Learn useful list of 250+ Common Synonyms for Improving Your English with Pictures and Examples.
A 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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- 1 Synonyms List
- 1.1 Abandon —– Forsake
- 1.2 Able —– Capable
- 1.3 Accomplish —– Achieve
- 1.4 Accurate —– Precise
- 1.5 Active —– Athletic
- 1.6 Admit —– Confess
- 1.7 Agree —– Consent
- 1.8 Aim —– Goal/ Purpose
- 1.9 Alike —– Same
- 1.10 All —– Every
- 1.11 Allow —– Permit
- 1.12 Amiable —– Friendly
- 1.13 Amount —– Quantity
- 1.14 Angry —– Mad/ Irritated
- 1.15 Arrive —– Reach
- 1.16 Ask —– Enquire
- 1.17 Assist —– Help
- 1.18 Assure —– Guarantee
- 1.19 Attire —– Dress
- 1.20 Away —– Absent
- 1.21 Awful —– Terrible/ Bad
- 1.22 Bargain —– Deal
- 1.23 Begin —– Start
- 1.24 Beginner —– Novice/ Amateur
- 1.25 Behave —– Act
- 1.26 Belly —– Stomach
- 1.27 Below —– Under
- 1.28 Big —– Vast/ Large
- 1.29 Blank —– Empty
- 1.30 Blend —– Mix
- 1.31 Bother —– Annoy
- 1.32 Brave —– Courageous
- 1.33 Broad —– Wide
- 1.34 Brute —– Rough/ Violent
- 1.35 Bucket —– Pail
- 1.36 Bunny —– Rabbit
- 1.37 Business —– Trade
- 1.38 Buy —– Purchase
- 1.39 Candy —– Sweet
- 1.40 Center —– Middle
- 1.41 Chef —– Cook
- 1.42 Chiefly —– Mainly
- 1.43 Child —– Kid
- 1.44 Choose —– Select/ Pick
- 1.45 Chop —– Cut
- 1.46 Close —– Shut
- 1.47 Coat —– Jacket
- 1.48 Cold —– Chilly/ Freezing
- 1.49 Competent —– Capable
- 1.50 Complete —– Finish
- 1.51 Complex —– Complicated
- 1.52 Connect —– Join
- 1.53 Cope —– Manage
- 1.54 Couch —– Sofa
- 1.55 Crash —– Accident
- 1.56 Crook —– Criminal
- 1.57 Cry —– Weep
- 1.58 Cunning —– Clever
- 1.59 Danger —– Harm
- 1.60 Daybreak —– Dawn/ Sunrise
- 1.61 Dear —– Expensive
- 1.62 Defective —– Faulty
- 1.63 Delicious —– Yummy
- 1.64 Demolish —– Destroy/ Wreck
- 1.65 Demonstrate —– Protest
- 1.66 Denounce —– Blame/ Indict
- 1.67 Dense —– Thick/ Heavy
- 1.68 Depart —– Leave
- 1.69 Despise —– Hate/ Detest/ Loathe
- 1.70 Destiny —– Fate
- 1.71 Destitute —– Poor/ Penniless
- 1.72 Detach —– Remove
- 1.73 Deter —– Hinder
- 1.74 Determined —– Sure/ Convinced
- 1.75 Different —– Diverse
- 1.76 Difficult —– Hard
- 1.77 Diminish —– Decrease
- 1.78 Disappear —– Vanish
- 1.79 Disclose —– Reveal
- 1.80 Discount —– Reduction
- 1.81 Down —– Below
- 1.82 Earth —– Ground
- 1.83 Easy —– Simple
- 1.84 Encourage —– Urge
- 1.85 End —– Finish/ Conclude
- 1.86 Enlarge —– Magnify
- 1.87 Enormous —– Huge
- 1.88 Enquire —– Investigate
- 1.89 Evaluate —– Assess
- 1.90 Everlasting —– Eternal
- 1.91 Extra —– Additional
- 1.92 Faithful —– Loyal/ Devoted
- 1.93 Fall —– Drop
- 1.94 False —– Untrue
- 1.95 Famous —– Renowned
- 1.96 Fantastic —– Great
- 1.97 Fast —– Quick
- 1.98 Father —– Dad
- 1.99 Find —– Discover
- 1.100 Fix —– Repair/ Mend
- 1.101 Fool —– Idiot
- 1.102 Forbid —– Prohibit/ Ban
- 1.103 Forgive —– Pardon
- 1.104 Former —– Previous
- 1.105 Fraction —– Part/ Portion/ Segment
- 1.106 Fragrance —– Perfume
- 1.107 Frank —– Candid
- 1.108 Freedom —– Liberty
- 1.109 Frenzy —– Fury/ Rage
- 1.110 Fresh —– Unused/ New
- 1.111 Trivial —– Unimportant
- 1.112 Fun —– Enjoyment
- 1.113 Funny —– Amusing/ Entertaining
- 1.114 Furious —– Angry
- 1.115 Gain —– Acquire/ Obtain
- 1.116 Gallant —– Chivalrous
- 1.117 Garbage —– Trash/ Rubbish
- 1.118 Gather —– Collect
- 1.119 Gaunt —– Scrawny/ Skinny/ Thin
- 1.120 Gentle —– Tender
- 1.121 Gift —– Present
- 1.122 Glad —– Happy/ Pleased/ Delighted/ Cheerful/ Joyful/ Merry
- 1.123 Good —– Excellent
- 1.124 Great —– Grand
- 1.125 Hat —– Cap
- 1.126 Have —– Own/ Possess
- 1.127 Help —– Assist
- 1.128 Hot —– Boiling
- 1.129 House —– Home
- 1.130 Idea —– Thought
- 1.131 Important —– Significant
- 1.132 Infant —– Baby
- 1.133 Inspect —– Examine
- 1.134 Interesting —– Exciting
- 1.135 Job —– Occupation/ Work/ Career
- 1.136 Jungle —– Forest
- 1.137 Keep —– Hold
- 1.138 Kind —– Helpful
- 1.139 Last —– Final/ Ultimate
- 1.140 Late —– Tardy
- 1.141 Laugh —– Giggle
- 1.142 Learn —– Study
- 1.143 Like —– Love/ Enjoy/ Prefer
- 1.144 Listen —– Hear
- 1.145 Long —– Endless
- 1.146 Look —– Glance/ See/ Watch/ View
- 1.147 Loud —– Noisy
- 1.148 Lucky —– Fortunate
- 1.149 Many —– Numerous
- 1.150 Misery —– Distress/ Hardship
- 1.151 Mistake —– Error
- 1.152 Mix —– Stir/ Mingle/ Blend
- 1.153 Mother —– Mom
- 1.154 Naughty —– Mischievous
- 1.155 Nearly —– Almost
- 1.156 Neat —– Tidy
- 1.157 Occur —– Happen
- 1.158 Odd —– Strange/ Queer/ Weird
- 1.159 Old —– Ancient
- 1.160 Opportunity —– Chance
- 1.161 Outside —– Exterior
- 1.162 Page —– Sheet
- 1.163 Particular —– Specific
- 1.164 Pastime —– Hobby
- 1.165 Pause —– Hesitate
- 1.166 Perform —– Act/ Carry out
- 1.167 Place —– Put
- 1.168 Play —– Frolic
- 1.169 Polite —– Courteous
- 1.170 Popular —– Favorite
- 1.171 Precarious —– Uncertain/ Insecure
- 1.172 Pretty —– Beautiful
- 1.173 Prompt —– Immediate/ Instant
- 1.174 Pull —– Tug
- 1.175 Push —– Shove
- 1.176 Quake —– Tremble
- 1.177 Quiet —– Peaceful
- 1.178 Quiet —– Silent
- 1.179 Quite —– Fairly/ Pretty
- 1.180 Raise —– Lift
- 1.181 Real —– Genuine/ True
- 1.182 Receive —– Get
- 1.183 Regret —– Remorse
- 1.184 Reject —– Deny/ Refuse
- 1.185 Reliable —– Dependable/ Trustworthy
- 1.186 Remark —– Comment
- 1.187 Renew —– Resume
- 1.188 Rescue —– Save
- 1.189 Respect —– Honor
- 1.190 Respond —– Reply/ Answer
- 1.191 Rest —– Relax
- 1.192 Right —– Correct/ Proper/ True
- 1.193 Rich —– Wealthy
- 1.194 Coarse —– Rough
- 1.195 Round —– Circular
- 1.196 Rug —– Carpet
- 1.197 Rule —– Law
- 1.198 Sack —– Bag
- 1.199 Sad —– Unhappy
- 1.200 Say —– Tell/ Talk/ Speak
- 1.201 Scared —– Terrified/ Frightened/ Afraid
- 1.202 Shop —– Store
- 1.203 Shout —– Scream/ Yell
- 1.204 Shy —– Bashful/ Timid/ Embarrassed
- 1.205 Sick —– Ill
- 1.206 Sincere —– Honest
- 1.207 Slim —– Slender/ Thin
- 1.208 Small —– Little/ Tiny/ Diminutive
- 1.209 Smart —– Brilliant/ Intelligent/ Clever/ Bright
- 1.210 Smile —– Grin
- 1.211 Sniff —– Smell
- 1.212 Sordid —– Dirty
- 1.213 Speech —– Lecture
- 1.214 Split —– Divide
- 1.215 Spooky —– Scary/ Creepy
- 1.216 Sprint —– Run
- 1.217 Stone —– Rock
- 1.218 Story —– Tale
- 1.219 Street —– Road/ Way
- 1.220 Suggest —– Propose
- 1.221 Sundown —– Sunset
- 1.222 Sure —– Certain
- 1.223 Talkative —– Communicative
- 1.224 Taxi —– Cab
- 1.225 Temper —– Mood
- 1.226 Thankful —– Grateful
- 1.227 Think —– Ponder/ Consider
- 1.228 Toss —– Throw
- 1.229 Total —– Entire/ Whole
- 1.230 Transform —– Convert
- 1.231 Trip —– Journey
- 1.232 Trust —– Believe
- 1.233 Try —– Attempt
- 1.234 Uncommon —– Unusual
- 1.235 Uncooked —– Raw
- 1.236 Uneasy —– Restless/ Concerned/ Nervous/ Anxious
- 1.237 Unfortunate —– Unlucky
- 1.238 Unlawful —– Illegal
- 1.239 Unmarried —– Single
- 1.240 Usually —– Generally
- 1.241 Value —– Worth
- 1.242 Very —– Extremely
- 1.243 Walk —– Stroll
- 1.244 Want —– Desire
- 1.245 Weak —– Feeble
- 1.246 Winner —– Victor
- 1.247 Woman —– Lady
- 1.248 Wonderful —– Amazing
- 1.249 Word —– Expression
- 1.250 Write —– Record
- 1.251 Writer —– Author
- 1.252 Wrong —– Incorrect
- 1.253 Yearly —– Annually
- 2 Synonyms List | Pictures
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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