Learn 60+ Common Synonyms in English to Expand Your Vocabulary
1. 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.
2. Able/ Capable
You must be able to speak French for this job.
You are capable of better work than this.
3. Abroad/ Overseas
She worked abroad for a year.
Most applications came from overseas.
4. Accomplish/ Achieve
Easy enough to say, but sometimes hard to accomplish!
They could not achieve their target of less than 3% inflation.
5. Accurate/ Precise
Scientists have found a more accurate way of dating cave paintings.
I can be reasonably precise about the time of the incident.
6. Active/ Athletic
She’s over 80, but is still very active.
He can play any sport, he's naturally athletic.
7. Admit/ Confess
Don't be afraid to admit to your mistakes.
We persuaded her to confess her crime.
8. Agree/ Consent
I agree with her analysis of the situation.
I rarely consent to do interviews.
9. 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.
10. Alike/ Same
My mother and I are alike in many ways.
She was born on the same day as me.
11. All/ Every
The boys played video games all day.
I enjoyed every minute of the film.
12. Allow/ Permit
My parents wouldn’t allow me to go to the party.
We were not permitted any contact with each other.
13. Amiable/ Friendly
Her parents seemed very amiable.
Everyone was very friendly towards me.
14. Amount/ Quantity
We've had an enormous amount of help from people.
The police also found a quantity of ammunition in the flat.
15. 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.
16. Arrive/ Reach
They arrived at the airport at 10.30.
You should reach there around 9.45 a.m.
17. Ask/ Enquire
We’ll have to ask someone the way to the station.
I called the station to enquire about train times.
18. Assist/ Help
Anyone willing to assist can contact this number.
This charity aims to help people to help themselves.
19. Assure/ Guarantee
We were assured that everything possible was being done.
We cannot guarantee our flights will never be delayed.
20. Attire/ Dress
Their attire was a mixture of the sombre and seaside wear.
I am wearing the long white dress.
21. Away/ Absent
There were ten children away yesterday.
Today, he is absent from work
22. Awful/ Terrible (Bad)
The weather last summer was awful.
That’s a terrible thing to say!
I'm having a really bad day.
23. Bargain/ Deal
The car was a bargain at that price.
We did a deal with the management on overtime.
24. Begin/ Start
He always begins his lessons with a warm-up exercise.
I only started this book yesterday.
25. 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.
26. Behave/ Act
The doctor behaved very unprofessionally.
John's been acting very strangely lately.
27. Below/ Under
He dived below the surface of the water.
The dog squeezed under the gate and ran into the road.
28. 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.
29. Blank/ Empty
Sign your name in the blank space below.
It's not good to drink alcohol on an empty stomach.
30. Blend/ Mix
Blend together the eggs, sugar and flour.
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.
31. Bother/ Annoy
I don't want to bother her with my problems at the moment.
His constant joking was beginning to annoy her.
32. 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.
33. Broad/ Wide
He is tall, broad and muscular.
Her face broke into a wide grin.
34. Brute/ Rough (Violent)
His father was a drunken brute.
This watch is not designed for rough treatment.
Her husband was a violent man.
35. 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.
36. Bunny/ Rabbit
A little bunny seemed harmless enough.
I want to have a rabbit.
37. Business/ Trade
It's been a pleasure to do business with you.
Trade between the two countries has increased.
38. 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.
39. Candy/ Sweet
I want the last piece of candy.
I was sucking a boiled sweet.
40. Center/ Middle
There was an enormous oak table in the center of the room.
He was standing in the middle of the room.
41. Chef/ Cook
He took a job as a sous-chef in a London hotel.
She was employed as a cook in a hotel.
42. Chiefly/ Mainly
We are chiefly concerned with improving educational standards.
They eat mainly fruit and nuts.
43. Child/ Ki
I lived in London as a child.
She's a bright kid.
44. 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.
45. Chop/ Cut
He was chopping logs for firewood.
You need a powerful saw to cut through metal.
46. Close/ Shut
I closed my eyes against the bright light.
Philip went into his room and shut the door behind him.
47. Coat/ Jacket
I have a long winter coat.
I have to wear a jacket and tie to work.
48. Cold/ Chilly (Freezing)
Today, it is very cold.
I was feeling chilly.
My hands are freezing!
49. Competent/ Capable
He's very competent in his work.
You are capable of better work than this.
50. Complete/ Finish
The project should be completed within a year.
She finished law school last year.
51. Complex/ Complicated
That’s a complex problem.
The story is extremely complicated.
52. Connect/ Join
The towns are connected by train and bus services.
The island is joined to the mainland by a bridge.
53. 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.
54. Couch/ Sofa
Tom offered to sleep on the couch.
I took my shoe off and lay down on the sofa.
55. Crash/ Accident
A girl was killed yesterday in a crash involving a stolen car.
He was killed in an accident.
56. Crook/ Criminal
The film portrays a world of small-time crooks, petty crime and drinking clubs.
Lawyers are not allowed to comment on current criminal cases.
57. Cry/ Weep
It's all right. Don't cry.
She started to weep uncontrollably.
58. Cunning/ Clever
It was a cunning piece of detective work.
He's clever with his hands.
59. Danger/ Harm
Children's lives are in danger every time they cross this road.
He would never frighten anyone or cause them any harm.
60. Daybreak/ Dawn (Sunrise)
We left before daybreak.
They start work at dawn.
We left before sunrise.