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

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Alternatives for 'First and foremost' and 'Last but not least'?

I've noticed recently 'First and foremost' and 'Last but not least' are cliches and should be avoided in IELTS writing. Any suggestions? A related topic I found but not sure the synonyms 'Primarily' ...
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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 ...
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to act vs to play

If we speak about a theatre, can we use the verbs play and act interchangeably? e.g. Tom wants to act in 'Hamlet' = Tom wants to play in 'Hamlet' Are they the same in this context?
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Beaten/whisked/whipped [closed]

Let's say you are reading a cook book about how to make a cake. It says: the egg whites are beaten/whisked/whipped until they form soft peak. Are they all the same?
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What is the difference between “swirl” , “rotation , “spin” and “ turn””? [closed]

While i was reading some article from The Times about John Surman's new album, i've seen the "Swirl" world and translate it. i was found the synonims. but i don't know where we should use w
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What's the word for someone whose actions are very driven, and they can't be stopped?

In the story Antigone, Antigone has a very strong-willed and independent personality. Her actions are based on what she believes is right. She gets this rock solid idea to do something and doesn't ...
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Is there any differrence between “unrelenting” and “relentless”

Are they replacable synonyms or should be used depends of context? EG: My most candid and unrelenting critic. My most candid and relentless critic.
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Synonym of Get Away From

Actually, I am writing an article about machine learning which is a domain of computer science, and I want to tell this : "If we change locations of data points, some of them get closer to the mean ...
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When to use 'loquacious' and 'talkative'?

Both of the words are kind off synonyms or meaning of each other
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What is the another way of to express “in the amount of”?

What is the another way of to express "in the amount of"? Especially while use in the money case ie. I spend my money out of my pocket in the amount of 100 dollars.
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It seemed it's gonna take forever

Let's say you are storytelling your BBQ purchase which you had wasted so much time waiting in line. And you say: 1) Sometimes the line would move fast, like when a bunch of meat was cooked, but ...
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Less so than vs. much less

are the following sentences synonymous with each other?(Google's example sentence) "What woman would consider a date with him, less so than a marriage?" To "What woman would consider a date ...
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What's the best synonym for “in other words”?

Example sentence: I turned up at the entrance of the hotel thirty minutes early to prepare myself psychologically. In other words, to drown my nervousness with the whiskey I’d bought at the ...
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Can “so” be used instead of “this” and mean the same thing in “this far” here?

Can so replace this in the sentence below and mean the same thing? This is a situation that a friend of mine and I were in a car going somewhere talking so much that we forgot how much we drove and ...
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Least of all vs. let alone

This is a sentence meaning and if they are synonymous with each other(''least of all'' to ''let alone''). Example sentence: The leaders of the Harakiri Gang do not want to go to school, least of ...
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Is the using of “present” and “gift” considered a matter of style?

When I give for free something to someone, can I simply consider it as a present or a gift and it is a matter of style only? If I'm not mistaken, in the past I was told that there's a difference ...
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British as an adjective

Can you say: British residents=UK residents 1.Are these two synonymous with each other? 2.Is ''UK'' also a formal adjective here?
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Can “to bore” mean also to heckle/bait?

In Storm by Tim Minchin, Tim says in an argument about magic: "Look uh, Storm, I don't mean to bore ya, But there's no such thing as an aura." Can bore here mean also to "scold" or to "come into her"...
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What is the synonym of the word “thesaurus”?

If the meaning of the word thesaurus is a book containing set or collection of synonyms grouped according to their meaning. Then, what shall be the synonym of the word "thesaurus"?