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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“Leave on” vs “leave”

Can there be a missing on when I say somebody leaves on some date? For example, is it okay if I say: We'll have to leave September 1st, because we have to be back in school on the 2nd. instead of: ...
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Monopoly on Vs Monopoly of

Which one of these two sentences is correct, and why? -the state's monopoly of radio and television broadcasting. -the state's monopoly on radio and television broadcasting.
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meaning of 'shift' for 'relocate' [duplicate]

When people move places from one apartment to another one they can say 'we moved' or 'we relocated'. Is it also valid to say 'we shifted'? https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/shift ...
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Difference between coin (v.) and term (v.)

I am working on my scholarship exam but, as a non-native, I found this question pretty confusing. Some critics say the 1990s saw what could be (.....) a computer revolution. By the mid 1990s the ...
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Meaning of “account of” without “on”? [closed]

What does "account of" mean in this context? (The Mythical Man-Month) One occasionally reads newspaper accounts of how two programmers in a remodeled garage have built an important program that ...
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Meaning of “You missed it by just a hare” [closed]

What does the sentence "You missed it by just a hare" mean, in this context: Think these are rabbits? You missed it by just a hare If the context is about rabbit. What are the possible meanings of ...
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What is a Rum Cutter?

I would be very grateful if someone in the community could provide me with a definition of a rum cutter. The term appears in Thomas Frederick Littler's diary entry on June, 7th 1916. Any help would ...
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What is the meaning of “tough little number”

According to longman dict, little number is a dress or suit of woman. But I can't get the meaning of the word "tough" in this phrase. Here is the context: https://www.msn.com/en-xl/northamerica/...
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What does “I don't have it in my heart” mean? [closed]

I can't get the meaning of the phrase "I don't have it in my heart". In this context: How many times she said, uh, first female president first female president of the United States like, it's like ...
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Word for shift whose original value is kept in place [closed]

I have been searching on the internet if there is a word resembling an operation where the value is shifted but kept in place. For example, if I have the vector 0,0,0,1,1,0,0 "shifting" the elements ...
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What is a word to describe something that easily spirals into the next?

I'm looking for a proper word to describe what happens when one thing predictably leads into the next thing. I'm using it in the context of describing a video game I play. When a certain decision is ...
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Is that “log on” the website or “log onto” the website? [duplicate]

Is that "log on" the website or "log onto" the website? What is a difference?
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' I'm curious to see…'

To be curious= To be eager to know or learn something. What does it mean then to say:'I'm curious to see something' ?
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English word for “product of tinkering”

Is there an English word for a "product made by tinkering". Such as "Bastel" in German, or "bricolage" in French. If you need an example sentence: Das ist keine Software, das ist ein(e) Bastel(...
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Does open auditorium make sense? [closed]

The university organized an open auditorium on domestic violence. Does open auditorium make sense? thanks
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Words for classification of jobs according to their accrued interest

I'm not a native English speaker. I remember having read an article comparing jobs according to how the worker accrue value over time, i.e. the more your work and acquire experience, the more ...
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Is there a difference between Lenience and Leniency? Google defines them the same way but is one the modern version and the other the older one?

The Google definition for both words is: he fact or quality of being more merciful or tolerant than expected; clemency. Which one is used most nowadays? Thank you.
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Biospheric Superabundance: Subscending the Agri-Logistical. Epistemologically-Ontological Anthropocentris [closed]

I was just watching CBC. They had a rerun of This Hour Has 22 Minutes. I think the original aired Oct 30 2017. On the show, a lady is promoting a book entitled: "Biospheric Superabundance: ...
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Verb for “unassigned deadline”

I'm creating a task management system that provides team managers with an overview of the state of the tasks within a list of projects. This could sum up my intent: Project A: 7 open issues 3 ...
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What is the purpose of using the word “coequal”

I heard someone use a phrase something like: My position (or power) is coequal with (something else). I believe it was used in the American House Judiciary Committee. I don't hear this word often at ...
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Usage of words in correct context [closed]

I am trying to learn new vocabulary. So i try to make stazas on whatever words i learn in a day. One of the paragraphs is The movie director focused excessively on the minutiae details of the ...
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One word for a curious child

What would you call (in a single word) a child that asks a lot of questions, leading you to admire that fact? (In Russian, for example, there is such a word. Is there in English?)
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What's the meaning of “our family gatherings are pretty chaotic” in this context?

What's the meaning of "our family gatherings are pretty chaotic" in this context? Teacher: Tell me about your family. Student: Well, my immediate family is relatively small, just my parents, my ...
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What does “MV” mean in soccer transfer context?

Please take a look at this screenshot: As I've highlighted, there are two column named "MV" and "Free" in the table. What are those two refer to? According to Wikipedia, MV stands for "Market Value"....
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Opposed to structural information

I'm looking for a word that opposes to structural, in the context of organizing information. Imagine I have a set of images or data files organized in folders on a computer. The set of folders is the ...
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Skill Levels - Nomeclature [closed]

I'm trying to build an abstract skill level chart to be applied to diverse subjects. Right now - using only common sense - the list of levels I was able to think is: {MISSING} : Don't know anything ...
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Word to describe a subject where people learn how to do work?

Is there a word to describe a subject where people learn how to do work? For example, "I'm in a class called where we learn how to manage our time, plan work, write various documents, and present ...
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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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Muzzle or not? What would you call this thing? [closed]

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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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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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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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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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 ...