176 Synonym Pairs You Must Know

Many words in English convey similar meanings. These are called synonyms, and memorizing synonym pairs is a great exercise to expand your English vocabulary. We've compiled the following list of 176 common synonym pairs below.

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abandon - desert
above - over
all - every
artificial - fake
ask - inquire
awesome - impressive
awful - terrible
bad - wicked
beautiful - attractive
big - large
blast - explosion
boring - uninteresting
brave - courageous
bring - carry
broad - wide
cabin - shack
car - vehicle
cash - money
cat - kitten
center - middle
chair - seat
cheap - inexpensive
children - kids
choose - pick
circular - round
cold - freezing
come - arrive
commotion - disturbance
container - bucket
cool - chilly
couch - sofa
cozy - snug
crash - collide
cry - weep
cut - clip
cute - charming
dangerous - risky
dark - gloomy
delicate - fragile
delicious - scrumptious
different - unlike
disturbed - distressed
draw - illustrate
drive - steer
eatable - edible
end - finish
enemy - foe
enjoy - like
enjoyable - fun
error - mistake
evidence - proof
expensive - costly
extra - spare
false - untrue
fast - quick
fat - thick
fertile - fruitful
fight - battle
filthy - dirty
fire - flame
firmly - tightly
fix - repair
flexible - pliant
fortunate - lucky
freedom - liberty
friend - buddy
froth - foam
funny - humorous
get - receive
give - provide
glad - happy
good - excellent
guardian - protector
hard - difficult
harm - hurt
help - assist
hero - champion
hi - hello
high - tall
hill - mountain
hope - wish
huge - enormous
hurry - rush
identical - same
incorrect - wrong
iron - metal
jacket - coat
jet - plane
junk - garbage
late - tardy
laugh - giggle
lazy - indolent
lead - guide
leftover - waste
lid - cover
little - small
loud - noisy
love - passion
loving - fond
loyal - faithful
mad - angry
near - close
need - require
nervous - anxious
new - modern
nice - pleasant
obstinate - stubborn
old - ancient
oral - verbal
orderly - neat
overwhelming - astonishing
paste - glue
peculiar - odd
permit - allow
persistent - firm
plate - dish
police - cops
polite - courteous
poor - needy
portent - presage
power - strength
pretty - lovely
prison - jail
purchase - buy
quiet - silent
rabbit - bunny
rare - scarce
ready - alert
real - genuine
rich - wealthy
rigid - stiff
robber - thief
rude - impolite
sad - unhappy
safe - secure
said - declared
save - keep
scared - frightened
scary - eerie
scream - yell
sea - ocean
selfish - greedy
ship - boat
shove - push
sick - ill
skinny - thin
sleep - nap
sleepy - drowsy
slim - slender
smart - intelligent
smell - odor
smile - grin
song - tune
start - begin
status - condition
strong - sound
sugary - sweet
talk - speak
tame - calm
taxi - cab
teach - tutor
terraqueous - amphibian
throw - toss
transparent - clear
under - beneath
untame - wild
usual - normal
vacant - empty
warm - hot
warrior - fighter
watch - look
weak - feeble
well known - famous
wet - damp
woman - lady
wonderful - amazing

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