Questions tagged [synonyms]

A synonym is a word that means exactly, or nearly the same thing, as another word.

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Synonym for 'mainly unsubstantiated' or 'claims-making'

I'm looking for a synonym that implies mainly unsubstantiated. This synonym is going to be used in the following sentence. How a _______ industry dictates the most unique experience. By '...
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A verb for 'gentle slow-motion wriggling'

I look for a verb that conveys gentle slow-motion wriggling. For example, the octopus tentacle ... further into the sand. According to the classical dictionaries OEL, OALD, CALD, etc. wriggling ...
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difference: “lesser-known” vs. “less-known”

What difference, if any, is there between "lesser-known" and "less-known"? Both "lesser" and "less" are adverbials there. I suspect "lesser-known" can be used only attributively. Any other ...
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about or just about?

I'd like to know whether "about" or "just about" should be used in the following. If either is fine, what is the difference? Jack London was immensely popular about / just about a century ago. I'...
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Word choice for “Educationally Enriched”

Is there any word which replace the phrase "Educationally enriched"? I was trying to write an essay where I defined a state where every people are educated. To define that I was taking help of phrase ...
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Is there a synonym for “increasingly”?

Air transport is increasingly used to export fruit and vegetables to countries where they cannot be grown or are out of season. Is there a synonym for "increasingly"? And, can I use "growingly"? (...
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Are shrine, temple and sanctuary interchangeable?

Is there any nuance between a shrine and a temple, or a temple and a sanctuary ? Each one of those terms referenced to at least one of other ones within their respective definitions, for example, ...
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How do you call “a bicycle pump” informally?

I said I borrowed a bicycle pump yesterday. and it bothers me because I think there should be nicer options (less formal, more conversational). Is there any colloquial alternative to "a bicycle ...
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Use of “in condition in which ” [closed]

Is the use of “in a condition in which “ instead of “with” in first sentence below correct ? The dog was found with leg broken. Can i say ; The dog was found in a condition in which its leg was ...
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“You are friend with…”

In this answer I provided a sample sentence: You are friend with Toby. and as a result I received a comment from @JasonBassford: *Both of your example sentences are ungrammatical. You can't be ...
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Is there a verb opposite to “slow down?”

I'm searching for a word that means "accelerate" but should be made of the word "fast" and would be opposite of "slow down." Something like "fast up." Example: Insulin slows down the breakdown of ...
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Is there a more coloquial word in English for refined carbohydrates?

I mean, my language is Portuguese and we use the word "massa" as an umbrella term for foods like pizza, pasta, etc. Is there such a word in English? If so, what is it.
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Meaning of wholeheartedly

Can we say that the word "wholeheartedly" means the same as the expression "without a shadow of a doubt"?
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‘Check’ over ‘examine’

Could you, please, explain preference of one verb over the other? 1. I have my teeth checked at the doctor’s. I have my teeth examined at the doctor’s. I tend to think that both are good, ...
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Can “stark” be used as a synonym to “strong”?

Can "stark" be used as a synonym to "strong" or "of a strong will" in a sentence like "She was a strong person" or "You need to be strong to stay sane in captivity"?
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In comparision to [closed]

In my study I need to compare many different methods. Therefore, I need to use the words "in comparison to" or "compared to". I repeat these words many times. My question is, are there other ways ...
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Why is “chortle” considered a synonym for “chuckle”?

Both, the oxford online dictionary and the cambridge online dictionary agree on that "chortle" is a synonym for "chuckle". Cambridge even lists it as the only synonym. https://en.oxforddictionaries....
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Using “similar in-spirit”

Is this a correct use for the in-spirit synonym? Method-A is similar in-spiririt to method-B
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Hire and take on

"Take on" is an alternative for "hire". Like: We're not taking on any new staff at the moment. But this isn't my question. What I want to ask is can "take on" be used as a common and natural ...
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“it is in run”? Ways to express a functioning policy

What are the ways to express a policy is currently in place in a country? Could I say: UBI is currently in run in Alaska.
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“It can be seen as”

I would like to have a synonym of (It can be seen as). I understand the meaning of this sentence but would like to use a synonym without changing the meaning. Example This estimation equation can ...
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Synonym “to fire someone” - My doubt specially is about letter C

All the expression below mean the same as "to fire someone". Except: A)To sack B) To lay off C)To make someone redundant D) To retire.
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Is there any synonym to “ha”?

"ha" can be used in a sarcastic way like this: A: When did the first war happen? B: In 1950. A: Wrong. It happened in 1914. B: I know that. A: That's why you answered it ...
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“It is ok” synonym expression

I have used the expression "It is ok." when the character is calming down herself, so she would stop from getting annoyed or angry. But I have used it a lot, that's why I want another synonym that can ...
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Are there synonym phrases for “It is/was exactly the opposite!”

The question is quite straightforward - I did not include my research as it only resulted in synonyms for the word "opposite". The context is that something is completely different to what you ...
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A certain amount=particular amount?

Does a certain amount means small quantity? And what if you are asked to find a synonym of it. Do you say: Artists need a certain amount of freedom to express their creativity. (Small quantity) ...
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Is it the same to say 'related to' instead 'connected to' here?

Is it the same to say 'related to' instead 'connected to' here? It especially centers on the life of lead singer Freddie Mercury, who died in 1991 from health problems connected to AIDS.
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Is there any difference between “cold wave”, “cold spell” and “cold snap”

I found that those three are all frequently used as I've searched each of them in NYT site. I wonder what's the difference among them in usage. The examples are as below. Cold spell: Although this ...
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What is synonym of education in this sentence?

What is synonym of education in this sentence? Education is the single most important factor in the development of a country. (The sentence is part of an IEST where I have to argue about the ...
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The difference between “risk” and “threat”

Constant threat of attack makes everyday life dangerous here. In certain regions of the world, there is a constant risk of hydrocarbon pollution. Both risk and threat mean the possibility of ...
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What do you see if you enter 'clip' in the Windows 10 Search Box or Cortana?

I thought I made a mistake and inputed the word 'clip' in the search box and I saw that I hit the snipping tool which was really what I wanted. But the question arises: Are clip and snip in this ...
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are “header” and “heading” interchangable in the context of “information at the top of something”?

In the following contexts, are header and heading interchangable or is one preferred/correct over the other ? the top of a column in an Excel spreadsheet the top of an email message (To: CC: BC:) the ...
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How do you say, I have something under writing?

If you want to say/convey you are working on a book/paper, what is the correct way of saying so other than plainly saying I'm writing a book? I noticed 'under writing' has a specific meaning and ...
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What word would you suggest as a substitution to “directed” in this passage?

In 1923, Hesse settled in Switzerland, where he had been living for the past ten years and remained until his death in 1962. There he adopted a stance of detachment from political struggles, which he ...
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draw an analogy / a parallel between A and B

Are the phrases "draw an analogy between A and B" and "draw a parallel between A and B" synonymous? Consider the following: He drew an analogy / a parallel between London and New York. Some ...
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Synonyms to “running joke”

Is there a synonym to the phrase "running joke" in any context? I feel like I've heard something like onrunning and I'm not sure if there isn't a connotation of an inside joke, that could serve as a ...
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Difference between “capital”, “investment” and “asset”

My question comes from these sentences, Research has also found that the impact of ICT capital is greater in an organization when there are higher levels of investment in intangible capital. This ...
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What exactly does “due” mean in the expression “with all due respect”?

What are the synonyms for "due" in the following sentence? Definition: with (all) due respect: (spoken) used when you disagree with someone or criticize them in a polite way: Dad, with all ...
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“nerve system” vs “nervous system”

Search engines seem to understand "nerve system" just fine, but most results seem to use "nervous system". Is "nerve system" a synonym for "nervous system" or is it somehow unacceptable? And if these ...
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'Go through with something' and 'get something over with'

Could you let me know if these two phrasal verbs have the synonymous meanings ? a) I'd better to go through with the homework. b) I'd better to get the homework over with.
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Other ways of saying “Don't give up”?

In the context of "... but either way, don't give up on yourself yet..." Perhaps Don't bury yourself? Don't put a cross on yourself? I'm not native so it's hard for me to decide if any of these ...
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The process of determining a patient's prognosis

We can say for instance about patients diagnosed with tuberculosis that the X-ray tells the physician something about the disease progression in the near future: An X-ray is essential to determine ...
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Nuance : “I'm not scared” vs “I'm not afraid”

I think there's a nuance between scared and afraid, especially with "I'm not". Ngram Viewer shows that the "not afraid" is used much more that "not scared". It could be because afraid is more ...
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“inclusive of” and “including”

Are "inclusive of" and "including" interchangeable in the following? a. We all liked the show, inclusive of / including Sarah. b. Five passengers were injured in the accident, inclusive of / ...
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How to properly use “collateral” twice in a sentence?

We're playing a game where it's possible to use our ancestors as measurable monetary units at a pawnshop to release new family members. Today, we had a funny situation where someone stated this. ...
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Word or short description for someone who roams around in his local city and knows about local lesser known places, events, things to do etc

Just like we use travellers or wanderlust or globe trotters etc for people who enjoy travelling out of their own city, I want a word for people who enjoy roaming about their own city and knowing local ...
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Uses of “End” vs “Finish” [closed]

As "End" and "Finish" has the same meaning, so I am confused in which situation 'End' is used and the same with "Finish". Is there any proper rule to differentiate between these words?
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“In particular” as synonyms even formal to “mainly” or “especially”?

Just doing an academic issue and I got into doubt if the use of the term " in particular" could leave the phrase in the example below redundant. I need to be formal but not prolix. Are the terms " ...
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The synonym of let in

In the Longman Exams Coach software, about "let somebody in on something" the following definition was given: to tell something that is secret or only known by a few people Also, some example ...
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Can 'even more' be used as a synonym for 'more importantly'?

Can the phrase 'even more' stand for 'more importantly'? For example, 'If you drive while drunk, you could lose your license, but even more importantly, you could kill someone.' Is it correct to use '...