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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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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 ...
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What is the antonym of “to friend”?

The verb to friend is used for making friends in social nets connecting people with similar interests. What is the antonym, the negative verb, meaning to delete somebody from your "friends"? What's ...
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What is the opposite of block letters?

According to wiki, the definition of block letter is as follows Block letters (known as printscript, manuscript, print writing or ball and stick in academics) are a sans-serif (or "gothic") style of ...
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A general word meaning the opposite of 'expired'?

As in 'This food is not expired' or 'I recently renewed my membership so it is not expired'. A word I could use in place of 'not expired' in both these sentences (so not words like 'edible' or 'valid' ...
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Opposite of “well understood”

I wanted to say about a field in physics, that the laws are not well understood. To my ear, "well understood" sounds fine, but "not well" sounds clumsy, and any antonym I tried seems a little ...
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The Opposite of Perfect

I am trying to assign a human readable tag that describes how good an object is. For example grading a student's paper: string quality = grade_paper(string paper); The quality has to be an ...
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Word usage: overestimate

The importance of a good education cannot be overestimated. [=a good education is very important] http://www.learnersdictionary.com/definition/overestimate I'm confused of this explanation in ...
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What is the female equivalent of playboy? [closed]

I want to know the female equivalent of playboy person, Can we say playgirl? and can we use it for a person aged over 25.
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What does “any more” mean in a sentence without having “not” ahead?

The novelist devotes so much time to avid descriptions of his characters’ clothes that the reader soon feels that such sartorial concerns, although worthy of attention, have superseded any more ...
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push out your stomach and the opposite action

You say: His tummy pushed out when he was full. and He pushed out his stomach and it became like the stomach of a pregnant woman. What if you do the opposite thing? What verb do you use? As in:...
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Is pessimistic and dark common and proper antonym for optimistic?

I googled antonym of optimistic and the results are gloomy, negative, defeatist, downbeat, gloom-ridden, cynical, bleak, fatalistic, dark, black,despairing, despondent, depressed, dejected,demoralized,...
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What's the reverse of underlying?

When one thing is based on another, we can refer to one of them using the word "underlying". For example, if object A is based on object B, we can say: the underlying B What are good ways to refer ...
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How do you say someone writes a lot of unnecessary words?

Let's say that you read a book or a newspaper and you find that the writer writes too much unnecessary information. Is there a word to describe that? Also is there a word that describes exactly the ...
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What is the opposite word for “torn” in - “page is torn”?

The opposite words listed at thesaurus.com do not seem to be fitting in the context of a page. The antonyms listed there include: fixed OK unbroken working healed mended perfect