Synonyms For 50+ Commonly Used Words in English

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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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