Note that many synonyms do not have exactly the same meaning; take the time to learn the differences.

Nouns

Accident

mishap
I’m afraid there has been a bit of a mishap with the bookings.
Glasses

spectacles
She is always leaving her spectacles somewhere. She is rather forgetful.
Animal

creature; beast
There are reports of a large creature roaming the moors.
Hobby

pastime
One of my favourite pastimes is fishing. I love it.
Book

literature; reading material
He is a big fan of classical literature.
I’m looking for some reading material for the journey.
Holiday

vacation; break
All year she has said she wants a vacation, and then the holidays come and she stays at home doing housework. Weird.
When he was a child he enjoyed spending his summer break wandering around the woods building forts.
Box

container; carton; crate
I keep the sugar in a container on the top shelf.
There is a carton of milk in the fridge.
The shop just got a fresh crate of sandwiches delivered.
Idea

thought
I’ve got a thought about our new advertising campaign: a hot air balloon.
Car

vehicles; transport; wheels
There are too many vehicles on the road, and many of them are driven by bad drivers.
I’m looking for some transport to get me to Leeds. Is there a bus or train from here?
She just bought herself some new wheels.
Internet

web
There is so much rubbish on the web, but I still waste hours and hours on it.
Clothes

attire; threads; wardrobe
She came to work dressed in some totally ill-chosen attire.
He likes to spend his pocket money on new threads.
I need to get a new wardrobe; all my clothes look like they are from the 1970s.
Love

amour
The the thing about amour is you never know when it will arrive.
Company

business; corporation
Opening a new business takes a lot of hard work and, sometimes, a lot of money.
It is one of the biggest corporations in the world, and one of the least popular.
Manners

etiquette
I’ve heard that in Maori culture it is polite etiquette to sing a song to the village chief. Is that right?
Computing

IT
You should go to speak with the guys in the IT department if you have a problem with the computer or network.
Pants

trousers
Oh no, I’ve spilled yoghurt all down my trousers.
Country

nation; state
There will be 32 nations playing in this competition.
The Head of States were all there except ours.
Picture

photograph; painting; portrait
There is a girl in the back of the photograph making a strange face.
Some of the world’s most famous paintings are situated in Paris.
All along the walls are portraits of some of the castle’s previous owners.
Drink

beverage
Care for a beverage?
Restaurant

diner
There is a small diner on the corner that sells excellent coffee.
Family

relations; relatives; kin
She gets on with all his relations.
Each Thanksgiving he has to have dinner with his relatives. It is the worst day of the year.
You can’t throw me out: we’re kin!
Score

grade; result
For such a smart student, his final grade was quite disappointing.
Today’s football results are coming in…United 0 City 0….Athletic 0 Rovers 0…
Food

tucker
Where can I find some good tucker around here?
Shoes

footwear
The skateboard shop has some nice footwear for sale, albeit at rather high prices.
Fun

enjoyment; entertainment; amusement
I don’t find much enjoyment in karaoke, I’m afraid.
Is there much to do for entertainment in this town?
She makes models for her amusement.
Trip

journey; voyage
I find that the journey to get to a place is often more enjoyable than being in the place.
I once took a voyage on a container ship across the Atlantic Ocean. It took 5 days.

Verbs

Break

shatter; destroy; ruin
Let

allow; permit
Buy

purchase
Like
enjoy; be fond of; admire; love; adore
Come

approach
Look like

resemble
Do

perform; act
Make

create; craft
Eat

gobble; munch; devour; chow down
Put

place; position
Find

locate
Show

present; illustrate; reveal
Get

obtain; acquire
Speak

say; utter
Give

present; donate
Start

begin; commence; kick off
Go

travel; journey; voyage; head off; head out; nip out
Take

get; steal; nab
Have

possess; own
Tell

inform
Hit

strike; punch; beat; pummel
Understand

comprehend; get (it)
Keep

save
Want

desire; yearn (for)
Know

be aware of

Adjectives

Bad

awful; woeful; pitiful; pathetic; dire; atrocious; abysmal; shocking; soul-destroying; terrible
Nice

kind
Beautiful

pretty; handsome; gorgeous; picturesque; hot; sexy; photogenic; sublime
Rude

mean; impolite
Big

massive; ginormous; massive; humungous; enormous
Serious

important; stoic; unamusing
Boring

dull; tedious; mind-numbing
Slow

snail-like
Clever

intelligent; smart; brainy; genius; brilliant
Tiny

tiny; minute; teeny; miniscule
Fashionable

stylish; cool; hip
Smelly

malodourous; stinky
Fast

quick; lightning
Soft

cushioned; fluffy
Fun

enjoyable; amusing; entertaining
Strong
mighty; muscular
Funny

amusing; hilarious
Stupid

idiotic; moronic; retarded; dumb; slow
Good

fine, alright
Tasty

delicious; heavenly
Great

excellent; fantastic; magnificent; marvelous; brilliant; stupendous; amazing; awesome; heavenly; out of this world
Tough

durable; sturdy
Interesting

fascinating; mesmerizing
Ugly

hideous; revolting; disgusting; an eyesore
Nasty

mean; vicious; spiteful
Weak

puny; feeble
Naughty

badly behaved
Well

healthy; fit