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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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 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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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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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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“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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“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 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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What is the word could be used instead of “have”?

What does the verb "have" mean in the following sentences? What does each use imply or what is the synonym of "have" in each instance? Have mercy on me. Have fun. Let's have a ...
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Is strangeness == illusion [closed]

We find illusions strange. Are the two terms related, if yes, in what sense, I mean more deeply?
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can blankly and merely be used interchangeably? [closed]

I didn't see merely between synonyms of blankly, but base on definition I think they mean the same thing. Is it right?
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What is the formal synonym of the hot weather?

Is there any substitute for the word hot in the following sentence? In recent years the weather is becoming hotter. In 2018, for instance, some areas in eastern and southern Europe baked in ...
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As of or from difference

How is it different 'as of ' from 'from' in this context "EU businesses must acquaint themselves with the formalities and procedures for doing business with the United Kingdom as a third country ...
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Is “neither - nor” popular in US English?

I have plenty of American clients. We communicate formally via emails and on calls. I have never seen them using neither-nor in the past 3 years. I am stuck in a sentence where I feel I should use ...
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“Turn somebody in” and Turn somebody over to somebody" . Is there a difference?

They turned him in to the police. They turned him over to the police. Are they exactly the same in meaning?
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This sentence is interchangeable like this?

'I eat two apples per hour' can be interchanged into 'I eat two apples each'? per=for each, each=for each. I think it is grammatically perfect.
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Is it highlighted a synonym of stood out?

I can't use stood out here so I used highlighted. I haven't found good synonyms without the word "stood", I really appreciate suggestions without this word. .In the subjects I directed, she ...
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“In turn” or “thus” in this situation?

Considering her service as a adviser in the local administration, it is fair to say she enjoys a degree of social and academic recognition within the regional community. Such recognition must be ...
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An alternative for “ignorance”

Can you help me make this sentence more clear? Especially the part about users' compliance. Two issues of the computer system are lack of customization and ignorance of users’ compliance. I want to ...
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What is the meaning of in the flesh?

In the Cambridge learners dictionary the meaning of the phrase in the flesh is described as follows: in the flesh: in real life and not on television or in a film But I want to know if it can be ...
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Does “bloviate” have a positive alternative?

In Czech we use the verb "vykládat" when someone "talks about something for a longer time with passion / in detail" or vyprávět for "telling a story with passion". "...
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Does the word 'railing' bring into mind a posession fence, or something much lower?

While apparently it can be used in that manner, I fear that it is much more common to describe things like railings along stairs. The fact that the subject is a posession fence has already been ...
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If something is left out from the final version of a movie or anything else, how do you describe it?

If some piece of a movie script or videogame content is left out, not included in the final cut/version, what attribute could one use? 'Discarded' or something?

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