Synonyms can be defined as
Words that have similar meanings
It means that a synonym is a word or phrase that means exactly or nearly the same as another word or phrase in the same language, we use these words with the similar meanings as an alternate of actual words commonly in our speeches and in writings provided that these words can be used interchangeably, but the meaning of the message remains the same.
Almost all major competitive exams or aptitude tests in English includes some questions or section dedicated to this topic.
- The long baseball game lasted over four hours
- The lengthy baseball game lasted over four hours.
Which word was changed in the second sentence? ‘Lengthy’ replaced the word ‘long.’ But did the meaning of the sentence change? No, it did not, because ‘long’ and ‘lengthy’ have similar meanings. These are very useful as they can show different variations of the same word which can be use in place for an actual word.To demonstrate it let’s put focus on at the word ‘good.’ We all know the meaning of ‘good.’ It is one of the first understandings you come to as a child, and you learn quickly what it means to be a good kid. Generally speaking, ‘good’ can be defined as something correct or pleasant and enjoyable. There are numerous words for good with the similar meanings for example: okay, well, fine, great, excellent, magnificent and wonderful. All these words are describing a positive event or experience, but the variations can show a clearer understanding. For example, an ‘okay day’ is not as good as an ‘excellent day.’ But a ‘wonderful day’ is just about the same as a ‘magnificent day.’ The correct selection of the word from multiple words with the same meanings can give the audience or reader a better understanding of the speaker’s exact intentions