The smart way to improve grades

Comprehensive & curriculum aligned

Affordable pricing from £10/month

Connect Complex and Unfamiliar Synonyms

In this worksheet, students will identify a pair of synonyms, one from each set of brackets.

'Connect Complex and Unfamiliar 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?

recline        slouch         slump

 

They all mean the same thing…to lie back or relax!

Dog and cat relaxing

 

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 lie about: sprawl, lounge, stretch out

 

 

Which of the following are synonyms for think?

ponder        reject        ignore        reflect        consider

 

Ponder, reflect and consider are all synonyms for think as they mean the same or a similar thing.

little girl thinking

 

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


 

Let’s try another:

We need to select a word from the left set of brackets that is a synonym for a word in the right set of brackets.

There is only one possible pair.

(immobile, portable, importance)    (forlorn, propel, mobile)

 

The answers are portable and mobile, as they both mean something is moveable.

 

 

Try this one:

(laughable lavish audible)    (elaborate deafening serious)

 

The answers are lavish and elaborate as they both mean something is luxurious.

 

 

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 for action, word detective!

 

Choose one word from each set of brackets to give you a pair of synonyms.

(Garish, Garland, Garnish) (Understated, Unremarkable, Bold)

Choose one word from each set of brackets to give you a pair of synonyms.

(Arrogant, Excessive, Meek) (Extraordinary, Diplomatic, Superfluous)

Choose one word from each set of brackets to give you a pair of synonyms.

(Illegible, Legible, Unreadable) (Decadent, Decorated, Decipherable)

Type the two words which are synonyms in the box below.

 

You may only select one word from each pair of brackets.

 

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

 

(Substitute  Subtitle  Subordinate)   

(Inferior  Infinite  Infallible)  

(Illegible, Legible, Unreadable) (Decadent, Decorated, Decipherable)

Type the two words which are synonyms in the boxes below.

 

You may only select one word from each pair of brackets.

 

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

 

(Valiant  Conceited  Consistent)   

(Concentrated  Concealed  Vain)  

(Illegible, Legible, Unreadable) (Decadent, Decorated, Decipherable)

Type the two words which are synonyms in the box below.

 

You may only select one word from each pair of brackets.

 

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

 

(Presumptuous  Theatrical  Prosper)   

(Thrive  Precipice  Sinister)  

(Illegible, Legible, Unreadable) (Decadent, Decorated, Decipherable)

Tick the two words from the six options which are synonyms.

Patriotic

Engaging

Condescending

Contrasting

Encouraging

Patronising

Getting there, word detective!

 

Tick the two words from the six options which are synonyms.

Meagre

Abundance

Sufficient

Capacity

Scanty

Considerable

Choose one word from each set of brackets to give you a pair of synonyms.

(Presupposition, Insincere, Conceited) (Indecipherable, Assumption, Predisposition)

Phew... you've nearly completed this tricky challenge!

 

Tick the two words from the six options which are synonyms.

Supple

Suppress

Subservient

Subdue

Critical

Criticise

  • Question 1

Ready for action, word detective!

 

Choose one word from each set of brackets to give you a pair of synonyms.

CORRECT ANSWER
(Garish, Garland, Garnish) (Understated, Unremarkable, Bold)
EDDIE SAYS
Think carefully about which words you definitely know the meanings of, and use a dictionary to help you if any of these are new words - that's what a good word detective would do! Once you have looked them up, you should see the only adjective is garish so this is the most likely one to match with the words in the second brackets, as they are all adjectives.
Something garish is usually distastefully bright - another word for bright can be bold.
  • Question 2

Choose one word from each set of brackets to give you a pair of synonyms.

CORRECT ANSWER
(Arrogant, Excessive, Meek) (Extraordinary, Diplomatic, Superfluous)
EDDIE SAYS
Again, use a dictionary to help you if any of these are new words. This question is reliant on you understanding as many of the options as possible.
If something is superfluous, it is not needed - for example superfluous information is information that you don't need because you already have enough. Therefore, this tells us that the synonym we need is excessive, which means that we have more than enough.
  • Question 3

Choose one word from each set of brackets to give you a pair of synonyms.

CORRECT ANSWER
(Illegible, Legible, Unreadable) (Decadent, Decorated, Decipherable)
EDDIE SAYS
Again, use a dictionary to help you if any of these are new words.
The first set of words are all to do with writing being readable, or not! Looking at the second set of words, neither of the first two are directly about reading.
However, to decipher something means to work out a code - and if we think of the alphabet as a code to the English language this means that when we are reading we are deciphering. Thus, the synonyms are legible and decipherable because it is possible to read them both!
  • Question 4

Type the two words which are synonyms in the box below.

 

You may only select one word from each pair of brackets.

 

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

 

(Substitute  Subtitle  Subordinate)   

(Inferior  Infinite  Infallible)  

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember to type the words in the same order in which they appear?
The prefix 'sub' often suggests that something is second best, or beneath something else - a substitute is second best to the starting team players, and a subtitle is second best to the main title. While suggesting inferiority, neither of them actually means inferior - which leaves us with subordinate.
Have you heard of a subordinate clause in your grammar lessons? It is the inferior clause in many ways - the main clause could create a sentence on its own without needing it, making it second best!
  • Question 5

Type the two words which are synonyms in the boxes below.

 

You may only select one word from each pair of brackets.

 

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

 

(Valiant  Conceited  Consistent)   

(Concentrated  Concealed  Vain)  

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember to type the words in the same order in which they appeared in the question? The words here have very different meanings, so this relies on you being able to understand the words in the first set of brackets - make sure you look them up if you need to!
A conceited person thinks that they are better than everyone else. You might be able to think of some characters in books who are like that - we could also describe them as vain.
  • Question 6

Type the two words which are synonyms in the box below.

 

You may only select one word from each pair of brackets.

 

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

 

(Presumptuous  Theatrical  Prosper)   

(Thrive  Precipice  Sinister)  

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember to type the words in the same order in which they appeared in the question? Take your time to think about the definitions here because none of these are actually related words. Remember to use your dictionary if you need to!
Think about what it means if someone is prosperous - it means they are making money or becoming very successful. This is another way of saying they are thriving.
  • Question 7

Tick the two words from the six options which are synonyms.

CORRECT ANSWER
Condescending
Patronising
EDDIE SAYS
We can sort these words into pairs that begin with the same two or three letters, but this doesn't tell us anything about their meanings here, so be careful!
If you are patronised, someone makes you feel unimportant, childish, or silly. A person who puts you down in this way is described as condescending (quite the opposite of encouraging!)
  • Question 8

Getting there, word detective!

 

Tick the two words from the six options which are synonyms.

CORRECT ANSWER
Meagre
Scanty
EDDIE SAYS
Quite a mixture of words here but they all relate in some way to quantity. Use your word detecting skills to work out the differences between them!
The largest amount is an abundance, followed by considerable, which means quite a lot. Capacity refers to how much of something a container can hold, while sufficient means that you have just enough of something.
This leaves the two words meagre and scanty which both mean that you have less than enough - in fact very little! So these are our two synonyms.
  • Question 9

Choose one word from each set of brackets to give you a pair of synonyms.

CORRECT ANSWER
(Presupposition, Insincere, Conceited)
(Indecipherable, Assumption, Predisposition)
EDDIE SAYS
Ooh there's some hard words here, word detective! Think carefully about which words you definitely know the meanings of, and use a dictionary to help you if any of these are new words. Some of these words might look similar to those we have seen earlier in the activity!
Think about the prefix pre - it generally means before. To suppose something before it happens is to assume it - which gives us our synonym pair!
  • Question 10

Phew... you've nearly completed this tricky challenge!

 

Tick the two words from the six options which are synonyms.

CORRECT ANSWER
Suppress
Subdue
EDDIE SAYS
We have pairs of word which start very similarly again, but don't let these distract you. Also, don't be tempted to go for critical and criticise just because they come from the same root - one is an adjective and the other is a verb, so they are not synonyms.
If you suppress something, you stop it from becoming bigger. For example, to suppress a scream would be to hold it in or only allow it to come out as a squeak.
The only other word here to do with lessening something is subdue. For example if you quieten down a crying baby, they are subdued.
Terrific word skills!
---- 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.