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

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Other ways to say “What's happening?”

Can you suggest similar expressions to "what's happening"? The first that came up to me are: What's going on? What's up? I am learning English, I am in a small country in Europe. I am ...
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calculated by/measured by

I've got an English test and there was such sentence: 'The abilities are (calculated/measured) by combinations of standardized tests, plus peer and teacher evaluations'. I've chosen 'calculated' and ...
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Can I use the word “brevet” as a synonym for “patent”?

I have to write a text where the word "patent", referring to various inventions published in Germany, UK, US and France, appears so often that I need synonyms for it in order to make the text less ...
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(UK English?)How do I have to understand the meaning of 'house' in 'Prior(priory) of London house'?

What would be the synonym for 'house' in 'Prior(y) of London house'? (I haven't known there are such various ways to interpret the word 'house'...) edit : "However, in November of that year, he was ...
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Meaning of “sporting”

In the phrase "On devices sporting the needed sensor, heart activity can be sampled," the word "sporting" obviously means "equipped." But in which cases the word "sporting" could substitute "equipped"?...
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Synonym for “he's senseless”

He's senseless since yesterday.  Can I say the quoted sentence as His sense didn't (return/come back)(i) since yesterday  –if not, what will be appropriate at position (i)?
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Finding Correct word

I have doubt on a phrase. Situation: Let's think like that,I want to change the position of a box. I want to take permission from the owner of the box. What should I say? Where should I put the box?...
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These words have the same meaning?

I found this quote on the internet: "“He is putting by some money for a car". Can you explain me if "putting by some money" have the same meaning of "save money"? is it synonyms?
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Synonym for “turn around”

In many contexts, "turn around" is used for cases when you "transform" something completely. E.g. "He turned around his life." I want a synonym for "turn around" in such contexts, but something which ...
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to take note vs to make a note vs to note vs to write down

I have read the following sentence: I took note of the telephone number. However, Cambridge dictionary says that "to take note of something" means "to give attention to something, especially ...
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The most proper description of mathematical increment

Assume that we have a function f(x) = 3x + 1, and I want to explain what actually derivative is. For this purpose, I constructed following sentence: If you increment the value of variable x by 1, ...
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When do we say 'an advantage' and 'a plus'

Could you tell me about the difference between 'an advantage' and 'a plus'. Are there any differences? Do we use 'an advantage' in formal style?
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Which word best describes the state just before a person is about to sleep?

I am looking for a word that describes the state just before a person slips into sleep. I am not talking about the state when the person is inactive or sedentary, but specifically in reference to ...
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what is difference between “firm decision” and “official decision”? in the other word, to understand the difference between FIRM and OFFICIAL

what is difference between "firm decision" and "official decision"? in the other word, to understand the difference between FIRM and OFFICIAL. Recently i learned the difference of following two ...
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denomination vs value

According to the Cambridge dictionary, one of the meaning of "denomination" is: a unit of value, especially of money Is it wrong/unusual to use "value" instead of "denomination" in this context? ...
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What's the synonym word when you DO NOT get on with someone?

Could anyone tell me what is the synonym word for describing when you don't get along with someone. the word must include 5 letters. Thank you
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Theme or Topic - what's the difference?

Theme or Topic - what's the difference? Are they synonyms?
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Does economically-lucrative equaled as a prosperous economy?

When you want to improve your English, but you cannot find the result on Google, could someone please tell me the word meaning of this: An economically-lucrative nation provides an improved ...
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“meanwhile”, “on the other hand”, and “nevertheless”

In the following passage, is it correct to use "however"? Could it be replaced by "meanwhile", "on the other hand", or "nevertheless"? We have to remember that adolescents are often brittle! They ...
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Word for Helpful articles & videos?

I'm writing a mail to my juniors and sharing a document with them in it. The document includes some links to videos and articles to help them understand a particular topic. I'm referring to these ...
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What is the difference between “light” and “slight”? [closed]

What is the difference between "light" and "slight"? How to use these words correctly in different cases?
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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'...