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Identify Complex Connections Between Known Words

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

'Identify Complex Connections Between Known Words' 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?

assorted        varied        ranging

 

They all mean the same thing…to be different!

A selection of different sweets and cookies

 

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 different: unique, individual, unusual.

 

 

Which of the following are synonyms for puzzle?

mystery        solve        answer        riddle        teaser

 

Mystery, riddle and teaser are all synonyms for puzzle as they mean the same or a similar thing.

elephant puzzle

 

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.

(promise, contest, propose)    (conceal, vow, consider)

 

The answers are promise and vow, as they both mean you swear to do something.

 


Try this one:

(distinct, forged, trustworthy)    (unlikely, conflicting, clear)

 

The answers are distinct and clear - for example someone has a clear and distinct voice if they are easy to hear and understand.

 

 

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!

Welcome to your first challenge, word detective!

 

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

(Loathe, Friendly, Deter) (Encourage, Detest, Love)

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

(Haunt, Hunt, Hint) (Pursuit, Purify, Purse)

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

(Impartial, Impure, Impact) (Influence, Infer, Impatient)

Ready for another?

 

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.

 

(Fade  Flimsy  Light)    (Warm  Fluent  Wane)  

(Impartial, Impure, Impact) (Influence, Infer, Impatient)

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.

 

(Referral  Refrigerate  Refrain)    (Chill  Chase  Choke)  

(Impartial, Impure, Impact) (Influence, Infer, Impatient)

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.

 

(Detail  Thoroughly  Carefully)   

(Thoughtlessly  Carelessly  Feature)  

(Impartial, Impure, Impact) (Influence, Infer, Impatient)

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

Changeover

Collect

Collapse

Keel over

Pull over

Discover

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

Convert

Conference

Confiscate

Discussion

Return

Maintain

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

(Divide, Device, Devious) (Magnify, Multiply, Machine)

The last question - phew!

 

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

Coax

Hoax

Relax

Tempt

Torment

Attempt

  • Question 1

Welcome to your first challenge, word detective!

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
(Loathe, Friendly, Deter) (Encourage, Detest, Love)
EDDIE SAYS
There are a couple of antonym pairs here, so watch out for them. If you spotted them (deter and encourage; loathe and love), well done!
So which two words mean the same thing? If you hate something, you detest and loathe it. The word loathe looks and sounds a little like love, so don't let it trick you!
  • Question 2

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

CORRECT ANSWER
(Haunt, Hunt, Hint) (Pursuit, Purify, Purse)
EDDIE SAYS
These sets of words look quite similar to each other, but only the pair we are looking for have any relation in meaning, so take your time to understand their definitions!
Have you ever heard the phrase: being in hot pursuit? This means someone is chasing someone, or hunting them down!
  • Question 3

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

CORRECT ANSWER
(Impartial, Impure, Impact) (Influence, Infer, Impatient)
EDDIE SAYS
Again, use a dictionary to help you if any of these are new words - a useful tool for all word detectives!
Be careful as they all look quite similar due to their prefixes, don't they!
If someone or something has an impact on you, think about what that means - you might change the way you behave in some way because this impact influences you.
  • Question 4

Ready for another?

 

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.

 

(Fade  Flimsy  Light)    (Warm  Fluent  Wane)  

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember to type the words in the same order in which they appeared in the question? Your most likely mistake here would be to go for light and warm, as they are sometimes words that we put together through association, but when you really think about it, do they actually mean the same thing?
Here, you want fade and wane - have you ever learned about a waning moon? It's what we call the moon after a full moon when it appears to be fading.
  • Question 5

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.

 

(Referral  Refrigerate  Refrain)    (Chill  Chase  Choke)  

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember to type the words in the same order in which they appeared in the question? Some tricky words here but your detective skills can come to the rescue! Think about what a fridge is used for - it's to keep food cold! Its full name is a refrigerator and this should lead you to our synonym pair, as refrigerate means to chill something.
  • 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.

 

(Detail  Thoroughly  Carefully)   

(Thoughtlessly  Carelessly  Feature)  

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember to type the words in the same order in which they appeared in the question? Be careful because there are some synonym pairs in the same brackets, so you need to dodge them and make sure you look for one from each bracket!
Detail has two meanings - if you do something in detail, it can mean you're very careful and thorough in the way you do something, but it can also refer to a specific characteristic of something. And this is when we could call it a feature.
  • Question 7

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Collapse
Keel over
EDDIE SAYS
The word over comes up over and over as a suffix in this question, or as the second word in a phrase, but don't let this lead you into choosing two of these words!
Actually, it is collapse that we need to match with keel over. If something collapses very suddenly, we would use this phrase.
  • Question 8

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Conference
Discussion
EDDIE SAYS
There are some antonyms here (confiscate and return; convert and maintain ) so look up the definitions of those words if you're not sure about them!
You would normally hear the word conference when a group of people are meeting to talk about something important - so what are they doing? They are having a discussion.
  • Question 9

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

CORRECT ANSWER
(Divide, Device, Devious) (Magnify, Multiply, Machine)
EDDIE SAYS
Watch out for the antonyms trying to catch you out here - don't just go for divide and multiply because they are both maths words!!
You might have some electronic devices at home like tablets, phones and laptops - put simply, these are all machines aren't they? A device is something made to complete a task, which is exactly what machines also do.
  • Question 10

The last question - phew!

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Coax
Tempt
EDDIE SAYS
Coax and hoax look similar don't they - it's unusual to have a word ending in -oax, but they do have very different meanings. Hoax means a trick, so don't let these trick you!
The one you want is coax. Have you ever tried to coax a pet to come to play with you with a treat? Really you are tempting them over. This should give you your synonym pair!
Great word detecting!
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