Synonyms of second in English:


Pronunciation: stress on the first syllable


  • 1 the second day of the trial
    next, following, after the first, subsequent, ensuing, succeeding, coming
    [Antonyms] first, preceding
  • 2 would you like a second helping?
    [Antonyms] first
  • 3 he keeps a second pair of glasses in his office
    spare, extra, additional, alternative, another, backup, relief, fallback, substitute, auxiliary, ancillary;
    redundant, surplus, superfluous;
    North American alternate
    [Antonyms] primary, principal
  • 4 Malcolm is dropping down to captain the second team
    [Antonyms] first, top
  • 5 there was a fear that the conflict would turn into a second Vietnam
    another, duplicate, reproduction, twin, double, new, replicate, matching;
    repeat of, copy of, carbon copy of
    [Antonyms] original
  • Phrases

    have second thoughts

    I had second thoughts about the original review myself
    rethink, reconsider, review, revise, re-examine, re-evaluate, reassess, reappraise, think better of, think over, take another look at, look at in a different light, have another think about;
    change, alter, modify;
    think again, think twice, review one's position, come round, change one's mind

    second thoughts

    not all of them come to the decision easily, and their nervousness and second thoughts are a natural result
    suspicion, distrust, mistrust, lack of faith, lack of confidence, diffidence;
    trepidation, scepticism, worry, unease, uneasiness, anxiety, apprehension, uncertainty, niggle, disquiet, disquietude, hesitation, hesitance, hesitancy

    second to none

    the hotel offers a level of service that is second to none
    perfect, consummate, rare, exquisite, transcendent, surpassing, superlative, supreme


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  • 1 Eva had been working as his second
  • 2 (seconds) informal he enjoyed the pie so much he asked for seconds
    a second helping, a further helping, more
  • 3 (seconds) sometimes factory shops sell seconds
    imperfect goods, faulty goods, defective goods, flawed goods, inferior goods, rejects, export rejects, discards
  • verb

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  • George Beale seconded the motion
    formally support, give one's support to, announce one's support for, vote for, back, back up, approve, give one's approval to, endorse, promote, commend
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    deuter(o)- related prefix, as in deuterium, Deuteronomy

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  • I'll only be gone for a second
    informal sec, nanosecond, jiffy, jiff
    British informal mo, tick, two ticks
  • Phrases

    in a second

    you'll see in a second
    (very) soon, in a minute, in a moment, in a trice, in a flash, shortly, any minute, any minute now, in a short time, in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye, in (less than) no time, in no time at all, before you know it, before long;
    North American momentarily
    British informal in a tick, in two ticks, in a mo
    North American informal in a snap

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    Synonyms of second in English:


    Pronunciation: stress on the second syllable


  • personnel are sometimes seconded to charities
    assign temporarily, lend;
    transfer, move, shift, relocate, assign, reassign, send, attach, allocate, detail, appoint
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