SYNONYMS

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Use our dictionary of synonyms to find substitutes when you want to avoid using the same word repeatedly when speaking or writing, to find a more modern or more formal equivalent of a word, or to broaden your vocabulary.

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Walking in a Winter Wonderland . . . of Words

 

Where I live in New York State, about two hours north of the Pennsylvania border, the transition from one season to the next…

The history of English

From the Anglo-Saxon Settlement to the age of Globalisation: discover the key events that shaped the history of English.

Word of the day resilient
Pronunciation: rəˈzilyənt
adjective
able to recoil or spring back into shape…

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Jingle Bells in the Historical Thesaurus of the OED

 

To celebrate the festive season, we've taken the lyrics to the much-loved song 'Jingle Bells' and fed certain words through…