The smart way to improve grades

Comprehensive & curriculum aligned

Affordable pricing from £10/month

Pair Synonyms with Multiple Meanings

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

'Pair Synonyms with Multiple Meanings' 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?

squeal        shriek        screech

 

They all mean the same thing…scream!

Child screaming

 

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 scream: cry, yell and shout.


 

Which of the following are synonyms for annoy?

irritate        contact        question        infuriate        pester

 

Irritate, infuriate and pester are all synonyms for annoy 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 bent?

wobbly        stretchy        crooked

 

The answer is crooked as it has the closest meaning to bent.

 

 

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 dread.

Fear

Admire

Aspire

Hope

Here we go, word detective!

 

Underline the word which is a synonym for flee.

Nail, Screw, Bolt, Hammer,

Match the words which have the same meaning.

Column A

Column B

Marina
Ripple
Beach
Shore
Stone
Pebble
Wave
Harbour

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

 

Thumb        Hand        Palm        Ring

Select the word which means the same as wash.

Scrub

Absorb

Spray

Leak

Match the words which have the same meaning.

Column A

Column B

Goal
Keep
Shot
Aim
Save
Deliver
Pass
Go

Underline the word which is a synonym for thankful.

Apprehensive, Appreciate, Apparent, Apply

Underline the word which is a synonym for gases.

Solid, Liquid, Fumes, Vanish

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

 

Follower        Supporter        Back        Head

Well done for working through all those synonyms - here's the last question.

 

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

 UnnecessaryImportantVitalNeeded
Needless
  • Question 1

Choose the word below that is a synonym for dread.

CORRECT ANSWER
Fear
EDDIE SAYS
When you dread something, it's something you're not looking forward to! Most of the words here suggest something positive, which leaves us with fear. So, something you're dreading is something you're not looking forward to, or are frightened of. Not a very nice feeling at all!
  • Question 2

Here we go, word detective!

 

Underline the word which is a synonym for flee.

CORRECT ANSWER
Nail, Screw, Bolt, Hammer,
EDDIE SAYS
This is a hard one to start with - did you get it right? You are given a list of objects that might be found in a tool box here, so you need to think about any second meanings you might know! To flee means to run away, and another way of saying this is that someone has bolted.
  • Question 3

Match the words which have the same meaning.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Marina
Harbour
Beach
Shore
Stone
Pebble
Wave
Ripple
EDDIE SAYS
These are all words that describe things you might see when you're at the beach.
We normally don't see boats pulling up at the beach - they normally go to the harbour or marina where they park, so they're away from the people enjoying their day out!
Where the beach meets the water is called the shore, so both refer to the same thing.
A wave might seem bigger than a ripple, but they are both the movement of water.
This leaves us with a pebble, which is a small stone.
  • Question 4

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

 

Thumb        Hand        Palm        Ring

CORRECT ANSWER
Hand
EDDIE SAYS
Make sure you spell this word correctly to receive the mark for this one - don't let spelling trip you up! A few of these nouns can be used as verbs - you can thumb through a book, or to ring someone means you phone them, so always think of second meanings that you might know! In this case, when someone gives you something, they hand it to you.
  • Question 5

Select the word which means the same as wash.

CORRECT ANSWER
Scrub
EDDIE SAYS
The words all link to water, which we need to wash, so think carefully about a time when you have made something dirty. Which word could describe what you're doing to clean it? You'll need to give it a good scrub!!
  • Question 6

Match the words which have the same meaning.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Goal
Aim
Shot
Go
Save
Keep
Pass
Deliver
EDDIE SAYS
If you're keen on football, netball, basketball or lots of other sports, you might use these words to describe what players do during a match, but their synonyms might not exactly match up so be careful!.
The goal is what players aim at, and a goal can also be an achievement you're aiming for.
Another way of saying you've had a shot is that you've had a go at something.
Something that you save is something that you keep - like if you save your pocket money, you keep it instead of spending it.
If you pass something to someone else, you deliver it to them!
So each time, you have to think slightly differently about the word, but the key meaning stays the same!
  • Question 7

Underline the word which is a synonym for thankful.

CORRECT ANSWER
Apprehensive, Appreciate, Apparent, Apply
EDDIE SAYS
This is a tricky one - how did you get on?
These words look quite similar so think about which ones you definitely know the definition for, and which definitely can't be correct. If you are given a present or treat that you're really thankful for, you would tell someone that you appreciate it.
  • Question 8

Underline the word which is a synonym for gases.

CORRECT ANSWER
Solid, Liquid, Fumes, Vanish
EDDIE SAYS
Think about where you have seen or heard any of these words and whether you can link them to gases. You are most likely to have heard of fumes as in car fumes - the gases that come out of the exhaust of a car.
Be careful not to think of gases as something that vanish - just because we can't see certain gases or fumes, it doesn't mean they're not in the air!
  • Question 9

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

 

Follower        Supporter        Back        Head

CORRECT ANSWER
Head
EDDIE SAYS
Make sure you spell this word correctly to receive the mark for this one - don't let spelling trip you up! Watch out for the antonyms here! The correct answer might not jump out at you, but think about what the leader of a school is called - it's a head teacher. Someone who is the head of something is the leader of it.
  • Question 10

Well done for working through all those synonyms - here's the last question.

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
 UnnecessaryImportantVitalNeeded
Needless
EDDIE SAYS
We have to think about how the suffix -less changes the word need to mean the opposite - something we don't need! The only possible synonym for this is unnecessary, as all of the others still fit with the idea of needing something!
Great work, word detective!
---- OR ----

Sign up for a £1 trial so you can track and measure your child's progress on this activity.

What is EdPlace?

We're your National Curriculum aligned online education content provider helping each child succeed in English, maths and science from year 1 to GCSE. With an EdPlace account you’ll be able to track and measure progress, helping each child achieve their best. We build confidence and attainment by personalising each child’s learning at a level that suits them.

Get started
laptop

Start your £1 trial today.
Subscribe from £10/month.