Vocabulary- Some Synonyms (Part – 1)


Ability   capacity, faculty, talent, skill, competence, aptitude

Abolish exterminate, extinguish, extirpate, eradicate, obliterate

Abstinence self-denial, temperance, sobriety, continence

Abstracted absorbed, distraught, absent-minded

Abuse misuse, mistreat, ill-treat, maltreat

Accidental fortuitous, contingent, incidental, adventitious

Accompany conduct, escort, chaperone

Acknowledge admit, own, avow, confess, concede

Active energetic, dynamic, vigorous, lively

Adapt accommodate, adjust, conform, fit, reconcile

Admonish reprove, rebuke, reprimand, reproach

Adulterate debase, doctor, load, sophisticate

Advance forward, foster, further, promote [RETARD]

Advantage edge, handicap, odds

Adventurous   adventuresome, audacious, daredevil, daring, venturesome

Advice (n) counsel, recommendation

Advise (v) counsel, recommend

Affair   business, concern, lookout

Affect   influence, impress, touch, move, strike

Affectation pose, air, mannerism

Afflict agonize, excruciate, rack, torment, torture

Afraid   apprehensive, fearful [UNAFRAID]

Ageless   eternal, timeless

Agitate   churn, convulse, rock, shake

Agree   conform, harmonize, accord, correspond, coincide [DISAGREE]

Aim (v)   direct, level, point, train

Airy   diaphanous, ethereal, filmy, gauzy, gossamer, sheer, transparent, vaporous

Alarm   alert, tocsin, warning

Allocate   appropriate, designate, earmark

Alone   lonely, lonesome, solitary

Also   too, likewise, besides, moreover, furthermore

Amateur dabbler, dilettante, tyro [PROFESSIONAL]

Ambiguous equivocal, obscure, recondite, abstruse, vague, cryptic, enigmatic

Ambush          ambuscade, bushwhack, waylay

Amenity         comfort, convenience, facility

Amiable         affable, good-natured, obliging, agreeable, pleasant

Amiss             afield, astray, awry, wrong

Amuse                        entertain, divert, regale

Analyze          anatomize, dissect, resolve

Ancestor        forebear, forefather, progenitor [DESCENDANT]

Anger             rage, fury, ire, wrath, resentment, indignation

Angry             furious, indignant, irate, ireful, mad, wrathful

Announce      advertise, broadcast, declar, proclaim, promulgate, publish

Annoy             irritate, bother, irk, vex, provoke, aggravate, peeve, rile

Answer           respond, reply, retort

Anxiety          worry, care, concern, solicitude

Apology         apologetic, apologia, defense, justification

Apparent       clear, clear-cut, distinct, evident, manifest, obvious, patent, plain

Appear           emerge, issue, loom, materialize, show

Appendage    appurtenance, adjunct, accessory, attachment

Applaud         cheer, root

Appoint          designate, name, nominate, tap

Appreciate    value, prize, esteem, treasure, cherish

Apprehend    comprehend, understand, grasp

Apprehension   foreboding, presentiment, misgiving

Appropriate  arrogate, commandeer, confiscate, preempt, usurp

Approve         endorse, sanction, certify, accredit, ratify

Arbitrary       capricious, whimsical

Area                region, belt, zone, district, locality

Argue             quarrel, wrangle, squabble, bicker

Argument      dispute, controversy

Argumentative         combative, contentious, disputatious, quarrelsome, scrappy

Arrange         marshal, order, organize, sort, systematize [DISARRANGE]

Art                 craft, expertise, knack, know-how, technique

Artifice          trick, ruse, wile, feint, stratagem, maneuver, dodge

Artificial        synthetic, ersatz, simulated

Ask                question, inquire, query, interrogate, examine, quiz

Assent                        agree, accede, acquiesce, consent, concur, subscribe

Assert             asseverate, declar, affirm, aver, avow

Assign                        allot, apportion, allocate

Assistant        aide, coadjutant, helper, lieutenant, second

Attack                        bombard, assail, storm, assault, beset

Attribute       ascribe, impute, credit, assign, refer

Authentic      bona fide, genuine, real, true, undoubted, unquestionable

Authorize      accredit, commission, empower, license

Average         medium, mediocre, fair, middling, indifferent, tolerable

Aware             cognizant, conscious, sensible, awake, alert, watchful, vigilant

Awkward       clumsy, maladroit, inept, gauche, ungainly

Bad                 evil, wicked

Balance          equilibrium, equipoise, poise

Band               company, corps, party, troop, troupe

Banish                        exile, expatriate, deport, transport, extradite

Banter                        chaff, josh, kid, rag, razz, rib

Bargain          compact, contract, covenant, deal

Barrage          bombard, pepper, shower

Base                basis, foundation, ground, groundwork

Batter            maim, mangle, maul, mutilate

Be                    breathe, exist, live, subsist

Bear                endure, stand, abide, suffer, tolerate

Bearing          manner, demeanor, mien, presence

Beautiful        lovely, pretty, handsome, comely, fair

Beg                 crave, beseech, implore, entreat, importune

Begin              commence, start, initiate, inaugurate

Beginning      birth, dawn, genesis, nascence, rise, commencement

Behavior        conduct, deportment, demeanor

Belief              credence, credit, faith

Belligerent    bellicose, pugnacious, contentious, quarrelsome

Bend               crook, curve, round

Beneficial      profitable, advantageous

Benefit           capitalize, profit

Benevolent    charitable, ellemosynary, philanthropic

Besiege          beleaguer, blockade, invest, siege

Bet                  ante, pot, stake, wager

Bias                 color, jaundice, prejudice, warp

Binge              fling, jag, orgy, spree

Bite                 champ, gnaw

Bitter              acerbic, acrid

Blackball       blacklist, boycott, ostracize [ADMIT]

Blackout        faint, swoon, syncope

Blame            fault, guilt

Blameworthy            blamable, blameful, censurable, culpable, guilty, reprehensible

Blast               blight, dash, nip, wreck

Blaze               flame, flare, flash, glare, incandescence, glow

Blemish          imperfection, fault, defect, flaw

Blink               nictitate, twinkle, wink

Block              hide, obscure, obstruct, screen, shroud

Bloody            gory, sanguinary, sanguineous

Bloom             blossom, efflorescence, florescence, flower, flush, prime

Blunder          bumble, flounder, lumber, lurch, stumble

Boast              brag, crow, vaunt

Bodily             corporal, corporeal, fleshly, physical, somatic

Body               corpse, carcass, cadaver

Boil     simmer, seethe, stew

Bombast         rant, fustian, claptrap, rodomontade

Bonus             bounty, subsidy, premium, prize, reward, gratuity

Book               bespeak, engage, reserve

Boor               barbarian, churl, lout, vulgarian, yahoo

Border            margin, edge, verge, brink, rim, brim

Boredom        ennui, tedium [AMUSEMENT]

Boring                        monotonous, tedious, irksome, tiresome, handrum

Botch              blow, bungle, fumble, muff

Boundary       border, frontier, limit

Bouquet         nosegay, posy

Branch           arm, fork, offshoot

Brave              courageous, fearless, intrepid, bold, audacious, valiant, valorous, doughty, mettlesome, plucky, dauntless, undaunted, feisty, indomitable

Brawl             broil, donnybrook, fracas, fray, free-for-all, melee, row, ruction

Breach            infraction, violation, transgression, trespass, infringement

Break              crack, fracture, burst, split, splinter, shatter, shiver, smash

Breeze                        cinch, pushover, snap, walkaway, walkover

Bright             brilliant, radiant, lustrous, lambent, lunimous, incandescent, effulgent

Broach           introduce, moot, raise

Broad-minded           broad, liberal, open-minded, tolerant

Brood             dwell, fret, mope, stew, worry

Brush              flick, glance, graze, shave, skim

Brute  animal, brutish, brutal, beastly, bestial

Building         structure, edifice, pile

Bulge              balloon, belly, jut, overhang, project, protrude

Bulwark         barricade, breastwork, earthwork, rampart, bation, parapet

Burden           affliction, cross, trial, tribulation

Burdensome  onerous, oppressive, arduous, demanding, rigorous, exacting

Burn               scorch, singe, sear, char, parch

Business         industry, commerce, trade, traffic

Busy                industrious, diligent, assiduous, sedulous

Cadge beg, bum, mooch, panhandle
Calculate compute, reckon, cipher, figure
Call convene, convoke, muster, summon
Calm tranquil, placid, serene, halcyon, peaceful
Campaign crusade, drive, push
Caprice whim, whimsy, vagary, freak
Care charge, custody, keeping, supervision, trust
Careful heedful, mindful, observant, watchful
Careless heedless, thoughtless, inadvertent
Caress cuddle, fondle, pet
Caricature burlesque, parody, travesty, satire, lampoon
Casuistry fallacy, sophistry, spuriousness, speciousness, sophism
Catalyst ferment, leaven, leavening, yeast
Catch enmesh, ensnare, entangle, entrap, snare, tangle, trap
Cause reason, occasions, antecedent
Celebrity hero, luminary, name, notable, personage
Center focus, headquarters, heart, hub, seat
Certain inescapable, inevitable, sure, unavoidable
Certainty certitude, assurance, conviction
Chafe abrade, excoriate, fret, gall
Chance random, casual, haphazard, desultory
Charge freight, imbue, impregnate, permeate, pervade, saturate, suffuse
Charm beguile, bewitch, captivate, enchant, entrance, fascinate
Choice altenative, option, preference, selection, election
Choose select, elect, pick
Chronic confirmed, habitual, inveterate
Circle coterie, set, clique
Circumference circuit, compass, perimeter, periphery
Citizen national, subject
Claim pretense, pretension, title
Clean antiseptic, cleanly, immaculate, spotless
Clear limpid, lucid, pellucid, transparent
Clever ingenious, shrewd
Cliché bromide, commonplace, platitude, truism
Close immediate, near, nearby, nigh, proximate
Clothe cloak, drape, mantle, robe
Coagulate clot, congeal, curdle, jell, jelly, set
Coarse gross, indelicate, vulgar, obscene, ribald
Cold artic, chilly, cool, frigid, frosty, gelid, glacial, icy
Collision concussion, crash, impact, jar, jolt, shock
Comfort console, solace
Comfortable cozy, snug, restful
Comment observation, remark
Commit consign, entrust, confide, relegate
Complex complicated, intricate, involved, tangled, knotty
Conceit amour-propre, egoism, egotism, narcissism, vanity [HUMILITY]
Condemn damn, doom, sentence
Confer consult, parley, treat
Confidence assurance, aplomb, self-confidence, self-possession
Confirm corroborate, substantiate, authenticate, validate, verify
Conflict contest, combat, fight, affray
Confuse addle, befuddle, discombobulate, fuddle, muddle, throw
Conjecture surmise, guess, speculate, infer
Consider deem, regard, account, reckon
Conspiracy plot, machination, collusion, intrigue, cabal
Contain hold, accommodate
Contaminate befoul, foul, poison, pollute, taint
Contemporary contemporaneous, simultaneous, synchronous, concurrent, coincident, concomitant
Continual continuous, constant, ceaseless, incessant, perpetual, eternal, perennial, interminable
Contract condense, compress, constrict, shrink
Contrary balky, perverse, wayward, ornery
Convert metamorphose, transfigure, transform, transmogrify, transmute
Cool composed, collected, unruffled, nonchalant, impertubable, detached
Correct rectify, remedy, redress, reform, revise, amend
Corrupt debase, debauch, deprave, pervert, vitiate
Count import, matter, signify, weigh
Couple pair, brace, yoke
Crisis crossroad, exigency, head, juncture, pass
Critical captious, censorious, faultfinding [UNCRITICAL]
Criticize blame, reprehend, censure, condemn, denounce
Crowd crush, flock, horde, mob, press, throng
Crude native, raw
Cruel fierce, ferocious, barbarous, inhuman, savage, vicious
Crush mash, pulp, smash, squash
Cry weep, wail, keen, whimper, sob, blubber
Cure heal, remedy
Curious inquisitive, snoopy, nosy

dark                dim, murky, dusky, obscure, opaque, shady, shadowy

daze                bemuse, benumb, stun, stupefy

dead                deceased, departed, extinct, lifeless, inanimate

decay              rot, putrefy, spoil, crumble, molder, disintegrate, decompose

deceive          betray, mislead, beguile, delude, dupe, hoodwink, bamboozle, double-cross

decide                        determine, settle, rule, conclude, resolve

decision         conclusion, determination

decisive          conclusive, crucial, definitive, determinative

decrease        lessen, reduce, dwindle, abate, diminish, subside

decry              disparage, depreciate, derogate, belittle, minimize, downgrade

deep                abysmal, profound [SHALLOW]

defeat            conquer, vanquish, beat, rout, subdue, subjugate, overcome

defend                        protect, guard, preserve, shield, safeguard

defer               postpone, shelve, stay, suspend

defy                 beard, brave, challenge, dare, face, front

degrade          abase, debase, demean, humble, humiliate

delay               slow, retard, detain

delicate          choice, dainty, elegant, exquisite, fine

delicious        ambrosial, delectable, luscious, scrumptious, toothsome, yummy

demand          claim, exact, require

demote           break, bust, degrade, downgrade, reduce

deny                contradict, contravene, disaffirm, gainsay, negate, negative, traverse

dependent     conditional, contingent, relative, subject

deplete           drain, exhaust, impoverish, enervate

depressed      blue, dejected, dispirited, downcast, downhearted

describe         narrate, recite, recount, rehearse, relate, report

desire             covet, crave, want, wish

despair           hopelessness, desperation, despondency, discouragement

despise           contemn, disdain, scorn, scout

despondent   despairing, forlorn, hopeless [HOPEFUL]

detailed          circumstantial, minute, particular

developmentevolution, progress

deviation       aberration, divergence

devote                        dedicate, consecrate, pledge

dexterous      deft, adroit, handy, nimble

dialect                        vernacular, jargon, cant, argot, lingo, patois

dictate            decree, impose, ordain, prescribe

dictatorial     authoritarian, dogmatic, doctrinaire, imperious, overbearing

diction           wording, vocabulary, phraseology, phrasing

differ              disagree, vary

difference      dissimilarity, unlikeness, divergence, variation, distinction, discrepancy

difficulty        hardship, rigor, vicissitude

dip                  douse, duck, drunk, immerse, souse, submerge

dirty               filthy, foul, nasty, squalid, grimy

disadvantagedetriment, drawback, handicap [ADVANTAGE]

disappear       evanesce, evaporate, fade, vanish

disaster          calamity, catastrophe, cataclysm

discord           strife, contention, dissention, conflict, clash, variance

discourage    dishearten, dispirit [ENCOURAGE]

discover         ascertain, determine, learn

discuss           argue, debate, dispute, contend

disgrace         dishonor, shame, infamy, ignomity, odium, obloquy, opprobrium, disrepute, discredit

disguise         camouflage, cloak, dissemble, dissimulate, mask

disgust           nauseate, repel, revolt, sicken

dishonest       lying, untruthful, deceitful, mendacious

dismay            appall, daunt, horrify, shake

dismiss           boot, bounce, can, cashier, discharge, drop, fire, sack

display           array, panoply, parade, pomp

disposition    temperament, character, personality, nature

dissuade         deter, discourage [PERSUADE]

distant            far, far-off, faraway, remote, removed

distinct          discrete, separate, several

distort                        twist, deform, contort, warp

distribute      divide, dispense, dole, deal, ration

doctrine         dogma, tenet

dominant       predominant, preponderant, paramount, preeminent

doubtful         dubious, questionable

dramatic        histrionic, melodramatic, stagy, theatrical

dry                  dehydrate, desiccate, parch [MOISTEN]

dull                 colorless, drab, humdrum, lackluster, pedestrian, stodgy, uninspired

dumb             inarticulate, mute, speechless