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Questions tagged [synonyms]

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

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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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The United Kingdom=Scotland, Wales, England and/or Northern Island? (Synonym problem) [duplicate]

What is EXACTLY the countries involved when you are saying the UK. Scotland, Wales, England= the UK Or Scotland, Wales, England and/or Northern Island= the UK An Irish English teacher said ...
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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 '...
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The use of “in consonance with” as a synonyms to “according” and “according to”

I am doing an academic work in English for the first time and just need to use a lot of synonyms to agree with the assumptions of the literature (e.g., according, according to, as reported by, ...
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In fact, Indeed

Jair Bolsonaro is the new president of Brazil. Indeed, this last election provoked a division of opinions among voters. In this phrase is normal use "in fact" or "indeed"? These words are synonymous?
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Less formal synonym for interlocutor

I need a noun to describe a person taking part in a chat conversation. Using dictionary I found interlocutor, but it is so rare and formal.
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Synonym for “squadmate” [closed]

I heard an American say the word (ends with "mate") which refers to "squadmate" in a military group. We was talking about words ending with "mate" then. (I scratched down "spunkmate" but apparently it ...
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Other word for “financial help”. Can charity be a financial “contribution”?

Thank you for your donations. How to change donations in this sentence? Financial help? Contribution? What if I wanted to generalize my thanks for all kinds of helping? Could I say gifts?
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Are “go against the grain” and “swim against the tide/current” synonymous? [closed]

Are "go against the grain" and "swim against the tide/current" synonymous? Thanks in advance
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Expel, Dismiss and Terminate. What are the differences? [closed]

I know that Expel, Dismiss and Terminate literally mean: force someone to leave an organization or an school. But I wonder if there are any slight differences in the meaning or the way we should ...
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persist Vs. continue

Are in the following contexts 'continue' and 'persist' can be interchanged? He wants to persist / continue in his way. We should persist /continue in out treatment with antibiotics. ...
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“contribute to” and “lead to”

I'd like to know whether "contribute to" and "lead to" are synonymous expressions in the following: a. Hard work alone does not necessarily contribute to / lead to success. Does any contradiction ...
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What is the word for a kid's bedroom?

I want to know a word for a kid's bedroom just like a women's bedroom is called a boudoir.
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Synonym for “nobody's perfect”

I want a synonym for "nobody's perfect" in a more idiomatic way. Maybe some rare old phrase to mean that every side has good and bad. I'm talking about a meaning that will convey that in every ...
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What is the synonym of Chilantu

Chilantu (pronounced as Chiluntu) is a composite word derived from Chillar + Ubuntu. Chillar [Hindi] means loose change, like a few cents you throw away at a hopeless beggar in the corner of the ...
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How to say more cheerful in one word?

Can I say cheerfuler ? Or is it better to say cheerfully. Like 'more good' -'better' ?
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strange, odd, peculiar, eccentric differences

Here is a question. If you go to the palace in tennis shoes, they will think you are ____ A. strange B. odd C. peculiar D. eccentric. The correct answer is D eccentric. Is anybody could tell me why?...
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to square it with your conscience or to scruple

to square it with your conscience means that something is congruent with your conscience. I would like to ask as to how to use it correctly and if the following example is correct. For example ...
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“learn something superficially” - different way of saying it?

Can we say "Learn something lightly?" The other day my brother told me to learn some stuff not thoroughly and it made me wonder about the actual adverb that comes with learn which gives this meaning. ...
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The Earth's climate has changed compared to the past/from what it used to be(synonyms)

I was watching an English video when a native english speaker compared the PAST to the PRESENT. I usually use ''in the past/to the past'' to compare but the native chose ''it used to be'' instead, and ...
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Is there another verb for “stitch someone up”? What is the American alternative for this verb?

Stitch someone up as in he is gonna stitch her up for the murder. Here is an entry from the Cambridge Dictionary: stitch sb up UK slang — phrasal verb with stitch uk ​ /stɪtʃ/ us ​ /stɪtʃ/ ...
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Does the English language have a word explaining a song in your head that you can't stop singing?

Sometimes after listening to a popular song you can't stop repeating it in your head. Is there any term for this in English? You can't say the same in Russian using one word.
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during which time vs. when

In the sentence below can I use "when" instead of "during which time"? The rise of the using of cell-phones was particularly noticeable between 1999 and 2002, during which time the use of mobile ...
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collectively and overall

Are collectively and overall synonyms? Industries and people's life-style cause 80% increase in the air pollution collectively. Industries and people's life-style cause 80% increase in the air ...
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How are the words “elusive” and “fleeting” related?

In Oxford's dictionary, we can find the following definitions for "elusive" and "fleeting": Elusive: Difficult to find, catch, or achieve. Difficult to remember. Fleeting: Lasting ...
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Synonym for 'shorthand'

I'm practicing something and I came to the word shorthand. I know it's useful for fast writing and all that, but what is the other way to say that? Is there any synonym or phrase? I need the other ...
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Word in English that illustrate the meaning of humor and criticism

Is there a combined word in English that illustrate the meaning of humor and criticism? For example, I want to say that I watch TV programs, which criticize wrongdoings of politicians in a humorous ...
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Is there a technical term the describes the lack of transitivity between definitions or synonyms?

I know there is considerable literature in several disciplines regarding the fact that two words can never/almost never be perfect synonyms. Luckily there is often sufficient overlap in the meaning of ...
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perturb or shock [closed]

You must have been be perturbed when you saw your house roof was gone after you came back from holiday. Can I substitute "perturbed" with "shocked" in this context? What other words I could use to ...
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more informal synonym for “compose one's thoughts?”

Is there a more informal and idiomatic synonym for compose/collect/organize one's thoughts? I was thinking of "get my thoughts/ it/ my head together" or "get my thoughts in order"- are these ...
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Is it grammatically incorrect to say “I speak a bit German”?

Do they all mean the same? I speak a bit German I speak a little bit of German I speak German a bit. I speak some German. I speak a little German. I have been told 1 is incorrect. I am trying to ...
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meaning of “transverse”

The Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary defines transverse as placed across something and gives the following example sentence and synonym: A transverse bar joins the two posts. -> Synonym: ...
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A single word for “not enrolled”

Are there any other words which give the meaning not enrolled? I am searching for a single word which means never being enrolled in the first place, or not being a member of some class/school/...
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What is the difference between “infrequent” and “rare”?

I have come across the word infrequent in the patient information leaflet for Prozac. When looking up the German translation of that word, I wondered what exactly is the difference between infrequent ...
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What to call an image-displaying unit which is integrated into a machine?

I'm writing a technical document for a large wall-mounted machine. The machine has one or more of what we would normally call "screens" integrated into it. I'm looking for a word, or a phrase, which I ...
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Is this dish (or vessel) called “casserole”?

A Ukrainian book says that what I know as cooking pot is casserole. Now I checked Cambridge and Oxford dictionaries and there's not such definition for casserole. So before I'm going to tell my friend ...
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How to express my selled items are diverse?

In Czech, I would say there is a varied offer, would that be correct? What about diverse, various, miscellaneous, multifarious? Also, I didn't find any synonyms to offer in the bussiness sense. Is ...
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Is there a word for “to announce one's arrival”?

Is there a word for announcing someone's arrival, kind of like a prelude for something or someone important?
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Alternatives to “Cliche”

What is a good word or phrase to characterize "a very predictable or unoriginal thing", especially an everyday, mundane, common, non-artistic thing? I thought of "cliche", but it seemed to mostly ...
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'Wait for' vs 'expect'

In the phrase: "I [wait for]/[expect] a reply to my letter in the next few days." Should I use wait for or expect? I think it is "expect" but I don't have any explanation for it.
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What is a word I could use to describe someone who is tired of war?

I was thinking of something along the lines of war-ridden but it just doesn't seem right...
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a good synonym for the word “empirically” in this case

"Whether it’s when I fold napkin lotuses for my soup kitchen’s Christmas dinner, or bake challah bread French toast sticks for my chemistry class, I’m aware that achievement doesn’t have to be ...
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Is using “Dude” for male unknowns is rude? [closed]

I want to know if calling strangers as a dude is rude. What are the possible alternatives?
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What does aye mean in Australia and New Zealand?

In my previous job I heard many Australian speakers using aye like sorry and pardon to ask for repeating what other person said. I also heard one kiwi guy using aye in the same way. But, now I work ...