Most Commonly Used Synonyms for IELTS

Commonly Used Synonyms English Eduhyme

All students applying to international study in the IELTS or TOEFL need to display a certain level of spoken and written English during the application process.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the most demanded test accepted by all foreign universities to check the student’s abilities in using English language for academic purposes.

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A great way to improve your IELTS score is by improving your IELTS vocabulary. One of the easiest ways to do this is by using synonyms for common words. Synonyms are words that are similar or have a related meaning, to another word. They can be lifesavers when you want to avoid repeating the same word over and over.

Synonyms are of great help to get a good score in IELTS along with improving one’s general vocabulary score.

Bear in mind that some synonyms in the list below might not be “perfect” synonyms – there may be slight differences in meaning and connotation.

For example, the words Awful and Bad. Both of them mean “terrible or immoral” but the word bad also means being spoiled or harmful.

Below is a list of most commonly used synonyms for common words which can help a great deal in getting you a good IELTS score.

  1. Amazing – incredible, unbelievable, improbable, fabulous, wonderful, fantastic, astonishing, astounding, extraordinary
  2. Anger – enrage, infuriate, arouse, nettle, exasperate, inflame, madden
  3. Angry – mad, furious, enraged, excited, wrathful, indignant, exasperated, aroused, inflamed
  4. Answer – reply, respond, retort, acknowledge
  5. Ask – question, inquire of, seek information from, put a question to, demand, request, expect, inquire, query, interrogate, examine, quiz
  6. Awful – dreadful, terrible, abominable, bad, poor, unpleasant
  7. Bad – evil, immoral, wicked, corrupt, sinful, depraved, rotten, contaminated, spoiled, tainted, harmful, injurious, unfavorable, defective, inferior, imperfect, substandard, faulty, improper, inappropriate, unsuitable, disagreeable, unpleasant, cross, nasty, unfriendly, irascible, horrible, atrocious, outrageous, scandalous, infamous, wrong, noxious, sinister, putrid, snide, deplorable, dismal, gross, heinous, nefarious, base, obnoxious, detestable, despicable, contemptible, foul, rank, ghastly, execrable
  8. Beautiful – pretty, lovely, handsome, attractive, gorgeous, dazzling, splendid, magnificent, comely, fair, ravishing, graceful, elegant, fine, exquisite, aesthetic, pleasing, shapely, delicate, stunning, glorious, heavenly, resplendent, radiant, glowing, blooming, sparkling
  9. Begin – start, open, launch, initiate, commence, inaugurate, originate
  10. Big – enormous, huge, immense, gigantic, vast, colossal, gargantuan, large, sizable, grand, great, tall, substantial, mammoth, astronomical, ample, broad, expansive, spacious, stout, tremendous, titanic, mountainous
  11. Brave – courageous, fearless, dauntless, intrepid, plucky, daring, heroic, valorous, audacious, bold, gallant, valiant, doughty, mettlesome
  12. Break – fracture, rupture, shatter, smash, wreck, crash, demolish, atomize
  13. Bright – shining, shiny, gleaming, brilliant, sparkling, shimmering, radiant, vivid, colorful, lustrous, luminous, incandescent, intelligent, knowing, quick-witted, smart, intellectual
  14. Calm – quiet, peaceful, still, tranquil, mild, serene, smooth, composed, collected, unruffled, level-headed, unexcited, detached, aloof
  15. Come – approach, advance, near, arrive, reach
  16. Cool – chilly, cold, frosty, wintry, icy, frigid
  17. Crooked – bent, twisted, curved, hooked, zigzag
  18. Cry – shout, yell, yowl, scream, roar, bellow, weep, wail, sob, bawl
  19. Cut – gash, slash, prick, nick, sever, slice, carve, cleave, slit, chop, crop, lop, reduce
  20. Dangerous – perilous, hazardous, risky, uncertain, unsafe
  21. Dark – shadowy, unlit, murky, gloomy, dim, dusky, shaded, sunless, black, dismal, sad
  22. Decide – determine, settle, choose, resolve
  23. Definite – certain, sure, positive, determined, clear, distinct, obvious
  24. Delicious – savory, delectable, appetizing, luscious, scrumptious, palatable, delightful, enjoyable, toothsome, exquisite
  25. Describe – portray, characterize, picture, narrate, relate, recount, represent, report, record
  26. Destroy – ruin, demolish, raze, waste, kill, slay, end, extinguish
  27. Difference – disagreement, inequity, contrast, dissimilarity, incompatibility
  28. Do – execute, enact, carry out, finish, conclude, effect, accomplish, achieve, attain
  29. Dull – boring, tiring,, tiresome, uninteresting, slow, dumb, stupid, unimaginative, lifeless, dead, insensible, tedious, wearisome, listless, expressionless, plain, monotonous, humdrum, dreary
  30. Eager – keen, fervent, enthusiastic, involved, interested, alive to
  31. End – stop, finish, terminate, conclude, close, halt, cessation, discontinuance
  32. Enjoy – appreciate, delight in, be pleased, indulge in, luxuriate in, bask in, relish, devour, savor, like
  33. Explain – elaborate, clarify, define, interpret, justify, account for
  34. Fair – just, impartial, unbiased, objective, unprejudiced, honest
  35. Fall – drop, descend, plunge, topple, tumble
  36. False – fake, fraudulent, counterfeit, spurious, untrue, unfounded, erroneous, deceptive, groundless, fallacious
  37. Famous – well-known, renowned, celebrated, famed, eminent, illustrious, distinguished, noted, notorious
  38. Fast – quick, rapid, speedy, fleet, hasty, snappy, mercurial, swiftly, rapidly, quickly, snappily, speedily, lickety-split, posthaste, hastily, expeditiously, like a flash
  39. Fat – stout, corpulent, fleshy, beefy, paunchy, plump, full, rotund, tubby, pudgy, chubby, chunky, burly, bulky, elephantine
  40. Fear – fright, dread, terror, alarm, dismay, anxiety, scare, awe, horror, panic, apprehension
  41. Fly – soar, hover, flit, wing, flee, waft, glide, coast, skim, sail, cruise
  42. Funny – humorous, amusing, droll, comic, comical, laughable, silly
  43. Get – acquire, obtain, secure, procure, gain, fetch, find, score, accumulate, win, earn, rep, catch, net, bag, derive, collect, gather, glean, pick up, accept, come by, regain, salvage
  44. Go – recede, depart, fade, disappear, move, travel, proceed
  45. Good – excellent, fine, superior, wonderful, marvelous, qualified, suited, suitable, apt, proper, capable, generous, kindly, friendly, gracious, obliging, pleasant, agreeable, pleasurable, satisfactory, well-behaved, obedient, honorable, reliable, trustworthy, safe, favorable, profitable, advantageous, righteous, expedient, helpful, valid, genuine, ample, salubrious, estimable, beneficial, splendid, great, noble, worthy, first-rate, top-notch, grand, sterling, superb, respectable, edifying
  46. Great – noteworthy, worthy, distinguished, remarkable, grand, considerable, powerful, much, mighty
  47. Gross – improper, rude, coarse, indecent, crude, vulgar, outrageous, extreme, grievous, shameful, uncouth, obscene, low
  48. Happy – pleased, contented, satisfied, delighted, elated, joyful, cheerful, ecstatic, jubilant, gay, tickled, gratified, glad, blissful, overjoyed
  49. Hate – despise, loathe, detest, abhor, disfavor, dislike, disapprove, abominate
  50. Have – hold, possess, own, contain, acquire, gain, maintain, believe, bear, beget, occupy, absorb, fill, enjoy
  51. Help – aid, assist, support, encourage, back, wait on, attend, serve, relieve, succor, benefit, befriend, abet
  52. Hide – conceal, cover, mask, cloak, camouflage, screen, shroud, veil
  53. Hurry – rush, run, speed, race, hasten, urge, accelerate, bustle
  54. Hurt – damage, harm, injure, wound, distress, afflict, pain
  55. Idea – thought, concept, conception, notion, understanding, opinion, plan, view, belief
  56. Important – necessary, vital, critical, indispensable, valuable, essential, significant, primary, principal, considerable, famous, distinguished, notable, well-known
  57. Interesting – fascinating, engaging, sharp, keen, bright, intelligent, animated, spirited, attractive, inviting, intriguing, provocative, though-provoking, challenging, inspiring, involving, moving, titillating, tantalizing, exciting, entertaining, piquant, lively, racy, spicy, engrossing, absorbing, consuming, gripping, arresting, enthralling, spellbinding, curious, captivating, enchanting, bewitching, appealing
  58. Keep – hold, retain, withhold, preserve, maintain, sustain, support
  59. Kill – slay, execute, assassinate, murder, destroy, cancel, abolish
  60. Lazy – indolent, slothful, idle, inactive, sluggish
  61. Little – tiny, small, diminutive, shrimp, runt, miniature, puny, exiguous, dinky, cramped, limited, itsy-bitsy, microscopic, slight, petite, minute
  62. Look – gaze, see, glance, watch, survey, study, seek, search for, peek, peep, glimpse, stare, contemplate, examine, gape, ogle, scrutinize, inspect, leer, behold, observe, view, witness, perceive, spy, sight, discover, notice, recognize, peer, eye, gawk, peruse, explore
  63. Love – like, admire, esteem, fancy, care for, cherish, adore, treasure, worship, appreciate, savor
  64. Make – create, originate, invent, beget, form, construct, design, fabricate, manufacture, produce, build, develop, do, effect, execute, compose, perform, accomplish, earn, gain, obtain, acquire, get
  65. Mark – label, tag, price, ticket, impress, effect, trace, imprint, stamp, brand, sign, note, heed, notice, designate
  66. Mischievous – prankish, playful, naughty, roguish, waggish, impish, sportive
  67. Move – plod, go, creep, crawl, inch, poke, drag, toddle, shuffle, trot, dawdle, walk, traipse, mosey, jog, plug, trudge, slump, lumber, trail, lag, run, sprint, trip, bound, hotfoot, high-tail, streak, stride, tear, breeze, whisk, rush, dash, dart, bolt, fling, scamper, scurry, skedaddle, scoot, scuttle, scramble, race, chase, hasten, hurry, hump, gallop, lope, accelerate, stir, budge, travel, wander, roam, journey, trek, ride, spin, slip, glide, slide, slither, coast, flow, sail, saunter, hobble, amble, stagger, paddle, slouch, prance, straggle, meander, perambulate, waddle, wobble, pace, swagger, promenade, lunge
  68. Moody – temperamental, changeable, short-tempered, glum, morose, sullen, mopish, irritable, testy, peevish, fretful, spiteful, sulky, touchy
  69. Neat – clean, orderly, tidy, trim, dapper, natty, smart, elegant, well-organized, super, desirable, spruce, shipshape, well-kept, shapely
  70. New fresh, unique, original, unusual, novel, modern, current, recent
  71. Old – feeble, frail, ancient, weak, aged, used, worn, dilapidated, ragged, faded, broken-down, former, old-fashioned, outmoded, passé, veteran, mature, venerable, primitive, traditional, archaic, conventional, customary, stale, musty, obsolete, extinct
  72. Part – portion, share, piece, allotment, section, fraction, fragment
  73. Place – space, area, spot, plot, region, location, situation, position, residence, dwelling, set, site, station, status, state
  74. Plan – plot, scheme, design, draw, map, diagram, procedure, arrangement, intention, device, contrivance, method, way, blueprint
  75. Popular – well-liked, approved, accepted, favorite, celebrated, common, current
  76. Predicament – quandary, dilemma, pickle, problem, plight, spot, scrape, jam
  77. Put – place, set, attach, establish, assign, keep, save, set aside, effect, achieve, do, build
  78. Quiet – silent, still, soundless, mute, tranquil, peaceful, calm, restful
  79. Right – correct, accurate, factual, true, good, just, honest, upright, lawful, moral, proper, suitable, apt, legal, fair
  80. Run – race, speed, hurry, hasten, sprint, dash, rush, escape, elope, flee
  81. Say/Tell – inform, notify, advise, relate, recount, narrate, explain, reveal, disclose, divulge, declare, command, order, bid, enlighten, instruct, insist, teach, train, direct, issue, remark, converse, speak, affirm, suppose, utter, negate, express, verbalize, voice, articulate, pronounce, deliver, convey, impart, assert, state, allege, mutter, mumble, whisper, sigh, exclaim, yell, sing, yelp, snarl, hiss, grunt, snort, roar, bellow, thunder, boom, scream, shriek, screech, squawk, whine, philosophize, stammer, stutter, lisp, drawl, jabber, protest, announce, swear, vow, content, assure, deny, dispute
  82. Scared – afraid, frightened, alarmed, terrified, panicked, fearful, unnerved, insecure, timid, shy, skittish, jumpy, disquieted, worried, vexed, troubled, disturbed, horrified, terrorized, shocked, petrified, haunted, timorous, shrinking, tremulous, stupefied, paralyzed, stunned, apprehensive
  83. Show – display, exhibit, present, note, point to, indicate, explain, reveal, prove, demonstrate, expose
  84. Slow – unhurried, gradual, leisurely, late, behind, tedious, slack
  85. Stop – cease, halt, stay, pause, discontinue, conclude, end, finish, quit
  86. Story – tale, myth, legend, fable, yarn, account, narrative, chronicle, epic, sage, anecdote, record, memoir
  87. Strange – odd, peculiar, unusual, unfamiliar, uncommon, queer, weird, outlandish, curious, unique, exclusive, irregular
  88. Take – hold, catch, seize, grasp, win, capture, acquire, pick, choose, select, prefer, remove, steal, lift, rob, engage, bewitch, purchase, buy, retract, recall, assume, occupy, consume
  89. Tell – disclose, reveal, show, expose, uncover, relate, narrate, inform, advise, explain, divulge, declare, command, order, bid, recount, repeat
  90. Think – judge, deem, assume, believe, consider, contemplate, reflect, mediate
  91. Trouble – distress, anguish, anxiety, worry, wretchedness, pain, danger, peril, disaster, grief, misfortune, difficulty, concern, pains, inconvenience, exertion, effort
  92. True – accurate, right, proper, precise, exact, valid, genuine, real, actual, trusty, steady, loyal, dependable, sincere, staunch
  93. Ugly – hideous, frightful, frightening, shocking, horrible, unpleasant, monstrous, terrifying, gross, grisly, ghastly, horrid, unsightly, plain, homely, evil, repulsive, repugnant, gruesome
  94. Unhappy – miserable, uncomfortable, wretched, heart-broken, unfortunate, poor, downhearted, sorrowful, depressed, dejected, melancholy, glum, gloomy, dismal, discouraged, sad
  95. Use – employ, utilize, exhaust, spend, expend, consume, exercise
  96. Wrong – incorrect, inaccurate, mistaken, erroneous, improper, unsuitable

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