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Are there any words (synonyms) meaning 'credit to somebody'?

So I have included some information from other books in my presentation, and I want to give credits to those people who have written them.I hope you can help me with this difficulty.By the way, do we ...
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What does exactly “You'd be a great artist” mean?

When sombody tells us about their abilities, I know we can suggest them about the jobs. For example this sentence: 1.You would be a great artist. I know it's a suggestion, but I want to know what ...
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Which one is correct definition in the phrase?

There is an exemple of phrase below. With great attention to detail. And there are two definiton on preposition of 'to'. 1) reaching a particular state. 2) to show the person or thing that is ...
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what are the meaning of “thriving life” and “flourishing life?”

Is the meaning of "thriving life" and "flourishing life" only related to becoming rich? Is there any difference between "thriving life" and "flourishing life?"
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Cleaning articles

Is a trolley a cleaning article? The room was stuffed/containing with a trolley and (other) cleaning articles. Also, can I use both stuffed and containing in the sentence?
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Meaning of “play up” in Henry Newbolt's poem “Vitai Lampada”

From Vitai Lampada: There's a breathless hush in the Close to-night— Ten to make and the match to win— A bumping pitch and a blinding light, An hour to play and the last man in. And it's ...
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What's the meaning of “snapped” in “she snapped harder than ever”?

Who can explain me what is the meaning of this quote “she snapped harder than ever”? I’m Portuguese. I can’t understand what is “snapped”.
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How to know whether “over” means more than or during?

Over has two meaning; : more than (a specified number or amount) : throughout or during (a particular amount of time) We can distinguish it in context but sometimes it's ambiguous for me. For ...
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Difference between Custom and Convention

What is the difference between Custom and Convention. For example: It is a custom in India to give money as a blessing on marriages. It is conventional in many societies that strangers ...
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One word describing smart, funny and awesome

I am trying to search for a single word that describes someone being smart funny and awesome?
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Definitions that are not included in modern dictionaries

I was translating some literature written in the 20th century, and I came across the following sentence We suppress these partitions and by Google translate, the "suppress" means “make obscure”. ...
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Meaning of quote

What does mean the first sentence in bold and the second quote? “You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.” (Maya Angelou) “Do the best you can until you know better. Then ...
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What is the difference between the words 'process', 'action' and 'activity'?

According to https://ell.stackexchange.com/a/104006/104308 the word 'activity' is defined as group of actions. But in Oxford the word 'process' is defined as series of actions performed. Then what ...
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Can the word recipient be used to refer to objects?

The reason why I'm asking this question is because all the main online dictionaries provide the same meaning for this word, that is: a person who receives something. They don't mention objects used to ...
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Does economically-lucrative equaled as a prosperous economy?

When you want to improve your English, but you cannot find the result on Google, could someone please tell me the word meaning of this: An economically-lucrative nation provides an improved ...
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What's the meaning of “heavy farming”?

Contamination occurs when there is more nitrate in the soil than plants can absorb. Sources of the contamination, may include: soil containing nitrate-bearing minerals, fertilizers, raw animal wastes ...
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“Failure” Vs “Defeat” for a new product

Please imagine the top-managers of a manufacturing company are brainstorming over a new product to make a decision whether they should produce and lunch it to the market or not. A present individual ...
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What does the phrase “commitment to changing” exactly mean in the sentence?

"Individuals will often accept intellectual arguments, understand their need to change, and express commitment to changing, but then resort to what is familiar." (source: Culture Matters: How ...
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What is the difference between “shut” and “close”?

It is obvious that shut and close are very similar in meaning. However, while learning English as non-native (a long time ago) the teacher underlined that the two words are not identical in meaning. ...
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What does “book-length” mean in this context?

I read every word of Judge Koh's book-length opinion, which portrays Qualcomm as a ruthless monopolist. via: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/05/how-qualcomm-shook-down-the-cell-phone-...
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What does “Terrible cologne” mean when I ask some a question about unknown words? [closed]

I am learning English and I didn't know what is the meaning of some words. So I ask someone (not very familiar). I just asked "What does the word malnutrition mean?" He responds to me ‘Terrible ...
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is knuttt a weird in game name [closed]

i’m playing mmorpg these days and picked up knuttt as my ign. And someone talked about my ign today like. ”look at this dude. lmao knutt”. I dont speak much english , could any native speaker kindly ...
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“Accidental” or “incidental”

I need to know whether I can use both words incidental and accidental in the following self-made context without any change in meaning? 1) Such a success cannot be achieved without the active ...
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What's the meaning of “in the spirit of”?

The following is a passage from this article: In the spirit of full disclosure, the texter in question turned out to be my editor at Salon. (Hi, Sarah!) She has not texted me again. What does in ...
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meaning of the word “fix”

Which do English talkers recognize "I want to fix it." as (1) "I want to modify/change/repair it" or (2) "I don't want to modify/change/repair it anymore"? Since the both have the opposite meaning in ...
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Meaning of the verb ((be put on))

Please tell me the meaning of the first verb in this sentence, i.e. ((be put on)): We should all be put on retirement and get a new fresh group to learn the new way to teach the kinds of students ...
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A word for something that is too visible?

How to call something/someone that is too visible, more that it/she should or deserves, or more than it is natural and accepted? The word I have in mind is "over-visible". Are over-visible and over-...
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this task is confusing:

My answers are: emergency- wave Earthquakes, storms, floods and droughts are hazards for everybody. Most cities in the world have large populations crowded with bad housing often far from effective (...
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What's the difference between 'teacher of English' and 'English teacher'

Is teacher of English the same as English teacher and if not, what is the difference between? I am an English teacher. I am a teacher of English.
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“drinking a cup of coffee” vs “over a cup of coffee”

We can describe two things we do in one time with a participle construction like the following sentence: We had a chat drinking a cup of coffee. However, we may also describe the same situation ...
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point [at] vs point out a physical object or a person

According to Word Reference, "to point" may mean "to direct the finger at something/somebody" and "to point out" may mean "to direct the finger at something/somebody in order to show its/his/her ...
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What's the “payday-loan”? [closed]

I encountered the word at the title reading this article, saying, (Bloomberg) -- Explore what’s moving the global economy in the new season of the Stephanomics podcast. Subscribe via Pocket Cast or ...
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Meaning of a “having come to be required”

What does the following mean? "having come to be required". It is meaning of statutory?
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The Difference Between 'Positively' And 'Certainly'

I can't distinguish 'positively' from 'certainly'. According to Cambridge Dictionary, one of the definitions of 'positively' is: certainly. positively adverb positively adverb (CERTAINLY) ...
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What does the word “storefront” mean here?

I am not sure about the meaning of the word "storefront" in the phrase "purchase storefronts" mentioned in the description of the game "idle frontier" (the phrase is not mentioned here. It is from a ...
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What does ' turned out' mean?

I'd like to know What does ' turned out' mean? in this phrases this problem has widely studied by many of researchers and many geometric properties have turned out to be useful to determine an ...
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What does “tea ring” mean in this sentence and why “ring”?

I could not understand what is "tea ring" in this sentence, all I searched resulted in a "Swedish tea ring", as bread or cake, and I am pretty sure it is not. My guess is : it refers to some kind of ...
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“Making sludge coffee I drank with grave affect.”

What does that mean? Does it mean that I make coffee sludge with serious face? Or, that I make coffee sludge to be seen as grave something? Help!
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“Thumb” in the sentence

I just saw a quote from someone here in this site and I’m searching for the meaning of a word in the sentence. The sentence is: I know the rule of thumb that in interrogative sentences we always have ...
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What is the meaning of the verb “willed” in the following context:

Douglas Robson, USA TODAY Sports says: The favorite when defending champion Serena Williams toppled out in the second round, Sharapova virtually willed her way to the title. I think in this ...
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Is “hotel lot” = “hotel parking lot”?

Can I use just "lot" to refer to a "parking lot", when it is accompanied by the place where the parking lot is? Example: I park in the hotel parking lot. (correct) I park in the hotel lot. (?) It ...
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What is the meaning of “say” in the given sentence?

I came across the following sentence: In practice, you might want to reduce data from 256 to 50 dimensions, say; but using lower [...] If I rearranged the sentence to: In practice, you might ...
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If you fail or If you failed

If you fail to prove, manager will fire you. If you failed to prove, manager will fire you. Which sentence is more appropriate for a scenario where the speaker is warning someone that they risk ...
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Is there a difference between “formalism” and “formulation”?

I was wondering if there is a difference between "formalism" and "formulation" when we say things like: this is the mathematical formalism of quantum mechanics. and we have also Mathematical ...
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Does “shatter” in “Shatterdome” really refer to storms?

When I watched Polish premiere of movie Pacific Rim last year, word "Shatterdome" was translated to mean either "Dome of Storms" or "Dome of Thunders". This has been bugging me ever since. I have ...
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Meaning of “in arms”

What does it mean "in arms"? And is there a double meaning here, since they are goalkeepers? They are brothers in arms, members of the goalkeeping fraternity, like their father before them. Their ...
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What are (Brexit) “Muppet” leaflets?

I am currently reading this article, , and the first passages says, The Hague (AFP) - While Boris Johnson scrambled Friday to sell his EU divorce deal to parliament, the Dutch port of Rotterdam ...
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When vs If - Word-Usage

I know I can substitute "if" with "when", but, I think there's a different meaning here: If you're ready to learn it, you know where to find me (0 cond) When you're ready to learn it, you know ...
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Issue vs Problem

I have a piece of homework: Hypothermia is a serious____ that can affect even the most accomplished. What should I fill in the blank, issue or problem? According to the Oxford Advanced Learner's ...
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Makes a typical driver totally pucker

One of the examples of the word Pucker (noun) in https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pucker is "Northern California’s Rubicon Trail—one of the most iconic and difficult off-road routes in the ...