Synonyms 5
Tommy gently picked up the seashells.

Synonyms 5

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What is a synonym? A synonym is a word that means the same thing or nearly the same thing as another word. As an example, let’s look at the following two sentences:

  • “Margaret bought a really pretty dress for the prom.”
  • “Margaret bought a beautiful dress for the prom.”

In these two sentences, “pretty” and “beautiful” mean nearly the same thing. Therefore, they are synonyms.

1.
For the sentence below, determine which word is the synonym for the underlined word.

He enjoyed his meal so much he had to go and compliment the cook.
waitress
chef
hostess
butcher
The noun used here, i.e., the “cook” refers to someone who prepares food. A “waitress” serves food. A “hostess” heads a party or event or is a greeter at an establishment. A “butcher” cuts pieces of meats. A “chef” is a well-experienced person who cooks. Therefore, the synonym we are looking for is Answer (b) chef
2.
For the sentence below, determine which word is the synonym for the underlined word.

Jared’s weekly chore is to take out the trash.
recycling
dog
garbage
mulch
The definition of “trash” refers to rubbish and rubbish refers to garbage. Knowing this definition tells us that Answer (c) is the correct synonym that we are looking for here
3.
For the sentence below, determine which word is the synonym for the underlined word.

She went to the front of the store to find a cart.
bag
carriage
cashier
sales receipt
Although you could find a “bag,” a “cashier” and a “sales receipt” in a store, they are not synonyms to a “cart.” A “cart” is a wheeled vehicle just as a “carriage” is a wheeled vehicle. Therefore, Answer (b) is the correct synonym to “cart”
4.
For the sentence below, determine which word is the synonym for the underlined word.

Tommy gently picked up the seashells and placed them in his pail.
pocket
shoe
shovel
bucket
The definition of “pail” means vessel with a handle. Knowing this definition tells us that Answer (d) is the correct synonym as a bucket is defined as a pail
5.
For the sentence below, determine which word is the synonym for the underlined word.

He was dismayed when he saw the smoke coming out from under the hood of his car.
confused
scared
worried
frightened
The definition of “dismayed” means to be upset, alarmed, concerned or worried about. Knowing this definition tells us that Answer (c) is the correct synonym we are looking for here
6.
For the sentence below, determine which word is the synonym for the underlined word.

She didn’t know what choice she had to make the right decision.
answer
option
problem
question
The definition of “choice” is the act of making a selection. The words “answer,” “problem” and “question” do not have a relationship to making a selection. However, the word “option” refers to the act of choosing. Clearly, this is the synonym we are looking for so Answer (b) is correct
7.
For the sentence below, determine which word is the synonym for the underlined word.

He was told to take his shoes off of the couch.
chair
seat
stool
sofa
The definition of “couch” is a “sofa”. This makes it easy to determine that Answer (d) is the correct synonym needed here
8.
For the sentence below, determine which word is the synonym for the underlined word.

The moon is made out of green cheese is a false statement.
untrue
stretched
questionable
unique
The definition of “false” is to be “untrue” and the definition of “untrue” is to be “false”. Therefore, Answer (a) is clearly the synonym for “false
9.
For the sentence below, determine which word is the synonym for the underlined word.

Carol thought she was very smart in finding a good joke to play on her older brother.
clever
sneaky
wishful
grateful
To be “smart” means to be very witty or clever. Knowing this we quickly see that its synonym is “clever.” Therefore, Answer (a) is the correct synonym
10.
For the sentence below, determine which word is the synonym for the underlined word.

Mrs. Waxstein goes to the temple every week.
theater
museum
ladies' club
church
The “temple” is a place of worship. A “theater”, “museum” and “ladies’ club” are all places of entertainment. A “church” on the other hand is also a place of worship. Answer (d) is the correct synonym for temple
Author:  Christine G. Broome

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