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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?

boiling        baking        scorching

 

They all mean the same thing…hot!

glowing fire

 

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 hot: sweltering, burning, scalding.


 

Which of the following are synonyms for cry?

weep        comfort        sob        wail        care

 

Weep, sob and wail are all synonyms for cry as they mean the same or a similar thing.

baby crying

 

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 different?

peculiar        matching        consistent

 

The answer is peculiar as it has the closest meaning to different.

 

 

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!

Ready to start, word detective?

 

Choose two words below that are synonyms for hang.

Suspend

Tie

Attach

Fasten

Dangle

Underline the two words which are synonyms for separate.

Bridge, Unrelated, Different, Join, Link

Halfway through, word detective. How are you getting on?

 

Match the words which have the same meaning. 

Column A

Column B

Refuse
Decline
Accept
Contemplate
Consider
Recommend
Suggest
Agree

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

 

Emblem        Embellish        Empress        Embrace        Embark

Select the two words which mean the same as crack.

Chisel

Chivalry

Chink

Crescent

Crevice

Crescendo

Underline the word which is a synonym for district.

Neighbour, Neighbourhood, Border, Nearest, Closest

Some more challenging questions ahead now, word detective.

 

Type the two words from the list that are synonyms into the text boxes below.

 

Choose one from each set of brackets.

 

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

 

(Role  Roll  Rote)    (Target  Taunt  Task)        

 

Neighbour, Neighbourhood, Border, Nearest, Closest

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

 GatheringSocietyDebateAssociationDiscussionClub
Talk

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

 BeneficialOfficialConfidentialPartialArtificial
Fake

Final question on synonyms, word detective. Terrific work!

 

Choose two words below that are synonyms of sturdy.

Hefty

Stilt

Slight

Stocky

Hectic

  • Question 1

Ready to start, word detective?

 

Choose two words below that are synonyms for hang.

CORRECT ANSWER
Suspend
Dangle
EDDIE SAYS
Three of the words here suggest displaying something, but fixing them too tightly to hang - tie, attach and fasten. Something that hangs down is a little looser - you have probably heard of something like a rope or even an earring dangling down before. If suspend is a new word for you, make a note of it! That's what the best word detectives do!
  • Question 2

Underline the two words which are synonyms for separate.

CORRECT ANSWER
Bridge, Unrelated, Different, Join, Link
EDDIE SAYS
The words bridge, join and link are all to do with things being connected to each other. If an object or person is separate from everyone else, it means that they are not with, or connected to, everything else - they're on their own. This makes them different, or unrelated, to a main group.
  • Question 3

Halfway through, word detective. How are you getting on?

 

Match the words which have the same meaning. 

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Refuse
Decline
Accept
Agree
Consider
Contemplate
Suggest
Recommend
EDDIE SAYS
These are all words linked to ideas and decision making. Look up any that you are not sure of. Contemplate is likely to be a new word for you so, if you need to, make a note of it as meaning you are thinking about something.
Decline can also mean going down but in this case it is about saying no to something. Hopefully, you are confident that if you accept an idea, you agree with it, and if you are making suggestions, you are recommending ideas to others.
  • Question 4

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

 

Emblem        Embellish        Empress        Embrace        Embark

CORRECT ANSWER
Emblem
EDDIE SAYS
Make sure you spell this word correctly to receive the mark for this one - don't let spelling trip you up! 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 emblem.
A knight might have a crest on their armour, or someone who is part of a club might have a crest on their uniform - it's a badge that identifies what they belong to.
  • Question 5

Select the two words which mean the same as crack.

CORRECT ANSWER
Chink
Crevice
EDDIE SAYS
You have to work through a group of words that look quite similar here but have very different meanings.
Chisel is the most likely to confuse you, as you might use a chisel to chip away, or crack, a piece of rock, but it doesn't describe the crack itself.
The two correct answers talk about slightly different cracks - a chink might be a crack of light through the curtains, or a small crack in a knight's armour. A crevice is more likely to be a crack in rock, for example in the side of a cliff.
  • Question 6

Underline the word which is a synonym for district.

CORRECT ANSWER
Neighbour, Neighbourhood, Border, Nearest, Closest
EDDIE SAYS
Four of the words here are synonyms for neighbour, but you need the word that looks very similar but has a different meaning! A neighbourhood is a large area where people live, and doesn't just refer to people who live right next to each other. Another way of talking about the neighbourhood where you live is calling it a district.
  • Question 7

Some more challenging questions ahead now, word detective.

 

Type the two words from the list that are synonyms into the text boxes below.

 

Choose one from each set of brackets.

 

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

 

(Role  Roll  Rote)    (Target  Taunt  Task)        

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember to type the words in the same order in which they appeared in the question? This is quite a tricky one because you really have to understand the words you're working with. You might have heard of people having a role, or part, in a play. It can also be thought of as their task in the play. Or in someone's job, their role is the task they have to fulfil.
Look up any of the other words if you're not sure of their meanings.
  • Question 8

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

CORRECT ANSWER
 GatheringSocietyDebateAssociationDiscussionClub
Talk
EDDIE SAYS
The incorrect answers here all refer to a meeting or a group of people. Even though we do need groups of people in order for talking to happen, none of these words mean that anyone actually has to be saying anything. There's nothing to say they're not meeting and sitting in silence, whereas a discussion or a debate require speech!
  • Question 9

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

CORRECT ANSWER
 BeneficialOfficialConfidentialPartialArtificial
Fake
EDDIE SAYS
We have lots of words with the same suffix here. Think about something fake you might be able to buy, for example fake flowers. These are called artificial flowers.
  • Question 10

Final question on synonyms, word detective. Terrific work!

 

Choose two words below that are synonyms of sturdy.

CORRECT ANSWER
Hefty
Stocky
EDDIE SAYS
The two correct answers can be used to describe someone's appearance. Someone who is stocky can be described as being strong and sturdy, which would match with someone with a hefty appearance.
The only other word which describes appearance is slight, but that is an antonym, while the other two look a little similar to some of the others but aren't related in meaning!
Excellent work, word detective!
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