Sample English Synonyms important for Entrance Exam

Word                          Synonym


About                          approximately

Abstract                      summary

to accomplish             to achieve

to accumulate                        to build up

to administer             to manage

to admit                      to confess

almost                         nearly

animated                    lively

to annoy                     to irritate, to bother

to answer                   to reply

anyway                       besides

apparent                    obvious

to appear                   to seem

applicable                  relevant

appreciable                considerable

ardour                                    passion

arise                            occur

aromatic                     fragrant

to arrive                     to reach

artful                          crafty

association                 organization

to assure                    to guarantee

attractive                    appealing

away                           absent

awful                          terrible


backbone                   spine

backside                     behind, bottom

bad (not good)          poor, naughty

ballot                          poll

to bear on sth.           to affect

becoming                   fitting

to begin                      to start

to behave                   to act

believable                  plausible

belly                            stomach

bendy                         flexible

beneficiant                 generous

beneficial                   favourable

bid                              tender

bizarre                        weird

blameless                   innocent

bloodbath                  massacre

bloodless                    cold

branch                        department

brave                          courageous

to bring sth. back      to reintroduce

to bring sth. on          to cause

to bring sb. up           to raise

brow                           forehead

bum                            backside, behind, bottom

business                     commerce, trade

busy (telephone)      engaged


candy                          sweet

charter                       constitution

cheesy                                    corny, tacky

chiefly                         mainly

choosy                                    picky

to chop                       to cut

chorus                                    refrain

citation                       quotation

to cite                          to quote

class                            lesson, course

clerk                            receptionist

clever                          intelligent

to close                       to shut

coiffure                       hairstyle

to collapse                  to break down

to collect                     to gather

comfort                       consolation

comic                          comedian

commencement         graduation

complete                    total

completely                 totally

concord                      harmony

to condemn                to sentence

confederate               accomplice

to confine                   to restrict

conflict                        clash

to conform                 to comply

to confuse                  to mix up

to connect                  to associate, to put through (telephone)

considerate                thoughtful

constancy                   fidelity

constant                     fixed

constitution                structure

construction (lit.)      interpretation

to consult                   to refer to

contemporary            modern

continuous                 continual

contrary                     opposite

convention                 conference

to convey                    to communicate

to cope                        to manage

correct                        right

couch                          sofa

crook                           criminal

crusade                      campaign

cube                            dice

curative                      healing

curler                          roller

cussed                                    stubborn


dash                            sprint

daybreak                    dawn

deceptive                   misleading

decontrol                    deregulate

dedicated                   committed

to deduce                   to infer

defective                    faulty

deliberate                  planned

deliberately               intentionally

delicate                       fragile

to demonstrate          to protest

denims                       jeans

to denote                    to indicate, to represent

to deprave                 to corrupt

depraved                   wicked, evil

to desert                     to abandon

deserted                     abandoned

destiny                       fate

detached                    indifferent

devil                            satan

dicy                             risky

to differentiate          to distinguish

to diminish                 to decrease

disadvantaged           deprived

disagreeable              unpleasant

to disappear              to vanish

disaster                      catastrophe

to disclaim                  to deny

to disclose                  to reveal

discount                     reduction

disgrace                      shame

domesticate               cultivate

dossier                        file

dubious                      doubtful

dull (person)             stupid


eager                          keen

earth                           soil

economic                    profitable

egocentric                  selfish

to elevate                   to raise, to promote

to encounter              to come across

enormous                   huge, immense

to enquire                  to investigate

equity                         fairness

especially                   particularly

essential                     fundamental

to establish                to set up

to evaluate                 to assess

everlasting                 eternal

exactly                        precisely

except                         apart from

to expire                     to run out

to explode                  to blow up

extra                           additional


to fabricate                to manufacture

famous                       famed, renowned

fanatic                                    enthusiast

fantastic                     great, brilliant

to float                        to drift

fool                              idiot

foolish                         silly

forehead                    brow

to foretell                   to predict

formerly                     previously

fortunate                    lucky

foxy                             cunning

foyer                           lobby

fragrance                   perfume

French dressing        vinaigrette

to function                 to operate


garbage                      rubbish

gay                              homosexual

to glitter                     to sparkle

to grab                        to seize

grasping                     greedy

gratis                          free of charge

gratuity                      tip

gravestone                 headstone

to grouse                    to grumble

gut                              intestine


hall                              corridor

to hand sth. out         to distribute

handsome                  good-looking

hang-out                    haunt

happily                       fortunately

hard                            tough

hashish                       cannabis

to hawk                      to peddle

to hazard                    to endanger

hearsay                      rumour

hermetic                     airtight

highbrow                   intellectual

hint                             trace, tip

hole                             gap

home                          domestic

homicide                    murder

housebreaking          burglary

hunger                       starvation

to hurry                      to rush

hypothesis                 speculation


idler                            loafer

if                                  whether

to ignore                     to disregard

illiberal                       intolerant

to illuminate              to clarify; to light up

to illustrate                to demonstrate

to imagine                  to suppose, to assume

to imitate                    to mimic

immediate                  instant

immobile                    motionless

immoderate               excessive

immodest                   conceited

to impact                    to affect

impartial                    neutral

impasse                      deadlock

impassive                   emotionless

to impeach                 to question

impediment               obstacle

imperative                 vital

impolite                      rude

incidentally                by the way

inconsiderate             thoughtless

indisputable              indeniable

infamous                    notorious

infantile                      childish

to infect                      to contaminate

inflexible                    rigid

inflow                         influx

informal                     casual

infrequent                 rare

inheritor                     heir

innocent                     harmless

insolvent                    bankrupt

to inspect                   to examine

instinct                       intuition

instructions                directions

insufferable               unbearable

insufficient                 inadequate

insupportable            intolerable

insurgent                   rebel

intellectual                 mental

to intend                    to mean

to intensify                 to heighten

interplay                    interaction

inventory                   stock

invoice                        bill

to ivolve                      to entail

isolated                       loney


jealous                        envious

joy                               delight


Knowingly                  deliberately


lacking                        missing

last                              final

leading                       main

to learn                       to memorize

legitimate                   valid, lega

lethal                          deadly

liveable                       habitable

livid                             furious

loopy                           crazy

lousy                           awful

lucid                            clear


Mackintosh                waterproof coat

madness                     insanity

magician                     conjuror

magistrate                  Justice of the Peace

to magnify                  to exaggerate

to maintain                to preserve

manmade                   artifical

mannequin                model

material                      fabric

matters                       things

maybe                                    perhaps, possibly

in the meantime        meanwhile

measure                     degree

meeting                      assembly

mendacity                  lying

merciless                    cruel

middleman                intermediary

midway                      halfway

to migrate                  emigrate

mild                            gentle

to mimic                     to imitate

mind                           intellect

mindless                     senseless

to minimize                to play down

to mirror                    to reflect

to misconceive           to misunderstand

miserable                   depressing

misery                                    distress

misread                      misinterpret

missing                       lost

mistrust                      distrust

mo (AE)                      moment

moderately                reasonably

modern                      contemporary

more and more         increasingly

moreover                   in addition

movie                          film

murderer                   assassin


naked                         bare

nameless                    anonymous

napkin                                    serviette

to narrate                   to relate

a narrative                 a story

a native                      a local

nightfall                      dusk

nobility                       the Aristocracy

to nominate               to appoint

non-stop                     continuous

noon                           midday

noted                          famous

to notify                      to inform

notwithstanding        however

nugatory                    worthless

numerous                  many


obdurate                    stubborn

object                          thing

obligatory                   compulsory

oblique                       indirect

omnipotent                all-powerful

obsolete                      out of date

off-season                  low season

to operate                  to function

organic                       biological

ornament                   decoration

outside                       external

to overhaul                to overtake

to overlook                 to miss

overseas                     abroad

to oversee                  to supervise


Painting                      portray

Paper                          money notes

particular                   specific

passable                     satisfactory

pattern                       sample

peaceable                   peaceful

perception                 insight

phantasm                   illusion

pocket book               notebook

poisonous                   toxic

possibility                   opportunity

post-mortem              autopsy

practically                  virtually

praise                         compliment

precedence                priority

precept                       principle

precis                          summary

pressing                     urgent

previous                     preceding

priority                       precedence

prompt                       immediate

prosperous                affluent

to provide                  to supply

provided                    if

to put sth. back          to postpone


to quake                     to tremble

quite                           fairly


reasonable                 fair

to receive                   to get

refrain                                    chorus

reliable                       dependable

religious                     devout

remainder                  the rest

remark                       comment

reminiscence             memory

remorse                      regret

remoted                     isolated

removable                  detachable

to renew                     to resume

to renounce               to give up

repute                                    reputation

to respond                 to reply

revolting                     disgusting

rubbish                      nonsense

rude                            impolite

to rue                          to regret


sacristy                       vestry

satisfied                      convinced

scarcity                       shortage

scrumptious               delicious

second                        moment

to select                      to choose

selection                     choice

self-assured               confident

signal                          sign

significant                  meaningful

silly                             foolish

sincere                        honest

skull                            cranium

soiled                          dirty

spotlight                     highlight

stable                          steady

steady                         regular

stupid                         silly

substantially              considerably

suggest                       propose

sundown                    sunset

sunrise                       dawn

sure                            certain

surroundings             environment

to survive                   to outlive

to symbolize               to represent


tailored                       tailor-made

temper                       mood

terror                          terrorism

testament                   testimony

today                          nowadays

torpid                         lethargic

touchdown                 landing

touchy                                    sensitive

to transform              to convert

transitority                 temporary

transparent               obvious

trustworthy               reliable

twister                        tornado

twosome                     pair


ultimate                      final

uncared for                neglected

uncommon                 unusual

uncooked                   raw

undeniable                indisputable

understandable        comprehensible

unforeseen                unexpected

unfortunate               unlucky

unhurt                                    unharmed

uninjured                   unhurt

unlawful                     illegal

unmarried                 single

unstated                     unspoken

untimely                     premature

untrue                                    unfaithful

unusual                      strange

unvoiced                    voiceless

uprising                      rebellion

usually                        generally,normally


vacancy                      emptiness

to vacuum                  to hoover

vague                          indistinct

vain                             useless

valueless                    worthless

to vanquish                to conquer

to vary                                    to differ

vast                             huge

virtue                          advantage

to visualize                 to imagine


warrantly                   guarantee

well mannered          polite

well timed                  timely

winery                        vineyard

to withstand              to resist


zenith                         peak

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