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

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Another expression for “Introduction”

I'm writing a work, and one of the initial chapters is an introduction. However, I strongly dislike calling that chapter just "Introduction". I think it's too short, too general... I'm looking for ...
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vendor vs seller

I have read the following sentence: My uncles are flower vendors. Would it be incorrect/unusual to say "flower sellers" instead? If not, is there any difference between both (e.g. having a shop or ...
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CAE speaking question: aims or targets

There is a question I’ve read in a speaking test that I don’t know how to answer. ‘Do you like to give yourself aims or targets?’ To me ‘aims’ and ‘targets’ are synonyms, how do I answer that?
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What is possible is also feasible?

I know how to use possible but I am doubtful how to use feasible in a sentence. It is not possible to speak like a native speaker. I have referred to Longman’s Active Study Dictionary and The Word ...
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One word substitution for 'A woman who shows tantrums to attract men's attention"

What is the one word substitution for 'A woman who shows tantrums to attract men's attention"? Is it 'Coquette', or is there some better word?
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Synonym for “Motive:” Reason or Intention? [closed]

Are there any rules to be followed while choosing the correct synonym of a word? In a test I was given the word motive and I had to find its synonym. I had confusion in two options, options were ...
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What is the difference between enrolment vs commencement [closed]

What is the difference between enrolment vs commencement in an academic context? Ex:- While in some states and territories children can commence/ enrol preschool before they turn four.
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“I hope he visit us more often” Why is this wrong?

I desire he visit us more often. This is correct, right? I hope he visit us more often. Why is this incorrect? Why should I use “visits” instead?
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Make Produce (out) of / from

1a. He made a little statue (out) of clay. 1b. He produced a little statue (out) of clay. 2a. We can make synthetic fibers from petroleum. 2b. We can produce synthetic fibers from petroleum....
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To prise open the gap between price and prize

The words "price" and "prize" and "prise" are easily confused. They mean different things*. It is not a difference of writing between US and British English. Part of the confusion is that "price" ...
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Is “actual hands-on” SYNONYMOUS with “hands-on experience”?

I need to confirm if the word can be used as an alternative to: EXPERIENCE. Example sentence: These days, working people not only need experience, but also soft skills. Or These days, working ...
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Unlike and Not Unlike

He doesn’t eat a lot like her. This can mean both she eats a lot and she doesn’t eat a lot, right? He doesn’t eat a lot unlike her. Does this have the same problem as the first sentence?
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Besides, Other than, But, Except, Except for

Is there something that is not the apple on the table? Is there something but the apple on the table? Are they the same in meaning? I can eat everything but tomatoes. I can eat everything that ...
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To allow for *word request* to regional regulations - to be uniquely aligned

I'm using the following sentence in a set of bullet points outlining the perks of a certain product: Allows for parameters to be specified per country to allow for them [the parameters] to be ...
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X is a steal/a real bargain/a rock-bottom price

On this Facebook page, I saw the following sentences: That’s a steal. = That’s a real bargain. = That’s a rock-bottom price. The equals signs indicate they are interchangeable. But is ...
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An other way to say hot question?

Well, I'm curious to know how to say a hot question in other ways. By means of hot I want to say important evolving question... Secondly, I used word "useful" "fruitful", I want synonyms for it. ...
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Similar expressions to “jump for joy”

Is there an expression along the lines of "jumping up to the ceiling" which could be used to describe a situation when someone is so happy he's jumping very high?
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Synonym for “Labor intensive” phrase

Can I request for a word which can describe the following sentences; Production of labor intensive products Human and capital intensive products
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What is the difference between because, in that, inasmuch?

What is the difference between because, in that, inasmuch? Here are a few examples to build an explanation upon: 1) I don't like him because he stole my bike. 2) I don't like him in that he ...
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Alternatives to “to build on an idea”?

I'm looking for an different way to express a sentence such as: I build on the fact that human beings are equal. The synonyms I found don't correspond with the meaning of starting from a concept, ...
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“to drive around” implies who is driving the vehicle?

In the sentence "I drive the car", I am controlling the car. If I am not driving, I could say, for instance, "I ride the car". edit: I meant "I ride in the car" Could "to drive around in" mean both ...
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Can “pecuniary” be used as a synonym for “financial”?

pecuniary- MW Pecuniary: of or relating to money pecuniary needs pecuniary rewards Pecuniary advantage Does this word have an interchangeable use with financial? DC Financial: relating to ...
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Are those alternatives exactly equal to what they replace: “very + adjective”?

Thanks to this cool webpage, I got the following rich adjective vocabulary list: Furious —> Very angry Gorgeous —> Very beautiful Massive —> Very big Dull —> Very boring ...
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pharmacy vs. drugstore in American English

Is there a clear-cut difference between pharmacy and drugstore in American English? Does a pharmacy necessarily sell medicines and drugs and nothing else? Could a pharmacy sell make-up?
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A collocation to mean going to hospital

I'm looking for a collocation to use with the word hospital which would mean "going to hospital". I'm translating a medical academic paper and I need to say "20% of more than 350 million people going ...
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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 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) ...