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“Virtually” and wiktionary

I read Ordinary language, as most of us are at least vaguely aware, serves various functions in our day-to-day lives. The twentieth-century philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein thought the number of ...
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the grammatical roles of “at most”

I just looked up "at (the) most" in "Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English". It was under the entry for "most" as determiner and/or pronoun. One of the example sentences for it in the dictionary ...
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Is there a way to not use bilingual dictionaries when I try to think in English?

Is there a way to not use bilingual dictionaries when I try to think in English? For the physical objects of the world (such as a rafter, a scraper, a condenser, etc.) I can use visual dictionaries. ...
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Can I say: “This server is healthy.” knowing that “server” is a material thing?

I was wondering, is it proper to say: "This server is healthy." knowing that "server" (https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/server) is a material thing? Thank you!
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How do I understand Labels & Codes [ C or U ] in Cambridge dictionary correctly?

in Cambridge dictionary, [C] refers to Countable noun: a noun that has a plural [U] refers to Uncountable or singular noun: a noun that has no plural. What does [ C or U ] mean? Take this (...
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What is the relationship between the sub-items and the main one on Oxford Dictionary?

Oxford Dictionary (https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/just) gives a bunch of definitions about “just” there are 3 sub-items in 4th item, one of them is pointed out by blue rectangle in the ...
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What is the difference between 1.differentiate and 2.distinguish

Both words are verb transitive.They are of the same meaning.There are many words in dictionary and thesaurus which words are differentiating in their usage. If we use other words of the dictionary ...
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Verb/noun/adjective/adverb table

I'm looking for a resource in which I can look up for a verb, noun, adjective or adverb and get its corresponding verb, noun, adjective or adverb. Something like this, only much larger — this table ...
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How to understand this definition sentence

arrogance:​the behaviour of a person when they feel that they are more important than other people, so that they are rude to them or do not consider them Oxford learner's dictionary I think the ...
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how do you use merriam webster dictionary?

I have a problem using Merriam-Webster dictionary. I can't use it properly. For example, if we search for Cramped in Google it says uncomfortably small or restricted. But I can't find any meaning ...
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How to find proper phrasal verbs or idioms for the sentence you're translating?

Let's assume you're translating a sentence. You can translate everything in English but sometimes there are idioms and phrasal verbs that you can use to make your sentnce more clear and compact. e.g., ...
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Article or no article. The word “Stage”

How to understand whether it is necessary to put the article before this word and before other words like this? Dictionaries like this(enter link description here) don't give explanations or something ...
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What do you call a coined term like “Cobra effect”?

Looked on wiktionary: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/cobra_effect and it just says it's a noun. How do you look for coined words on Wiktionary. I want to search for coined words instead of ordinary ...
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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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sentence from Cambridge dictionary: ‘his’ vs. ‘he'

Is this sentence from Cambridge dictionary correct? He was there and saw what happened, so his is the only authentic account. (from https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/...
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What are the dictionaries that shows the meaning of words from the common to the less common meaning?

What are the online dictionaries that shows the meaning of words from the most common to the less common meaning? Normally I use the following dictionaries: Cambridge dictionary Oxford dictionary ...
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What's “(oft) with poss”?

Both [with poss] and [oft with poss] are instructions in Collins Dictionary. I can understand "oft" = "often", but what is "poss"? The dictionary doesn't give an answer, at least I didn't ...
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How to find the Part-of-Speech of a word

I want to know is there a dictionary or site to find Part of Speech of a word? For example, when I search "inform" it tells me the meaning of it and the part-of-speech of "inform".
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What do these [Greek alphabet] forms in the OED signify?

I underlined them in red beneath. Screenshot:
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does stutter only refer to speech?

Can an action be stuttered? Or is it only referring to talking only? I see in the dictionary that it means to speak in such a way that the rhythm is interrupted by repetitions. What if an action is ...
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Is there a dictionary which denotes if its words are concrete or abstract nouns?

Is there a dictionary which denotes if its words are concrete or abstract nouns? I found already a dictionary which denotes if the words are countable or uncountable (Merriam Webster learner's) but I ...
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Online English dictionaries which group words with identical roots together

I am wondering whether there are out there online English dictionaries which group words with identical roots together to simplify learning. For example when I learn verb "subdue" it would be great ...
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When Americans hear a word he doesn't know, how they can find the word in a dictionary?

English is can be pronounced different way in many cases. I've been wondering how they can search the word at a dictionary? For example, if somebody heard the word "talk", it sounds like "tok" If he ...
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Is it wrong to hyphenate a phrasal verb like “log in” or is it a matter of style?

People log in to Facebook. In this sentence, if I change log in to log-in, will it be grammatically incorrect? Or the adding/omission of a hyphen is just a matter of style? The other thing is, if ...
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What does “This account may be true in itself” mean? [closed]

I don't understand what the sentence below say, please help me. in and of itself It is also put simply as in itself, as in: “This account may be true in itself.” Reference: http://www....
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The meaning of “view”

One in four of those questioned said they did not know nor had any view on the matter. What does view mean in the above sentence? Does it match the first sense or the second one in Oxford Learner's ...
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acreage - measured in acres or not?

I've encountered a contradiction in different dictionaries regarding the definition of acreage. Oxford Dictionary says An area of land, typically when used for agricultural purposes, but not ...
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Are there dictionaries which classify words by UK and USA usage?

Are there dictionaries which classify words by UK and USA usage? This question supposes that there are words which are mainly used in the UK while others are used in the USA. Based on that, there ...
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Why is “jewel-bright” not found in the dictionaries?

Why can I not find "jewel-bright" in the dictionaries? Is it a set phrase? The meaning is as bright as a jewel, isn't it? The context wherein I found it: Twenty minutes later, they left Eeylops ...
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Is there any free word-frequency dictionary?

Sometimes, despite I can see the meaning of a word in a dictionary, I don't know which variation of a word has the most application? For example, I find the word loathed in a text and I find it in an ...
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Literary words vs Formal English and Archaisms

Due to my previous question about the difference between terms I would like to also know about the way literary words work, especially in written English, formal English and with taking the archaisms ...
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Are the dictionary terms synonyms?

I often see the terms old-fashioned, outdated, dated, archaic, obsolete and aged in different dictionaries. Are they all synonyms and do they all mean the same thing? Many forums discuss this and ...
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Why are the syllables in “elephant” divided in two different ways?

When I'm using Merriam-Webster dictionary to confirm the pronunciation and I found out that the syllables divided in the word and its phonetic are different. For example, elephant, and experience. ...
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‘Biscuit’ as modifier, according to the online OED

If you look up the word ‘biscuit’ in the Oxford online dictionary, you'll see this biscuit noun 1   British     A small baked unleavened cake, typically crisp, flat, and ...
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What is the meaning of 'N-PLURAL' in the Collins COBUILD dictionary? [duplicate]

N-PLURAL represents plural noun according to the explanation in the Collins COBUILD dictionary. Can I interpret it as a noun that is countable but unable to be used in singular form and only able to ...
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This/he is studying [closed]

This is studying. He is studying. With #1, is this thing studying, or it is an explanation or definition about studying?
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Apartment as a type of house

As far as I know home is the place where you live such as a house or an apartment. So apartment is a type/subcategory of home as mentioned in Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary and its picture. ...
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Valid line breaks in adverbs “…ly” in US English? [closed]

According to Merriam-Webster and Oxford online dictionaries for AmE, the right way to hyphenate "mathematically" is "math·e·mat·i·cal·ly". However, some style guides for AmE insist on never leaving ...
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How to choose the meaning of words from many meanings to prepare for tests

To increase my vocabulary i collect word from my daily study and then find them into Cambridge dictionary. But one word has many meaning. It is sometimes hard to memorize all of them and it is also ...
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SB and STH in dictionaries

tell sb to do sth (Cambridge Learner's Dictionary) When I look in dictionaries, I often see the words sb and sth. Are these proper words? What do they mean? Can I use these words in my essays, for ...
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Why do dictionaries not use capitalization in the beginning of their “sentences”?

When I look up a dictionary, the example sentences always use small letters at the beginning of the sentence. For examples: exacerbate make (a problem, bad situation, or negative feeling) ...
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Why isn't there a structure of “express something (to somebody)” in the dictionary?

Ok, now, in Oxford dictionary: to express: to show or make known a feeling, an opinion, etc. by words, looks or actions source so they got the structure "express something", ex: "Teachers have ...
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Why are some past participles listed in dictionaries as a single word, while others are not?

My question is when a past participle can be thought of as a single word, not a inflectional form of verbs?
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Pronunciations of “class” as found in Collins American English Dictionary

The Collins American English Dictionary gives class two pronunciations, presumably with respect to American English. Does this mean American English speakers use both equally and that both are okay?...
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Is *fixate* a modern word, though OLD doesn't include it?

OLD has definitions for fixated, fixative, but not fixate. This suggests that fixate is not a normal, modern word that one can use in everyday speech or writing... Is this right? Note: ...
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Is there a list of words that are known by all english speakers? [duplicate]

Sometimes one finds a word he doesn't know .. but is there a list of words which could be memorized over several months maybe a list of words .. I don't need a short one or one with easy vocabs or ...
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Is 'The reason is because …' redundant?

[Source:] The phrase "the reason is" implies a causal relationship between two events or states. For example, the reason that the wagon is red is that I painted it with red paint. I could also ...
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is 'worthful' a word?

Though I have heard 'worthful' in some usages and also I have checked it in the Meriam-Webster website, I am still in doubt if it is a formal word, because lots of the grammar checkers show it as ...
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A dictionary that gives usage frequencies for each meaning of a phrase and word

Is there a dictionary (preferably on-line) that would offer usage frequency information for each possible meaning of a word or phrase? I mean more detailed than the usual marking of some meanings (...
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Looking for a 1000 most frequent english words

Is there a free list of 1000 most frequent words used in everyday English? If there is a list with usage examples (as each of those words has multiple meanings for sure, not to cound phrasal verbs), ...