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類義語・同義語. Words which share a meaning in at least one of the senses of each.

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Can you replace ただちに with word すぐに in order to convey the same meaning?

私はこの仕事をただちにしなければならない。 私はこの仕事をすぐにしなければならない。
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What is the difference between 楽天 and 楽観?

When looking through jisho.org after reading some NHK News Easy articles, I came across 楽観{らっかん}, which seems to imply optimism in terms of outlook. However, 楽天{らくてん} also carries the definition of ...
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Can 混む and 込む be used interchangeably to mean "to be crowded?"

I knew of 混{こ}む to mean "to be crowded," but recently came upon a different kanji (込) being used to convey the exact same meaning, and with the exact same reading. Looking it up on jisho.org,...
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Different words for darkness

So far in my studies I've come across three words for darkness: 暗がり, 暗闇, 暗黒. Is there any difference in meaning/nuance between these three words? This question is related, but I don't think it answers ...
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What's the difference between 埃{ほこり} and 塵{ちり} and 塵{ごみ}?

What I've found is that 埃{ほこり} means "dust", 塵{ごみ} means "rubbish", "trash", "garbage", and 塵{ちり} means both of them. I wonder what the difference between 埃 and ...
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What's the difference between 開閉器 and スイッチ?

開閉器 seems uncommon, maybe it's technical. I suppose they both mean "switch", like in "light switch", but スイッチ also means "change", "shift". As "light ...
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訪問する vs 見学する in meaning 'to visit'

I have heard both 訪問する and 見学する both being used to mean 'to visit' What is the difference between these two verbs?
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Can someone tell me the difference between 別々に and 別々 and 別 and 別に and 別々の

I am asking for the difference between 別々に and 別々 and 別 and 別に and 別々の. They are all very similiar having something to do with separate/ly. Thanks.
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Holiday vocabulary

There are a number of words for holiday, vacation, etc. I'd like to clarify their various uses: 祭日 National holiday. There is also 祝日 but I'm under the impression for, say, America's July 4, ...
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What does 指命 mean? [closed]

院長の指示通り動くのが我々の指命だ They are two doctors talking together. 指命 is on Weblio, but not on Jisho. It seems like 指令, what's the difference between them though?
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「助言」と「示唆」はどう違いますか。

最近、「示唆」という言葉を学びました。意味的にsuggestionという意味だそうですが、「助言」と同じ意味ではないでしょうか。それぞれのニュアンス何ですか。その違いが分かるように色々な例文を探してみました:助言を受ける人。彼の助言は非常に役立つ。牧師としての助言。この結果はそのような可能性を示唆している。解決すべき課題の示唆。その提案は示唆に富んでいる。その例文を参考にして、...
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What is the difference between 衛生的 and 清潔?

I already knew the adjective 清潔 that means "clean, hygienic", but I recently came across the word 衛生的 which also means "hygienic" and I don't understand in what situations should I ...
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What is the difference between 虐め and 嫌がらせ? Can you provide example sentences that highlight the difference?

Both terms mean "harassment". I tried to find out the differences by searching the Internet, but beyond this short Q&A in English: いやがらせ means harassment. いじめ is more serious ...
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The Quintessential Quintuplets - Difference between うそうそ (uso uso) and 冗談 (じょうだん jōdan joke)

From The Quintessential Quintuplets 1 - S01E01 Related: The Quintessential Quintuplets & Higurashi - What does it mean to repeat a word? Does たのしいたのしい means fun-filled? See here 2:36 - 2:44. The ...
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What nuance does ドライブ have, compared to 運転?

I'm unclear, and monolingual Japanese dictionaries aren't clarifying for me. My current assumptions are: (1) ドライブ seems to only mean driving an automobile, while 運転 can mean driving any type of ...
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凡人 vs 普通の人 for describing ordinary people

When describing 'ordinary people' I have heard both '凡人' and '普通の人' being used. What is the difference in meaning between these words?
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What is the difference between 式 and 儀式?

Both words mean "ceremony". What is the difference in meaning and usage between them? Given that the latter term is formed by two kanji, I would assume that it has a more formal tone than ...
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The meaning of 星人 vs 宇宙人

I've come across 星人 and 宇宙人 for describing aliens. What's the difference in the meaning of these words?
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What can you see or find at a 薬屋、薬局、ドラッグストアー respectively?

What is the difference between a [薬屋]{くすりや}, a [薬局]{やっきょく}, and a ドラッグストアー? Can we purchase the same things in a 薬屋 or a 薬局 or a ドラッグストアー? Which of these items are commonly carried in the different ...
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What is the difference between 討論 and 議論?

As part of my research, I came across the following explanation here: 討論 is a discussion or a debate at one place. 討議 consists of several discussions for a specific subject. 議論 is more general word. ...
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How do you define and contrast すっぱり すっぽり さっぱり and すっかり

すっぱり すっぽり さっぱり すっかり My dictionary is not leaving me with a clear understanding of how to distinguish these words, their origins, their connotations, or the contexts they're usually used in. They all ...
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「まま」と「状態」が一緒に使われていることについて

次は「上級へのとびら」という教科書に出た文章です。テーマは国政の「三バン」、すなわち「ジバン、カンバン、カバン」 です。 また、議員を選ぶ側も、政治家の子供だから、有名人だからという理由だけで投票するといった態度を考え直す必要があると思う。今のままの状態が続くと、将来、日本の政治はある一部の人達だけのものになってしまい、ますます国民から離れてしまう。 問題点は強調した「ままの状態」です。確か、「...
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Is there any significant difference between 駆け回る and 駆け巡る?

I already knew the word 駆け回る, which means "to run about", "to bustle about". Well, I recently came across the term 駆け巡る that seems to mean the same. Are both words safely ...
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In the Japanese dub of Frozen, Anna says 'unmei' (fate/destiny; the late Sayaka Kanda) instead of 'true love' (Kristen Bell)?

In frozen Japanese dub, Anna, voiced by the late Sayaka Kanda, says unmei (運命 , うんめい) instead of 'true love' as it was originally said in Kristen Bell's portrayal. Is 運命 just treated synonymously as, ...
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When to use 仕上げ and when to use 仕上がり?

From my dictionary, both of them are nouns and mean finish: 仕上げ - Finish, finishing, finishing touches 仕上がり- Finish, end, completion, result What is the difference between them?
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Differences between 栽培する, 作る, and 育てる for "grow"?

I'm trying to find the best word for "grow" something in a garden. This includes the transitive: "grow potatoes", "grow my own tea leaves" - and also the intransitive, &...
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What are the differences between 出身地 and 故郷{こきょう}?

I can't figure out the difference between 出身地 and 故郷{こきょう}, both meaning "hometown, birthplace", despite having done some research of my own in the internet as well as in this site. There is ...
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Differences and similarities between 近寄る, 近づく, and 迫る

I've come across these three different words, 近寄{ちかよ}る, 近づ{ちか}く and 迫{せま}る, which seemingly have similar definitions on the dictionary. Namely, in the sense of approaching, or drawing near. I was ...
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What is the difference between 祟り and 呪い

I've come across two terms translated as 'curse'. Is there a difference between them? 祟り, 呪い
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Is there any difference/nuances between られます and できます and if so what is it?

This question first came to me when I saw the sentence: 私は懐中電灯が見つけられません。 I can't find my/the torch. (speaker is in the dark). I am aware that られます is another way of saying able to but can you say ...
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Fun with synonyms - "dry up/wither/wilt/shrivel"

Please help me understand the differences in the following words meaning "dry up・out", "wither", "wilt", "shrivel": [枯]{か}れる [涸]{か}れる [萎]{しお}れる [萎]{しぼ}む [萎]{しな}...
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Fun with synonyms - "hand over/give/transfer"

Please help me understand the differences in the following words meaning "give up・over", "hand over", "transfer": 渡す [寄越]{よ・こ}す [譲]{ゆず}る Here are some examples from my ...
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Differences between words meaning "everybody" (誰も 全員 各位 各自 万人 人々 面々 皆 )

While learning new vocabulary, I began to notice that there are many vocabulary that more or less all mean "everybody/everyone". Here is the list: 誰も 全員 各位 各自 万人 人々 面々 皆 I'm pretty sure ...
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Synonym for「として」

I remember using a word that means "as (a role/identity)", roughly synonymous with 「として」. It was a word/phrase that I learned from writings that I had seen occasionally and adopted in my own ...
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Is 「謙譲 」really used as a standalone word different than 「謙譲語」?

When I started studying Japanese, I learnt the word 謙譲語 which means "humble language" (one type of 敬語). At that point, I looked up the word 謙譲 at the dictionary jisho.org and found out that ...
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Difference between 様々 and 色々

I have heard both of these in several contexts and I have having trouble understanding the difference in meaning and connotation. I would like to know the difference between 様々 and 色々and when to use ...
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Why is there ベッドルーム when there's already 寝室? [duplicate]

I was trying to find house vocabulary and found multiple (from my perspective) synonyms (where the synonyms sounded like English). For example, ベッドルーム and 寝室, as well as キッチン and 台所, as well as バスルーム ...
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replacing よう with みたい

Is it always possible to replace よう with みたい? For example in this sentence: 思うようにはいかないものだ。 Would 思うみたいにはいかないものだ 。 work as well? I've read many times that these two can be interchangeable, but it ...
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difference between 介護士 and 看護師

I learnt both of these words as an equivalent to "nurse". What is the difference in meaning between those two ? Also what is the pitch accent for 介護士 ?
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Fun with synonyms - "shine/sparkle/glitter/glimmer/glisten/gleam/twinkle/flash"

Been thinking about these for a while. I see that we already have Difference between 光る, 輝く, and 光り輝く?, but I'm including a lot more. What are the differences in meaning (ignoring conjugations) of ...
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Synonyms of いかに

Could the word いかに always be replaced by どんなに/いくら/どれだけ/どれほど/なんと in structures like いかに~か いかに~ても/でも いかに~とも いかに~ことか Basically, what I would like to know is if いかに and どんなに/いくら/どれだけ/どれほど/なんと are ...
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The French language, furansugo vs futsugo

I've always used ''furansugo'' to express the French language. But I've noticed another word, namely ''futsugo'' which also means French. My guess is that ''furansugo'' is used in normal speech ...
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Are 近畿【きんき】 and 関西【かんさい】 two nouns for the same concept and same region or there is an actual difference?

I have learnt that the 関西【かんさい】 area of Japan is also called 近畿【きんき】. According to my findings (see this entry on another stackexchange site), 関西 is a more popular term than 近畿. I would like to know: ...
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Are 「ないで」(when used adverbially) and 「ずに」 absolutely interchangeable?

I have been browsing the related questions in this site that deal with ず, ない, ずに and ないで and they are very informative. However, I couldn't find a post dealing with ずに and ないで (adverbially) ...
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Different words for bookshop

I see there are many different words for bookstore: 本屋, 書店, 書肆, 書籍商 and even ブックストー. What is the difference between all of these bookshops? I guess the most common word is 本屋, and ブックストー must be a ...
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Is 「食品」 a shorter synonym of「食料品」or there is a difference in meaning between both words?

I found an excellent Q&A addressing the differences between 食料 and 食品. However, I don't know how the word 食料品 relates to 食料 and 食料品. I guess that 食品 is just a short form for 食料品, just as 警官 is a ...
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What is the difference between 「変更」 and 「変化」?

I came across the word 「変化」 meaning "change, alteration". I already know the word 「変更」 that means "change" as well. What is the difference between both terms? I found a related question where they ...
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What is the difference between 「名前【なまえ】」 and 「名称【めいしょう】」?

I am learning the word 「名称【めいしょう】」. According to the dictionary, it means "name", but so does 「名前【なまえ】」. What are the differences in terms of meaning and usage between both words? I noticed that the ...
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Unable to interpret these sentences: 「まいばんくにのかぞくにでんわします」「このまちにはゆうめいな建物があります」

Hi there I was given a couple of exercises, from which I can figure more or less the right answer but I can't interpret it totally (I see no logic between the sentences and the possible reply) First ...
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What is the difference between 「いろいろ」and 「さまざま」?

According to the dictionary, they both mean "various". What is the difference between both words?
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