SYNONYMS

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Use our dictionary of synonyms to find substitutes when you want to avoid using the same word repeatedly when speaking or writing, to find a more modern or more formal equivalent of a word, or to broaden your vocabulary.

Phubbing refers to the practice of ignoring one's companion or companions in order to pay attention to one's phone or other mobile device.
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New words in OxfordDictionaries.com: phubbing

 

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Add oil is an expression that has gained a lot of currency in Hong Kong in the last few years.
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OED appeals: can you help us find earlier evidence of ‘shroff’ and ‘add oil’?

 

Can you help us? OED Appeals is a dedicated community space on the OED website where OED editors solicit help in unearthing…