Questions tagged [word-request]

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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Word for someone who doesn't know any latest trends?

Is there a word for someone who doesn't know any new trends? The things that everyone talks about. For example, someone who doesn't know the new popular movie star or TV show that everyone is crazy ...
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Do we say “She fell on her head”, “She fell with her head onto the floor”, “She fell and hit her head onto the floor”, “She dived into the floor”?

Ok, look at these pictures A man may have been in a standing position & suddenly fell off with his head coming into contact with the floor first before other parts of his body (back, legs, etc). ...
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Put/Take ; In/Out: What is a verb useable for both?

"He was asked to put the blocks in and take the blocks out of the box." What is an alternative to "put/take" in this sentence, so that the sentence can read "He was asked to [verb] the blocks in and ...
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Word for random person from audience who is called to stage during live show

Sometimes during a live show, the lead singer/performer invites a random person from the audience to join them on stage, usually for short mutual singing or performance. (Example) Is there a word for ...
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Word for making a statement, consciously left open to interpretation while maintaining plausible deniability for any interpretation

As the title says: I'm looking for a single verb to describe the act of making a statement that is consciously left open to interpretation, with the purpose of instilling a certain interpretation ...
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What's the word for someone who loves two entities, like bilingual is one who knows two languages?

I saw the movie Isle of Dogs (2018) yesterday. The narrative described a kingdom of cat-loving humans waging war against the dog kingdom.1 Later, some characters spoke only Japanese without subtitles ...
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Verb for someone who refuses to repay money

What's the verb to say the behavior of someone who refuse to repay the money he owed? (Even if he knows it and is able to pay it back.) As far as I know, there is a commonly used noun which called ...
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What do you call an area of the sea that sinks many ships?

What do you call an area of the sea that sinks many ships? I am pretty sure there was a word for it. When there are treacherous rocks that sink wooden ships, there was a word pirates used to refer to ...
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A boy bends his knees a bit and then straighten his knees out repeatedly several times. Can we say “he is springy for fun”?

​springy (adj): returning quickly to the original shape after being pushed, pulled, stretched, etc. We walked across the springy grass. A boy bends his knees a bit and then straighten his knees out. ...
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Word for flexing/moving body part

When you flex your hand to show the movement it has. I also remember someone using this term for how someone could arrange their face when they show facial expressions. E.g i articulated my foot to ...
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What is single word for omit the details?

I am writing a manual like below: do A. do B. do C (omit the details). step 3 is already mentioned in another document, the reader of this manual already knows the details. so I want to indicate ...
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What's the word for undo a wish?

The opposite of grant a wish. Like someone who will be the adversary of genie
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When do we say “move it” and When do we say “move out of the way”?

This was the context I saw. A kid has been attending in an English speaking school in Vietnam (a non-English country) since the 1st grade. I am pretty sure that he can speak Vietnamese very well. His ...
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Is it idiomatic to say “don't bite me in the arm”?

We can say "to poke me in the arm" as stated in dictionaries. the verb "bite" is somehow similar to "poke" in its meaning because both mean to push into or through something. But I don't see the ...
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Is there a word or idioms for “political necessity”?

Is there a word or idioms for "political necessity"? For example, let's say politicians need to do something or enact a policy no matter how unpopular it is, because of a political necessity. What do ...
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see or know some one for first time?

I have a problem with finding correct verb. for example when you read about a writer for first time, or when you watch a movie and see an actor for first time, which verb we should to use in this ...
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in the new setting/surroundings

James and the drunk enter the pizza place. Gordon's there. Gordon: Who's that? James: Oh, that's Shots. Gordon: Shots? James: Yeah. I don't know his real name. I'm not sure he does either. He's ...
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What is the general everyday term to express the interface between the door and the door frame?

Look at the picture Children often accidentally put their hands or fingers in the interface between the door and the door frame, which is dangerous because they might get crushed by chance. What is ...
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In a computer simulation, what do you call the level that abstracts away the simulated world for computation?

In a computer simulation, what do you call the level that abstracts away the simulated world for computation? The simulation must be computed, so there's a level where the computation is done in a ...
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How to express “you are holding your bike and then walk, which makes the bike go with you”, do you say “I am carrying / taking / walking my bike”?

Say, you are not riding on your bike. Instead, you are holding it with your hands. You, then, walk, which makes the bike go with you. do you say "I am carrying / taking / walking my bike"? If we ...
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What are the synonymous words of material(as a person with a specified quality or suitability)

I always have this awkward moment, I saw one example sentence on online dictionary and I forgot the word, the sentence was about: I'm not the good material for that. Thus I'm asking is there anything ...
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What word best describes “to move your hand over a surface while pressing firmly”?

rub [intransitive, transitive] to move your hand, or something such as a cloth, backwards and forwards over a surface while pressing firmly → stroke rub your nose/chin/eyes/forehead etc ...
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What do you call the small protusion found in merchant stalls that protect people and goods from the rain?

What do you call the small protrusion found in merchant stalls that protect people and goods from the rain? It's called a roof, but I am talking about the part of the "roof" that's protruding a little ...
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What do you call a speculative law?

The Moore's law is an empirical law based on empirical observations. What do you call a law that's purely speculative? Is there such a thing? What kind of terms would scientists use to refer to such a ...
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Verb describing an action of a vehicle turning its wheels but not moving anywhere

What's the right verb in English to describe an action of a vehicle turning its wheels but not moving anywhere due to muddy or icy road? For example: We drove Jack's car over the woods having not ...
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How to express this toddler behavior: “She always stares and seems to beg for food of other kids” or “She always sponges food from other kids”?

This is one of the common behaviors of toddlers. Toddlers may not want to eat food that their parents give to them. But when their parents take them to a group of other kids or people who are eating ...
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Synonym for “turn around”

In many contexts, "turn around" is used for cases when you "transform" something completely. E.g. "He turned around his life." I want a synonym for "turn around" in such contexts, but something which ...
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Word for Helpful articles & videos?

I'm writing a mail to my juniors and sharing a document with them in it. The document includes some links to videos and articles to help them understand a particular topic. I'm referring to these ...
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The output of an adapter

I'm trying to name a function in a software package. Let's start with some backgrounds. The package provides supplemental functions to multiple upstream packages that train random forests. To avoid ...
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A verb for when mistrust increases?

After what he did, her mistrust in their relationship _______ . So they already had mistrust in this agreement, but with the recent turns of events their mistrust ______ . If you do that, ...
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What is the verb that describe sand dropping across a face or a wall?

What is the verb that describe sand dropping across a face or a wall? I first looked for dripping but it seemed that dripped is only used for liquids.
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Is there a more precise way of saying “bad writing”?

"Bad writing" can either mean the use of words, idioms, figure of speech or grammar is terrible, but it can also mean that the plot is horrible. How do you precise it's the latter? Is there a more ...
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Price demanded and offered

A sellers demands a sum of money for the thing he sells and that is called 'price'. Question is, is the same on the side of a customer? I mean, does a customer offer a 'price' when he bargains? Is the ...
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What is called an organization where people are looking for a job for a while?

I am writing a CV in English and I have come to work experience. I do not know if there is a name in English for this organization or something like that, but in my language a literal translation ...
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Dialogue consisting of questions and answers?

Is there a specific word for a dialogue between two characters in a play or novel, where that dialogue only consists of questions and answers?
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From inward to outward vs from outward to inward (a word)

Something may be "from inward to outward" or "from outward to inward". I want examples of English words (for general mathematical or philosophical terms, not for special things like cooking eggs) ...
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How to express my sold items are diverse?

In Czech, I would say there is a varied offer, would that be correct? What about diverse, various, miscellaneous, multifarious? Also, I didn't find any synonyms to offer in the business sense. Are ...
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What could be the names of the sound of the water falling in a shower?

one of my friends said: "The swoosh of the shower" I don't really think it fits the calm sound that could be heard when water is falling in a common shower, listening in the bedroom next door. What ...
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Does “frame” or “framework” work for the following context?

I want to say that someone can study by-himself but he needs a "frame" or "framework" meaning that he needs to be in an institute that will manage and coach him. Now based on my native language the ...
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Words that mean “walked in an annoyed manner”

I want to express that my character was walking away after her friend teased her a bit but she's trying to be serious. I don't want it to come off as she's angry, but just annoyed. So I don't know ...
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Independently thinking student

What is the one word for an independent thinker, who comes up with ideas and then does not hesitate in voicing them before the audience? I'm looking to apply the word in context of a high school ...
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What's the meaning and usage of “One such proposal is FOR” and “The concept is OF”?

Could you guys please explain about these sentences? One such proposal is FOR the vertical farm. The concept is OF multi-storey buildings I can't understand about FOR and OF in these sentences....
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Word for Speaking abstractly

Is there a word for speaking of something made-up as if it were real? Like a character from a novel or movie?
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An (erosive/eroding) job/task/action etc

I wonder what adjective do you normally use to describe an action / a task which as time passes causes you to wear out and makes you exhausted. These kinds of jobs are not at all boring at first, but ...
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Is there a word that means “join bodies”?

I am not sure if there's a word for it, but it would make a lot of sense if there was, sometimes in the "acrobatic arts" people do this, so there might be a specific terminology for it, I suspect ...
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One word to describe over/underweight

Is there a word to describe either under or overweight? I simply want a single word that would mean "this is the amount that is - or + the normal weight range". I am thinking of either 'deviation' ...
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could we use the verb “poke” without an agent who caused it?

poke [intransitive, transitive] to quickly push your finger or some other pointed object into something or someone poke somebody/something with something Andy poked the fish with his finger ...
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Special words for these personality descriptions

I want to know if there are special words as synonyms for these definitions; all are about human characters: Someone who gets carried away easily. Someone whose inner side is a thinker and kinda sad, ...
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How do I call a person working in a higher position than me in company?

In a company, there are various ranks of positions. And some people are working in a higher position than me. Is there any word indicating anyone working in a higher position than me? He/she can work ...
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Word that only includes my father, mother, brother, and sister

Is there any word or term for explaining a group of people including only my father, mother, brother, and sister (excluding my cousin, uncle, and aunty)?

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