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Synonyms 4 - Learn More Synonyms
This car is gleaming. Can you think of a synonym for gleaming?

Synonyms 4 - Learn More Synonyms

You have used a particular word in a sentence and later felt that it did not properly convey the meaning you wanted. Don’t fret! There are other similar words that can be found for the word you want replaced. Words that are similar in meaning to a particular word are called synonyms.

What you are trying to convey will have a context and in such a context you will need an appropriate word. Knowledge of synonyms will help you to find words that are similar in meaning.

Let us consider a situation that you are faced with routinely in your house. You have had a SCUFFLE with your younger brother and he has gone running to his mum to complain about you. He says that he had a FIGHT with you. Your mum asks you why you had a fight with him and you reply that it was just a scuffle and not a fight. But what is the difference? Let's find out:

The dictionary meaning of scuffle is ‘to fight in a disorderly manner’ and the dictionary meaning of fight is ‘a battle or combat.’ Here, you and your brother are right in using the words you did because from your point of view you had a small fight but from your brother’s point of view he, being weaker than you, thought it was a big fight. But your mum understood because scuffle and fight are synonyms of one another.

Suppose you had a fight with your much stronger older brother. Probably you would have gone running to your mum and told her that your older brother went to WAR against you! Therefore, the context determines the choice of word and synonyms help you to choose an appropriate word. Improve your vocabulary and your skill in the English language by taking the following quiz on synonyms.

1.
Find the word that is not a synonym of DEPENDABLE.
Staunch
Trustworthy
Loyal
Unreliable
'Unreliable' is an antonym of 'dependable'. 'Untrustworthy' is a possible synonym of 'unreliable'
2.
Find the word that is not a synonym of ANXIETY.
Calmness
Worry
Nervousness
Dread
'Calmness' is an antonym of 'anxiety'. A possible synonym of 'calmness' is 'tranquillity'
3.
Find the word that is not a synonym of HURRIED.
Hasty
Hectic
Speedy
Leisurely
'Leisurely' is an antonym of 'hurried'. A synonym of 'leisurely' could be 'unhurried', which is the antonym of 'hurried'
4.
Find the word that is not a synonym of DELICIOUS.
Tasty
Savoury
Tasteful
Tasteless
'Tasteless' is an antonym of 'delicious'. 'Bland' could be a synonym of 'tasteless'
5.
Find the word that is not a synonym of SPEEDILY.
Rapidly
Swiftly
Slowly
Fast
'Slowly' is the antonym of 'speedily'. Possible synonyms of 'slowly' are 'lazily' and 'leisurely'
6.
Find the word that is not a synonym of ELDERLY.
Aged
Old
Youthful
Retired
'Youthful' is an antonym of 'elderly'. Some possible synonyms of 'youthful' are 'boyish' and 'adolescence'
7.
Find the word that is not a synonym of GLEAMING.
Dull
Glistening
Shining
Lustrous
'Dull' is an antonym of 'gleaming'. A possible synonym of 'dull' is 'gloomy'
8.
Find the word that is not a synonym of SELECTION.
Choice
Pick
Option
Rejection
'Rejection' is an antonym of 'selection'. 'Refusal' might be a synonym of 'rejection'
9.
Find the word that is not a synonym of PASTIME.
Hobby
Amusement
Recreation
Profession
'Profession' is an antonym of 'pastime'. 'Vocation' could be a synonym of 'profession'
10.
Find the word that is not a synonym of REWARD.
Punishment
Accolade
Bonus
Bounty
'Punishment' is an antonym of 'reward'. A possible synonym of 'punishment' is 'penalty'
Author:  V T Narendra

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