Synonyms are words or phrases that have the same or similar meaning as another word or phrase. They can be used to expand your vocabulary and to add variety and interest to your writing and speaking.
Common Synonyms List
List of important synonyms in English.
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.
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