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Find Words with Similar Meanings Amongst Known Words

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

'Find Words with Similar Meanings Amongst Known Words' 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?

stare        gaze        peer

 

They all mean the same thing...look!

man looking upwards

 

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 naughty?

mischievous        obedient        disobedient         revolting  

 

Mischievous and disobedient are synonyms as they mean the same or a similar thing.

 

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


 

Let’s try another:

She munched her apple noisily.

 

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

swallowed        chewed         squashed

 

The answer is chewed as it has the closest meaning to munched.

 

 

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!

Choose the word below that is a synonym for light.

Pale

Dim

Candle

Dark

Welcome word detective, are you ready to make a start?

 

Underline the word which is a synonym for present.

Charity, Prize, Award, Gift

Match the words which have the same meaning. 

Column A

Column B

Back
Bottom
Top
Highest
Lowest
Middle
Centre
Rear

Now don't let this one confuse you, word detective!

 

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

 

Litter        Recycle        Quality        Reuse 

Select the word which means the same as silly.

Joke

Laugh

Clown

Foolish

Match the words which have the same meaning.

Column A

Column B

Push
Raise
Catch
Drag
Pull
Save
Lift
Shove

Underline the word which is a synonym for chop.

Slice, Chip, Tear, Bite

Mmmmm, these words all begin with the same letter!

 

Underline the word which is a synonym for man.

Mane, Main, Male, Mail

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

 

Quiet        Quite        Quit        Quote

That was quick!

You've reached the last question already, word detective!

 

Select the word which means the same as feel from the list below. 

 HopeLoveTouchJoy
Feel
  • Question 1

Choose the word below that is a synonym for light.

CORRECT ANSWER
Pale
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on with this one? Remember that synonym means we're looking for a word with the same meaning, so even though a candle creates light it can't be used in place of the word light. Dim and dark are opposites, so our answer here is pale - colours like light blue and light pink can also be called pale blue and pink.
  • Question 2

Welcome word detective, are you ready to make a start?

 

Underline the word which is a synonym for present.

CORRECT ANSWER
Charity, Prize, Award, Gift
EDDIE SAYS
All of these words are to do with giving - you can give to charity, and be given a prize or award. But it is gift which we could use as a word that means the same as present - something we might give or receive at a time of celebration.
  • Question 3

Match the words which have the same meaning. 

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Back
Rear
Top
Highest
Lowest
Bottom
Centre
Middle
EDDIE SAYS
These are all words that could describe where something is. The trickiest words are back and rear - but we can think of examples like the rear (back) lights of a car, or the rear (back) wheel of your bike.
  • Question 4

Now don't let this one confuse you, word detective!

 

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

 

Litter        Recycle        Quality        Reuse 

CORRECT ANSWER
Litter
EDDIE SAYS
Make sure you spell this word correctly to receive the mark for this one - don't let spelling trip you up! There is one opposite here - if we call something rubbish, we definitely don't think it is quality!
Recycle and reuse are what we should do with our rubbish to help the environment, but they are not words for rubbish. The synonym here is litter - we keep our planet clean by throwing away litter.
  • Question 5

Select the word which means the same as silly.

CORRECT ANSWER
Foolish
EDDIE SAYS
Most of the words here are things that can be silly, like a clown and a joke, and these things make us laugh! But none of these are synonyms. The correct answer here is foolish. Sometimes it's not good or funny to be silly - if it is a bad idea to act in a silly way, we are being foolish.
  • Question 6

Match the words which have the same meaning.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Push
Shove
Catch
Save
Pull
Drag
Lift
Raise
EDDIE SAYS
Try to think of examples to go with each of these actions to help you to match the synonyms. For example, if I was pulling a heavy sack across the floor, I would be dragging it. Or if you were a goalkeeper and you caught the ball, you would say: I saved it! See if you can come up with your own examples for push and lift.
  • Question 7

Underline the word which is a synonym for chop.

CORRECT ANSWER
Slice, Chip, Tear, Bite
EDDIE SAYS
These words can seem quite similar so we will use the example of someone asking you to chop them a piece of bread from a loaf. Would they want you to tear it off or bite it off? Probably not! Chip is something which is more likely to happen if you break a small piece off the side of a plate or mug. This leaves us with slice, which gives us the idea of cutting, unlike the others.
  • Question 8

Mmmmm, these words all begin with the same letter!

 

Underline the word which is a synonym for man.

CORRECT ANSWER
Mane, Main, Male, Mail
EDDIE SAYS
These words look similar and some of them sound the same don't they? Hopefully, you would only get stuck between whether to choose male or mail - this is a good homophone pair to learn the difference between! Mail is what you post; male is what you could call a brother, uncle, dad or friend that is a boy.
  • Question 9

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

 

Quiet        Quite        Quit        Quote

CORRECT ANSWER
Quiet
EDDIE SAYS
Make sure you spell this word correctly to receive the mark for this one - don't let spelling trip you up! This question is all about spotting the answer with the correct spelling. You probably knew the word you were looking for was quiet - and we hope you chose the correct one! Our correct spelling is the only one with 2 syllables when you read it aloud, which might help you to spot the correct answer!
  • Question 10

That was quick!

You've reached the last question already, word detective!

 

Select the word which means the same as feel from the list below. 

CORRECT ANSWER
 HopeLoveTouchJoy
Feel
EDDIE SAYS
Well, how did you feel about that one? We have a list of emotions that you can feel here - but none of them can be used as a synonym for feel, even though we do feel them! If you like to feel a soft blanket, or the fur of your pet, you like to touch it.
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