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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?

quarrel        bicker        squabble

 

They all mean the same thing...argue!

two children arguing

 

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 astonish?

amaze        stun        surprise        expect        predict

 

Amaze, stun and surprise are all 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:

They knew it was an accident.

toy cars in an accident

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

plan        misunderstanding        mistake

 

The answer is mistake as it has the closest meaning to accident.

 

 

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!

Here's your first challenge, word detective!

 

Choose two words below that are synonyms for earn.

Buy

Gain

Want

Take

Achieve

Underline the two words which are synonyms for training.

Education, Schooling, Homework, Test, Result

Match the words which have the same meaning.

Column A

Column B

Start
Finale
Finish
Previously
Before
Commence
After
Following

Choose the two words from the following list which mean the same as happy.

 

Be sure to type the words in the same order in which they appear in the list to ensure you are marked correctly.

 

Constant

Content

Contrast

Satisfied

Satisfactory

Column A

Column B

Start
Finale
Finish
Previously
Before
Commence
After
Following

Select the two words which mean the same as lost.

Mislaid

Mistake

Mistook

Mystery

Misplaced

Mistimed

Underline the word which is a synonym for lottery.

Prize, Competition, Raffle, Answer, Challenge

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

 

Reclaim

Recreation

Recline

Recruitment

Recommendation

Select two words which mean the same as dangerous from the list below. 

 WorryingLethalUneasyUnsettlingDeafeningDeadly
Dangerous

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

 MeaninglessThoughtlessPointlessEffortlessUseless
Easy

Welcome to the final question, word detective!

 

Choose two words below that are synonyms for faith.

Uncertainty

Belief

Trust

Guarantee

Certainty

  • Question 1

Here's your first challenge, word detective!

 

Choose two words below that are synonyms for earn.

CORRECT ANSWER
Gain
Achieve
EDDIE SAYS
We often think of earn as being to do with money, but you can also earn other rewards too, so don't choose buy just because it relates to money. We can want or take rewards but this doesn't mean we deserve them - they are things that we have gained or achieved.
  • Question 2

Underline the two words which are synonyms for training.

CORRECT ANSWER
Education, Schooling, Homework, Test, Result
EDDIE SAYS
Both of the correct answers here are words that are to do with school, which you might not think of as training, but actually in school you are being trained to do maths, writing, art, sport and all of your subjects! Remember, adults train to do things too, or go to schools - there might be an adult education centre near your house, or you might have seen driving schools where adults are trained to drive!
  • Question 3

Match the words which have the same meaning.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Start
Commence
Finish
Finale
Before
Previously
After
Following
EDDIE SAYS
These are all words to do with places in time. Have you ever been to see a show? The big ending is called the finale.
When you think of what you have done before something else, you think of it as what you have done previously, while the things you did after it, followed it. That leaves us with commence, which means the same as start. Is this a new word for you?
  • Question 4

Choose the two words from the following list which mean the same as happy.

 

Be sure to type the words in the same order in which they appear in the list to ensure you are marked correctly.

 

Constant

Content

Contrast

Satisfied

Satisfactory

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember to type the words in the same order in which they appeared in the question? These words look very similar to each other, so take your time to make sure you understand them. Look up any of them that you're not sure about in your dictionary - this should lead you to choosing content.
Be careful with the difference between satisfied and satisfactory - if something is satisfactory, it is good enough but if you are satisfied, you are pleased, or happy with it.
  • Question 5

Select the two words which mean the same as lost.

CORRECT ANSWER
Mislaid
Misplaced
EDDIE SAYS
Take your time here to look at the endings of the words to see if any of them give you a clue. When you lose something, you can't remember the last place you left it, placed it or laid it down. Can you spot the synonyms now? They're mislaid and misplaced. Yes, it can be a mystery if you've lost something, but there are lots of other types of mystery too!
  • Question 6

Underline the word which is a synonym for lottery.

CORRECT ANSWER
Prize, Competition, Raffle, Answer, Challenge
EDDIE SAYS
Have you ever been to a school fair and entered the raffle? This is when a random number is pulled out of a box and if you have that number, you win the prize. It's totally down to luck, there's no skill in winning the raffle! This is the same as winning a lottery, it is just another word for a very similar competition.
  • Question 7

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

 

Reclaim

Recreation

Recline

Recruitment

Recommendation

CORRECT ANSWER
Recreation
EDDIE SAYS
Make sure you spell this word correctly to receive the mark for this one - don't let spelling trip you up! There might be some words you don't recognise here, so take your time to understand the ones that you can. Do you have a recreation ground near your house? Or do you ever have recreation time at school? These would be a place where or a time when you are allowed to have fun - which leads us to our synonym.
  • Question 8

Select two words which mean the same as dangerous from the list below. 

CORRECT ANSWER
 WorryingLethalUneasyUnsettlingDeafeningDeadly
Dangerous
EDDIE SAYS
Three of these words aren't quite strong enough to mean dangerous - something that is worrying or that makes you feel uneasy or unsettled, don't necessarily mean something is truly dangerous. Deafening is there just to check your spelling - this type of deaf is to do with hearing, not death!
This leaves us with lethal and deadly. You could use these words to describe some snakes or spiders in foreign countries - they can be very dangerous!
  • Question 9

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

CORRECT ANSWER
 MeaninglessThoughtlessPointlessEffortlessUseless
Easy
EDDIE SAYS
Well, did you find this one 'easy'?!
The suffix -less tells us that something lacks something else. Something you can do without needing effort is something that you would say is easy.
  • Question 10

Welcome to the final question, word detective!

 

Choose two words below that are synonyms for faith.

CORRECT ANSWER
Belief
Trust
EDDIE SAYS
If you have faith in a person, you would say you have belief that they will help you or look after you and you would trust in them. This gives us our two synonyms here!
It would be a bit too strong to say that they are certain or guaranteed to help you, but you are hopeful and think it is likely that they will.
Great work, word detective!
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