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n. Abbr. syn.
1. A word having the same or nearly the same meaning as another word
or other words in a language.
The American Heritage Dictionary, Third Edition
On the reverse side of this sheet, I have placed 21
sentences. Circle the number of the one I’ve assigned you.
In addition to a dictionary, for this assignment you will need to use a
thesaurus. A thesaurus is a reference book that lists words with the same
meaning as selected words, but with different spellings and pronunciations. To
use it, you look up the word for which you want a synonym, identify the meaning
and part of speech you are trying to match, then review the listed synonyms. For
those who need it, the Merriam-Webster Thesaurus is available online at http://www.m-w.com.
Prepare your work on a separate sheet of paper headed with your
name, the class name, the due date and the assignment name. Proofread your
work for legibility, clarity, conciseness, spelling, punctuation, capitalization
- Write out the name of the dictionary you are using.
- Write out the name of the thesaurus you are using.
- Write out your assigned sentence. If you do not use a word processor to
prepare your homework, double underline the bolded word.
- Write out the dictionary sense (meaning) which defines the bolded
word in your sentence. Include its number.
- What part of speech (noun, verb, adjective, or adverb) does the bolded
word play in your sentence?
- List the synonyms you found for your bolded word in the thesaurus
- Rewrite your sentence replacing the bolded word with the most
- Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Thesaurus
- He struggled mightily to overcome his poor upbringing.
- 1 : to get the better of : SURMOUNT <overcome difficulties>
- conquer, down, hurdle, lick, master, surmount, throw
- He struggled mightily to conquer his poor upbringing.
the number of your assigned sentence.
- Her room looked as if it had been hit by a tornado.
- He gave his teacher a surly look.
- The Statue of Liberty promises hope to all.
- As he slunk away, she called him a spineless jellyfish.
- Calm down, he cried as she nearly exploded with rage.
- Give me a clean towel, he begged.
- My empty mouth watered as I looked at the chocolate cake.
- Write neatly and don’t dawdle, his teacher said.
- Cough syrup always made him sick.
- Don’t forget to do your assignment this weekend, his friend
- Watching TV always left him feeling tired.
- The gray cloud looked ominous as it blew across the sky.
- With a clear road ahead and the wind at his back, he flew like a
- Without a telephone, I’d go crazy.
- Eating spinach will improve your health.
- Breathing a sigh, she took her diploma with the knowledge she’d flourish.
- At the end of the race, she let out a loud cry.
- Hold on, I’ll finish in a moment.
- Beautiful music filled the air.
- The fighter took the powerful punch without flinching.
- The lecturer left me staring in awe.
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