Synonyms and Antonyms in Google Search

Various recent posts have highlighted things that you can achieve directly from the Google search bar. Here’s another one.

If you’re serious about what you write, no doubt you sometimes struggle for just the right word to use. At these times it’s often handy to consult a dictionary of synonyms (words with the same or similar meaning) and antonyms (words of opposite meaning). There are various examples available, both online and on paper, but did you know that you can do so directly from Google’s search bar? Just use the keyword synonyms or antonyms in your search string.

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Where a word has multiple meanings, the card will list and number these, also dividing the list into parts of speech (noun, verb, adjective etc.) and offering synonyms or antonyms for each definition:

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The card is a variation on the one Google uses for word definitions, as I discussed in this previous post, and retains the drop-down box offering more information about the word’s history and more:

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The above figure doesn’t begin to show all of the information offered; several pages of scrolling! To see all of the result, try it yourself: enter antonyms stop and click open the Translations, word origin and more definitions tab below the display card.