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Questions tagged [vocabulary]

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How do I improve my vocabulary? [closed]

Hello guys I wanted some tips on how to improve my vocabulary without sounding too weird. I'd hate to sound like a robot. Do you guys have any suggestions?
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sitting position… sitting on hams

Does the following sentence best present the sitting position shown in the picture? He is sitting kneeled down.
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What do you call the state of a screen being divided into two with 2 different footages showing at the same time?

The movie transitioned into a ____ of a man piloting an aircraft in first person and of the aircraft flying in the air at the speed of sound in third person. I can't think of a word for this, and ...
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Broken patches on a road

Are the broken patches on the road called holes? If not, then what do we call them? What exactly a hole is? One that is from one surface to another?
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Do the phrases 'at all costs', 'no matter what happens' or 'in any case' mean the same thing?

I wanted to express my strong will and eagerness to achieve something (e.g 'I will destroy them',) So I came up with these 3 phrases : 'at all costs', 'no matter what happens' or 'in any case' to at ...
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Is there a word that describes the kind of “consciousness” that both AI and humans can have?

AI don't have consciousness, but they do possess something related to consciousness while still not being quite there, what is this thing that both humans and some AI both have presently?
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What are some idioms that means something along the lines of “switching it up every day to not do the same thing over and over”?

It doesn't have to mean exactly that by the way, but it should be concise, because I don't want to use something that would be a mouthful.
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What does it mean to “pitch a response”?

I've tried to translate with Google and to look on wordreference but I would like to have a confirmation. To pitch a response means to give an answer? Should be interpreted as a figurated "throw"? ...
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Is there a synonym to “Companion Book”?

I am looking for companion books, and to look for them I would like to know all of the synonyms. The Oxford Companion to English Literature
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What other verbs can you use in the sentence “I injected medicine inside the syrup”?

The only definition that seems to match is the first one: To force or drive (a fluid) into something: inject fuel into an engine cylinder; inject air into a liquid mixture. However, that's ...
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A term that's more precise than “technical writing” that refers to the writing found in patent description

I am wondering if there's any such term. It's hard to think there's no such word, because the technical writing found in patent document is entirely different from those found in scientific research.
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What do you call the act of giving new meanings to old existing words?

I am wondering if there's a word for it? I can't think of a word that means that, and yet it would be a useful words since a lot of people did that in the past, especially in the area of philosophy ...
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Translation of words stubborn and obstinate

I'd like to find a word, which will express better such a human quality: when you work hard to achieve a goal not paying attention to any obstacles, and when you can't leave a task before finishing it....
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What verbs collocate with policy?

What verbs collocate with policy? Make a policy? Develop a policy? The government should make a a policy to reduce the number of cars. Does this sound correct?
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What's the opposite of “level scaling”?

This is a hard one. Level scaling means the enemies in a video game scales with the player. What's the antonym of that term? I would prefer it if it was one word and it didn't contain the word scaling....
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Page with damaged corners

Are the pages with the corners seen in the image called 'Dog ear'? As far as I know a dog ear page is the one whose corner's been folded to mark a section or phrase in a book that one finds to be ...
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What are the relevant adjectives for the noun, “Paradise”?

In my religion it is believed that Staff of Moses came on the earth from Paradise. My question is, what is the adjective of the word Paradise? Like something that belongs to the world is called ...
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epithet vs teknonymy… which one is correct?

What is difference between 'epithet' and 'Teknonymy'? Are they same? Which one of the two relates to ancestors? The name with which one is known but that name is of one of his children, what do we ...
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praising poetry about a saint

I was searching for a suitable word for a piece of writing composed for speaking high of a pious man, such as a saint. I found one: encomium. Can we use the word 'encomium' for a piece of poetic ...
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Word choice - “I consider X and Y as one of the most…”

I'm writing a Statement of Purpose of the graduate application and want to express my interest in the particular fields: I consider drug discovery and personalised healthcare as one of the most ...
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Can the word “thoughts” be used as singular?

I was watching BBC the other day and heard the news presenter Sally Bundock ask somebody "What's your thoughts on immigration?" I am confused as to how "thoughts" which until now I took as a plural ...
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Fill in the blanks - Word: statistic

Fill in the blanks: In prediction markets, no individual opinions are excluded. Everyone can give an opinion. Also, since the group's decision is arrived at ________ , no one is forced to ...
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A suitable word of a man who helps [closed]

What is the apt word for the man who listens to the request and helps?
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What do you call the bottom protruding part of a wizard hat?

I heard it's called a trim, but none of the definition on thefreedictionary.com matches the definition. What is it called and do you have example sentences?
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And now I'm in your head

Gwenny: Hello Alexa. Alexa: Hello Gwenny. Gwenny: Long time Alexa: Not Long enough Gwenny: Sorry you didn't make the basketball team. Alexa: What? School has not even started. Gwenny: And ...
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Why using “component part” to talk about a component or a part?

I was trying to learn some new definitions when I came across this definition which disturbed me: parse: Resolve (a sentence) into its component parts and describe their syntactic roles. I actually ...
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Class of economics

Is it okay to say "class of economics"? I am in high school and have a extended curriculum in a subject called economics or business basics. How can I say this?
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what is the meaning of UL & LL in elevator button [closed]

I knew that "G"means ground, but I don't know UL and LL means what, thanks.
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What does “sagged” mean in this sentence?

What does sagged mean when we talk about someone who committed suicide by putting rod across two doors? "The rod was flat on one side, and both doors sagged, dragging and then resting upon the ...
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what are the alternatives for “Vigorously”? [closed]

I was wondering if my sentence is correct and if it sounds ok for native speakers? Oh John, you are exercising vigorously today. Good on you! What other alternatives do I have?
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Meaning of “just” in “she just doesn't know…”

She just doesn‘t know how to bring up children. In the above sentence, what does just mean?
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How many “reps” of each exercise do you do?

What does "reps" mean in this sentence? "How many reps of each exercise do you do?"
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audit a course vs. take a course for credit

I have a problem to understand the following sentence: It usually costs as much to audit a course as to take it for credit. In general, I have understood that auditing a course has not any cost. ...
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crowd vs. crowding

What is the difference between "crowd" and "crowding"? In the following sentence can we use both of them in place of each other? By building a branch campus, some of the crowding (?=crowd) on the ...
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Verb meaning “compensate for falling behind schedule by working more”

Imagine one is behind schedule and then decides to work more than usual to compensate the delay, or the difference between where he is and where must be. Do you have a word or expression or phrase ...
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Using verb 'quantify' to express numeric result

How would it be correct to use the verb 'quantify' followed by the result of something being quantified? For example: My passion for learning can be quantified to/in five years of education
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What is the difference between hit me vs hit me off in American English?

while I listened I song Cole Swindell - Hope You Get Lonely Tonight in a part it said this: You got my number baby hit me up, its said hit me up okay I understand what is hit and me but what is ...
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The first or second conditional after “predict”?

What's the difference in meaning? Some scientists predict that if everyone in the world lived like an American, our fossil fuel supply would last for just fifteen more years. Or: Some ...
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What does the phrase “is of the now” mean?

I found this phrase in a Vogue article: His style, with its healthy punch of dork factor, is of the now in a way that is similar to Post Malone’s very self-aware, disheveled, sleazy look. https://...
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What is difference between “Hate” and “Detest”?

What is difference between hate and detest? and which word is stronger. For example: I hate you. I detest you.
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How can I introduce (or name) a person who was my colleague?

How can I introduce (or name) a person who was my colleague, but he has changed jobs?
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“at the latest” vs latest

He is not in bed but for his goodness he needs to go to bed latest at 10 o'clock. Q: I think in this sentence, it is correct to use "at the latest" instead of "latest". What is your opinion?
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A term to mean a student who keeps order in the classroom

Is there a word in English for a student in a classroom, typically in elementary, middle, or high school, who would be in charge of keeping order in the absence of the teacher? This person is to tell ...
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Is “transferring data” used when talking about people?

I know that "data" and "transfer" are used when talking about technology and things like that. My question is when talking about people learning new things, can I use the words "data" and "transfer" ...
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Why we use country side instead of rural side

We often compare our rural and urban life. But discussing this matter, we use the city and country life. But why use country life. We live in a country like Bangladesh. In Bangladesh, there have many ...
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Difference between “restive” and “restless”

I was doing some exercises where I had a chart with a mixture of words which I had to use to complete some sentences. One sentence looked like this: Both parties were becoming......................
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a troublemaker compromises a service, he still can’t necessarily get access to the whole system

I read such a paragraph about Linux Security Before security became a big issue, these services often just logged in using the root user account. Unfortunately, if an unauthorized person broke ...
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Should use indulging or wallowing [closed]

Which one should be correct?After a tiring soccer practice, Jack rewarded himself by indulging or wallowing in a box of doughnuts. Thank you.
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Where do I find word meanings' rarities?

I memorize words' meanings, not all but the ones that are used reasonably often. Let's take the word virulence as an example. According to Cambridge Dictionary, it has two meanings. How do I find ...
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What does “commission” mean in this context?

What does commission mean in this context: a volunteer who fixes up old, dilapidated houses for better community housing commission I looked it up in the Oxford dictionary, but it doesn't seem to ...