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Questions tagged [vocabulary]

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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 ...
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Subtle difference between following words: [closed]

1.Brief, Concise, Succinct 2.Detailed, Thorough, Lengthy I know #1 are derivatives of short and #2 are of long but there is some subtle difference between them • Brief= short; not containing too ...
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Why does Google list “brief” as an antonym for “detailed”?

brief means short, in few words detailed means having many details Why are they antonyms? A detailed thing can be brief too. And a brief thing can also be detailed (concise)
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What does details mean in the definition of detailed

Detailed (adjective) means having too many details example: a detailed answer What does this details mean in the definition of the adjective Detailed? Since the noun detail has two meanings: 1.an ...
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What does “extended meaning” mean?

I have an assignment and one question confuses me a lot. the question is: The words below have a literal as well as an extended meaning. Write the literal meaning of the words. Use the following ...
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demand is weak vs demand is modest

Recent studies suggest that ride-sharing services could do a much better job providing useful information to drivers. For example, one current app provides heat maps... but only when surge pricing is ...
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Course provider

You are due to move into a rented apartment next month but you will not be able to because you have some problems. Write a letter to the course provider. What does a course provider means in this ...
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lag meaning in this sentence [closed]

The U.S. lags countries such as South Korea and Germany, according to an Economist Intelligence Unit study, in preparing students to work with computational thinking, AI, and robotics. This is a ...
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Outstanding in **outstanding** references to them

I reading a book "fluent python" which states the garbage collection as the following: In CPython, the primary algorithm for garbage collection is reference counting. Es‐ sentially, each object ...
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types of lakes depending on the origin

How do you call the lake that was created by flooding a site where sand or gravel was extracted? (And are there different terms for the "sand" lake or "gravel" lake?) Thank you.
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redux in “vector class redux”

I encounter the word "redux" in "Vector Class Redux" when reading the book "fluent python", In redux | Definition of redux in English by Oxford Dictionaries redux adjective [ after noun ] UK ​ ...
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Cargo container-shaped homes in Texas

What do you call this type of house?
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What is the “mood” you are in when you shake your head called?

You see that somebody just cannot figure out how to open a new tab (something you find easy) and you shake your head. What is this mood or feeling called?
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clobber in "you may clobber a global variable without knowing

I read clobber in a sentence in book "Fluent Python" you may clobber a global variable without knowing. the complete context This is not a bug, but a design choice: Python does not require you ...
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What is the proper way of saying “internship period”?

I don't even know how to put this... I got accepted to a programming job in a small firm but technically I haven't been accepted yet. They are evaluating my skills and abilities to see if I am capable ...
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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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What are the right words for this sentence?

My job was to shelve books correctly and to keep the library clean that was hectic and bustling with large volume of visitors. Now the sentence above is what I just wrote to ask this question ...
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What is the meaning of “As a whole” in this sentence

People responding to a survey are different from the target population as a whole. If the phrase as a whole is taken out of the sentence, the meaning would still be the same correct? If so, what ...
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Theory, principle, mechanism or any accurate concept to describe “How it works?”

I am learning coding with the following steps: How to use it? How it works? How is it achieved with source code? Item 1 is application, Item 3 is source code, How could I to state "How it works" in ...
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The verb ''feel'' about weather

Feel(V):İf you talk about how the weather feels, you describe the weather, especially the temparature or weather or not you think it is going to rain or snow. I have some confusion about this ...
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Why the words count in English is still increasing? [closed]

We all know that English is the longest of all the languages with 170,000+ words and the count is still increasing. Nowadays, people are experimenting to use lots of uncommon words in their sentences ...
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usage of conceive

The online dictionary, freedictionary.com, gives several definitions of the verb, conceive. To become pregnant with To form or develop in the mind To apprehend mentally; understand To be ...
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What do you call the act of drinking a whole bottle of, say, water in one go?

What do you call the act of drinking a whole bottle of, say, water in one go? It doesn't have to be water.
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word 'eldest' for a high status man

Can we use the word 'eldest' for a high status person? If we want to say that A has higher status compared with another man, can we say, "A has always been eldest of all (exalted)"? What about the ...
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Modern British English novels suitable for learning English [closed]

I am learning English and for that purpose (among other things) I want to read a few novels. I have made a list of novels selected by personal taste, but since I am still learning, I am afraid that ...
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What does besides mean?

besides has two definitions in the dictionary one is apart from (except) and second is in addition to I was wondering aren't these two antonyms??
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'red' vs 'that are red'

What is the difference between: lines that are red are representing (...) vs. red lines are representing (...) and lines that start with the letter A (...) vs. lines starting with ...
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use of the word holidays & vacations

Is it necessary that we use the word 'holiday' with a festival or occasion? Can we say 'Easter vacations'? Or there must be the word 'holidays', not vacations?
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it’s pretty much preachin

Joe: Yeah, but, as a rule I usually don’t bring up the topic of vegetarianism with people. I mean… Kristin: Yeah, I, I don’t like to either, actually. Joe: Yeah, the way I figure it, if ...
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tear off the trees’ bark [closed]

The water gives the trees their wide shape. Large trees can store as much as 140,000 liters. Thirsty elephants tear off the trees’ bark and wood to get to the water inside. Is the definition #3 ...
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How to say that numbers are not accurate

Let's say there is a graph showing that the prices on coffee are going to grow with 5,00% anually. How can I specify that the growth might as well be 4,70% or 5,10%?
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“Let's back to page 3”, “Let's go back to page 3” or both?

I recently started learning Chinese and my teachers use English as a second language. I noticed that many of them use the phrase "Let's back to (page XYZ)" as opposed to "Let's go back to (page XYZ)". ...
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“Designated” time

Is designated acting as a noun or adjective? I have looked up all the dictionaries, but to no avail. Based on my understanding, designate is commonly used to appoint someone or give something a ...
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''related'' vs ''relatives''

I want to make a sentence about someone to whom I am related , İt is generally done as in sentence 1 . What about sentence 2 , would it be natural? 1) We are related (this ...
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How to use “contribution” and “contributions”

How do I know whether I should use the singular or plural form of contribution? I did an exercise. The …………… of artists could not be exaggerated. The answer is contribution. Why didn't it use the ...
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What's the act of drawing “squiggles” over something wrong you have written called

Let's say if I write 2 + 2 = 5 with a pen, and realize that was wrong. What's the act of drawing "squiggles"/lines over the answer called?
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Literary device for sound ending similar to the preceding word beginning

What literary device is it if a word begins with the sound the previous word ends in? such as 'doubt' and 'truth' in: Doubt truth to be a liar.
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Is it easier for native speakers to remember the pronunciation of new words they see? How?

An issue I often face as an English learner is that I forget the pronunciation of words, given that their spelling gives a little hint about the actual pronunciation. As an example, I just saw a word ...
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What part is called the crust?

I'm actually a bit confused, and it seems like nobody here is able to tell me what is what. Is it just the "outer part" which is the crust, or all of the pizza on the picture? And if only the outer ...
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The meaning of “unholy intrigue”

In my English language class, we had to write short, scary stories. I wrote a story about a man who brings his wife back from the dead, and one of the lines in the story was: From that day, it was ...
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Missing verb for a certain movement by hand

Supposing we are in a theatre, and a puppet show is on. What verb should be used to describe the movement by which that person on stage moves the puppet? Here's what I am thinking of:
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What do you say when your friend has to leave for call of nature and his seat is most likely going to be taken by somebody else?

What do you say when you are going to make sure nobody else takes it? Like you are going to occupy the seat for him. Sorry if it was a bit unclear...
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difference in the use of “specifically” and “specific” in sentence-meaning

What is the difference between saying: Additionally, those who are in power can monitor communications specifically for opinions, particularly political attitudes, and track down opponents. and ...
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Description of an active person

If something is up and running, it is in operation: The engineer soon got the air-conditioning up and running again. The Transfer Council is up and running. The Conference has tried for over ...
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Vocabulary to describe a great football (soccer) victory

If a soccer team scores 4 goals while its opponent scores only 1 in a match, how can we describe this kind of victory? What idioms and/or soccer jargon are there?
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Confusion about the U.S after secondary level educational system's words

When I am practicing listening, particularly when it comes to university stuff, I'm getting a bit confused how to use the words appropriately. Items are below. Undergraduate "Mostly" meaning to ...
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How to distinguish the meaning of the word “before” in different texts? [closed]

I know "before" could be used meaning "not after or present" or "in front of". how can I distinguish these two meanings? As an example, what does before mean in the novel "Me before you" by Jojo ...
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Ticking off your down-the-middle explanation

Ticking off your down-the-middle explanation of world news.I`m Carl Azuz. Thank you for taking 10 for CNN 10. http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1805/02/sn.01.html What does the whole sentence ...