Questions tagged [synonyms]

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

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Where are you flying to? vs Where are you going to fly?

Why is it so common for the attendant to ask at airports during check-in ''Where are you flying to?'' instead of ''Where are you going to fly?''
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Synonym of "Alternative"

Barron's TOEFL model test: Some 40 million people today receive their electricity from geothermal energy at a cost competitive with that of alternative energy sources. The word alternative in the ...
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I'll get you some coffee vs I'll go get you some coffee

ex.1: I'll get you some coffee. ex.2: I'll go get you some coffee. ex.3: I'll get some coffee to you (sounds natural to a native speaker?) Do examples 1 and 2 mean the same thing?
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''it seems it was only yesterday'' vs ''it seems like only yesterday''

What's the difference entre : ex.1 : It’s been over a year since we met, but it seems it was only yesterday. ex.2: It’s been over a year since we met, but it seems like only yesterday. Does the verb &...
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Denotation and connotation of the phrase

As doctors often do, I took a trial shot at it as a point of departure. "Has she had a sore throat?" In English, we can understand this very easily but very difficult to explain "trial ...
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Using the word "Shy" to mean "Attempt"?

Is anyone familiar with the informal usage of the word 'shy' with the same meaning as 'attempt'? I've seen people use phrases like, '1st shy, 2nd shy' etc. If such usage is correct, I would like to ...
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Are these the same: "...like the real thing" vs "...like the real one."

The following sentence is from a scientific content which talks about producing artificial food and how similar they are to the real ones. "This salmon fillet didn't come from the sea. It was ...
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hackneyed adjective or verb?

“When I first came here,” she said, “I had a little room in a building right about there where the firehouse is now... I shared the room with three others... We built our robots all in one building. ...
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Is there a special word from religious literature for "reward" (given by God)?

I am looking for a word originating from religious literature or scriptures for a reward given by God to a man or woman for good deeds etc. The words that I come across seem to be neutral in the sense ...
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What is a more formal way to say, "all hands on deck"?

I want to convey that there is a lot to do, and that everyone's help (who is willing) is needed. I do not think that "all hands on deck" is very formal?
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Difference of different synonyms of 'beacuse'

I'm confused with different synonyms of 'because'. What actually are the meanings and usages of the following synonyms of 'because'? Due to On account of For Because of, and Owing to. I'm confused ...
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Antonym For 'Validation'

I am a software designer by trait, and am working on a user interface, that depicts, amongst other things, the rate, by which a collection of serial numbers matches a group of patterns. It also shows ...
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The correct sense of the word Challenge in context

"It could prove valuable," he told her. "Monetarily?" she challenged. While translating it into my language (Urdu), the word challenged is really challenging. Despite analysing all ...
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Is there any difference between "lament" and "deplore"?

According to Merriam-Webster, as transitive verbs, "lament" means: 1: to express sorrow, mourning, or regret for often demonstratively : MOURN … must regret the imprudence, lament the ...
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What are some synonyms for "capturing" in photography?

In the context of photography what are some synonyms for "capturing". As in capturing a scene, an event, a moment, etc. My search in a thesaurus did not reveal anything I would consider ...
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Is there any difference between humblebrag and false modesty?

I wonder whether there exists any difference between humblebrag and false modesty. E.g., is false modesty more general than humblebrag, or are the two expressions synonymous?
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Any difference between transferable skills and transportable skills?I

I learned from the following snippet on this page a term called transferable skills: With each step along your career path, you are building yourself up to be a significant contributor to any company....
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flamingo and underachiever

Today (2022.05.26), Windows PC shows a desktop picture of flamingos. And it has a caption "It's a bird species that sounds like an underachiever." But I couldn't get a synonym of ...
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"came" meaning in context [closed]

I saw a word of which I could not find any meaning matched with the context in several dictionaries. After a long journey of sailing, the ship was wrecked by angry wind. A man who was on board ...
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Is there any difference between an edge/blade guard/protector and a sheath?

I wonder whether there exists any difference between an edge/blade guard/protector and a sheath. I'm trying to name the following item:
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Difference between "particularly" and "in particular"

There are 2 sentences : I particularly like the blue shirt. In particular, I like the blue shirt. As far as I understand they have different meanings. But there is one more example: I like the blue ...
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Employ, adopt, use, apply [closed]

What is the difference between these words. I don't mean employ as "find somebody for a job" and adopt as "to get an orphan". I mean the meaning similar to use.
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What is the correct expression for these two phrases?

In my native language, which is Polish, there's an expression that describes something I was unable to find in an English dictionary. Today was very sunny and hot in Poland and I was wearing a ...
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Is the term "given" is synonym to "according to" or "because of" in the following text?

Here is some text I have grabbed from a Programming languages book: As mentioned earlier, REST APIs are “a lightweight way to transfer textual representations of resources.” What do we mean by this? ...
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What the difference is between ramble and excursion? [closed]

Following this question, I would like to understand what is the difference between ramble and excursion? Does ramble and excursion have the same meaning? When should I choose to use each of them?
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Idiom for "I thought about it a lot"

I am wondering what are the alternatives for "I thought a lot about it" in English using an idiom or fixed expression? I thought a lot about it, but I couldn't find any answer to it. I ...
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What is the collective noun for words?

What is the collective noun for words, like say "a group of words." Is there a more specific collective noun and if there is, what is it? Thanks in advance for the help.
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Is it okay to say arrange you a visit?

Is it okay to invite someone by saying arrange you a visit, or there is a better way??
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Humbleness and humility, are these words perfect synonyms?

Is there a difference between the words "humbleness" and "humility", or are they perfectly interchangeable?
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What's a non-British synonym for a "one-off meeting"?

A "one-off meeting" is a meeting that happens only once, i.e. doesn't reoccur. I read on macmillanthesaurus.com (mirror) that one-off is British English. What's a non-British synonym for a &...
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What does the word "discrete" mean here?

This is a part of an article from Wikipedia about Staple (textiles) "Staple refers to textile fibers of discrete length. The opposite is a filament fiber, which comes in continuous lengths." ...
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Study plan - synonym

What's a good synonym of study plan in this context? Generally, parents are so convinced of their opinions about what their children's study plan should be that it's very difficult to get them to ...
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"both of us" or "pair of us". Are they interchangeable?

He is smarter than the pair of us. The sentence is from a British parent who is talking about their son and means he is smarter than both of his parents. I focused on "the pair of us" in the ...
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Is blush-on the same thing as a blusher?

In the movie "Taxi Driver" by Martin Scorsese There is a scene in which one of the cab drivers is telling a story in which he uses the word blush-on. Is this the same thing as blusher or ...
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What's the meaning of the word "shower" in this context?

google dictionary def for "douche" a shower of water. "I felt better for taking a daily douche" What does the word shower mean in this context? is it... a. A bath in which the ...
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Does "reside" mean to live in a place permanently?

Is the word "reside" synonym of "to live in" ? I am a student and where i live now is not my permanent address. I googled the meaning of "reside" and it says " have ...
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What does the word "go" mean in this context?

The person talking speaks about an organization called Camarilla. "Camarilla, on the other hand, suspends judgment entirely...or so goes the party line." I know that "party line" ...
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The proper word for 'make it to wobble'

I'm trying to find a proper word for russian 'шатать' (to cause a wobble, to sway, to rock) in context of causing possible damage or instability due to unexpected movements. The literal meaning of the ...
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What is the right synonym for the adjective "mean" in this context?

What is the right synonym for the adjective "mean" in this context? This is the context: The person saying this is talking about a person who is a Vampire.(It's from a video game) "He's ...
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What is the synonym for "describe in writing"?

How do you say in English to describe something that is in writing? For example, I'm walking in a big office building and I notice that some of the rooms are having a writing above their doors which ...
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"It is suggested" Vs "It is argued"

Imagine there is a sentence about someone's opinion that we need to paraphrase: "some people think that smoking should be banned...". Will there be much difference between saying "it is ...
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What are the differences between yes, yep, yup and yeah? [duplicate]

What are the differences between yes, yep, yup and yeah? When is it appropriate to use yes, yep, yup and yeah?
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"I was too quick to judge" vs "I was too fast to judge"

I see that "quick" in "I was too quick to judge" is more widely used than "fast". What is the explanation for this? Is "fast" better suited for objects moving ...
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What does "teams are lopsided" mean?

"Teams were lopsided so the teacher shuffled kids around" Definition of lopsided (Merriam Webster): : lacking in balance, symmetry, or proportion : disproportionately heavy on one side [...]...
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What is the meaning of the word "sharp" in this context?

This is a context from an English translation of "Crime And Punishment" by Dostoevsky "In the passage the idea had occurred to him to keep on his overcoat and walk away, and so give the ...
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What is the meaning of the word "savory" in this context? How to know what someone means when using that word?

I've got a long-lasting problem with understanding the word "savory" and the meanings it conveys in different contexts especially when using it to describe the word "umami" meaning ...
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Is it natural to use the word 'through' like this?

Sentences with the word 'through': 'You can only do that through hard work' (you can only do that by virtue of hard work) 'He accomplished that through sheer dedication' (he accomplished that using ...
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Does the phrase "as long as" mean while in this context?

The person in question is hypnotized. Two other people are talking about that person. One of them wants that man out of his apartment and he says to his friend: "Get him out as long as the trance ...
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Can "appropriate" serve as a direct synonym of "suitable"?

There is an essay topic which sounds like this: Some people think that it is better for children to grow up in the city, while others think that life in the countryside is more suitable. There is a ...
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Do following collocations mean nearly the same?

Are all of these collocations correct? Do they mean almost the same? To run business; To manage business; To support business; To maintain business; To keep business up; To keep business going. Now ...
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