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Find Words with Similar Meanings Amongst Known Words

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

'Find Words with Similar Meanings Amongst Known Words' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 3 11+ worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Synonyms

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

You may have already looked at antonyms (words which mean 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?

tiny        mini        little


That's right! They all mean the same thing: small.


boy with a magnifying glass


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 pretty?

beautiful        gross        stunning        attractive        slimy


Beautiful, stunning and attractive are all synonyms as they mean the same or similar things.

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


Let’s try another:

The boy walked up the road.

boy walking


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

strolled        ran        crawled


The answer is strolled as it has the closest meaning to walked.



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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.  

So, this is 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 some synonyms.  

Good luck!

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