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The Collins Dictionary defined a synonym as a word or phrase that means exactly or nearly the same as another word or phrase in the same language, for example shut is a synonym of close. In another contest, it can be a person or thing so closely associated with a particular quality or idea that the mention of their name calls it to mind. For JAMB use of English however, the first definition is more pertinent.

Synonyms and antonyms constitute about 10% of JAMB Use of English Examination Questions. While you prepare for your Computer Based Test (CBT), here are a 90+ list of synonyms to revise and help equip yourself with the word power.

190+ Synonyms To Expect In JAMB Use of English

  1. Amazing — incredible, unbelievable, improbable, fabulous, wonderful, fantastic, astonishing, astounding, extraordinary

  2. Anger — enrage, infuriate, arouse, nettle, exasperate, inflame, madden

  3. Angry — mad, furious, enraged, excited, wrathful, indignant, exasperated, aroused, inflamed

  4. Answer — reply, respond, retort, acknowledge

  5. Ask- — question, inquire of, seek information from, put a question to, demand, request, expect, inquire, query, interrogate, examine, quiz

  6. Awful — dreadful, terrible, abominable, bad, poor, unpleasant

  7. Bad — evil, immoral, wicked, corrupt, sinful, depraved, rotten, contaminated, spoiled, tainted, harmful, injurious, unfavorable, defective, inferior, imperfect, substandard, faulty, improper, inappropriate, unsuitable, disagreeable, unpleasant, cross, nasty, unfriendly, irascible, horrible, atrocious, outrageous, scandalous, infamous, wrong, noxious, sinister, putrid, snide, deplorable, dismal, gross, heinous, nefarious, base, obnoxious, detestable, despicable, contemptible, foul, rank, ghastly, execrable

  8. Beautiful — pretty, lovely, handsome, attractive, gorgeous, dazzling, splendid, magnificent, comely, fair, ravishing, graceful, elegant, fine, exquisite, aesthetic, pleasing, shapely, delicate, stunning, glorious, heavenly, resplendent, radiant, glowing, blooming, sparkling

  9. Begin — start, open, launch, initiate, commence, inaugurate, originate

  10. Big — enormous, huge, immense, gigantic, vast, colossal, gargantuan, large, sizable, grand, great, tall, substantial, mammoth, astronomical, ample, broad, expansive, spacious, stout, tremendous, titanic, mountainous

  11. Brave — courageous, fearless, dauntless, intrepid, plucky, daring, heroic, valorous, audacious, bold, gallant, valiant, doughty, mettlesome

  12. Break — fracture, rupture, shatter, smash, wreck, crash, demolish, atomize

  13. Bright — shining, shiny, gleaming, brilliant, sparkling, shimmering, radiant, vivid, colorful, lustrous, luminous, incandescent, intelligent, knowing, quick-witted, smart, intellectual

  14. Calm — quiet, peaceful, still, tranquil, mild, serene, smooth, composed, collected, unruffled, level-headed, unexcited, detached, aloof

  15. Come — approach, advance, near, arrive, reach

  16. Cool — chilly, cold, frosty, wintry, icy, frigid

  17. Crooked — bent, twisted, curved, hooked, zigzag

  18. Cry — shout, yell, yowl, scream, roar, bellow, weep, wail, sob, bawl

  19. Cut — gash, slash, prick, nick, sever, slice, carve, cleave, slit, chop, crop, lop, reduce

  20. Dangerous — perilous, hazardous, risky, uncertain, unsafe

  21. Dark — shadowy, unlit, murky, gloomy, dim, dusky, shaded, sunless, black, dismal, sad

  22. Decide — determine, settle, choose, resolve

  23. Definite — certain, sure, positive, determined, clear, distinct, obvious

  24. Delicious — savory, delectable, appetizing, luscious, scrumptious, palatable, delightful, enjoyable, toothsome, exquisite

  25. Describe — portray, characterize, picture, narrate, relate, recount, represent, report, record

  26. Destroy — ruin, demolish, raze, waste, kill, slay, end, extinguish

  27. Difference — disagreement, inequity, contrast, dissimilarity, incompatibility

  28. Do — execute, enact, carry out, finish, conclude, effect, accomplish, achieve, attain

  29. Dull — boring, tiring„ tiresome, uninteresting, slow, dumb, stupid, unimaginative, lifeless, dead, insensible, tedious, wearisome, listless, expressionless, plain, monotonous, humdrum, dreary

  30. Eager — keen, fervent, enthusiastic, involved, interested, alive to

  31. End — stop, finish, terminate, conclude, close, halt, cessation, discontinuance

  32. Enjoy — appreciate, delight in, be pleased, indulge in, luxuriate in, bask in, relish, devour, savor, like

  33. Explain — elaborate, clarify, define, interpret, justify, account for

  34. Fair — just, impartial, unbiased, objective, unprejudiced, honest

  35. Fall — drop, descend, plunge, topple, tumble

  36. False — fake, fraudulent, counterfeit, spurious, untrue, unfounded, erroneous, deceptive, groundless, fallacious

  37. Famous — well-known, renowned, celebrated, famed, eminent, illustrious, distinguished, noted, notorious

  38. Fast — quick, rapid, speedy, fleet, hasty, snappy, mercurial, swiftly, rapidly, quickly, snappily, speedily, lickety-split, posthaste, hastily, expeditiously, like a flash

  39. Fat — stout, corpulent, fleshy, beefy, paunchy, plump, full, rotund, tubby, pudgy, chubby, chunky, burly, bulky, elephantine

  40. Fear — fright, dread, terror, alarm, dismay, anxiety, scare, awe, horror, panic, apprehension

  41. Fly — soar, hover, flit, wing, flee, waft, glide, coast, skim, sail, cruise

  42. Funny — humorous, amusing, droll, comic, comical, laughable, silly

  43. Get — acquire, obtain, secure, procure, gain, fetch, find, score, accumulate, win, earn, rep, catch, net, bag, derive, collect, gather, glean, pick up, accept, come by, regain, salvage

  44. Go — recede, depart, fade, disappear, move, travel, proceed

  45. Good — excellent, fine, superior, wonderful, marvelous, qualified, suited, suitable, apt, proper, capable, generous, kindly, friendly, gracious, obliging, pleasant, agreeable, pleasurable, satisfactory, well-behaved, obedient, honorable, reliable, trustworthy, safe, favorable, profitable, advantageous, righteous, expedient, helpful, valid, genuine, ample, salubrious, estimable, beneficial, splendid, great, noble, worthy, first-rate, top-notch, grand, sterling, superb, respectable, edifying

  46. Great — noteworthy, worthy, distinguished, remarkable, grand, considerable, powerful, much, mighty

  47. Gross — improper, rude, coarse, indecent, crude, vulgar, outrageous, extreme, grievous, shameful, uncouth, obscene, low

  48. Happy — pleased, contented, satisfied, delighted, elated, joyful, cheerful, ecstatic, jubilant, gay, tickled, gratified, glad, blissful, overjoyed

  49. Hate — despise, loathe, detest, abhor, disfavor, dislike, disapprove, abominate

  50. Have — hold, possess, own, contain, acquire, gain, maintain, believe, bear, beget, occupy, absorb, fill, enjoy

  51. Help — aid, assist, support, encourage, back, wait on, attend, serve, relieve, succor, benefit, befriend, abet

  52. Hide — conceal, cover, mask, cloak, camouflage, screen, shroud, veil

  53. Hurry — rush, run, speed, race, hasten, urge, accelerate, bustle

  54. Hurt — damage, harm, injure, wound, distress, afflict, pain

  55. Idea — thought, concept, conception, notion, understanding, opinion, plan, view, belief

  56. Important — necessary, vital, critical, indispensable, valuable, essential, significant, primary, principal, considerable, famous, distinguished, notable, well-known

  57. Interesting — fascinating, engaging, sharp, keen, bright, intelligent, animated, spirited, attractive, inviting, intriguing, provocative, though-provoking, challenging, inspiring, involving, moving, titillating, tantalizing, exciting, entertaining, piquant, lively, racy, spicy, engrossing, absorbing, consuming, gripping, arresting, enthralling, spellbinding, curious, captivating, enchanting, bewitching, appealing

  58. Keep — hold, retain, withhold, preserve, maintain, sustain, support

  59. Kill — slay, execute, assassinate, murder, destroy, cancel, abolish

  60. Lazy — indolent, slothful, idle, inactive, sluggish

  61. Little — tiny, small, diminutive, shrimp, runt, miniature, puny, exiguous, dinky, cramped, limited, itsy-bitsy, microscopic, slight, petite, minute

  62. Look — gaze, see, glance, watch, survey, study, seek, search for, peek, peep, glimpse, stare, contemplate, examine, gape, ogle, scrutinize, inspect, leer, behold, observe, view, witness, perceive, spy, sight, discover, notice, recognize, peer, eye, gawk, peruse, explore

  63. Love — like, admire, esteem, fancy, care for, cherish, adore, treasure, worship, appreciate, savor

  64. Make — create, originate, invent, beget, form, construct, design, fabricate, manufacture, produce, build, develop, do, effect, execute, compose, perform, accomplish, earn, gain, obtain, acquire, get

  65. Mark — label, tag, price, ticket, impress, effect, trace, imprint, stamp, brand, sign, note, heed, notice, designate

  66. Mischievous — prankish, playful, naughty, roguish, waggish, impish, sportive

  67. Move — plod, go, creep, crawl, inch, poke, drag, toddle, shuffle, trot, dawdle, walk, traipse, mosey, jog, plug, trudge, slump, lumber, trail, lag, run, sprint, trip, bound, hotfoot, high-tail, streak, stride, tear, breeze, whisk, rush, dash, dart, bolt, fling, scamper, scurry, skedaddle, scoot, scuttle, scramble, race, chase, hasten, hurry, hump, gallop, lope, accelerate, stir, budge, travel, wander, roam, journey, trek, ride, spin, slip, glide, slide, slither, coast, flow, sail, saunter, hobble, amble, stagger, paddle, slouch, prance, straggle, meander, perambulate, waddle, wobble, pace, swagger, promenade, lunge

  68. Moody — temperamental, changeable, short-tempered, glum, morose, sullen, mopish, irritable, testy, peevish, fretful, spiteful, sulky, touchy

  69. Neat — clean, orderly, tidy, trim, dapper, natty, smart, elegant, well-organized, super, desirable, spruce, shipshape, well-kept, shapely

  70. New — fresh, unique, original, unusual, novel, modern, current, recent

  71. Old — feeble, frail, ancient, weak, aged, used, worn, dilapidated, ragged, faded, broken-down, former, old-fashioned, outmoded, passe, veteran, mature, venerable, primitive, traditional, archaic, conventional, customary, stale, musty, obsolete, extinct

  72. Part — portion, share, piece, allotment, section, fraction, fragment

  73. Place — space, area, spot, plot, region, location, situation, position, residence, dwelling, set, site, station, status, state

  74. Plan — plot, scheme, design, draw, map, diagram, procedure, arrangement, intention, device, contrivance, method, way, blueprint

  75. Popular — well-liked, approved, accepted, favorite, celebrated, common, current

  76. Predicament — quandary, dilemma, pickle, problem, plight, spot, scrape, jam

  77. Put — place, set, attach, establish, assign, keep, save, set aside, effect, achieve, do, build

  78. Quiet — silent, still, soundless, mute, tranquil, peaceful, calm, restful

  79. Right — correct, accurate, factual, true, good, just, honest, upright, lawful, moral, proper, suitable, apt, legal, fair

  80. Run — race, speed, hurry, hasten, sprint, dash, rush, escape, elope, flee

  81. Say/Tell — inform, notify, advise, relate, recount, narrate, explain, reveal, disclose, divulge, declare, command, order, bid, enlighten, instruct, insist, teach, train, direct, issue, remark, converse, speak, affirm, suppose, utter, negate, express, verbalize, voice, articulate, pronounce, deliver, convey, impart, assert, state, allege, mutter, mumble, whisper, sigh, exclaim, yell, sing, yelp, snarl, hiss, grunt, snort, roar, bellow, thunder, boom, scream, shriek, screech, squawk, whine, philosophize, stammer, stutter, lisp, drawl, jabber, protest, announce, swear, vow, content, assure, deny, dispute

  82. Scared — afraid, frightened, alarmed, terrified, panicked, fearful, unnerved, insecure, timid, shy, skittish, jumpy, disquieted, worried, vexed, troubled, disturbed, horrified, terrorized, shocked, petrified, haunted, timorous, shrinking, tremulous, stupefied, paralyzed, stunned, apprehensive

  83. Show — display, exhibit, present, note, point to, indicate, explain, reveal, prove, demonstrate, expose

  84. Slow — unhurried, gradual, leisurely, late, behind, tedious, slack

  85. Stop — cease, halt, stay, pause, discontinue, conclude, end, finish, quit

  86. Story — tale, myth, legend, fable, yarn, account, narrative, chronicle, epic, sage, anecdote, record, memoir

  87. Strange — odd, peculiar, unusual, unfamiliar, uncommon, queer, weird, outlandish, curious, unique, exclusive, irregular

  88. Take — hold, catch, seize, grasp, win, capture, acquire, pick, choose, select, prefer, remove, steal, lift, rob, engage, bewitch, purchase, buy, retract, recall, assume, occupy, consume

  89. Tell — disclose, reveal, show, expose, uncover, relate, narrate, inform, advise, explain, divulge, declare, command, order, bid, recount, repeat

  90. Think — judge, deem, assume, believe, consider, contemplate, reflect, mediate

  91. Trouble — distress, anguish, anxiety, worry, wretchedness, pain, danger, peril, disaster, grief, misfortune, difficulty, concern, pains, inconvenience, exertion, effort

  92. True — accurate, right, proper, precise, exact, valid, genuine, real, actual, trusty, steady, loyal, dependable, sincere, staunch

  93. Ugly — hideous, frightful, frightening, shocking, horrible, unpleasant, monstrous, terrifying, gross, grisly, ghastly, horrid, unsightly, plain, homely, evil, repulsive, repugnant, gruesome

  94. Unhappy — miserable, uncomfortable, wretched, heart-broken, unfortunate, poor, downhearted, sorrowful, depressed, dejected, melancholy, glum, gloomy, dismal, discouraged, sad

  95. Use — employ, utilize, exhaust, spend, expend, consume, exercise

  96. Wrong — incorrect, inaccurate, mistaken, erroneous, improper, unsuitable. 


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