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Questions tagged [word-substitution]

This tag is for questions seeking a single word or phrase which can replace a larger phrase or idea while conveying the same meaning.

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Expression of gratitude

conveying appreciation at times has no words. therefore how to begin this expression without having to say repeatedly the following sentence: There are no words to express...."
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One word to describe a space where I can browse interest based content [closed]

What could be a possible word to depict a "space where I can browse content based on my interest and people that I follow". This draws an analogy to social sites such as Twitter, Facebook etc which ...
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What's a word that means “we fix things without you noticing”?

What's a word that means "we fix things without you noticing"? In a business context, an example would be where a company's technology works in the background so if their API changes or the site ...
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Choice of expressions to indicate something remembered

When talking to my friend, I’d like to say some events that we have done in the past. I am confused about the usage for this. “As far as I remember what we’ve done: (I'm beginning to tell) We liked ...
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what is a “positive” synonym for 'target'? [closed]

e.g.: I was a(n) _____ to/of his kindness. Not 'object'.
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Use of 'Dignified'

I have a doubt ! I'll be very thankful if anyone can answer it for me Is this sentence grammatically correct? I feel dignified right now. Few responses will be I feel honourable that I ...
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Is “I” an alphabet or a letter?

I have come across this sentence, "Modi understands only one alphabet, and that is the capital I", in the renowned Indian writer Dr. Shashi Tharoor's recently published book "The Paradoxical Prime ...
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Usage of “wouldn't work” vs “didn't work” when talking about past experience / observation

Today at the airport someone said, "You can do that by pressing this button". The other person replied, "I tried that, but it wouldn't work". It seems that they meant "it didn't work".  Is "it wouldn'...
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What word describes a person who gains the trust of people on behalf of an adversary?

What word or idiom describes a person who gains the trust of people in an organization to identify potential threats to that organization? Example: Say Company (Organisation) "A" wants to know how ...
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Word for anyone who forgets about anything in middle of a conversation

I've a friend who forgets about the topic on which we're having conversation at first place and deviates and talks about something else & then after sometime; in between he realizes that he is ...
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What do you call the conjunction of two words?

The statement that I want to make is: "Impostor syndrome" ... why does this (conjunction of words) sneak into every text I read these days? What is the right or best expression for "conjunction of ...
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Word equivalent to “intellectual challenge”

Is there a word that is equivalent to the phrase 'intellectual challenge'?
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A Word for a Person who believes only things which are globally believed/accepted?

Eg. In religious belief, I only believe that marriage is only a physical bond. There is nothing to do with rituals. Because Globally, that is the ONLY common thing in a wedding. Rituals are totally ...
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Substitution for : Spearheaded a project which was was never been done in the organization / is been done for the first time in the organization

Substitution for: Spearheaded a project which was never been done in the organization / is been done for the first time in the organization I am looking for a substitute in the form of Spearheaded a ...
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Is there a term that describes someone who both seeks to control and is controlled by something?

Is there a term that exists implying contradictory aspects of both control and being controlled? A term expressing a simultaneous dichotomy along the lines of: controller/controlled master/slave ...
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Why didn’t you wake me up? I’ve been up since 5:00 that’s not my responsibility! [closed]

you’re in a Long term relationship with someone and they always say things like “ I don’t care those are Your problems” or “ that’s not my responsibility” “ I’m helping you out”. How would you ...
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with his mouth wide open

What other words can I use to replace the following: "with his mouth wide open" I'm trying to describe a person who was shocked by bad news. I need to show, not tell. I have used "with his mouth ...
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Can I substitute a main verb with an auxiliary verb in a subordinate clause if it has an object after?

There are no auxiliary verbs in my language, so I often struggle using them in English. If I want to substitute a main verb in a subordinate clause of a complex sentence, because it's the same as in ...
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What are some examples of concepts for which people have used different words in different times? [closed]

In George Carlin's brilliant rant about euphemisms, he criticises the way people use different words for the same thing. According to him, people use these words to bullshit themselves in order to ...
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Rhyming with words [duplicate]

If I want to rhyme with a word like 'time' would 'overtime' or 'anytime' count as a rhyme with 'time', saying that 'anytime' and 'overtime' have the word 'time' in it. (This goes for any other words)
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One-word substitute for “otherwise” in this context

Is there a substitute for "otherwise" that can be used preceding an adjective? An otherwise excellent student, going through a personal crisis, can see his results deteriorate drastically. Close ...
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What is a word for the quality of being “foreign”? [closed]

In the paragraph below: Although it’s needless to note the challenge with language adoption, I often find it necessary to mention her foreignality (?), as she invests much energy into ...
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What is the correct one word for this sentence?

Which one is the correct one word for the sentence given below? Group of military operations with a set purpose, usually in one area "Mission" ? or "Campaign" ? PS. Not clear by their ...
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Skill or having the ability to pack/organize space well

How would one describe, having the ability to pack well. Example: being able to pack/organize the car for a long trip. Or being able to organize a cabinet, refrigerator, or freezer?
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If I say “car pulled up way too much into the road” what do you understand?

I am trying to explain someone this situation. There was a car stopped at intersection but its head was sticking out of the cross walk and into other incoming traffic like this picture. And I am ...
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What's a good substitute for “outnumber”? [closed]

Original sentence: Don’t misunderstand, life is quite a wonderful thing, but non-life both precedes and outnumbers life. The intention to describe that there are more non-life than there is life. ...
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Best replacements for the term “as if” and “as though”?

I've written an 8-page descriptive essay, but now that I take a second look at it, terms "as if" and "as though" come up quite a bit. I'd appreciate if any one could suggest some other words or terms ...
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What is a good substitute for “can be seen to”? [closed]

I am looking for a phrase that can be used instead of "can be seen to" in an analytical context e.g. "...each of whom can be seen to represent..."
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A word for a person or group of people that are always in search of something or someone. Kind of like a fanatic [closed]

I'm trying to find a word to describe the act of always to be on the outlook for a specific object or idea. My character is really compulsive when it comes to symmetry. He is always trying to find the ...
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the king of England is more generous than any other ones of France

I heard that in N-bar system, a pronoun "one" only substitutes for N-bar thing, not just a noun. So in the following sentence, should "ones" be changed into "kings"? The king of England is more ...
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A person who is adamant because he knows he is right, without being rude [duplicate]

At my workplace, my senior, who is senior than me by age, experience and knowledge is always right. I want to tell (admit/appraise) him that, I do what he says and do not put my POV because at the ...
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English word that means “meet someone where they are.”

I love the meaning, but I am tired of the phrase "[to] meet someone where they are." This phrase is synonymous with social work and many helping professions, so I hear it at least a few times a month. ...
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Is there a word for a place where things are stored temporarily? [closed]

I'm not sure I can elaborate much more than what you already know from the title of this question - I need a word that means, or almost means, 'temporary storage space'. Is there a word for a place ...
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Word to express something analogous to sample? [closed]

Say for example, many guys are told to harass Tom in different different ways. Now Tom wants to say that if you catch hold of any 1 guy among those concerned, the investigation team will get a "sample"...
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Word to denote one who is being harassed simply with an intent to harass another

Say, for example, one wants to harass Tom so that he runs away from that place leaving behind his legacy. For that end, his kid is being harassed by society or anyone. Is there any word that can be ...
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What is a word that means “easy to give up”? [closed]

What is a word that means "easy to give up"? For example, "A person that would give up is more likely to lose a basketball game than a person that never gives up."
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What terms can be used to determine the state of a switch? [closed]

So, I came to naming a variable in my PHP today. The variable was to contain information about the state of a switch, E.g - on and off. However, I couldn't, for the life of me, think of what to name ...
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Are there any different words for stewed meat and a stew with meat?

These are two different ways of cooking meat. I know I can stew meat, i.e. boil it with little amount of water and then eat it without any water. Or I can make a soup that is also called "stew" but it ...
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Is there a term for when one word is used as a generic blanket term, even though it may be technically inaccurate?

Periodically I'll hear people refer to their six-cylinder engine as a V6, when it's actually an inline-six or a horizontally opposed engine. And I've actually done this myself--unintentionally called ...
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Is there a more positive alternative to the word “inevitability”?

Inevitability just sounds so depressing to me. The "inevitability of death" is a glaring example. There has to be a word that means "unavoidable but in a good way" right? Edit: The sentence I'm ...
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Were to find synonymous for very + adjective?

As an exercise, I am going thorough I paper I wrote and trying to replace all (or most) adjectives in the form of "very + adjective" with a word. I feel that if done good this would greatly improve my ...
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Transfer vs. transmit

What is the difference between transfer and transmit ; E.g Anyone who transports, transfers, transmits or receives illegal money commits an offense.
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“unreflected”, is it correct? [closed]

It seems for me that "unreflected" is not an English word. What is a good alternative for it that means "not reflected"? I need to use it in this context: "We use ... that compensates the unreflected ...
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What can I substitute for “A perfect example for this is”

I need a more sophisticated way of starting a sentence that uses soccer as a perfect example of an ancestral sport from china which evolved.
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Ellipsis or substitution?

If they want to get revenge, Abra, I don't mind. But perhaps they don't. They don't in that utterance is included in the verbal substitution do or ellipsis? Is the full form They don't want ...
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What is it called when single letters are used as words in a sentence? [duplicate]

What is it called when single letters are used as words in a sentence? I C A B. I C D B P! I see a Bee. I see the bee pee! F U N-E X? S I F X. F U N-E M? S I F M. OK I L F M ...
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I don't like him any; you can't fool me any. “Any”?

What's the function of "any" in the title? Is it simply a synonym of "at all"? Why is its use so limited? For instance, we don't go here at all doesn't translate well to we don't go here any for me. ...
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alternate phrase for 'satisfying the thirst'? [closed]

I am trying to compose a poetry. There is a line which goes like this - 'you are like a river that'll satisfy the the thirst of the sea/ocean ' . I want to know if there are alternative phrases for '...
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I'm very confused of using that have/had [duplicate]

I just want to ask which is correct between the two sentences given. You've found them. Or You'd found them.
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Surrogate in comparsion to substitutional

Am I right in assuming that the term 'surrogate' is meant to be used in a way of telling that someone or something is a desired replacement for a certain thing, whereas 'substitutional' would rather ...