Questions tagged [synonyms]

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

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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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Phrase to use instead of “Could you please”

Is there a phrase that can be used in place of Could you please in a formal letter? I have been repeatedly using "Could you please look into", "Could you please let me know" and was wondering if ...
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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. I, suspecting it could be 'catholic', searched and searched. ...
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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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What is the meaning of “devout but questioning”? [closed]

She was a dramatic-looking young woman of twenty with an aqui-line nose, wavy dark hair, and brown eyes. Celia was well read but un-worldly,devout but questioning. Ripe, in other words, for a romantic ...
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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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stop vs discontinue

Online Merriam-Webster provides some information of the subtle differences between STOP and DISCONTINUE. STOP applies to action or progress or to what is operating or progressing and may imply ...
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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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How to preferably use “broad” or “wide”

Just after reading an unanswered (though pretty interesting) question in French Language, I thought that the reason it didn't get answers was that it actually asked several questions at once. Then I ...
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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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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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Difference between “assist in” and “assist with”

He assisted in the editing of the movie. He assisted with the editing of the movie. He assisted at the editing of the movie. Is "assist in" the same as "assist with"? Can I always ...
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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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Sooner/earlier-interchangeability

He arrived at the party sooner/earlier than I expected. He should have rectified his mistakes sooner/earlier. In cases like these, sooner and earlier act as synonyms, and the overall meaning is not ...
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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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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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How to express my sold 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 business sense. Are ...
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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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“goal to do” or “goal of doing”?

In this sentence: Looking towards our goal of reaching a better performance, we will use more efficient strategies. Would to reach be more correct in this context, or are the expressions goal of ...
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Is there a more concise way of saying “giving the benefit of the doubt”

Is there a more succinct way of saying the below?: You're much better at giving him the benefit of the doubt than I am. In context, someone did something which me and another perceived as bad. The ...
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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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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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Is Volkswagen a synonym for a small car?

I have been watching a documentation in which a professor said "Rocks in the size of a Volkswagen" and meanwhile the german translation was "Steine in der Größe eines Kleinwagens", ...
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“Bags should only be filled 1/2 full” - does the word “only” work as “not more than” here?

A translator translated the Russian sentence from an instruction Пакеты наполняют не более чем на 1/2. as Bags should only be filled to 1/2 full. The Russian sentence literally says "Fill the ...
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word usage - clear and understandable

Consider the scenario where I am explaining a math solution to a student. Now to check if he understands it I could ask - Is this clear Is this understandable? Are the above two sentences correct to ...
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Difference between “hunk” and “chunk”

Can somebody please explain to me the difference between the words "hunk" and "chunk". From what I understand, a chunk refers to a separate part of something. But as per the ...
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Synonym for a vehicle “making its way”

What (preferably single-word) verb could I use instead of making their way in sentence below? Vehicles making their way through the streets If I was talking about people, I could say "People ...
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Using “”formalized" for a solution

This is a formalized version of the solution. Is this sentence correct ? What are alternative words one could use apart from formalized. The context is : I solve a question but in a rough way. After ...
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What is the difference between “outlook”, “viewpoint” and “perspective” in the scientific writing?

What is the difference between "outlook", "viewpoint" and "perspective" in the scientific writing, for the conclusion part (last section) of the article? Should I use "outlook", "viewpoint" and "...
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What does “Therapist and client relationship” mean?

What does "therapist and client relationship" mean? And is there a short description for it or synonym? B:‘’My mother mentioned you, often.’’ A: ‘’Strange, she never mentioned you to ...
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What are possibly synonyms for “hands-on experience” on a technical subject?

I would like to know what are possibly synonyms for: "hands-on experience on ..." to be placed on technical documentation or a resume, for instance I have a phrase with some duplication as &...
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Can we use “happenings” as a synonym for “incidents”?

When I was writing notes for chapter 2 of "Treasure Island" as part of my studying for my upcoming English exam, I wrote, winter is when the happenings of chapter 2 take place. I quickly ...
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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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replacement for “as they are getting older”

I am writing a formal essay and I would like to know a formal synonymical pharse or an equivalent replacement for the structure "as they are getting older". Can somebody can also come with a ...
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Correct synonym for “part”

I'm developing a 3D printing software, where people can color different layers before printing, so it gets printed in colors they want. But I don't know how to name these "parts" in the user ...
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Is there a more formal way to write “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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Is there any word that describes male equivalent of bimbo?

Dictionary meaning of bimbo seems to be 'an attractive but unintelligent or frivolous young woman'. So the question is if there is an equivalent term for 'an attractive/handsome but unintelligent or ...
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“Taking something to heart” but positive

"Taking something to heart" has some negative connotation. It is more about criticism or hard to swallow pills. In english, what is serious, but more positive equivalent?
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How to use 'on time' as an adjective

I would like to say " By seeing my punctuality you can see how desperate I am " I'm not sure if punctuality is the right word here ,If not any alternatives?
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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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Is there any verb meaning “evolve towards a final state”?

I am currently working on some documentation, and I find myself having to express to idea of evolving towards a final state multiple times. I would like to know if a word (preferably a verb) ...

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