Synonyms – a common list for IELTS, TOEL and TOIEC


What are synonyms?

IELTS exams are full of synonyms – two words that mean nearly the same thing.

The IELTS reading paper made me feel sick.

After I did the IELTS reading paper, I felt ill.

Sick and ill are synonyms.

How they are used on the IELTS, TOEFL and TOIEC exams

In exams you’ll find that the questions often use synonyms. For example.

Pete went skiing last month and broke his leg in three places. Lucky guy!

What part of his body did Pete injure? His leg.

Break (past tense broke) doesn’t mean the same as injure, but in the context of this sentences it does! So, it’s still a synonym.

More help on the internet

Get a big list of synonyms here

Play some synonym games here with Word Frog

To get the score you want, you’ll need a big vocabulary! Here’s a big list of synonyms for you learn! Print it off, stick it on your door, your wall or your fridge.

Amazing — incredible, unbelievable, improbable, fabulous, wonderful, fantastic, astonishing, astounding, extraordinary
Angry — mad, furious, enraged,
Answer — reply, respond, retort, acknowledge
Ask– question, enquire of, interrogate, examine, quiz
Awful — dreadful, terrible, unpleasant
Beautiful — pretty, lovely, handsome, attractive, gorgeous,
Begin — start, open, launch, initiate, commence, originate
Big — enormous, huge, immense, gigantic, vast, colossal
Break — fracture, shatter, smash, demolish,
Bright —brilliant, sparkling, shimmering, radiant, vivid
Calm — quiet, peaceful, still, tranquil
Come — approach, arrive, reach
Cool — chilly, cold, frosty, wintry, icy, frigid
Dangerous — perilous, hazardous, risky, uncertain, unsafe
Decide — determine, settle, choose, resolve
Definite — certain, sure, positive, determined, clear, distinct, obvious
Destroy — ruin, demolish, extinguish
Difference — disagreement, inequity, contrast, dissimilarity, incompatibility
Dull — boring, tiring„ tiresome, uninteresting
Eager — keen, fervent, enthusiastic,
End — stop, finish, terminate, conclude, close, halt
Enjoy — appreciate, delight in, be pleased, indulge in, like
Explain — elaborate, clarify, define, interpret, justify, account for
Fair — just, impartial, unbiased, objective, unprejudiced, honest
Fall — drop, descend, plunge, topple, tumble
False — fake, fraudulent, counterfeit, spurious, untrue,
Famous — well-known, renowned, celebrated, f
Fast — quick, rapid,
Funny — humorous, amusing,
Get — acquire, obtain, secure,
Go —depart, fade, disappear, move, travel, proceed
Happy — pleased, contented, satisfied, delighted, elated,
Hate — despise, loathe, detest, abhor,
Help — aid, assist, support, encourage
Hide — conceal, cover, mask,
Hurry — rush
Hurt — damage, harm, injure, wound, distress
Idea — thought, concept, conception, notion, understanding, opinion, plan, view, belief
Important — necessary, vital, critical, indispensable, valuable, essential, significant, primary
Interesting — fascinating, engaging,
Keep — hold, retain, withhold, preserve, maintain, sustain, support
Little — tiny, small, diminutive
Look — see, glance, watch, survey, study
Love — like, admire, esteem, fancy, care for
Make — create, originate, invent, beget, construct, design, fabricate, manufacture, produce, build, develop
Mark — label, tag, price,
Neat — clean, orderly, tidy,
New — fresh, unique, original, unusual, novel, modern, current, recent
Part — portion, share, piece, allotment, section, fraction, fragment
Place — space, area, region, location, situation, position, residence
Plan — plot, scheme, design, draw, map, diagram, procedure, arrangement, intention
Popular — well-liked, approved, accepted, celebrated, common, current
Put — place, set, attach,
Quiet — silent, still, soundless
Right — correct, accurate, factual, true,
Say/Tell — inform, notify, advise, relate, recount, narrate, explain, reveal,
Scared — afraid, frightened,
Show — display, exhibit, present, note, point to, indicate, explain, reveal, prove, demonstrate, expose
Slow — unhurried, gradual, leisurely, late, behind, tedious,
Stop — cease, halt, stay, pause, discontinue, conclude, end, finish, quit
Strange — odd, peculiar, unusual, uncommon
Tell — disclose, reveal, show, expose, uncover, relate, narrate, inform, advise, explain, divulge, declare,
Think — judge, deem, assume, believe
True — accurate, right, proper, precise, exact, valid, genuine, real, actual
Unhappy — miserable, uncomfortable
Use — employ, utilize, exhaust, spend, expend, consume, exercise
Wrong — incorrect, inaccurate, mistaken

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