Synonyms – a common list for IELTS, TOEL and TOIECPosted: September 13, 2016
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 https://justenglish.me/2014/04/18/synonyms-for-the-96-most-commonly-used-words-in-english/
Play some synonym games here with Word Frog http://www.arcademics.com/games/frog/frog.html
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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