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This tag is for questions seeking a word that fits a meaning. Please demonstrate why you expect the word to exist in English. For example you could tell us a word that means the same in another language. Please use a bilingual dictionary and include the result of your research. Please include a sample sentence demonstrating how the word would be used. If you actually seek a phrase, or don't care, see the "phrase-request" tag.

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Requesting explanation on the meaning of the word 'Passerby'?

Merriam-Webster defines it as: "One who passes by" Similarly, Cambridge defines it as: "someone who is going past a particular place" Now, in a particular situation, where a person,...
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What do you call a page or list where one mentions all their preferences?

The list includes items like What I love in a person People I adore One thing I am afraid of My strength etc These used to be published in magazines where celebrities would mention all their ...
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Is there any word better than "English name"?

Metro 2033's writer is a russian Дми́трий Алексе́евич Глухо́вский, and this person's "English name" is Dmitry Glukhovsky. The Wither's writer is a Polish Andrzej Sapkowski, and his name ...
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What word would you call something sticking out from a surface? (see photos inside)

What word would you call something sticking out as in the pictures below? (1) (2) (3) (4) I found some words in dictionaries: "projection", "ledge". But I don't know which one ...
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Is it correct to say "he gave me a bookshelf" or "he gave me bookshelves"?

The dictionary says a bookshelf is a shelf that you keep books on My dad gave me this one which has 5 shelves: What is this whole thing called? a bookshelf or bookshelves Is it correct to say "...
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What do you call a person who always try to put obstacles to prevent you from reaching success? [closed]

What do you call a person who always try to put obstacles in your way and prevent you from reaching success? Obstacle? Hinder? Hamper? Annoying?
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How to designate abbreviations that are neither acronyms nor initialisms?

Acronyms and initialisms are special kinds of abbreviations. (image source) How to designate abbreviations that are neither acronyms nor initialisms? Examples: Dr.: doctor lb.: pound (from the ...
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Can we say "she was sleepwalking" when she is not walking but sitting up?

The definition of sleepwalk is "​to walk around while you are asleep". Say a girl was asleep when she sat up and started talking gibberish with her eyes wide open. Can we say "she was ...
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How to designate the study of the origin of an acronym?

Etymology is the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed throughout history. How to designate the study of the origin of an acronym?
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can we say "the fan turned off by itself"?

Britannica says 2 turn off (something) or turn (something) off : to stop the operation or flow of (something) by pressing a button, moving a switch, etc. She turned off the alarm/heat/lights/water. ...
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What do you call a big piece of paper with a list of plays for the month?

On the wall near the entrance to the theater hangs a big sheet of paper (approximately 600×800 mm in size) with a list of current performances. Should it be called a playbill, an events poster, a ...
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Do we use "the + singular noun" to express that type of goods?

A shop sells many types of toy cars. like the below picture. Source Suppose the first car, which is green, does not sell and the shop doesn't want to keep it. Is it correct to say "We don't want ...
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Is it correct to say "glide my fingernail on the adhesive tape to feel its rim"?

Sometimes, I can not see the rim or the edge of my adhesive tape because the rim/edge does not stick up but onto the tape tightly and the color is the same. So, is it correct to say "I glided my ...
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How to refer to the locations in lower depths of a waterbody (such as a lake)?

For a body of water (say, a lake), the location in the water with the greatest distance from the bottom can be called surface water. However, I'm looking for a word to describe the location of points ...
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My knowledge about this subject is not clear, so I want to _____ it. => strengthen?

My knowledge about this subject is not clear. I have been taught different pieces of knowledge related to it, but I can't remember them clearly. I'm often unsure about what I know, so I want to _____ ...
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A class for students who want to get better at a subject, aside from their public education

A class for students who want to get better at a subject, aside from their public education. It is often scheduled in the evening, but not necessarily, and young students are more likely to be here ...
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"This tutoring class often took in tens of students in September." => Is "took in" okay here?

The tutoring class I went to back in high school often took in tens of students in September. According to CD, intake means the number of people that are accepted at a particular time by an ...
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"Going to the movies is more fun ________" => with company, in company, or something else?

Even if I had a cheap ticket, I'd probably wait until I could go with friends. The whole experience is more fun with company. I initially used with company for this sentence. However, I couldn't find ...
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What is the subject asking students to write about their understanding and appreciation for literary works?

When I was at school, we had a subject called "literary appreciation" if I translate its name directly into English. In this subject, we had to write about our understanding and appreciation ...
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Is there a word starting with sn and used as an action of a snake? [closed]

Is there a word starting with sn and used as an action of a snake? Is it snap? What does it mean? Is there a word starting with sn and meaning biting by a snake?
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Slang word for 'inactive', 'lazy', 'sleepy',

What is a slang word for "inactive", "lazy", "abnormally slow-thinking"? Please look at this situation. A friend (A) is teaching English to his friend (B). B is usually ...
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Is "proactivity" a word?

Logically, proactivity should mean the quality of being proactive. However, I can't find it in dictionaries. Why is it not common? Do people use it at all? If not, which word do native speakers use ...
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"Stop __________ and hurry up!"

I'm looking for a verb or phrasal verb to fill in the blank in the situation below: So me and my friend have planned a trip this Saturday and we agreed I would come pick her up at 8 a.m. Saturday ...
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Do you say "her carelessness leaked into her blood" to express that her carelessness is her essence or habit?

Vietnamese people sometimes say "her carelessness leaked into her blood" (literally translated from Vietnamese) when they want to say that her carelessness is her essence or habit and it it ...
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Which verb is used for the voluntary termination of degree-awarding powers?

Which verb is used in BrE to express that a university voluntarily terminates its degree-awarding powers as a result of discontinuing the field of study to which the degree-awarding powers apply? I ...
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Is it natural to say "you should've done the math exercise smartly"?

This is my daughter's math question. The way she did it is to count every cell one by one, which is not effective. So I told her "the first line is 10 and the second is 10 so we have 20 and we ...
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Do you say "don't play with fire" to a person who is playing with something that might get him dirty?

My son is throwing rocks into a pond with dirty black water and if the rock is pretty big it might splash the water all over the place and the water might get his clothes dirty. Can I say to him &...
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Is it correct to say "arrange the cup side by side in a row"? [closed]

According to my study, to arrange cups in a row means the face of each facing forward like this But this way of arrangement takes up too much space, so people arrange them like this But to describe ...
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"Social men" who have entered the real world and experienced lots of social challenges and complexities?

In Chinese, we can distinguish students, or even teachers, in the ivory tower from those who have entered the real world, infused with challenges, unspoken rules or norms, and complexities, using the ...
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term for substituting letter or numeral for word

Is there a term for the use of a letter or numeral to substitute for a word or syllable in casual writing, such as "R U 4 real" in a text message? My search returned the word rebus, defined ...
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A is in 1st grade and B is in 2nd grade. Is it offensive to say "A studies in lower grade/class"?

I asked Chatgpt this question and it says "A studies in lower grade/class" is offensive because "lower class or grade" shows derogatory. But "class" or "grade" ...
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is it correct to say "push the table by its far edge"?

My daughter put her hands in the middle of the edge of the table and pushed a table, which was hard to move the table. So, I told her to put her hands on one end of the edges and push the table, then ...
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are "I will check your homework later" and "I will check on your homework later" similar?

I often ask my children to do homework and after that, what would I say "I will check your homework later" and "I will check on your homework later"? Someone on Quora told me &...
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Is "watch screens" used to cover "watch TV/ phone/ tablet/ laptop..."?

I don't want my children to watch too much TV/ or anything on tablets/phones/ laptops/ smart watches... I don't want to give an exhausting list like that when talking to my children. For examples &...
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What to say when I'm so excited about a book and read it at crazy speed: "read the book voraciously"?

Searching for the expression online, I've found many examples of the phrase read voraciously, but very few of read the book/novel voraciously. So, is read the book voraciously natural? If not, what ...
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What is the opposite of "He's full of life"?

I want to say that I'm often drowsy in the morning and I don't want to do anything. I think this state is opposite to being "full of life". But what is the antonym of it?
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Adjective for someone that refuses help from others?

I have spent an embarrassing amount of time searching for an answer to this question with no results. I am looking for an adjective that describes someone that refuses to accept help from others. I ...
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Is it natural to say "drink it up to this level"?

I want my son to drink warm water in the early morning so that he can easily empty his bowel before going to school because it's not nice if he has to do it at school. But, he doesn't like it very ...
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is this sentence too long "stand up the footstool so that it is on its side"?

If the footstool is on its side like this, we can not sit on it. So we say "lay the footstool flat" or "lay the footstool down flat" What about do it the other way round? Say a ...
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Is there some medical insurance jargon term to designate the cost that a patient owes a medical provider?

Assume an individual in the United States went to a medical provider. A few weeks later, the claim is processed by the individual's medical insurance, and the insurance informs how much individual ...
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Do you say "you're very reasonative" the same way we say "you're very talkative"?

A talkative person is one who talks a lot. So, I deduce a reasonative person is one who often gives a lot of reasons for his/her behaviors. There is no "reasonative" entry in dictionary, but ...
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Is it correct to say "a picture of teen Uncle James"?

When someone is a grown-up, how can we refer to photos which were they were taken when they were younger? I remember someone told me I can say "a photo of baby you/ baby him / baby Mary...". ...
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Do you say "stand at the beginning of the queue" the same way we say "stand at the end of the queue"?

In the dictionary, "end" is used for both time and space. For example, -They get married at the end of the movie. (time) -The bank is right at the end of the street. (space) Also in the ...
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Assignee, appointee or something else entirely?

In my native language, we have a word for people performing some kind of assignment, including contractors, expert consultants, external reviewers, (student) representatives,board members and so on ...
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Is that part of an Android tablet charger called a connector in a conversation that a mom may say?

I know some computer and programming stuff and I guess that many people in this forum also have computer or programming knowledge. It seems people who know computer might also be interested in ...
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Is a broom without a long handle still called a broom?

Dictionaries say a broom has a long handle. But if a broom doesn't have a long handle and people have to bend down to sweep, is such a broom still called a broom?
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Is there any equivalent of "non-fiction writer/writing" that doesn't rely on a negative?

I'd like to name someone who writes texts that are grounded in reality, i.e. not fiction, as well as the activity of doing so. They're often referred to as a non-fiction writer/writing. Is there any ...
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Is there a formal term for "buddy taping"?

https://www.mountsinai.org/health-library/selfcare-instructions/broken-toe-self-care: Buddy taping: Wrap tape around the injured toe and the toe next to it. This helps keep your toe stable. Place a ...
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What does a history teacher at school ask a student to prepare by the next lesson? A report, a paper, a presentation or what?

For example, on the topic of "ancient Egyptian culture", "the life of Alexander the Great", "reasons of the Second World War" or something else. That is, the student ...
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A word to describe somebody who farts all the time

Is there a word to describe somebody who farts all the time? Oh and for somebody whose fart stinks the whole universe as well. I really need these to talk about my grandpa.
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