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

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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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What is the meaning of the word "keen" in this context?

I'm playing an Rpg video game and I've trouble with a dialog that's in it. (oh and btw everyone involved in the conversation and the group they talk about are vampires:)) "Camarilla elders? The ...
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Does "richness" have any synonyms?

Lexico defines "richness" as "the state of existing in or containing plentiful quantities of something desirable". However, its synonyms section includes no entries. Does anyone ...
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What does the word "nominal" mean in this context? [closed]

(source https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caliber) In guns, particularly firearms, caliber (or calibre; sometimes abbreviated as "cal") is the specified nominal internal diameter of the gun ...
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Expressing stopping work early [closed]

Is it correct to say - I will stop work early before 8 pm from now onwards? is there a better way or more elegant way to express this?
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What are synonyms for this particular form of "counterproductive"?

I'm looking for options to describe some course of action the overall result of which is very much at odds with, and even precisely the opposite from, what was intended. The word, "...
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Are there English language books that show the difference between words with similar meanings?

I'm going to learn use words with meaning near each other in correct way. For example “session” and “meeting” may look like each other but their meaning differ slightly. Are there any books/type of ...
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What is the meaning of the word "abated" in the following context?

This is a context from an Anime that I'm watching. One of the characters is citing a passage from the Bible (I'm not sure if it is a verbatim citation). He talks about the story of Noah. The following ...
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Distance between two objects that should not touch: separation or clearance?

I have two objects (not people) that should not touch each other and so I need to verify that the distance between the first object and the second object is greater than a certain threshold. I can ...
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What is the meaning of the word glorify in this context?

1. Definitions of the word Transfigure I found: ◦ Google definition for ‘’transfigure” transform into something more beautiful or **elevated**. ◦ TFD definition for ‘’transfigure” ...
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One word for very helpful

I was looking for a single word to express the sentence: You have been very helpful. Is there a single word replacement for very helpful I understand that very is an intensifier here used with the ...
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What is the meaning of the phrases "well along" & "far on" as well as the meaning of the phrase "deep into" in this context?

This is a sentence I encounter while reading a book. "Deep into the nineteenth century, Hippocrates and most of those who followed him also believed that natural processes must not be interfered ...
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Is the word "amiss "one of the synonyms for "sick"?

thesaurus.com claims one of the synonyms for the word "amiss" is "sick", even though I could not find such a definition in other dictionaries. Also, this is a context from a book ...
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What is the word that is synonym to "right", and sounds like "rido"?

There's a word that sounds similar to rido and means right, as in correct. I've heard it in a movie. What is it?
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Can I replace 'collision' with 'clash' or 'crash' in the passage?

I referred to dictionaries, then concluded that collisions can't be replaced with clash or crash, but I'm not 100% sure my conclusion is right. Although bird strikes pose a sizable threat to flight ...
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How to say that I need more money?

I want to buy something which costs 10 dollars. I have only 7 dollars. Now my question is, Which are the other ways to say that I need 3$ more? Are the sentences below ok? 3$ needed more 3$ more I ...
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What's the meaning of the phrase "at your duty" in this context?

This is the context, from an English translation of Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment. The word "service" here means military service. 'Funny fellow!' pronounced the innkeeper. 'And why ...
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The technical name of the opening theme that played at the start of a film

What is the technical term of the opening theme that played before the part in a film in which the name of actors and actresses are displaying?
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the synonym to 'admitted to a university'

What was the word that starts with 'm' and means admitted to a university? I read it somewhere and wanted to use but forgot it.
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What would be a good synonym for the word "stamp" in this context?

The intense suffering of this experience left a lasting stamp on Dostoevsky’s mind. (the author talks about Dostoevsky's experience of being condemned to death and then spared at the last minute by ...
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Are "Many believe" and "supposedly" exact synonyms?

In IELTS exam we have to paraphrase the question in the introduction of the essay. If the question includes the following sentence: Many believe that listening to classical music confers several ...
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I think vs, presumably

From dictionary: "presumably" is used to say that you think that something is probably true Now, consider the following sentence: I think that children should be encouraged to risk. I am ...
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Can 'get' be used in place of 'understand' when talking about classes?

Is it possible to use get as below to mean 'Do you understand this math lesson?' : Do you get this math lesson? If not how about : Are you getting this math lesson?
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Synonyms of Click

One of the meaning of the word ‘click’ is to become clear suddenly. It's like when you are solving a problem and suddenly you understood something. What's the synonyms for this word? Surprisingly I ...
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ADVISE: "to offer advice to; counsel" vs. "to recommend; suggest"

The American Heritage dictionary's entry for advise reads To offer advice to; counsel: I advised him to study abroad; advised that we should reconsider the idea. How would you advise? To recommend; ...
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Can I call a window sill window stool (as it should be)?

Can I call a window sill window stool? This article, which is just one among the very many I found on the internet, says that what is commonly referred to as the "sill" is actually the stool,...
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is there a better way instead of "Accommodate a method to include an extra thing"?

I am writing an Email to a professor and am thinking if there is a better way to deliver this sentence, particularly about the "accommodated the method" part. Is there a better verb instead ...
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What's the difference between an animal and a beast?

In English, just as in my native language, one can speak of an animal and a beast. In Dutch one speaks of "een dier" or "een beest". In Italian, you have "un'animale" and ...
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Can any one explain the bold sentance?

I first met Che one day in July or August 1955. And in one night — as he recalls in his account — he became one of the future Granma expeditionaries, although at that time the expedition possessed ...
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Is "obey" a stronger word than "observe" in the following sentence?

In a film from an English teaching youtube channel at 5:40 around, the female teacher is expressing that using "obey" instead of "observe" is a little too odd and strong in the ...
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Does the noun cathy have another meaning other than a female name?

I read this book and I saw this: About the author: Penn Brooks is a former cathy with 12 years of parochial experience under his belt. He currently lives in New England, where he writes, draws and ...
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Is *certificate* a hypernym of *diploma*?

Is certificate a hypernym of diploma? This question came up in comments on another ELL question (here). I had considered the two synonymous, with some overlap in meaning. E.g. A diploma is a ...
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Are there any words to replace the word "improve" in the phrase "improve your efficiency"?

I am writing an article about myself and I want to write "I need to improve my efficiency to speed up my progress." But I want to use a different word than improve to represent the similar ...
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Can anyone explain the bold sentance? [closed]

They were perhaps four metres apart when the girl stumbled and fell almost flat on her face. A sharp cry of pain was wrung out of her. She must have fallen right on the injured arm
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are encourage and motivate the same in the following sentence?

Do the following sentences mean the same? Is it OK to say violent crimes motivates offenders? Violent crimes in the media encourages criminals to commit crime. Violent crimes in the media motivates ...
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synonym for professional in context

Can somebody give me synonyms for "professional" and "make a living" in the following context: Do most professional sportsmen make a good living?
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What are the correct synonyms for “tangible”?

However, the growing popularity of Agile practices begs the question of whether they can be applied to the development of tangible physical products and services too? physical measurable innovative
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Is 'UR' an abbreviation or a name?

Is the word 'UR' here a name or an abbreviation? Thanks in advance.
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Begin or start?

In the Oxford dictionary, begin has the explanation: to start or to make something start for the first time. An example: He began a new magazine on post-war architecture. In the Cambridge dictionary,...
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"I'll call round and see you on my way home." Can we replace 'round' with 'around'?

"I'll call round and see you on my way home." Can we replace 'round' with 'around'? The question is: If I change to 'call around', does it still mean 'visit for a moment'? In English, '...
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"as claimed by" is it appropriate to be used?

I am doing a literature review on cocoa demand and supply. The norm is cocoa demand is going up slightly. However, I was reading an article stating: Demand for cocoa is predicted to rise by 30% by ...
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"only a few" vs. "(very) few"

Do "only a few" and "(very) few" have more or less the same meaning? a. John has only a few coins. b. John has (very) few coins.
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What's the difference between "reach out to", "drop in on", and "call on"? [closed]

What is the difference between "reach out to", "drop in on", and "call on" in terms of meaning? Do they mean the same?
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What is the difference between "to entail" and "to bring about"?

Cambridge dictionary shows that To bring sth about - to cause something to happen. He brought about his company's collapse by his reckless spending. And To entail - to make something necessary, or ...
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different words to explain the fragrance of flowers

"The garden is fragrant with jasmine flowers" Is there a different way to say this? I would appreciate an alternate word for "fragrant"
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Difference between "to ignore sth." and "to live up to sth."

I've got a question referring to the following sentences: If you do not do as you are told, you do not live up to your teachers' or parents' orders. and If you do not do as you are told, you ignore ...

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