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An antonym is the opposite of a synonym. Antonyms are words that have the opposite meaning of another word.

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What is the Negative sentence of “All good things come to an end”? [closed]

What is the Negative sentence of "All good things come to an end" ?? Like what would be its antonym and why ??
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Opposite of “encapsulate”

Is there a generally accepted term for the opposite of "encapsulate", as in to enclose something? If I encapsulate something, and then later take it out, is it "decapsulate"? &...
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Antonym of “having a sense of self-entitlement ”

My understanding of "having a sense of self-entitlement" is, in layman's terms: "feel like everything I get, I deserve it. And if anything goes wrong in my life, it certainly isn't my ...
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Opposite of “ahead”?

I saw this sentence in the dictionary We are ahead by six points. I am wondering what the opposite meaning of this sentence is?
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What do you call someone who is the opposite of perspicacious

What do you call someone who is the opposite of perspicacious? Looking for a word that could be used in a formal conversation.
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What's an antonym for the slang “straight up”?

What's an antonym for the slang "straight up"? He was straight up roasted by the President during the meeting. I mean to say "indirectly" or something along the same line.
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What's the inline meaning?

In English, there are series and parallel: Whether the inline meaning is as same as series? if not, what's the meaning of it? can use image to representative it ? and is there any correspondent word ...
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What is the antonym of “limited stock”?

"limited stock" is used when the number of products is limited. How can I describe when the products have enough stock? Can I write "plenty stock"?
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What is the opposite of an orbiter?

One may say an orbiter orbits around a planet. But an orbit doesn't have to be around a planet. What is a more general name for the object which is orbited?
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Opposite of “unwrappable”

So, if we want to say that something is capable of being unwrapped, we could say, that it's unwrappable. How do we say with one word that something is not capable of being unwrapped? Ununwrappable ...
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What is the opposite phrase of “ALL CAPS”?

As far as I know, we say that the words in which every letter is in upper-case as "ALL CAPS". Then how can we say for not "ALL CAPS"? Something like "Not all caps".
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What is the difference between “light” and “slight”? [closed]

What is the difference between "light" and "slight"? How to use these words correctly in different cases?
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The Opposite of Delegation

As opposed to this question What is the antonym of "delegation"?, if one is not delegating to a subordinate, but rather asking a superior to take on a task, what would that be called? (other ...
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Which prefix is the antonym of “co”?

"Co" implies partnership and togetherness in many technical contexts, e.g., co-planar (located in the same plane), co-orbital (moving in the same orbit), etc. Which prefix is the antonym of "co" ...
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are “displayed upfront” and “hidden covertly” the same? I guess not and I need a double check

This post says overlays of a symbol or text that may be hidden covertly or displayed upfront to protect an image from being used without owner’s approval. to illustrate above, the post gives ...
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What is the antonym for “economical with truth”?

He is not "economical with the truth". I need a single word that means its opposite He is ____ with the truth. What word do I put in the blank? Non-Economical?
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What is the antonym of “update”?

For similar words, the antonym is obtained by simply substitute the substring up with down like in the following: upgrade - downgrade upload - download What about update? I searched for something ...
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“Succeeding” as the antonym of “Preceding”

If "succeeding" is the antonyms of "preceding", and they are both adjectives, then can I use "succeeding" as in the following examples: 1- The succeeding word of the adjective is a noun. 2- ...
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“This food is sweet for a meal, sour for a dessert” - the punctuation for this construction

If I have to state its general form, I would write: ... [X] + as/for/article/none + [noun 1] , [X antonym] + as/for/article/none + [noun 2] . X: is any adjective I want to know if the comma makes ...
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What are some examples of Anonyms with “An-” prefix [closed]

I teach science to high school students. The other day I was teaching respiration to a class and the topic was Aerobic and Anaerobic Respiration. And I said Aerobic respiration is the kind of ...
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What is the proper antonym for “Optimum”?

What is the antonym of "optimal" in the following context: The utilization of organic fertilizer with "non-optimal" formula becomes a stimulant for farmers.
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How pseudoantonyms or false antonyms in the English language can be identify? [closed]

Pseudoantonyms give the misleading impression that they have opposite meanings because of the prefixes. Are not these misleading for the non native English speakers and learners? How can we identify ...
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What is the antonym (opposite) of “email”?

What is the antonym (opposite) of “email” to refer clearly to "traditional mail" and not to email?
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Is “obverse” an antonym of “reverse”?

The two sides of a coin are called obverse and reverse: Obverse and its opposite, reverse, refer to the two flat faces of coins and some other two-sided objects... But dictionary gives their ...
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What is a really good antonym for “improve”?

I'm a software developer and I'm continually faced with efforts on the part of other developers to "improve" software that I'm involved in maintaining. But from my point of view, often the things they ...
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What is the opposite (antonym) of “live” in TV?

In TV there is the term live that means in "real time". But what is the opposite (antonym) of live in TV? Is non-live? pre-recorded? E.g.: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is live - The ...
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Emphasize 'Only when allowed' in contrast to NOT being allowed

In Dutch I can let the user choose between (a software setting): Alleen indien NIET toegestaan Alleen indien WEL toegestaan for which I think the English translation should be: Only when NOT ...
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What does besides mean?

besides has two definitions in the dictionary one is apart from (except) and second is in addition to I was wondering aren't these two antonyms??
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What is the difference between brief and detail?

Are they both antonyms? While doing my exam there was written in the question paper that 'answer the following question in breif' and 'answer the following question in detail' the brief one were ...
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What is the opposite of “star” (celebrity)?

I want to know the opposite of the word "Star" ? *Here star indicates a celebrity (people that appear in a movie).
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The antonym of “diss”

I learn that 'diss' is a shortened version of "disrespect" Urban Dictionary: diss For example, try to diss me, man. What's the opposite of it? I searched 'spect' as shorthand for 'respect'. ...
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go easy on… and go overboard with

I'm looking for synonymous and antonymous expressions of "go easy on spices" and "go overboard with spices." Can you think of others?
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Antonym of “utmost” or “uttermost”

I'm having trouble to find the appropriate antonym of "utmost" or "uttermost". Dictionaries recommend "mild" and "moderate" but they sound awkward. She has the utmost chance of getting hired for the ...
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What is the antonym of “feasible” for this context? [closed]

A. Business is feasible and may be accepted if the BC ratio is greater than 1. B. Business is unfeasible and may be rejected if the BC ratio is less than 1. Can I use non-feasible instead of ...
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Put the washing in

"Put the washing out." The washing is done and take out all the washing on line. "Put the washing in" All the washing is dried and take in the house. Can the antonym "Put the washing in" as "...
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What is the antonyms of “come closer”?

What is the antonyms of "come closer"? Example two person sitting on a bench. One of the person sit to close to another. Another person say "xxx"?
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Why Not Hyperthermia?

I know it's a word, but I'm having trouble finding it in any sense. I've only going words like heat stroke, overheat But never the technical opposite of hypothermia. Why is that, or is that an ...
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“In town” as the opposite of “in the country”

Can the expression "in town" (with the zero article) be used as the opposite of "in the country"? I've found some examples in the Oxford Living Dictionaries, but still not quite sure that the ...
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What is the antonym of “delegation”?

Merriam-Webster defines delegation as "the act of empowering to act for another". In such a context, what is the antonym of delegation? Thesaurus.com suggests keeping, which seems a bit weak. I can ...
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What's the opposite of 'profanity'?

Profanity is socially offensive language. What is language free from cursewords. Is there a word to express the opposite concept of profanity? Should I use simply politeness here or is there a more ...
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An adjective for something that is not as well-known as it should be

There are two related problems that I am working on. The first problem is very famous. The second problem was published in a book about 70 years ago, but since then, little attention has been given to ...
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The antonyms of infinity

I often see words like: nonfinity, and nofinity. Mostly on T-shirts or on signs. Are all these words antonyms of the word infinity?
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I don't want someone who is lonely. So what do I want?

Here are some antonyms for lonely: populated sociable befriended close frequented inhabited loved unlonely Basically, by lonely I mean someone who feels lonely even in a crowd. Such people are ...
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What is the opposite term of 'Socialization'?

The wikipedia definition of the term 'socialization' is as follows : Lifelong process of inhereting and disseminating norms, customs and ideologies I am looking for a term which will somewhat ...
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Antonym of Pray

Is it a correct way to use opposite of word "pray". If not then please help me with writing this sentence in correct way. Remember me in your prayers. Remember me in your curses. (I've ...
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Can I say that “excludes” is an antonym of “includes”?

Can I say that the word "excludes" is the antonym of "includes"? Actually for me it look like as one origin with two different prefixes only: EX-clude and IN-clude. But I didn't find it as an ...
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Is there an antonym(…) for “append”?

The dictionary says that the meaning of append is to attach something to the end of a document: append [uh-pend] 1. to add as a supplement, accessory, or appendix; subjoin: to append a note ...
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Does “unbuild” in “Unbuild your Legos before putting them back into the box” sound natural?

How could I change this sentence in order for it to sound more natural and easier to be understood by a toddler? I've been using 'unassailable' or 'take them apart' but both sound strange.
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Close/Tight Alliance?

I have a question about the antonym of the adjective "loose" in this context: The two countries formed a loose alliance. For a "loose alliance", would a "close alliance" or a "tight alliance" ...
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What is the opposite of “dumb down”?

I am trying to figure out what would be the opposite of "dumb down" as in "I can dumb down this presentation". In this example the presentation is too complex and needs to be simplified for the target ...