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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.

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'Consider Various Meanings to Find Synonym Pairs' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 3 11+ worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Synonyms

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Worksheet Overview

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!

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