Look up words in the thesaurus (2023)

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Using the thesaurus, you can look up synonyms (different words with the same meaning) and antonyms (words with the opposite meaning).

Tip:In the desktop versions of Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook, you can get a quick list of synonyms by right-clicking a word and choosing Synonyms.The Office Online apps don't include a synonym finder.

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  1. Click the word in your document that you want to look up.

  2. On the Review tab, click Thesaurus.

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  3. To use one of the words in the list of results or to search for more words, do one of the following:

    • To replace your selected word with one of the words from the list, point to it, click the down arrow, then click Insert.

    • To copy and paste a word from the list, point to it, click the down arrow, then click Copy. You can then paste the word anywhere that you like.

    • To look up additional related words, click a word in the list of results.

Tips:You can also look up words in the thesaurus of another language. If, for example, your document is in French and you want synonyms, do this:

  • In Word 2007, click Research options in the Research task pane, and then under Reference Books, select the thesaurus options that you want.

  • In Word 2010 or Word 2013, on the Review tab, click Research. Click Research options in the Research task pane, and then under Reference Books, select the thesaurus options that you want.

  • In Word 2016, on the Review tab, click Thesaurus. At the bottom of the Thesaurus task pane, select a language from the drop-down list.

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  1. Click the word in your workbook that you want to look up.

  2. On the Review tab, click Thesaurus.

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  3. To use one of the words in the list of results or to search for more words, do one of the following:

Tips:You can also look up words in the thesaurus of another language. If, for example, your workbook is in French and you want synonyms, do this:

  • In Excel 2007, click Research options in the Research task pane, and then under Reference Books, select the thesaurus options that you want.

  • In Excel 2010 or Excel 2013, on the Review tab, click Research. Click Research options in the Research task pane, and then under Reference Books, select the thesaurus options that you want.

  • In Excel 2016, on the Review tab, click Thesaurus. At the bottom of the Thesaurus task pane, select a language from the drop-down list.

  1. Select the word in your notebook that you want to look up.

  2. In OneNote 2007, on the Tools menu, click Research, and then in the All Reference Books list, click Thesaurus.

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    In OneNote 2010, on the Review tab, click Research, and then in the All Reference Books list, click Thesaurus.

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    In OneNote 2013 or OneNote 2016, on the Review tab, click Thesaurus.

  3. To use one of the words in the list of results or to search for more words, do one of the following:

    • To replace your selected word with one of the words from the list, point to it, click the down arrow, then click Insert.

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    • To copy and paste a word from the list, point to it, click the down arrow, then click Copy. You can then paste the word anywhere that you like.

    • To look up additional related words, click a word in the list of results.

Tip:You can also look up words in the thesaurus of another language. If, for example, your text is in French and you want synonyms, on the Review tab, click Research. Click Research options in the Research task pane, and then under Reference Books, select the thesaurus options that you want.

  1. Click the word in your Outlook item that you want to look up.

  2. In Outlook 2007, on the Message tab, in the Proofing group, click Spelling, and then click Thesaurus.

    In Outlook 2010, Outlook 2013, or Outlook 2016, click the Review tab, then click Thesaurus.

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    Note:In Microsoft Outlook, the Thesaurus or Research task pane is available in any new Outlook item -- such as a message, or a calendar item -- but not from the main Outlook window.

  3. To use one of the words in the list of results or to search for more words, do one of the following:

    • To replace your selected word with one of the words from the list, point to it, click the down arrow, then click Insert.

    • To copy and paste a word from the list, point to it, click the down arrow, then click Copy. You can then paste the word anywhere that you like.

    • To look up additional related words, click a word in the list of results.

Tips:You can also look up words in the thesaurus of another language. If, for example, your text is in French and you want synonyms, do this:

  • In Outlook 2007, click Research options in the Research task pane, and then under Reference Books, select the thesaurus options that you want.

  • In Outlook 2010 or Outlook 2013, on the Review tab, click Research. Click Research options in the Research task pane, and then under Reference Books, select the thesaurus options that you want.

  • In Outlook 2016, on the Review tab, click Thesaurus. At the bottom of the Thesaurus task pane, select a language from the drop-down list.

  1. Click the word in your presentation that you want to look up.

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  2. On the Review tab, click Thesaurus.

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  3. To use one of the words in the list of results or to search for more words, do one of the following:

    • To replace your selected word with one of the words from the list, point to it, click the down arrow, then click Insert.

    • To copy and paste a word from the list, point to it, click the down arrow, then click Copy. You can then paste the word anywhere that you like.

    • To look up additional related words, click a word in the list of results.

Tips:You can also look up words in the thesaurus of another language. If, for example, your document is in French and you want synonyms, do this:

  • In PowerPoint 2007, click Research options in the Research task pane, and then under Reference Books, select the thesaurus options that you want.

  • In PowerPoint 2010 or PowerPoint 2013, on the Review tab, click Research. Click Research options in the Research task pane, and then under Reference Books, select the thesaurus options that you want.

  • In Outlook 2016, on the Review tab, click Thesaurus. At the bottom of the Thesaurus task pane, select a language from the drop-down list.

  1. Click the word in your publication that you want to look up.

    In Publisher 2007, on the Tools menu, click Research, and then in the All Reference Books list, click Thesaurus.

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    In Publisher 2010, on the Home tab, click Spelling, and then click Thesaurus.

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    In Publisher 2013 or Publisher 2016, on the Review tab, click Thesaurus.

  2. To use one of the words in the list of results or to search for more words, do one of the following:

    • To replace your selected word with one of the words from the list, point to it, click the down arrow, then click Insert.

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    • To copy and paste a word from the list, point to it, click the down arrow, then click Copy. You can then paste the word anywhere that you like.

    • To look up additional related words, click a word in the list of results.

Tip:You can also look up words in the thesaurus of another language. If, for example, your publication is in French and you want synonyms, on the Review tab, click Research. Click Research options in the Research task pane, and then under Reference Books, select the thesaurus options that you want.

  1. Click the word in your diagram that you want to look up.

  2. In Visio 2007, on the Tools menu, click Research, and then in the All Reference Books list, click Thesaurus.

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    In Visio 2010, Visio 2013, or Visio 2016, on the Review tab, click Thesaurus.

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  3. To use one of the words in the list of results or to search for more words, do one of the following:

    • To replace your selected word with one of the words from the list, point to it, click the down arrow, then click Insert.

    • To copy and paste a word from the list, point to it, click the down arrow, then click Copy. You can then paste the word anywhere that you like.

    • To look up additional related words, click a word in the list of results.

Tips:You can also look up words in the thesaurus of another language. If, for example, your diagram is in French and you want synonyms, do this:

  • In Visio 2007, click Research options in the Research task pane, and then under Reference Books, select the thesaurus options that you want.

  • In Visio 2010 or Visio 2013, on the Review tab, click Research. Click Research options in the Research task pane, and then under Reference Books, select the thesaurus options that you want.

  • In Visio 2016, on the Review tab, click Thesaurus. At the bottom of the Thesaurus task pane, select a language from the drop-down list.

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What will you find if you look up a word in a thesaurus? ›

Using the thesaurus, you can look up synonyms (different words with the same meaning) and antonyms (words with the opposite meaning). Tip: In the desktop versions of Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook, you can get a quick list of synonyms by right-clicking a word and choosing Synonyms.

How do you use thesaurus in word Search? ›

This is how you can use a thesaurus in your research:
  1. Choose a word as a starting point.
  2. Like a dictionary, find the word in the alphabetic arrangement.
  3. Once you find the word, look at the words that are listed alongside the main word.
  4. Choose another word that will work to replace the word that was your starting point.

How do I find synonyms for answers? ›

Points to remember while solving Synonyms & Antonyms
  1. Eliminate the least relevant answers.
  2. Analyze word root and word charge.
  3. Avoid answering instinctively.
  4. Use difficult words in a sentence.
  5. Watch out for tricky words.
  6. Practice daily.
  7. Increase vocabulary.
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What is an example of thesaurus? ›

Thesaurus Definition

A treasury or storehouse. A book containing a store of words; specif., a book of synonyms and antonyms.

What is the full meaning of thesaurus? ›

A thesaurus is a reference book in which words with similar meanings are grouped together. Synonyms: wordbook, wordfinder, treasury, storehouse More Synonyms of thesaurus.

What is a meaning of enough? ›

1. : in or to a degree or quantity that satisfies or that is sufficient or necessary for satisfaction : sufficiently. : fully, quite.

What kind of word is enough? ›

Enough is a determiner, a pronoun or an adverb.

What is the true meaning of enough? ›

an adequate quantity or number; sufficiency. adverb. in a quantity or degree that answers a purpose or satisfies a need or desire; sufficiently.

What is the use of thesaurus answer? ›

Thesaurus is a tool, which is used in MS Word or Microsoft Word to search for synonyms and synonyms for a particular selected word. Thesaurus in Ms Word helps writers to find exact and suitable words to express their idea.

What is the use of thesaurus dictionary? ›

A thesaurus is a book that lists words or phrases that mean the same thing or almost the same thing–a book of synonyms. Some thesauruses list words in alphabetical order, just like a dictionary; however, many don't. They have an index at the front, with instructions of how to use the index to find the word you want.

How do you use Grammarly to find synonyms? ›

Grammarly can suggest synonyms to the words you use in your text. To use the synonyms feature, please open the Grammarly companion app, tap Grammarly Settings and toggle the switch next to Synonyms. Once this feature is enabled, open any app and tap on any text field to pull up the keyboard.

Can you find out synonym? ›

Synonyms for find out in English

discover; find out; see; learn; hear; pick up; get word; get a line; get wind; catch out; determine; find; ascertain; check; watch. find out; get hold of; ascertain.

How does Google find synonyms? ›

Google's Understanding Of Synonyms Is All Automated

Google's system of understanding synonyms is fully automated, Mueller confirms. There are no humans manually writing code to teach Google's algorithms which words mean the same thing as other words. “As far as I know, the whole synonyms system is completely automated.

What type of word is thesaurus? ›

noun, plural the·sau·rus·es, the·sau·ri [-sawr-ahy]. a dictionary of synonyms and antonyms, such as the online Thesaurus.com.

How can you use thesaurus in a sentence? ›

How to use Thesaurus in a sentence. The results were compared with Vega's Thesaurus (1794) before publication. We often use a thesaurus to find synonyms of words.

Why is it called a thesaurus? ›

The term “thesaurus” comes from the Greek word “thesauros,” meaning “treasure.” Roget created a reference book that is the opposite of a dictionary. A dictionary is the book to use when you know a word and want to spell it correctly or learn more about it.

What is thesaurus in simple words? ›

A thesaurus (plural thesauri or thesauruses) or synonym dictionary is a reference work for finding synonyms and sometimes antonyms of words. They are often used by writers to help find the best word to express an idea: ...to find the word, or words, by which [an] idea may be most fitly and aptly expressed.

What is the example of enough? ›

We normally only use enough of when it is followed by a determiner or a pronoun (a/an/the, this/that, my/your/his, you/them, etc.). There isn't enough of that bread to make sandwiches for everyone. I've seen enough of his work to be able to recommend him. There's enough of us to make a difference.

What is more than enough means? ›

proverb Having more of something than is required is excessive and unnecessary.

How do you use enough adjectives? ›

When enough is used as an adjective, it modifies a noun. The adjective enough goes before the noun it modifies. I have bought enough eggs. (NOT I have bought eggs enough.
...
In this case, it goes after the adjective it modifies.
  1. She is old enough to earn a living. ...
  2. Is it warm enough for you? (NOT Is it enough warm for you?)
7 Apr 2013

What does enough enough mean? ›

idiom. used to say that one wants something to stop because one can no longer accept or deal with it. I don't mind lending her a bit of money now and then, but enough is enough!

What is opposite of enough enough? ›

Opposite of a sufficient amount of. insufficient. inadequate. limited.

What is the meaning of enough for me? ›

Sufficient to suit one's needs without needing to be perfect. I hope these snacks are good enough for our guests. This dress is good enough for me—I don't need anything fancy. See also: enough, for, good.

What does your best is enough mean? ›

It means doing all you can in your given situation and that is why it will always be enough. Because it will be all you could have done.

What does it mean to have enough of something? ›

Want no more of something, as in I've had enough of their quarreling. This phrase uses enough in the sense of “an adequate amount,” which is intended ironically to mean “a more than sufficient amount.” [c.

How do you make a thesaurus? ›

Tips for creating your own thesaurus
  1. Start with a few themes. Think about topics that you often write about. ...
  2. Brainstorm as a team. Once you've defined your themes, it's time to brainstorm. ...
  3. Build on each other's ideas. ...
  4. Think about phrases, not just words. ...
  5. Look inward and outward for inspiration. ...
  6. Keep it fresh.
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What is the difference between thesaurus and dictionary? ›

A dictionary is a collection of words along with their meaning, definition and description of usage. A thesaurus presents words as "word families," listing their synonyms without explaining their meanings or usage. Thesauri may list words alphabetically or conceptually.

What are the two types of thesaurus? ›

There are two types of thesauri: one for general use and another for the use in specific area such as medicine, arts, music, and others. In information science, a thesaurus is a collection of controlled vocabularies which are used for indexing information.

How do you find similar words in English? ›

The 10 Best Synonym Sites to Find Similar Words Online
  1. Thesaurus.com. This site is one of the best sites for synonyms. ...
  2. Synonym.com. This site can help you find similar words online without a hassle. ...
  3. Synonyms.com. ...
  4. Synonym Finder. ...
  5. Merriam-Webster Thesaurus. ...
  6. Big Huge Thesaurus. ...
  7. The Free Thesaurus. ...
  8. Collins Dictionary.
10 Sept 2021

What is the difference between thesaurus and grammar checker? ›

Dear Student. ​​​​​​"Spell Check" checks the spelling of the words and corrects it. "Thesaurus" is like a dictionary that gives you a list of synonyms and antonyms of the word you've searched for. We hope that this answer solves your query.

Will have to Synonyms? ›

“You have to do what he says.
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What is another word for have to?
shouldmust
oughtneed
gottaought to
have got tobe obliged to
will want tobe required to
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Is there a way or hint to find out the meaning of words without consulting a dictionary? ›

Look for a prefix.

By learning about etymology, you can find new ways to define unknown words without using a dictionary. Start by looking at each part of the word in question. It is very helpful to look to see if the word has a common prefix. Prefixes are the first part of the word.

What type of word is find out? ›

Find out is a verb - Word Type.

Is there a Google thesaurus? ›

The OneLook Thesaurus add-on for Google Docs brings the brainstorming power of OneLook and RhymeZone directly to your editing process. As you're writing a document in Google Docs, just select one of the 6 function buttons to find engaging alternatives, admirable adjectives, rapturous rhymes, and more.

Can you look up synonyms on Google Docs? ›

The Google Docs Dictionary

The quickest and easiest way to find synonyms in Google Docs is with the built-in Dictionary. Select the word you want a synonym for and either right-click and pick Define '[word]' or click Tools > Dictionary from the menu.

What's a word for search blindly? ›

GROPE. Clue. Answer. SEARCH BLINDLY (5) GROPE.

What information can we get from the thesaurus? ›

A thesaurus is a reference work that lists the synonyms and sometimes antonyms of words. Synonyms are words with similar meanings, and antonyms are words with opposite meanings.

Can words thesaurus be used to find spelling errors? ›

They are both used to improve the quality of a document. The Spell checker is used to correct obvious mistakes in the spelling of words, and the Thesaurus is used to correct a more subtle error, that of using the wrong word.

What is the purpose of thesaurus tool is MS Word? ›

Thesaurus is a tool, which is used in MS Word or Microsoft Word to search for synonyms and synonyms for a particular selected word. Thesaurus in Ms Word helps writers to find exact and suitable words to express their idea.

What is looking up information called? ›

research. verb. to find information about a subject for a book, film, television programme etc.

What is the importance of thesaurus? ›

Thesauruses provide easy access to a seemingly endless number of synonyms. Synonyms improve your writing because they help you avoid empty words and allow you to more accurately express yourself.

Do you think using a dictionary and thesaurus will help a lot in effective reading? ›

Dictionaries can be really helpful when you are reading because they help you find out the meaning of words you don't know. However, using a dictionary too much can cause problems with your reading skills.

What is the difference between thesaurus and spell checker? ›

​​​​​​"Spell Check" checks the spelling of the words and corrects it. "Thesaurus" is like a dictionary that gives you a list of synonyms and antonyms of the word you've searched for.

What word is most commonly misspelled in dictionary? ›

Accommodate. “Accommodate” was the most commonly misspelled word on both Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com in 2021. Kelly believes this word tops both lists because it's so hard to remember that both the C and the M are doubled. With both consonants doubled like that, it almost looks wrong, but it's correct.

Which key is used for thesaurus? ›

For the thesaurus, just select a word, then press Shift+F7.

Which set of key is used to thesaurus in word? ›

Users using Microsoft Word can open a thesaurus by highlighting the word they want to look up and pressing the shortcut key Shift + F7 . 2.

Which function key is used to view the thesaurus of a word in MS Word? ›

Ctrl + Shift + F6 Opens to another open Microsoft Word document. F7 Spell and grammar check selected text and/or document. Shift + F7 Runs a Thesaurus check on the word highlighted.

What is look up to definition? ›

Definition of look up to

: to respect and admire (someone) I've always looked up to my older brother. The kids really look up to their coach.

Whats the mean of look up? ›

1 : to search for in or as if in a reference work look up an address. 2 : to seek out especially for a brief visit look me up when you're here.

What does it mean for things to look up? ›

If you say 'things are looking up' or 'things are starting to look up' it means that things are improving or conditions are more favourable or hopeful. This is an informal phrase used to convey optimism usually used in spoken English.

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