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Questions tagged [word-request]

This tag is for questions seeking a word that fits a meaning. If you actually seek a phrase, or don't care, see the "phrase-request" tag.

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is “hesitative” actually a word?

I was looking for an adjective for the verb 'hesitate' but it seems that there is not one. However, I find some people using the word 'hesitative' so is it actually a word?
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Word/Phrase for searching for some support for something

How can we state that we are searching for some supporting evidence for something? For example, in the following sentence: This may cause some errors in the evaluations. However, we do not aim at ...
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What's the proper word for this description?

If the woman in this picture is "covered head woman" (=with a cover on the head such cap etc.) then the man in this picture is "uncovered head man" (=without any cover on the head) or "discovered head ...
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Is there a name for a person who has 2-3 citizenships?

Is there a name for a person who has 2 or 3 citizenships? It should be an adjective or noun that can describe this person. By intuition, I guess that if there is, for the one who has 2 ...
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What is the word for the document containing the questions of an examination?

What do you call the document containing the questions, exercises or problems that students taking an exam are supposed to answer ? I thought about "question sheet" by parallelism to "answer sheet", ...
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What do we call the plastic that has bubbles on it?

As a child, I used to burst the bubbles on this thing: What do we call this thing in English? And how can we express the action of bursting bubbles on it (I mean the verb or phrase that we can use ...
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What is the opposite (antonym) of “live” in TV?

In TV there is the term live that means in "real time". But what is the opposite (antonym) of live in TV? Is non-live? pre-recorded? E.g.: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is live - The ...
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How to say one street branches from another?

My house is located on a side street that branches from a main street. If I wanted to formally write my home address, how should I do it? I'm thinking: [Side street name], branching from [main ...
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Word for someone has changed his name?

If someone, previously named John Smith, now changed to Mohammed bin Usman, is there a word to describe such a person?
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Interrupting someone's plan

How to say when someone caused someone else's plans to reschedule for the future. For example, if Adam bumped his car into Kyle's car and caused Kyle to miss his flight, then which word should Adam ...
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Is there a word for a skeptical thought?

We have: critic: a person giving criticism criticism: the practice of judging the merits and faults of something critique: one specific item of criticism And we also have: skeptic: a person giving ...
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A word/phrase for “the youngest child of a family”

Is there an idiomatic word or phrase for the youngest child of a family? It may somewhat have a negative connotation since their parents usually infantilize them.
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How do you call a problem with ink in a ball pen?

Sometimes you try to write or sign something with a ball pen on paper, but because the pen malfunctions (e.g. because it is running out of ink, or has dry ink), part of the line is drawn very thinly ...
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In one word, how can I say that something can be scored?

In my native language, there's a single word that identifies an object as something that can get a score, let's say, from 1 to 10. I tried some translators, and I'm getting "scoring", but doesn't ...
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The proper phrase for video destination

What would you say call devices which could be picked to display some video in one generalized word? The context is In this application you can switch video sources and destination screens. There ...
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Word that means follower of religion

Is there a general word that means follower of religion? I'm looking for an analog to the words demonym and ethnonym, but that relates to religion/faith instead of geography and ethnicity. The ...
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Is “mopping a sidewalk” okay in English?

Would it be okay to say "mopping a sidewalk" when a sidewalk is being cleaned with water and mops or is there a better and a more common way of describing this action?
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What's the most common way of describing the action of putting asphalt on the road?

What's the most common way of describing the action of putting asphalt on the road? 1) The workers are laying asphalt on the road. 2) The workers are covering the road with asphalt. 3) The workers ...
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What is this action on computer windows called, “expanding the window”?

When pressing on the the double squares on the right upper corner of browsers (Chrome, Explorer, Firefox etc.) or office word, power-point, or almost any window in computers, can I refer it as ...
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One verb for : manuscript “edited, annotated, verified” by so-and-so

How can I say a particular manuscript has been edited, annotated, verified by a person? The verb I'm looking for will appear on the cover of a book. The verb should mean to do textual criticism of, as ...
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exchange or share or another word

When a few people or groups of people give each other something they do not have at first to utilize, which word would be correct to use? For example, my friends and I have a dictionary while we need ...
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How to express “too hard to use” in a word?

I want to express that some tool is "too hard to use", which means its user experience is really bad. I feel "too hard to use" is like emphasizing the difficulty of using it instead of the experience ...
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The friendship of auntie bear

There is a phrase in our language that its literal translation to English will be "The friendship of auntie bear". In order to explain when we use this phrase, I will tell you the story behind this ...
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Help to avoid the battology with the collocation “to provide services”

I have a problem searching for proper synonyms of the words "service" and "to provide". I've got the sentence with repeating words which sound ambiguous and complicated. I tried to find some words to ...
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Can “Tirade” be used for a *non-angry* lengthy, boring speech/text?

When looking for a word for a lengthy, tedious, boring, text*, I had the feeling that tirade could be the right one. However I looked it up in on-line dictionaries and all of the the ones I consulted ...
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Did you give the ACC exam last year? Words that could replace 'give'

Did you give the ACC exam last year? Here, the word "give" sounds absurd. Is there some word(s) for replacement for give or maybe some word which is specially meant to be used for exam ? Can you ...
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Is there an antonym for the adjective “edifying”?

Is there an antonym for the adjective “edifying”? The reason being, I've been trying to find a suitable translation for the Italian word "diseducativo", but so far have found none. Dictionaries give ...
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Does “fastener” include “screw”?

The American Heritage Dictionary defines "fastener" as follows: 1. A device, such as a clip, pin, or clasp, that attaches something firmly to something else. 2. A device, such as a seat belt, ...
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How to express “my name used online”?

I've come up with these ideas: My name online My online name My web name "My name used online" is too long for me and I think there must be a shorter alternative. But I cannot decide on one. Is ...
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What are idiomatic terms for “out-of-class knowledge”?

I am trying to say that I used knowledge beyond what has been taught in the classroom, things I have learned from extra readings or research on my own. I can think of a couple possible terms but they ...
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Is there a way to say that “you weren't somewhere for some time that wasn't enough to do sth”

Somebody asks you A) Could you do you homework last night/on the weekend? B) No. I wasn't home enough (which means I needed 2 hours to do them but I was home only for 30 minutes) I'm ...
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A word for “all the great attributes or achievements of you and/or your family”

When Arabs talk about how great a person is, relative to others, they talk about the person's family (birth or descent, or nasab) and the person's or his family's achievements or attributes (hasab). ...
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What is a word or phrase to describe when score is the most important part of testing and it does not reflect the real ability of the students?

This is an issue in some fields, especially education. Because teachers are usually evaluated by the grades their students get in examinations and the number of excellent students in their class, ...
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a verb for when you go through a camera footage

The police said the CCTV cameras will be [verb here] to identify the murderer. I'm looking for the formal (or even technical) way of saying review, inspect or go through the camera footage.
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What do you call the table/counter surrounding a sushi conveyor belt?

I'm referring to these kind of structures (the part where customers put their plates and eat). At first, I thought about "group tables," but now that I think of it, they could also be called bars? Or ...
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What is the grammar term that means using pronouns to reduce repetition of nouns?

For instance: Normally we say "Winston is a victim of the totalitarian regime and I sympathize with him" instead of "Winston is a victim of the totalitarian regime and I sympathize with Winston". ...
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Someone/thing that a responder responds to is called?

I know a Responder is a person or something that responds to a specific thing. But what do we call a person or thing that a responder responds to? I think it's something with "respond" or "response" ...
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A word for someone who pathologically snoops through people's things

Not necessarily stealing anything but would compulsively snoop through someone's things if left alone. e.g cleptomaniac is someone who would compulsively steal things. Really bugging me, I'm sure ...
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Word for “an amount of money you pay to be exempted from a service”

Here, military service is obligatory up to the age of 30. Once an individual reaches 30, he can't enlist and must instead pay an exemption fee (Sometimes, the individual, if found to have no valid ...
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What is the name of the profession that makes mattresses?

A mattress maker is called what? I'm looking for an older description, the oldest the better. Is there a name for this profession?
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How is pimple in a mouth is called?

As far as I know, acne is a pimple on a face. But how is a pimple inside a mouth (on a palate or on the inner wall of a lip or cheek) is called?
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Is there a word that sounds similar to “titbit”?

I’m sure that I’ve came across the word that sounds or spells similar to titbit or tipbit, and has the meaning of “key point” or “focus” or “essential part”. For example: The titbit of his idea is ...
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collect/charge/receive money

First of all, I think it is worthwhile to mention that "What is nanny state?" Well, nanny state is a conservative term that conveys a view that a government or its policies are overprotective. The ...
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Does using the word “heavy” after weight sound ok?

I wonder what is the equivalence of saying “7 feet tall” or “1 inch thick” for weight. Is it “55 pounds heavy”?
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Word for saying something in a superior tone

What is the word for "say something in a tone that shows superiority over the other"?
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A word that fits in three sentences [closed]

I have an exercise in which I am asked to fill one word to three different sentences. And I am completely helpless with the following three sentences: I swear I'll never let you get away with it. You ...
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Is the word “project” the only such stress-depending word in English?

Is the word "project" the only word in English that has two different meanings depending on where the stress falls? I like your prOject. We need to projEct this idea on his program.
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A fan that idolizes someone because he is hot at that momment and many people idolize him

I want a single word to describe a person who became a fan of somebody just because that one is very famous at that time and many people admire him, but not because she loves him.
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What is the word for “Meant to be understood by someone special”?

What is the word for "meant to be understood by only someone"? Like, "Everyone could see his WhatsApp status, but only she could understand" I want to know if there's a word for the thingamajig "...
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What is the word for a kid's bedroom?

I want to know a word for a kid's bedroom just like a women's bedroom is called a boudoir.