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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:  

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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?

vital        significant        special

 

They all mean the same thing…important!

queen on throne

 

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 important: major, crucial and prominent

 

 

Which of the following are synonyms for apprehensive?

appalled        nervous        critical        anxious        concerned  

 

Nervous, anxious and concerned are all synonyms for apprehensive, 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:

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.

(repeat, rehearse, recite)    (theatrical, dramatic, practise)

 

The answers are rehearse and practise, as they both mean that you are going through something in preparation.

girl playing piano

 

Try this one:

(obscure, legible, idealistic)    (contorted, indistinct, constricted)

 

The answers are obscure and indistinct as they both mean something is unclear.

 

 

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!

Are you ready to start the final synonym challenge, word detective?

 

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

(Content, Converse, Condense) (Identical, Abridge, Concise)

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

(Avid, Avoid, Acrid) (Fever, Fervent, Ferocious)

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

(Mediocre, Defect, Flaunt) (Flaw, Flawless, Devoid)

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.

 

(Review  Impartial  Assess)    (Unreliable  Biased  Unbiased)  

(Mediocre, Defect, Flaunt) (Flaw, Flawless, Devoid)

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.

 

(Constrained  Flippant  Candid)    (Frank  Condoning  Covert)  

(Mediocre, Defect, Flaunt) (Flaw, Flawless, Devoid)

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.

 

(Forgettable  Exceptional  Distinguished)

(Improbable  Unobtainable  Unnoticeable)  

(Mediocre, Defect, Flaunt) (Flaw, Flawless, Devoid)

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

Obstruction

Fragment

Mass

Bare

Copious

Remnant

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

Refrain

Redeem

Overcome

Address

Exchange

Replicate

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

(Defer, Collaborate, Isolate) (Unite, Erase, Delegate)

Well done, word detective - you have reached the final question on synonyms in this activity!

 

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

Pitying

Calibre

Callous

Pitiless

Pitiful

Luckless

  • Question 1

Are you ready to start the final synonym challenge, word detective?

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
(Content, Converse, Condense) (Identical, Abridge, Concise)
EDDIE SAYS
Be careful with concise here - it means brief, which is very close to the meaning of the synonym pair we're looking for, but it is an adjective rather than a verb.
The correct answer is condense and abridge because they both mean to reduce something, or to shorten it, whereas something concise is already short.
An abridged version of a book or film is a shortened version - it's been condensed.
  • Question 2

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

CORRECT ANSWER
(Avid, Avoid, Acrid) (Fever, Fervent, Ferocious)
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get this one? Are you an avid fan of anything? This would be something you're really keen about. When you have a strong passion like this about something, we can also say you are fervent about it!
  • Question 3

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

CORRECT ANSWER
(Mediocre, Defect, Flaunt) (Flaw, Flawless, Devoid)
EDDIE SAYS
Something that is not perfect can be described as having a defect or flaw.
Be careful with mediocre here. It means something that is average, so you might think of it as not perfect, but our synonym pair actually refers to the fault so they are more specific.
  • 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.

 

(Review  Impartial  Assess)    (Unreliable  Biased  Unbiased)  

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember to type the words in the same order in which they appeared in the question?
Some hard words here, word detective and don't get tricked into choosing two words from the same bracket (e.g. review and assess!)
If you were left trying to choose between biased and unbiased as your answer, use the prefixes to help you! Im- and un- both suggest that we're looking for two words that mean 'not' something. So they both mean that someone is not favouring one side more than the other!
  • 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.

 

(Constrained  Flippant  Candid)    (Frank  Condoning  Covert)  

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember to type the words in the same order in which they appeared in the question? People can be candid when explaining something - and sometimes they might apologise for being candid because they worry they are being too honest, which could upset someone! So, you are looking for another word for being honest here, which is being frank with someone.
Covert is an antonym - it means you're being secretive and covering up what you're doing!
  • 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.

 

(Forgettable  Exceptional  Distinguished)

(Improbable  Unobtainable  Unnoticeable)  

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember to type the words in the same order in which they appeared in the question? The prefixes in the second brackets suggest we might be looking for a negative word here - so it doesn't seem to make sense to use exceptional or distinguished, because they are very positive!
Something that is forgettable is something you could easily not notice because it holds little importance - it could be unnoticeable.
  • Question 7

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Fragment
Remnant
EDDIE SAYS
We need the two words that mean 'a small piece here', as the others all refer to something large in size, or in the case of bare, nothing at all!
This leaves us with fragment and remnant - these are both small pieces that have been broken off something else.
  • Question 8

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Redeem
Exchange
EDDIE SAYS
The word redeem is most commonly seen on vouchers and coupons. So what does it mean if you redeem the voucher? You definitely aren't allowed to replicate it, and if you refrain from using it you would never use it!
You take it to the shop and swap it for something that you want - so you can say you exchange it.
  • Question 9

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

CORRECT ANSWER
(Defer, Collaborate, Isolate) (Unite, Erase, Delegate)
EDDIE SAYS
A collaborative task is one where you would work with others - you have to join with others and unite to complete it, making this our synonym pair here.
  • Question 10

Well done, word detective - you have reached the final question on synonyms in this activity!

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Callous
Pitiless
EDDIE SAYS
This last one is trying to catch you out with some very similar words, so be careful! There are some antonym pairs here to watch out for - pitying and pitiless - but be careful of pitiful. It sounds like it should mean full of pity but actually it refers to something that is really bad (which I suppose might make you feel pity!).
Someone who is pitiless is cruel and another word for this is callous.
Great work - you've really cracked those synonyms now, word detective!
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