What Are Synonyms? (with Examples)

A synonym is a word or phrase that can be substituted for another word or phrase in a particular context. For example, happy is a synonym of glad. We can say that happy and glad are synonymous.

Examples of Synonyms

Here are some more examples of synonyms (shaded):

Context Is Important When Considering Synonyms

Words which are synonyms in one context might not be synonyms in another. For example:

Synonyms Can Be Any Part of Speech

Synonyms can be any part of speech. For example:

Adjectives Adverbs Conjunctions Interjections Nouns Prepositions Pronouns Verbs

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What are antonyms? What are the parts of speech? Glossary of grammatical terms