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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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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.
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Naming a bonus in a betting game creator

What can I name the bonus that a betting game creator extra adds to the total stakes from his/her credits? On this gaming website, a member can create a game with options for other members to place ...
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How to describe a leak from a pipe

How to describe a leak from a pipe as is in the photo below at home or outside in more detailed way Which words can be used besides leak? https://acpfoto.com/photo/do-you-have-a-broken-water-line-...
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A person working at a job for the longest period of time

How can I refer to a person who is working at a job for the longest period of time. For example, imagine there are 10 people who work at the same office and one of them, let's say Amanda, has been ...
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What dirtied your clothes?

If I wanted to ask about the thing or things that made my son's clothes dirty, what would I say? I know dirty works as a verb, but when I said: What dirtied your clothes? It didn't strike me as a ...
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What do we call glasses with thick lenses

What do we call glasses with thick lenses that people use when they are very near-sighted? Here is a picture of what I mean:
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What verb can I add before information retrieval?

I thought "do information retrieval" and "perform information retrieval" may be OK but seems informal. Could anyone recommend a verb which can lead information retrieval in a formal way, for instance ...
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Is there a word or phrase to describe children becoming better versions of their parents?

Is there a word in any language that describes the thought of a child becoming better than their parents in what they do. For example a child who is eventually going to take over the family business ...
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Does a phrase “to support needs” sound natural?

Please, help me to put a proper word collocation into a sentence. I need to describe in an office announcement that a new printer is set for satisfy any employee (printing) need. I found the ...
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What word do we use for necessary but unspecified stuff?

Here's the question where did you go on the holiday? Nowhere. I stayed home and did some overdue job/task/work/.... Overdue is not necessary here, other words may fit. I want to talk about ...
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If there is a tab in an application for teacher to be able to input test score for his students, what would the tab called?

So I'm developing an app for teachers. One of the tab in the app is allowing teachers to browse as well as input students test and homework scores. I don't know what the term for this activity should ...
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A formal word for “to go wrong”

I would like to use a verb or an adjective similar to " to go wrong" as in the following example but I could not find. A myriad of scientists endeavored and even some of them sacrificed their ...
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A verb for “high standard of living” or “ high quality of life”

I would like to write a sentence similar as follows but after a Google search, I noticed using the verb to reach could make the sentence sound unnatural. So which verbs can I use instead of the verb ...
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What is the term for activity when a teacher is account for students presence in his class?

What is the term for activity when a teacher is account for students presence in his class? In my native language, this is called "Absency" (absensi). I believe this was a term (incorrectly) absorbed ...
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Equine sound effects

Subtitled movies sometimes have that nice feature, where important sounds and background noise are written out in words, something which you could not learn from just the audio. In this way I ...
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Adjective to describe things that don't have any potential in them for initiating any kind of activity

There are living things in this world: humans, animals, trees. One their prominent characteristic is that they all can move in some way on their own. There are lifeless things that yet can still show ...
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Name for a person who is awareness about an issue/subject

For example there is "observer" for somebody who professionaly follows a subject. What about awareness? (I mean a word in the meaning of imaginary word "awareness+er")
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A word/phrase for “voice change”

Suppose you are going to give a lecture or simply you are going to explain something to a group of people. On the other hand, you have got a cold and your voice has changed, so you want to apologize ...
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Does “resume from standby” phrase sound natural?

I need to describe a mode of a machine or a device when it is ready for work but it is in kind of a sleeping mode. Also I need to put it in a context of "awakening" from such mode. The rough example ...
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What's the correct frequently-used word/phrase to describe the whole 'bullet'?

Though the word "bullet" is often used incorrectly in colloquial language to refer to a cartridge round, a bullet is not a cartridge but rather a component of one.[5] A round of ammunition cartridge ...
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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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Word or phrase for this personality trait/attitude/situation “if I can't have it no one can”?

So I don't know if there's a word or short phrase for this scenario or personality trait but examples to help narrow it down. The central premise is sort of "if I can't have it no one can" or "if I ...
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Difference between “display” and “screen”

What would we call the device that is used to deliver the computer's image on the bigger electronic screen (like a PC monitor)? It is about the actual device that provides a visual output of every ...
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One word for “to be upset”

Is there a one word (intransitive verb) for the phrase "to be upset"? I will be upset I will ___? (cry?) When my son doesn't want to do something I usually say, "You upset me", but I want to have ...
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A subject is taught by a specific teacher

I want to say that Phonetics which is taught by Ms. Rose is my favourite subject ( I mean that I am not interested in this subject if it is taught by anyone else). Can I say that Phonetics by Ms. ...
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What is the correct word form for telecommunications applications?

I cannot find the right, generic term for all the applications and software used for making online calls (i.e. Skype, Zoom, Facetime, Jitsi, etc.). I found such word collocations as ...
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How is this ornithologists' activity called in English?

How is this action or activity called in English when ornithologist attach special small light metal things to birds' paws (I don't know what those things are called in English) in order to keep track ...
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What do you call a person who's receiving a service?

Example: a social worker goes to anti-social people and tries to bring them back to society. What do you call the anti-social people? A few words pop up in my mind: clients, customers, patients ... ...
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A person who is always in front of the computer

I have a friend who is always in front of the computer and spends a great amount of time surfing the internet or doing anything related to the computer. How can you describe this person in a word?
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A word or a phrase for “riding a bicycle on only one wheel”

What do we call it when someone rides a bicycle or a motorcycle and suddenly stands on only one wheel (usually on the back wheel) for a short period?
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What is the synonym of Chilantu

Chilantu (pronounced as Chiluntu) is a composite word derived from Chillar + Ubuntu. Chillar [Hindi] means loose change, like a few cents you throw away at a hopeless beggar in the corner of the ...
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What word describes words that can be more that one part of speech?

Some words, depending on how they're used, can be used as different parts of speech. i.e a noun in one case and a verb in another. Examples Here's a couple examples: Top, Quiet, Fast Top noun ...
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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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what do we call the second caller?

You are on a call, when suddenly another comes in. You want to tell the first caller that another caller is trying to reach you. What do we call the second caller? I know this service is called "...
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What do we call our conversation partner on the telephone?

What is a proper word for a person who you have telephone talk with? I found the words interlocutor, interviewer, addressee and hearer. What is the best to choose, especially for using in a formal way?...
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looking for an alternative verb: computing the ratio of A and B

Maybe this is the native German speaker in me, but I am looking for an alternative verb to use, when I want to write: We compute the ratio of A and B. I am not happy with the verbs to compute/to ...
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When something good is being presented as bad

When a person presents in his speech something that generally is good as being the absolute opposite, what do we call it? I mean grammatically and in terms of terminology only. How do feel? Never ...
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What do we call “a person who wears animal costumes”?

What do we call a person who wears animal costumes and stands outside of a restaurant for advertising purposes? They may also represent a team or an organization.
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A pro and a con at the same time

Is there a word for anything that is a con and a pro at the same time. I mean it is both good and bad, has both a minus and a plus, is an advantage and a disadvantage at the same time. A second ...
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Term's name that has an opposite meaning if translated literally

In my language, there's a term "dikuliti". The meaning is "to peel the skin off". But that term is actually a passive verb of "kulit" (means skin). So the literal meaning of "dikuliti" is actually "...
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Word or phrase for when a car goes over a pothole

When on the road a car goes over a pothole (bump on the road), what do you call it in English?
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An act of making a citizen work (spy?) against his own country

What's the right word to describe an act of making a citizen of one country (by either paying him or, perhaps, setting him up in some way) start getting and sharing some important info about his own ...
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How to show radio interferences in writing?

In writing when we want to show the reader that there are radio interferences so some words of the broadcaster are lost, how to write it? What is the classic or the preferable way? In Russian it's ...
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What do we call it when someone injures himself?

What do we call it when someone injures himself on purpose because of a mental problem? For example, they cut their own flesh or something.
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What's the best word or expression to claim that your given example is not fictitious and it's true?

What's the best word or expression to claim that your given example is not fictitious and it's true? In our word quizes we have to write part of speechs, definitions and also give an example for each ...
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Is there another verb for “stitch someone up”? What is the American alternative for this verb?

Stitch someone up as in he is gonna stitch her up for the murder. Here is an entry from the Cambridge Dictionary: stitch sb up UK slang — phrasal verb with stitch uk ​ /stɪtʃ/ us ​ /stɪtʃ/ ...
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Ho to call this person serving wedding registrations?

In some countries, they have secular weeding registration ceremonies, in which the groom and the bride are supposed to put their signatures on some official paper and exchange their wedding rings. The ...
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What is a non-prime number greater than 1 called in English?

I know that this a math question, but as it is really a very basic math concept I think any English user would know it, and it must be more related to English than knowing the math. We call a number ...
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Find a verb such that “ 'the verb' you this much” is the opposite of “cost you this much”

I would like to find a verb such that " 'the verb' you this much" is the opposite of "cost you this much". My intuition is that "give" would be such a choice, but I would like to see if there is a ...
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