or two words) to refer to each of the following items as elements of the same whole? Here are the items: the courses for undergraduate, graduate, and PhD students ...
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Is a piece of content posted online a “post” or a “publication”?

I am working on an app and I was wondering which is the most correct way to refer to a user-submitted piece of content (e.g. a "tweet" on Twitter). Is it better to refer to it as a "...
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Any words meaning a situation when you can't joke?

I'm looking for a word that can be used in several situations: a moment when you cannot joke a subject that you can't joke about a person who doesn't understand your joke And I wonder if there are ...
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What is a word to describe the units of influences for a piece of work?

The thing about a changelog, or an update that has been made for a document or an app, is by the time the reader reads about the update or the change, the update's already happened. The reader is now ...
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Where does “tables” mean in this sentence?

The profusion of food showed itself at dinner, where, if the tables did not groan, the guests surely did: for each person is expected to eat of every dish. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
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Word to describe listing every word vs “counting” (ie, not “enumerate” or “recapitulate”) [closed]

To "enumerate": to mention separately as if in counting; name one by one; specify, as in a list While it's very close to what I'm looking for, I seem to recall a word from either a SAT or ...
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Word for the analog in another language

There is a word that means the direct analog for a word in one language in another language. So, for example, the direct analog for mizu (water in Japanese) is water in English. I can't seem to ...
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Is it once-great or once great in the context of something of declining or former glory or status? [migrated]

I am writing a story. A peer gave me the suggestion to change the "once great" to "once-great". Here is the sentence: He was tall and his body frame showed the signs of stoutness ...
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What is a cast-iron schedule? [closed]

In The Riddle of the Sands (1903), Erskine Childers writes: For the plain truth was that my work was neither interesting nor important, and consisted chiefly at present in smoking cigarettes, in ...
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This type of + plural ( reason)

As we all agree on, types when plural, always comes after "of" a plural noun.. Like types of cars : meaning different classes of cars. My question here is : when I want to address one type ...
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Why are “con artists” called artists?

It really confuses me, because in my native language, "artists" should be a decent occupation (on painting, singing, movie, etc.), but obviously, a man performing scam is far from being ...
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Unknown word: “anned” [closed]

From "Stranger in a strange Land", Robert Heinlein "My passenger must not, repeat, must not be subjected to the strain of a public reception. Provide low-gee shuttle, stretcher and ...
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Nullifidan, heresiarch, latitudinarian— Is there some database where I can find other obscure words describing “types” of people?

I only come across these really obscure words while reading. I really love the weight they carry. Do you know of any place where I can find more words of the same family? If not, do you know any other ...
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Meaning of “skim” here [closed]

I was watching the movie "Kajillionaire" and heard this quote: Once your face is in the system, they got you. Fines, 401k, home equity. But maybe you want all of that, I don't know. Me? I ...
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Does “heathen” imply that someone is “atheist”? [closed]

Looking for the word/phrase closest to meaning that someone does not follow any religion (not necessarily intentionally). For example they may have never had exposure to religion but wish they had, ...
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Come back hard on us [closed]

I want to convey to a client that if they don't take things seriously and provide incorrect information then our management will come back very hard on us.is this the right sentence or any idiom or ...
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Is there a single word for two phrases which are synonymous with one another?

Is there a single concise word for two phrases which have the same or nearly the same meanings as one another? Lately, I have found myself Googling phrases like "loath to admit synonym" or &...
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What's the meaning of the word glib?

I've been studying English for a lot of time and if there's a word that I've always struggled to understand, this word is "glib". I've read multiple definitions of this word on various ...
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Antonym of Objectification [closed]

I am attempting to write a paper where I discuss how characters in one novel are objectified, while others in another novel are rendered sensations or are defined emotionally. Is there a word for the ...
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to make, meaning to recognize [closed]

I watched a movie (On the rocks) and saw this dialogue: A: I went to Sergeant O'Callaghan, Timmy... I went to his beefsteak for his retirement... B: That's my grandfather. A: That's right. Gosh, I ...
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Round the body or around the body?

I am teaching an English book and there is this sentence makes me confused: the heart pumps blood round the body.... Should it be around the body? If not, what is the reason and what's the ...
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What word would you use to describe if you are fascinated but feeling inferior/doubting yourself at the same time?

I was feeling unsure if I should do this undergrad research opportunity given to me. The professor sent me some research papers to look and, I can definitely say I am interested now, but I'm also ...
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About the verb “To attend”

I have received an email from my boss to attend a course, can I reply to her email by this sentence: Thank you for your email, I will attend. Best regards.
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What is the difference between benison and blessing?

I looked it up notably on wikidiff, but the difference is barely noticeable: both words essentially mean blessing, it seems. That's also what most dictionaries say.
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glamour and decadence

What does glamour and decadence imply here? One of them has a positive connotation, while the other has a negative connotation. Viva La Juicy by Juicy Couture. She is couture all the way. Spinning an ...
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Usage of the word ''sillage'' [closed]

If someone has a strong sillage it means that their scent remains strongly in their wake. But can sillage be used to mean ''influence'' or any other abstract meaning ?
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Civics: word for a representative's constituent who voted or will vote for them

In the U.S. as an example, a senator represents constituents -- the people in her area of representation. What's a word or short term for those constituents who voted for her? As a more concrete ...
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Is there a different word that describes drawings and art in “cartoon” style, made for animation/illustration?

The word cartoon evokes images of newspaper comics and amateurish drawings, possibly made by or for little kids. I'm looking for a synonym that describes more professional high quality art, think ...
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Is there a single word that means “next year”?

I remember reading a text (I think it was written in Early Modern English, so the word I'm thinking of might be kind of archaic) and seeing just one word that meant "next year," would anyone ...
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Is a delivery sent, shipped, or dispatched?

I am a german speaker, looking for the best way to translate a command in our software. In german the command is called "Lieferung abschicken", and it describes the process of finalizing a ...
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Meaning of “running stationary radar down”

I heard this in a true crime show. The whole quote goes like this: (He's a police officer btw) At approximately 10 pm, I was sitting here running stationary radar down towards the Circle K. So what ...
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Does the word 'inherent' in right position in the clause “The dangers inherent in bicycle riding ”?

Because the word 'inherent' is an adjective, is it in right place in the clause "The dangers inherent in bicycle riding"? I think it should be "inherent dangers" because it's an ...
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What does the word “than” mean in the idiom “more often than not”?

What does the word "than" mean in the idiom "more often than not"? It's not sensible for me. Thanks a lot 🌹
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How should I understand the meaning of 'start' in this sentence in Virginia Woolf's Orlando?

I'm reading Virginia Woolf's Orlando, however in the first paragraph in Chaptet 1 I ran into this sentence Orlando's father, or perhaps his grandfather, had struck it from the shoulders of a vast ...
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What does the word “however” mean in the sentence below?

What does the word "however" mean in the sentence below? A nonlinear system's state, however, can go to infinity in finite time.
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Using shy or short to indicate shortage

I am hoping to gain a better understanding of how the words "shy" and "short" are used to indicate a shortage. The order will be shy/short of 10 cases. The order will be 10 cases ...
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Is “boundability” an acceptable word?

Is there a word in English for "the quality of being susceptible of being bounded"? Is "boundability" an acceptable word for that purpose? (It does not seem to appear in either ...
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Looking for a word that means helpful but not needed

This may be an odd word (not even sure if one exists), but I will give some context and maybe someone will be able to point me in the right direction. I am writing an essay on technology that is ...
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Seeking concise expression or word for “Taking ownership of an existing term used by an adversary, then using it against them.”

As example: "“While we have already tried to build a new and viable society around concepts such as democracy, sustainability, sustainable development and resilience, all these terms have been ...
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Define “Islamist” [closed]

If you google "Islamist definition" the result you'll get is: an advocate or supporter of Islamic militancy or fundamentalism Google says they receive their definitions from Oxford ...
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What is the correct and most formal way to say “since it fulfills”, “as it satisfies” or “meet” the conditions?

My university asks me to include this text on my thesis: Prof. Dr. XXX, as director of the doctoral thesis YYY by Mr. ZZZ in..., authorizes for submission since it has the conditions necessary for its ...
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what is the appropriate answer to this clause?

I got this question, but I'm very confused between A and D.

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