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?
gleam shine glimmer
They all mean the same thing: glow.
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 glow: radiance, luminosity, brilliance.
Which of the following are synonyms for excited?
lively bored elated enthusiastic relaxed
Lively, elated and enthusiastic are all synonyms for excited 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 spring?
leap sit jog
The answer is leap as it has the closest meaning to spring.
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.