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Consider Various Meanings to Find Synonym Pairs

In this worksheet, students will identify synonyms for a word and will choose the best synonym to complete a sentence.

'Consider Various Meanings to Find Synonym Pairs' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Synonyms

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

You may have already looked at antonyms (words meaning the opposite to each other) but now here’s a challenge about synonyms.

Can you help us out with these, word detective?

 

What do you notice about the words below?

thoughtful        generous        unselfish

 

They all mean the same thing...kind!

little boy explaining a book to his sister

 

These words are called synonyms.

Synonyms are words that mean the same or have a very similar meaning to other words.


 

Which of the following are synonyms for busy?

lazy        hectic        greedy       rushed         active

 

Hectic, active and rushed are all synonyms as they mean the same or a similar thing.

active boy

A thesaurus is a great resource to use to look up synonyms for words.


 

Let’s try another:

The girl drew a picture.

 

Which of the following words is a synonym for drew and could replace it in the sentence?

wrote        sketched        scribbled

 

The answer is sketched as it has the closest meaning to drew.

little girl drawing

 

Pssstt!! Here’s a handy hint to help you reach superstar status:

The first letter of the word synonym is the same as the first letter for similar.  

It’s a clever trick to remember what synonym means.

 

 

If you come across any new words in this activity, make a note of them so that you can use them in your writing.

notepad and pen

 

It’s now your turn to identify synonyms.  

Good luck!

Hopefully, a smooth smart for you, word detective.

 

Choose the word below that is a synonym for smooth.

Rough

Wiry

Sleek

Slippery

Underline the word which is a synonym for jump.

Climb, Vault, Step Up, Ascend

Choose the word from the following list which means the same as blush.

 

Redden        Blacken        Flash        Brighten

Don't get dizzy with this one!

 

Select the word which means the same as circle.

Bend

Wiggle

Spiral

Curve

Straighten

Choose the word from the following list which means the same as memorise.

 

Wonder        Dream        Think        Learn   

Match the words which have the same meaning. 

Column A

Column B

Build
Contact
Ruin
Destroy
Plan
Construct
Touch
Design

Underline the word which is a synonym for guide.

Dictate, Dilute, Differ, Direct, Distract

Underline the word which is a synonym for therefore.

So, But, However, Yet

Choose the word from the following list which means the same as help - something which you hopefully won't need, word detective!

 

Assume        Assure        Assistant        Assist

Put a tick in the box which matches the word in each row to its correct synonym across the top of the table.

 InjureGentleDangerous
Harmless
Harmful
Harm
  • Question 1

Hopefully, a smooth smart for you, word detective.

 

Choose the word below that is a synonym for smooth.

CORRECT ANSWER
Sleek
EDDIE SAYS
There are a couple of antonyms here - hopefully you can spot rough. Also, wiry would be an opposite - the clue is in wire. Someone with wiry hair has hair like wire!
Sleek and slippery are both possible, because slippery things are usually smooth. But the truest synonym is sleek - you could describe a dog's soft fur as being both smooth or sleek, but you probably wouldn't say slippery!
  • Question 2

Underline the word which is a synonym for jump.

CORRECT ANSWER
Climb, Vault, Step Up, Ascend
EDDIE SAYS
These words are all related to going upwards somehow! However, when you think more closely, climbing doesn't usually involve jumping, and step up is more like walking up the stairs - you don't see people jumping up the stairs! If you don't know the word ascend, look it up in the dictionary. It means: to go up. That leaves us with vault. If you like gymnastics, you may be used to using the word vault for jumping!
  • Question 3

Choose the word from the following list which means the same as blush.

 

Redden        Blacken        Flash        Brighten

CORRECT ANSWER
Redden
EDDIE SAYS
Make sure you spell this word correctly to receive the mark for this one - don't let spelling trip you up! What emotion do you usually feel if you blush? It is usually embarrassment and we use the phrase to go red to describe what happens to your face. Use this to help you to work out that redden is the correct answer here.
The others are also to do with light and colour, but I don't think they are things your face would be likely to do if you were embarrassed!
  • Question 4

Don't get dizzy with this one!

 

Select the word which means the same as circle.

CORRECT ANSWER
Spiral
EDDIE SAYS
Hopefully, you can spot one word which definitely doesn't fit - there is nothing straight about a circle! Wiggle also doesn't quite fit - a wiggly circle would be unusual! A circle does curve and bend, but we couldn't swap them for circle in a sentence. The word that is a synonym here is spiral.
  • Question 5

Choose the word from the following list which means the same as memorise.

 

Wonder        Dream        Think        Learn   

CORRECT ANSWER
Learn
EDDIE SAYS
Make sure you spell this word correctly to receive the mark for this one - don't let spelling trip you up! I wonder how you got on with this? All of the options are to do with thinking. However, the clue is in the word - memory. To keep something in our memory we have to learn it - for example you should be memorising or learning your times tables and spellings to help you with your school work.
  • Question 6

Match the words which have the same meaning. 

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Build
Construct
Ruin
Destroy
Plan
Design
Touch
Contact
EDDIE SAYS
Some of the words look quite similar here so be careful not to muddle them up!
A good clue for construct is how you would play with construction toys like building bricks - you build with them! You might design your construction first by making a plan, which could be ruined by your cat jumping on to the table and destroying your model!
Finally, in a game of touch tig or tag, you have to make contact with the other players for them to become 'it'.
  • Question 7

Underline the word which is a synonym for guide.

CORRECT ANSWER
Dictate, Dilute, Differ, Direct, Distract
EDDIE SAYS
These words all have different meanings but look very similar. The key with a question like this is to take your time to think about which ones you definitely know the meaning of and which ones definitely can't be the answer. The only one that has anything to do with guiding or leading someone somewhere would be direct. If you don't know the definitions of the others, look them up in your dictionary!
  • Question 8

Underline the word which is a synonym for therefore.

CORRECT ANSWER
So, But, However, Yet
EDDIE SAYS
Three of these words actually have the same meaning so we are looking for the odd one out! You can use but, however and yet to show an opposite idea in a sentence. This just leaves so. Therefore, so is the answer!
  • Question 9

Choose the word from the following list which means the same as help - something which you hopefully won't need, word detective!

 

Assume        Assure        Assistant        Assist

CORRECT ANSWER
Assist
EDDIE SAYS
Make sure you spell this word correctly to receive the mark for this one - don't let spelling trip you up! You have a group of words that all look very similar here again. Take care to consider which ones you know the meaning of already. An assistant is a person who helps someone but the true synonym which you could swap with help is the verb assist.
  • Question 10

Put a tick in the box which matches the word in each row to its correct synonym across the top of the table.

CORRECT ANSWER
 InjureGentleDangerous
Harmless
Harmful
Harm
EDDIE SAYS
You need to look at the suffixes here to know which word matches which. The suffix -less tells us that no harm is caused, so this would match with gentle.
The suffix -ful suggests that something is full of harm, so we would think of it as dangerous.
You are then left with the verb harm, which would match with the verb injure.
Well done for sorting out those differences!
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