List of 250+ Synonyms in English from A-Z with Examples

Learn useful list of 250+ Common Synonyms for Improving Your English with Pictures and Examples.

synonym is a word or phrase that means exactly or nearly the same as another word or phrase in the same language.

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Abandon —– Forsake

  • People often simply abandon their pets when they go abroad
  • He had made it clear to his wife that he would never forsake her.

Able —– Capable

  • You must be able to speak French for this job.
  • You are capable of better work than this.

Accomplish —– Achieve

  • Easy enough to say, but sometimes hard to accomplish!
  • They could not achieve their target of less than 3% inflation.

Accurate —– Precise

  • Scientists have found a more accurate way of dating cave paintings.
  • I can be reasonably precise about the time of the incident.

Active —– Athletic

  • She’s over 80, but is still very active.
  • He can play any sport, he’s naturally athletic.

Admit —– Confess

  • Don’t be afraid to admit to your mistakes.
  • We persuaded her to confess her crime.

Agree —– Consent

  • I agree with her analysis of the situation.
  • I rarely consent to do interviews.

Aim —– Goal/ Purpose

  • Our main aim is to increase sales in Europe.
  • Your goal as a parent is to help your child become an independent adult.
  • The purpose of the book is to provide a complete guide to the university.

Alike —– Same

  • My mother and I are alike in many ways.
  • She was born on the same day as me.

All —– Every

  • The boys played video games all day.
  • I enjoyed every minute of the film.

Allow —– Permit

  • My parents wouldn’t allow me to go to the party
  • We were not permitted any contact with each other.

Amiable —– Friendly

  • Her parents seemed very amiable.
  • Everyone was very friendly towards me.

Amount —– Quantity

  • We’ve had an enormous amount of help from people.
  • The police also found a quantity of ammunition in the flat.

Angry —– Mad/ Irritated

  • Her behavior really made me angry.
  • He’s always been mad about kids.
  • She was getting more and more irritated at his comments.

Arrive —– Reach

  • They arrived at the airport at 10.30.
  • You should reach there around 9.45 a.m.

Ask —– Enquire

  • We’ll have to ask someone the way to the station.
  • I called the station to enquire about train times.

Assist —– Help

  • Anyone willing to assist can contact this number.
  • This charity aims to help people to help themselves.

Assure —– Guarantee

  • We were assured that everything possible was being done.
  • We cannot guarantee our flights will never be delayed.

Attire —– Dress

  • Their attire was a mixture of the sombre and seaside wear.
  • I am wearing the long white dress.

Away —– Absent

  • There were ten children away yesterday.
  • Today, he is absent from work.

Awful —– Terrible/ Bad

  • The weather last summer was awful.
  • That’s a terrible thing to say!
  • I’m having a really bad day.

Bargain —– Deal

  • The car was a bargain at that price.
  • We did a deal with the management on overtime.

Begin —– Start

  • He always begins his lessons with a warmup exercise.
  • I only started this book yesterday.

Beginner —– Novice/ Amateur

  • She’s in the beginners’ class.
  • I’m a complete novice at skiing.
  • The tournament is open to both amateurs and professionals.

Behave —– Act

  • The doctor behaved very unprofessionally.
  • John’s been acting very strangely lately.

Belly —– Stomach

  • They crawled along on their bellies.
  • You shouldn’t exercise on a full stomach.

Below —– Under

  • He dived below the surface of the water.
  • The dog squeezed under the gate and ran into the road.

Big —– Vast/ Large

  • It’s the world’s biggest computer company.
  • His business empire was vast.
  • Brazil is the world’s largest producer of coffee.

Blank —– Empty

  • Sign your name in the blank space below.
  • It’s not good to drink alcohol on an empty stomach.

Blend —– Mix

  • Blend together the eggs, sugar and flour.
  • Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.

Bother —– Annoy

  • I don’t want to bother her with my problems at the moment.
  • His constant joking was beginning to annoy her.

Brave —– Courageous

  • I wasn’t brave enough to tell her what I thought of her.
  • I hope people will be courageous enough to speak out against this injustice.

Broad —– Wide

  • He is tall, broad and muscular.
  • Her face broke into a wide grin.

Brute —– Rough/ Violent

  • His father was a drunken brute.
  • This watch is not designed for rough treatment.
  • Her husband was a violent man.

Bucket —– Pail

  • They were playing on the beach with their buckets and spades.
  • It was a community that drank out of the beer pail and ate out of the lunch bucket.

Bunny —– Rabbit

  • A little bunny seemed harmless enough.
  • I want to have a rabbit.

Business —– Trade

  • It’s been a pleasure to do business with you.
  • Trade between the two countries has increased.

Buy —– Purchase

  • If you’re thinking of getting a new car, now is a good time to buy.
  • The equipment can be purchased from your local supplier.

Candy —– Sweet

  • I want the last piece of candy.
  • I was sucking a boiled sweet.

Center —– Middle

  • There was an enormous oak table in the center of the room.
  • He was standing in the middle of the room.

Chef —– Cook

  • He took a job as a souschef in a London hotel.
  • She was employed as a cook in a hotel.

Chiefly —– Mainly

  • We are chiefly concerned with improving educational standards.
  • They eat mainly fruit and nuts.

Child —– Kid

  • I lived in London as a child.
  • She’s a bright kid.

Choose —– Select/ Pick

  • We have to choose a new manager from a shortlist of five candidates.
  • She was selected as the parliamentary candidate for Bath.
  • She picked the best cake for herself.

Chop —– Cut

  • He was chopping logs for firewood.
  • You need a powerful saw to cut through metal.

Close —– Shut

  • I closed my eyes against the bright light.
  • Philip went into his room and shut the door behind him.

Coat —– Jacket

  • I have a long winter coat.
  • I have to wear a jacket and tie to work.

Cold —– Chilly/ Freezing

  • Today, it is very cold.
  • I was feeling chilly.
  • My hands are freezing!

Competent —– Capable

  • He’s very competent in his work.
  • You are capable of better work than this.

Complete —– Finish

  • The project should be completed within a year.
  • She finished law school last year.

Complex —– Complicated

  • That’s a complex problem.
  • The story is extremely complicated.

Connect —– Join

  • The towns are connected by train and bus services.
  • The island is joined to the mainland by a bridge.

Cope —– Manage

  • He wasn’t able to cope with the stresses and strains of the job.
  • She’s 82 and can’t manage on her own any more.

Couch —– Sofa

  • Tom offered to sleep on the couch.
  • I took my shoe off and lay down on the sofa.

Crash —– Accident

  • A girl was killed yesterday in a crash involving a stolen car.
  • He was killed in an accident.

Crook —– Criminal

  • The film portrays a world of smalltime crooks, petty crime and drinking clubs.
  • Lawyers are not allowed to comment on current criminal cases.

Cry —– Weep

  • It’s all right. Don’t cry.
  • She started to weep uncontrollably.

Cunning —– Clever

  • It was a cunning piece of detective work.
  • He’s clever with his hands.

Danger —– Harm

  • Children’s lives are in danger every time they cross this road.
  • He would never frighten anyone or cause them any harm.

Daybreak —– Dawn/ Sunrise

  • We left before daybreak.
  • They start work at dawn.
  • We left before sunrise.

Dear —– Expensive

  • Everything’s so dear now, isn’t it?
  • I can’t afford it, it’s too expensive.

Defective —– Faulty

  • Her hearing was found to be slightly defective.
  • Ask for a refund if the goods are faulty.

Delicious —– Yummy

  • This dish is delicious with cream.
  • These biscuits are yummy.

Demolish —– Destroy/ Wreck

  • The factory is due to be demolished next year.
  • The building was completely destroyed by fire.
  • The house was a wreck when we bought it.

Demonstrate —– Protest

  • They are demonstrating in favor of free higher education.
  • Students took to the streets to protest against the decision.

Denounce —– Blame/ Indict

  • Amnesty International denounced the failure by the authorities to take action.
  • The report blames poor safety standards for the accident.
  • They were indicted on a number of corruption charges.

Dense —– Thick/ Heavy

  • A narrow track wound steeply up through dense forest.
  • This breed of cattle has a very thick coat.
  • The air was heavy with the scent of flowers.

Depart —– Leave

  • The train departed Amritsar at 6.15 p.m.
  • The plane leaves for Dallas at 12.35.

Despise —– Hate/ Detest/ Loathe

  • She thoroughly despised him for his weakness.
  • He hates violence in any form.
  • They detested each other on sight.
  • I loathe modern art.

Destiny —– Fate

  • I believe there’s some force guiding us—call it God, destiny or fate.
  • By a strange twist of fate, Andy and I were on the same plane.

Destitute —– Poor/ Penniless

  • When he died, his family was left completely destitute.
  • They were too poor to buy shoes for the kids.
  • Uncle Charlie was jobless and penniless.

Detach —– Remove

  • The skis should detach from the boot if you fall.
  • Three children were removed from the school for persistent bad behavior.

Deter —– Hinder

  • The high price of the service could deter people from seeking advice.
  • Some teachers felt hindered by a lack of resources.

Determined —– Sure/ Convinced

  • I’m determined to succeed.
  • You don’t sound very sure.
  • I am convinced of her innocence.

Different —– Diverse

  • They are sold in many different colors.
  • My interests are very diverse.

Difficult —– Hard

  • Your writing is really difficult to read.
  • It was one of the hardest things I ever did.

Diminish —– Decrease

  • The world’s resources are rapidly diminishing.
  • The number of new students decreased from 210 to 160 this year.

Disappear —– Vanish

  • The plane disappeared behind a cloud.
  • The magician vanished in a puff of smoke.

Disclose —– Reveal

  • The spokesman refused to disclose details of the takeover to the press.
  • The doctors did not reveal the truth to him.

Discount —– Reduction

  • They’re offering a 10% discount on all sofas this month.
  • The report recommends further reductions in air and noise emissions.

Down —– Below

  • The stone rolled down the hill.
  • He dived below the surface of the water.

Earth —– Ground

  • After a week at sea, it was good to feel the earth beneath our feet again.
  • I found her lying on the ground.

Easy —– Simple

  • It’s easy for you to tell me to keep calm, but you’re not in my position.
  • The answer is really quite simple.

Encourage —– Urge

  • My parents have always encouraged me in my choice of career.
  • The report urged that all children be taught to swim.

End —– Finish/ Conclude

  • They decided to end their relationship.
  • She finished law school last year.
  • She concluded her speech with a quotation from Shakespeare.

Enlarge —– Magnify

  • There are plans to enlarge the recreation area.
  • The picture shows the insect’s head magnified ten times.

Enormous —– Huge

  • The problems facing the President are enormous.
  • He gazed up at her with huge brown eyes.

Enquire —– Investigate

  • I called the station to enquire about train times.
  • The FBI has been called in to investigate.

Evaluate —– Assess

  • Our research attempts to evaluate the effectiveness of the different drugs.
  • Damage to the building was assessed at £40 000.

Everlasting —– Eternal

  • To his everlasting credit, he never told anyone what I’d done.
  • She’s an eternal optimist.

Extra —– Additional

  • Breakfast is provided at no extra charge.
  • The government provided an additional £25 million to expand the service.

Faithful —– Loyal/ Devoted

  • I have been a faithful reader of your newspaper for many years.
  • She has always remained loyal to her political principles.
  • They are devoted to their children.

Fall —– Drop

  • September had come and the leaves were starting to fall.
  • The climber slipped and dropped to his death.

False —– Untrue

  • He used a false name to get the job.
  • These accusations are totally untrue.

Famous —– Renowned

  • He became internationally famous for his novels.
  • She is renowned for her patience.

Fantastic —– Great

  • The weather was absolutely fantastic.
  • This represents a great achievement.

Fast —– Quick

  • He’s one of the fastest runners in the world.
  • She walked with short, quick steps.

Father —– Dad

  • He was a wonderful father to both his natural and adopted children.
  • That’s my dad over there.

Find —– Discover

  • Can you find my bag for me?
  • Police discovered a large stash of drugs while searching the house.

Fix —– Repair/ Mend

  • I’ve fixed the problem.
  • The human body has an amazing capacity to repair itself.
  • Could you mend my bike for me?

Fool —– Idiot

  • He told me he was an actor and I was fool enough to believe him.
  • When I lost my passport, I felt such an idiot.

Forbid —– Prohibit/ Ban

  • My doctor has forbidden me sugar.
  • The policy prohibits smoking on school grounds.
  • Chemical weapons are banned internationally.

Forgive —– Pardon

  • I’ll never forgive her for what she did.
  • She was pardoned after serving ten years of a life sentence.

Former —– Previous

  • Nelson Mandela is a former South African president.
  • She is his daughter from a previous marriage.

Fraction —– Part/ Portion/ Segment

  • She hesitated for the merest fraction of a second.
  • We spent part of the time in the museum.
  • The central portion of the bridge collapsed.
  • She cleaned a small segment of the painting.

Fragrance —– Perfume

  • They are about to launch their first fragrance for men.
  • She was wearing too much perfume.

Frank —– Candid

  • He was very frank about his relationship with the actress.
  • I felt she was being less than candid with me.

Freedom —– Liberty

  • People here like their freedom and privacy.
  • The concept of individual liberty is enshrined in the constitution.

Frenzy —– Fury/ Rage

  • The speaker worked the crowd up into a frenzy.
  • Her eyes blazed with fury.
  • His face was dark with rage.

Fresh —– Unused/ New

  • Let me write it down while it’s still fresh in my mind.
  • The house was left unused for most of the year.
  • Have you read her new novel?

Trivial —– Unimportant

  • I know it sounds trivial, but I’m worried about it.
  • I was just a young girl from a small town and I felt very unimportant.

Fun —– Enjoyment

  • We had a lot of fun at Sarah’s party.
  • I get a lot of enjoyment from music.

Funny —– Amusing/ Entertaining

  • It’s not funny! Someone could have been hurt.
  • It’s a very amusing game to play.
  • It was a very entertaining evening.

Furious —– Angry

  • She was absolutely furious at having been deceived.
  • Her behavior really made me angry.

Gain —– Acquire/ Obtain

  • The country gained its independence ten years ago.
  • She has acquired a good knowledge of English.
  • I finally managed to obtain a copy of the report.

Gallant —– Chivalrous

  • That wasn’t very gallant of you.
  • I was only trying to be chivalrous.

Garbage —– Trash/ Rubbish

  • Don’t forget to take out the garbage.
  • Will someone take out the trash?
  • The streets were littered with rubbish.

Gather —– Collect

  • His supporters gathered in the main square.
  • The company collects information about consumer trends.

Gaunt —– Scrawny/ Skinny/ Thin

  • She looked gaunt and exhausted.
  • He had long scrawny fingers.
  • She had wild hair and long skinny arms.
  • He was tall and thin, with dark hair.

Gentle —– Tender

  • He lived in a gentle age than ours.
  • What he needs now is a lot of tender loving care.

Gift —– Present

  • The watch was a gift from my mother.
  • What can I get him for a birthday present?

Glad —– Happy/ Pleased/ Delighted/ Cheerful/ Joyful/ Merry

  • She was glad when the meeting was over.
  • You don’t look very happy today.
  • She was very pleased with her exam results.
  • I was delighted that you could stay.
  • He felt bright and cheerful and full of energy.
  • It was a joyful reunion of all the family.
  • He’s a lovely man with merry eyes and a wide smile.

Good —– Excellent

  • The piano was in good condition.
  • She speaks excellent French.

Great —– Grand

  • People were arriving in great numbers.
  • It’s not a very grand house.

Hat —– Cap

  • I’m wearing two hats tonight—parent and teacher.
  • He is wearing a baseball cap.

Have —– Own/ Possess

  • I have a new car and a boat.
  • I don’t own anything of any value.
  • I’m afraid this is the only suitcase I possess.

Help —– Assist

  • He always helps with the housework.
  • We will assist you in finding somewhere to live.

Hot —– Boiling

  • It was hot and getting hotter.
  • You must be boiling in that sweater!

House —– Home

  • He went into the house.
  • We are not far from my home now.

Idea —– Thought

  • I like the idea of living on a boat.
  • I don’t like the thought of you walking home alone.

Important —– Significant

  • Money played an important role in his life.
  • Your work has shown a significant improvement.

Infant —– Baby

  • She was seriously ill as an infant.
  • My sister’s expecting a baby.

Inspect —– Examine

  • The plants are regularly inspected for disease.
  • The doctor examined her but could find nothing wrong.

Interesting —– Exciting

  • It would be interesting to know what he really believed.
  • They waited and waited for something exciting to happen.

Job —– Occupation/ Work/ Career

  • He’s trying to get a job.
  • Please state your name, age and occupation below.
  • It’s very difficult to find work at the moment.
  • He had a very distinguished career in the Foreign Office.

Jungle —– Forest

  • The area was covered in dense jungle.
  • Thousands of hectares of forest are destroyed each year.

Keep —– Hold

  • She keeps the blue bear as a souvenir.
  • The girl holds her father’s hand tightly.

Kind —– Helpful

  • She’s a very kind and generous person.
  • She’s one of the most helpful people I know.

Last —– Final/ Ultimate

  • I wouldn’t marry you if you were the last person on earth!
  • They find each other in the final chapter of the book.
  • We will accept ultimate responsibility for whatever happens.

Late —– Tardy

  • She’s late for work every day.
  • The law is often tardy in reacting to changing attitudes.

Laugh —– Giggle

  • She always makes me laugh.
  • The girls giggled at the joke.

Learn —– Study

  • She’s very keen to learn about Japanese culture.
  • My brother studied at the Royal College of Art.

Like —– Love/ Enjoy/ Prefer

  • I don’t like the way he’s looking at me.
  • If you love each other, why not get married?
  • Thanks for a great evening. I really enjoyed it.
  • I prefer my coffee black.

Listen —– Hear

  • I listened carefully to her story.
  • He could hear a dog barking.

Long —– Endless

  • There was a long silence before she spoke.
  • The journey seemed endless.

Look —– Glance/ See/ Watch/ View

  • If you look carefully you can just see our house from here.
  • She glanced at her watch.
  • I hate to see you unhappy.
  • She watched the kids playing in the yard.
  • People came from all over the world to view her work.

Loud —– Noisy

  • She spoke in a very loud voice.
  • The streets were very noisy throughout the night.

Lucky —– Fortunate

  • His friend was killed and he knows he is lucky to be alive.
  • I have been fortunate enough to visit many parts of the world as a lecturer.

Many —– Numerous

  • There are too many mistakes in this essay.
  • He has been late on numerous occasions.

Misery —– Distress/ Hardship

  • Fame brought her nothing but misery.
  • The charity aims to relieve poverty and distress caused by natural disasters.
  • People suffered many hardships during that long winter.

Mistake —– Error

  • It would be a mistake to ignore his opinion.
  • I think you have made an error in calculating the total.

Mix —– Stir/ Mingle/ Blend

  • Oil does not mix with water.
  • The vegetables are stirred into the rice while it is hot.
  • He felt a kind of happiness mingled with regret.
  • Blend the flour with the milk to make a smooth paste.

Mother —– Mom

  • I want to buy a present for my mother and father.
  • My mom says I have to stay home tonight.

Naughty —– Mischievous

  • He is a naughty boy.
  • She looked slightly mischievous.

Nearly —– Almost

  • The bottle’s nearly empty.
  • The story is almost certainly false.

Neat —– Tidy

  • She was wearing a neat black suit.
  • She keeps her flat very tidy.

Occur —– Happen

  • When exactly did the incident occur?
  • You’ll never guess what’s happened!

Odd —– Strange/ Queer/ Weird

  • The odd thing was that he didn’t recognize me.
  • A strange thing happened this morning.
  • She had a queer feeling that she was being watched.
  • It’s really weird seeing yourself on television.

Old —– Ancient

  • He always gives the same old excuses.
  • That’s an ancient oak tree!

Opportunity —– Chance

  • You’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions at the end.
  • Please give me a chance to explain.

Outside —– Exterior

  • You can’t open the door from the outside.
  • The exterior of the house needs painting.

Page —– Sheet

  • Someone has torn a page out of this book.
  • Start each answer on a fresh sheet.

Particular —– Specific

  • There is one particular patient I’d like you to see.
  • The money was collected for a specific purpose.

Pastime —– Hobby

  • Watching television now seems to be the most popular national pastime.
  • I only play jazz as a hobby.

Pause —– Hesitate

  • Anita paused for a moment, then said: ‘All right’.
  • He seemed to hesitate a second.

Perform —– Act/ Carry out

  • She performs an important role in our organization.
  • Can you act as interpreter?
  • Extensive tests have been carried out on the patient.

Place —– Put

  • He placed his hand on her shoulder.
  • Did you put sugar in my coffee?

Play —– Frolic

  • You’ll have to play inside today.
  • Lambs frolicked in the next field.

Polite —– Courteous

  • Please be polite to our guests.
  • The hotel staffs are friendly and courteous.

Popular —– Favorite

  • This is one of our most popular designs.
  • It’s one of my favorite movies.

Precarious —– Uncertain/ Insecure

  • The museum is in a financially precarious position.
  • They’re both uncertain about what to do.
  • Insecure doors and windows make life easy for burglars.

Pretty —– Beautiful

  • She is a pretty girl.
  • She looked stunningly beautiful that night.

Prompt —– Immediate/ Instant

  • Prompt payment of the invoice would be appreciated.
  • Our immediate response to the attack was sheer horror.
  • This account gives you instant access to your money.

Pull —– Tug

  • Pull the chair nearer the table.
  • She tried to escape but he tugged her back.

Push —– Shove

  • She pushed at the door but it wouldn’t budge.
  • The door wouldn’t open no matter how hard she shoved.

Quake —– Tremble

  • They are quaking in their boots at the prospect of tomorrow’s game.
  • He opened the letter with trembling hands.

Quiet —– Peaceful

  • I was looking forward to a quiet evening at home.
  • He had a peaceful life.

Quiet —– Silent

  • “Be quiet,” said the teacher.
  • “Keep silent, please!”

Quite —– Fairly/ Pretty

  • He plays quite well.
  • I know him fairly well, but I wouldn’t say we were really close friends.
  • I’m pretty sure I’ll be going.

Raise —– Lift

  • She raised the gun and fired.
  • I lifted the lid of the box and peered in.

Real —– Genuine/ True

  • Are those real flowers?
  • Is the painting a genuine Picasso?
  • The novel is based on a true story.

Receive —– Get

  • He received an award for bravery from the police service.
  • I got a letter from Dave this morning.

Regret —– Remorse

  • She expressed her regret at the decision.
  • She felt no remorse at leaving them without notice.

Reject —– Deny/ Refuse

  • The prime minister rejected any idea of reforming the system.
  • She denied all knowledge of the incident.
  • I politely refused their invitation.

Reliable —– Dependable/ Trustworthy

  • We are looking for someone who is reliable and hardworking.
  • She is a dependable man.
  • If you want your mom to trust you, you have to be a trustworthy person.

Remark —– Comment

  • The judges remarked on the high standard of entries for the competition.
  • I don’t feel I can comment on their decision.

Renew —– Resume

  • The army renewed its assault on the capital.
  • She resumed her career after an interval of six years.

Rescue —– Save

  • He rescued a child from drowning.
  • Doctors were unable to save her.

Respect —– Honor

  • I have the greatest respect for your brother.
  • They stood in silence as a mark of honor to her.

Respond —– Reply/ Answer

  • I asked him his name, but he didn’t respond.
  • He never replied to any of my letters.
  • I repeated the question, but she didn’t answer.

Rest —– Relax

  • The doctor told me to rest.
  • Just relax and enjoy the movie.

Right —– Correct/ Proper/ True

  • You were quite right to criticize him.
  • Please check that these details are correct.
  • We should have had a proper discussion before voting.
  • I think it would be true to say that the show was a success.

Rich —– Wealthy

  • Nobody gets rich from writing nowadays.
  • They live in a wealthy suburb of Chicago.

Coarse —– Rough

  • He is wearing a jacket of coarse wool.
  • The skin on her hands was hard and rough.

Round —– Circular

  • The child was watching it all with big round eyes.
  • The crater was two miles across and roughly circular.

Rug —– Carpet

  • There were several brightly colored rugs scattered around.
  • My bedroom carpet is green.

Rule —– Law

  • The 1972 act imposed direct rule from Westminster.
  • The reforms have recently become law.

Sack —– Bag

  • We need about a sack of rice.
  • She is holding a plastic bag.

Sad —– Unhappy

  • We are very sad to hear that you are leaving.
  • I was unhappy that she had to go.

Say —– Tell/ Talk/ Speak

  • Be quiet, I have something to say.
  • Tell me where you live.
  • Stop talking and listen!
  • The President refused to speak to the waiting journalists.

Scared —– Terrified/ Frightened/ Afraid

  • She is scared of going out alone.
  • I’m terrified of losing you.
  • I’m frightened of walking home alone in the dark.
  • I started to feel afraid of going out alone at night.

Shop —– Store

  • There’s a little gift shop around the corner.
  • She worked in a grocery store before going to college.

Shout —– Scream/ Yell

  • I shouted for help but nobody came.
  • He screamed at me to stop.
  • She yelled at the child to get down from the wall.

Shy —– Bashful/ Timid/ Embarrassed

  • She was too shy to ask anyone for help.
  • She looked bashful when he asked her what she wanted.
  • He stopped in the doorway, too timid to go in.
  • He felt embarrassed at being the centre of attention.

Sick —– Ill

  • Her mother’s very sick.
  • Her father is seriously ill in St Luke’s hospital.

Sincere —– Honest

  • He seemed sincere enough when he said he wanted to help.
  • Give me your honest opinion.

Slim —– Slender/ Thin

  • She was tall and slim.
  • She is slender and stylish.
  • She was looking pale and thin.

Small —– Little/ Tiny/ Diminutive

  • They’re having a relatively small wedding.
  • She gave a little laugh.
  • Only a tiny minority hold such extreme views.
  • She was a diminutive figure beside her husband.

Smart —– Brilliant/ Intelligent/ Clever/ Bright

  • She’s smarter than her brother.
  • She has one of the most brilliant minds in the country.
  • She asked a lot of intelligent questions.
  • He’s too clever by half, if you ask me.
  • She’s probably the brightest student in the class.

Smile —– Grin

  • He smiled with relief.
  • They grinned with delight when they heard our news.

Sniff —– Smell

  • The dog sniffed at my shoes.
  • I could smell alcohol on his breath.

Sordid —– Dirty

  • These were the urban poor, living in the sordid back streets and alleys of prosperous Victorian cities.
  • She circled the bedroom, picking up dirty clothes.

Speech —– Lecture

  • He made the announcement in a speech on television.
  • He regularly gives lectures on modern French literature.

Split —– Divide

  • She split the class into groups of four.
  • A sentence can be divided up into meaningful segments.

Spooky —– Scary/ Creepy

  • It got a bit spooky when James started telling ghost stories.
  • It was a really scary moment.
  • It’s kind of creepy down in the cellar!

Sprint —– Run

  • Three runners sprinted past.
  • I had to run to catch the bus.

Stone —– Rock

  • The floors are made of stone.
  • To build the tunnel, they had to cut through 500 feet of solid rock.

Story —– Tale

  • He read the children a story.
  • His latest book is a delightful children’s tale about talking animals.

Street —– Road/ Way

  • The bank is just across the street.
  • He was walking along the road when he was attacked.
  • We went the long way round.

Suggest —– Propose

  • May I suggest a white wine with this dish, Sir?
  • The government proposed changes to the voting system.

Sundown —– Sunset

  • The celebration begins at sundown.
  • Every evening at sunset the flag was lowered.

Sure —– Certain

  • You don’t sound very sure.
  • She looks certain to win an Oscar.

Talkative —– Communicative

  • She was in a talkative mood.
  • He wasn’t very communicative and kept things to himself.

Taxi —– Cab

  • We’d better take a taxi.
  • I took a cab to the airport.

Temper —– Mood

  • He must learn to control his temper.
  • He’s always in a bad mood.

Thankful —– Grateful

  • I was thankful to see they’d all arrived safely.
  • I am extremely grateful to all the teachers for their help.

Think —– Ponder/ Consider

  • I didn’t think you liked sports.
  • The senator pondered the question for a moment.
  • She considered her options.

Toss —– Throw

  • She tossed her jacket onto the bed.
  • Some kids were throwing stones at the window.

Total —– Entire/ Whole

  • This bought the total number of accidents so far this year to 113.
  • The entire village was destroyed.
  • He spent the whole day writing.

Transform —– Convert

  • The photochemical reactions transform the light into electrical impulses.
  • The hotel is going to be converted into a nursing home.

Trip —– Journey

  • We went on a trip to the mountains.
  • They went on a long train journey across India.

Trust —– Believe

  • You can trust me not to tell anyone.
  • I believed his lies for years.

Try —– Attempt

  • I don’t know if I can come but I’ll try.
  • I will attempt to answer all your questions.

Uncommon —– Unusual

  • Side effects from the drug are uncommon.
  • She has a very unusual name.

Uncooked —– Raw

  • The steak was uncooked in the middle.
  • These fish are often eaten raw.

Uneasy —– Restless/ Concerned/ Nervous/ Anxious

  • His presence made her feel uneasy.
  • After five years in the job, he was beginning to feel restless.
  • The President is deeply concerned about this issue.
  • I felt really nervous before the interview.
  • He seemed anxious about the meeting.

Unfortunate —– Unlucky

  • He was unfortunate to lose in the final round.
  • He was very unlucky not to win.

Unlawful —– Illegal

  • The jury returned a verdict of unlawful killing.
  • It’s illegal to drive through a red light.

Unmarried —– Single

  • She was sent away to a home for unmarried mothers.
  • The apartments are ideal for single people living alone.

Usually —– Generally

  • I’m usually home by 6 o’clock.
  • I generally get up at six.

Value —– Worth

  • The winner will receive a prize to the value of £1 000.
  • He has a personal net worth of $10 million.

Very —– Extremely

  • The new building has been very much admired.
  • This issue is extremely complicated.

Walk —– Stroll

  • He walked slowly away from her.
  • People were strolling along the beach.

Want —– Desire

  • She’s always wanted a large family.
  • We all desire health and happiness.

Weak —– Feeble

  • She is still weak after her illness.
  • The heartbeat was feeble and irregular.

Winner —– Victor

  • The winners of the competition will be announced next month.
  • There are no victors in a divorce.

Woman —– Lady

  • I prefer to see a woman doctor.
  • He was with an attractive young lady.

Wonderful —– Amazing

  • It’s wonderful what you can do when you have to.
  • It’s amazing the difference a few polite words make.

Word —– Expression

  • Could I have a quick word with you?
  • Her writing is full of colorful expressions.

Write —– Record

  • Write your name at the top of the paper.
  • The band is back in the US recording their new album.

Writer —– Author

  • She’s one of my favorite writers.
  • He was the author of two books on China.

Wrong —– Incorrect

  • He was driving on the wrong side of the road
  • His version of what happened is incorrect.

Yearly —– Annually

  • The magazine is issued twice yearly.
  • The exhibition is held annually.

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