96 English Synonyms for Expanding Your Vocabulary in Speaking & Listening

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Synonyms are words that are similar, or have a related meaning, to another word. They can be lifesavers when you want to avoid repeating the same word over and over.

Example: Terrible and awful are synonyms because they have the same meaning

  1. Amazing: incredible, unbelievable, improbable, fabulous, wonderful, fantastic, astonishing, astounding, extraordinary
  2. Anger: enrage, infuriate, arouse, nettle, exasperate, inflame, madden
  3. Angry: mad, furious, enraged, excited, wrathful, indignant, exasperated, aroused, inflamed
  4. Answer: reply, respond, retort, acknowledge
  5. Ask: question, inquire of, seek information from, put a question to, demand, request, expect, inquire, query, interrogate, examine, quiz
  6. Awful: dreadful, terrible, abominable, bad, poor, unpleasant
  7. Bad: evil, immoral, wicked, corrupt, sinful, depraved, rotten, contaminated, spoiled, tainted, harmful, injurious, unfavorable, defective, inferior, imperfect, substandard, faulty, improper, inappropriate, unsuitable, disagreeable, unpleasant
  8. Beautiful: pretty, lovely, handsome, attractive, gorgeous, dazzling, splendid, magnificent, comely, fair, ravishing, graceful, elegant, fine
  9. Begin: start, open, launch, initiate, commence, inaugurate, originate
  10. Big: enormous, huge, immense, gigantic, vast, colossal, gargantuan, large, sizable, grand, great
  11. Brave: courageous, fearless, dauntless, intrepid, plucky, daring, heroic
  12. Break: fracture, rupture, shatter, smash, wreck, crash, demolish, atomize
  13. Bright: shining, shiny, gleaming, brilliant, sparkling, shimmering, radiant, vivid, colorful
  14. Calm: quiet, peaceful, still, tranquil, mild, serene, smooth, composed, collected
  15. Come: approach, advance, near, arrive, reach
  16. Cool: chilly, cold, frosty, wintry, icy
  17. Crooked: bent, twisted, curved
  18. Cry: shout, yell, yowl, scream, roar
  19. Cut: slit, chop, crop, reduce
  20. Dangerous: perilous, hazardous, risky, uncertain, unsafe
  21. Dark: shadowy, unlit, murky, gloomy, black
  22. Decide: determine, settle, choose, resolve
  23. Definite: certain, sure, positive, determined, clear, distinct, obvious
  24. Delicious: savory, delectable, appetizing, scrumptious, delightful, enjoyable
  25. Describe: portray, characterize, picture, narrate, relate, recount, represent, report, record
  26. Destroy:ruin, demolish, raze, waste, kill, slay, end, extinguish
  27. Difference: disagreement, inequity, contrast, dissimilarity, incompatibility
  28. Do: execute, enact, carry out, finish, conclude, effect, accomplish, achieve
  29. Dull: boring, tiring,, tiresome, uninteresting, slow, dumb, stupid
  30. Eager: keen, fervent, enthusiastic, involved, interested
  31. End: stop, finish, terminate, conclude, close
  32. Enjoy: appreciate, delight in, be pleased, like
  33. Explain: elaborate, clarify, define, interpret, justify, account for
  34. Fair: just, impartial, unbiased, objective, honest
  35. Fall: drop, descend, plunge, topple, tumble
  36. False: fake, fraudulent, counterfeit, spurious, untrue
  37. Famous: well-known, renowned, celebrated, famed
  38. Fast: quick, rapid, speedy, fleet, hasty, quickly
  39. Fat: stout, corpulent, fleshy, beefy
  40. Fear: fright, dread, terror, alarm, dismay, anxiety, scare, awe, horror
  41. Fly: soar, hover, flit, wing
  42. Funny: humorous, amusing, droll, comic
  43. Get: acquire, obtain, secure, procure, gain
  44. Go: recede, depart, fade, disappear, move, travel, proceed
  45. Good: excellent, fine, superior, wonderful, marvelous, qualified, suited, suitable
  46. Great: noteworthy, worthy, distinguished, remarkable, grand, considerable, powerful
  47. Gross: improper, rude, coarse, indecent, crude
  48. Happy: pleased, contented, satisfied, delighted, elated, joyful, cheerful
  49. Hate: despise, loathe, detest, abhor, disfavor, dislike
  50. Have: hold, possess, own, contain, acquire, gain
  51. Help: aid, assist, support, encourage
  52. Hide: conceal, cover, mask, cloak
  53. Hurry…
  54. Hurt
  55. Idea
  56. Important
  57. Interesting
  58. Keep
  59. Kill
  60. Lazy
  61. Little
  62. Look
  63. Love
  64. Make
  65. Mark
  66. Mischievous
  67. Move
  68. Moody
  69. Neat
  70. New
  71. Old
  72. Part
  73. Place
  74. Plan
  75. Popular
  76. Predicament
  77. Put
  78. Quiet
  79. Right
  80. Run
  81. Say/Tell
  82. Scared
  83. Show
  84. Slow
  85. Stop
  86. Story
  87. Strange
  88. Take
  89. Tell
  90. Think
  91. Trouble
  92. True
  93. Ugly
  94. Unhappy
  95. Use
  96. Wrong

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