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Connect Challenging Synonyms

In this worksheet, students will identify a synonym for a given word and will be encouraged to make a note of any new vocabulary.

'Connect Challenging Synonyms' 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?

giggle        chortle        chuckle

 

They all mean the same thing…laugh!

 

These words are called synonyms.

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

We could also use the following words as synonyms for laugh: snigger, titter, snort


 

Which of the following are synonyms for holiday?

break        rest        sleep        nap         vacation

 

Break, rest and vacation are all synonyms for holiday 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:

Which of the following words is a synonym for honest?

fair        equal        truthful

 

The answer is truthful as it has the closest meaning to honest.

 

 

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.

 

It’s now your turn to identify synonyms.  

Good luck!

Are you ready for some word detecting?

 

Choose the word below that is a synonym for a bad smell.

Scent

Fragrance

Odour

Aroma

Underline the word which is a synonym for distance.

Range, Ranch, Rank, Ransom, Rant

Match the words which have the same meaning. 

Column A

Column B

Confirm
Reject
Deliberate
Consider
Appeal
Request
Refuse
Approve

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

 

Ignore        Forget        Neglect        Perceive        Overlook

You're halfway through this activity - great work, word detective!

 

Select the word which means the same as remove.

Replace

Extract

Intact

Exit

Retreat

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

 

Advance        Stationary        Remain        Static        Rewind     

Match the words which have the same meaning. 

Column A

Column B

Therefore
Moreover
However
Yet
Additionally
Hence

Underline two words which are synonyms for approve.

Decline, Reject, Deny, Grant, Support, Withhold

Underline the word which is a synonym for peak.

Summed Up, Summary, Summon, Submit, Summit

Last question coming up!

 

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

 

 Celebrated        Rich        Successful        Beautiful        Talented  

  • Question 1

Are you ready for some word detecting?

 

Choose the word below that is a synonym for a bad smell.

CORRECT ANSWER
Odour
EDDIE SAYS
These all relate to smell, yet three of them are pleasant smells that might be used in perfume or soap adverts. Can you spot the one which would not be used in this way? It is odour. Look out for the others being used in adverts on TV or in the shops.
  • Question 2

Underline the word which is a synonym for distance.

CORRECT ANSWER
Range, Ranch, Rank, Ransom, Rant
EDDIE SAYS
These words all look very similar, so concentrate on the ones that you have heard of before first - look up the others in your dictionary.
If you have ever heard of a camera having a range, it is how far away a camera can photograph or film someone. You should now be able to spot that this is the synonym for distance.
  • Question 3

Match the words which have the same meaning. 

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Confirm
Approve
Deliberate
Consider
Appeal
Request
Refuse
Reject
EDDIE SAYS
These are all words to do with decision making. Some of them are quite tricky, so let's begin with the ones you are most likely to know.
An idea that is rejected is refused, or we might call something that doesn't work properly as a reject, because we refuse to use it.
Making an appeal about something is making a request - for example appeals like Comic Relief are appeals for charity money, or footballers that make appeals about a foul are requesting the referee to change his decision.
Be careful with deliberate - it is most often used when you mean to do something. However in this case, it is when you think over or deliberate over a decision. This is probably a new definition for you - but well done if you knew that!
That leaves us with something that is being confirmed, as being approved - it is definitely going to be allowed to happen.
  • Question 4

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

 

Ignore        Forget        Neglect        Perceive        Overlook

CORRECT ANSWER
Perceive
EDDIE SAYS
Mainly, we have a group of antonyms here. To ignore and neglect something means to pay no attention to it, whilst forgetting something means you can't have paid much attention to it.
This leaves us with two options. You could think that the word overlook sounds like you are looking at something a lot, or too much, but it actually means to not notice it - almost as if you have looked over the top of it. This leaves us with perceive as our synonym. Make sure you spell this word correctly to receive the mark for this one - don't let spelling trip you up!
  • Question 5

You're halfway through this activity - great work, word detective!

 

Select the word which means the same as remove.

CORRECT ANSWER
Extract
EDDIE SAYS
Think carefully about the true meanings of the options here. If you replace something, you do remove it, but you put something else there in its place so it is not really a true synonym.
To exit means to leave, or literally remove yourself from a place, but we wouldn't use this to talk about ourselves leaving somewhere.
Retreat means to move back, but not necessarily leave, and intact actually means something stays as it is.
This leaves us with our answer as extract - if you have ever had a tooth removed you might have heard it called an extraction.
  • Question 6

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

 

Advance        Stationary        Remain        Static        Rewind     

CORRECT ANSWER
Advance
EDDIE SAYS
Many of these words mean to stay still - stationary, remain and static all tell us that something has not moved at all, so it can't be going forward.
You should recognise rewind as going backwards, leaving us with advance as our synonym - we could say that you are advancing with your 11+ practice - you are moving forward with it. Make sure you spell this word correctly to receive the mark for this one - don't let spelling trip you up!
  • Question 7

Match the words which have the same meaning. 

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Therefore
Hence
However
Yet
Additionally
Moreover
EDDIE SAYS
Some everyday words here, but what exactly do they mean, word detective? These are all words that you might use to link ideas in your writing. Look at additionally and moreover first - the clue is that they refer to adding or having more of something - they both mean 'as well'.
However is another way of saying but, or yet, leaving therefore as meaning hence, or 'so'.
  • Question 8

Underline two words which are synonyms for approve.

CORRECT ANSWER
Decline, Reject, Deny, Grant, Support, Withhold
EDDIE SAYS
Approving of something is a positive reaction so we are looking for two positive words here among words which show a negative reaction.
If you are granted a wish, it is approved by whoever is offering it! Additionally, someone who approves of an idea you have given, is showing support for your idea.
Make sure you look up any of the words you have not heard of before - that's what a good word detective does!
  • Question 9

Underline the word which is a synonym for peak.

CORRECT ANSWER
Summed Up, Summary, Summon, Submit, Summit
EDDIE SAYS
These words all look very similar so take your time to spot the ones you understand and know can't fit. Summed up is trying to trick you because we think of a peak being at the top, so 'up', but it is not a synonym phrase.
The word you should choose here is summit - as in the summit of a mountain.
  • Question 10

Last question coming up!

 

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

 

 Celebrated        Rich        Successful        Beautiful        Talented  

CORRECT ANSWER
Celebrated
EDDIE SAYS
You might think of all of these words describing someone who is famous. However, if you think carefully, with four of the words you could be all of these things but NOT be famous! You could probably describe yourself as at least one of rich, successful, beautiful or talented, but you are probably not famous!
Someone or something that is famous is celebrated - this word shows that many people know of and admire the person, event or object.
Make sure you spell this word correctly to receive the mark for this one - don't let spelling trip you up! Great word detecting!
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