Words of Similar Meaning

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In today’s English class, we will be learning about Words of Similar Meaning

Words of Similar Meaning

When we talk about words of similar meaning, we are talking about synonyms. Can you remember our song?

Antonyms are words that mean the opposite..

Synonyms are words that mean the same…

Let’s define a synonym

A synonym is a word that has the same meaning as another word (or nearly the same meaning). For example, beautiful and attractive are synonyms of each other because they both refer to someone or something that looks good. 

Synonyms are a common part of every language, but they are especially useful when writing, whether you are writing a story or writing a work email. 

There are three different types of synonyms, based on how similar the words’ meanings are. 

Let’s take them one after the other

Absolute Synonyms

Absolute synonyms are words that mean exactly the same thing; there is no difference in meaning. You can use absolute synonyms interchangeably; one synonym can replace another without changing the message. 


identical — indistinguishable.  words of similar meaning


drink — beverage  beverage

insect — bug bugs

Partial Synonyms

Partial synonyms are words that mean almost the same thing, and the differences are only slight. What separates them can be a degree or amount, such as the difference between good and excellent, or one word can be a specific type of a more general word—the way a puppy is still a dog. 


If you replace a word with its partial synonym, the meaning changes a little, but the main message remains the same. 

car — vehicle

run — sprint

big — gigantic

Near Synonyms

Near synonyms are words that have different meanings, but their meanings are still related. These words cannot be used interchangeably; if you replace a word with a near synonym, the message becomes different. However, because they are related, a near synonym could be a better and more accurate word choice than the original. 

river — creek creek

hairy — furry furry


What do you understand by Words of Similar Meaning?

Reading Assignment

What is the difference between a Synonym and an Antonym?

Weekend Assignment

List the types of Synonyms we have and give two examples each. 


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