Synonyms of thing
1 objectDictionary • What's that thing in the middle of the fountain?
object • an object the shape of a coconut
article • household articles
implement • writing implements
machine • I put a coin in the machine and pulled the lever.
device • This device can measure minute quantities of matter.
tool • The best tool for the purpose is a pair of shears.
instrument • a thin tube-like optical instrument
mechanism • The heat-producing mechanism will switch itself on automatically.
gadget • a handy gadget for slicing vegetables
contrivance • They wear simple clothes and shun modern contrivances.
whatsit (informal) • `She's a whatsit.' `A masochist?' `That's the word.'
2 substanceDictionary • The Earth is mainly made of iron and silicon and things like that.
substance • The substance that causes the problem comes from the barley.
stuff • The idea that we can be what we want has become the stuff of TV commercials.
being • The music seemed to touch his very being.
body • the preface, followed by the main body of the article
material • the decomposition of organic material
fabric • small squares of red cotton fabric
texture • It is used in moisturisers to give them a silky texture.
entity • the concept of the earth as a living entity
3 conceptDictionary • Literacy isn't the same thing as intelligence.
concept • She added that the concept of arranged marriages is misunderstood in the west.
idea • By the end of the week you will have a clearer idea of the system.
notion • I disagree with the notion that violence on TV causes acts of violence in society.
conception • The symphony is admirable in its conception.
4 matterDictionary • There were far more serious things on my mind.
matter • It was a private matter.
issue • Is it right for the Church to express a view on political issues?
subject • It was I who first raised the subject of plastic surgery.
thought • They had no thought for others who might get hurt.
concern • Feminism must address issues beyond the concerns of middle-class whites.
worry • His last years were overshadowed by financial worry.
topic • They offer tips on topics such as home safety.
5 affairDictionary • This war thing is upsetting me.
affair • The government has mishandled the whole affair.
situation • They looked at each other and weighed up the situation.
state of affairs • This state of affairs cannot continue for too long.
state • You shouldn't be lifting heavy things in your state.
circumstance • They say they will never, under any circumstances, be the first to use force.
scenario • That apocalyptic scenario cannot be ruled out.
6 factDictionary • The first thing parents want to know is what sex the baby is.
fact • The lorries always left in the dead of night when there were few witnesses around to record the fact.
detail • Only minor details now remain to be settled.
particular • The nurses at the admission desk asked for her particulars.
piece of information
7 featureDictionary • If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
feature • The gardens are a special feature of this property.
point • The most interesting point about the village is its religion.
detail • I recall every detail of the party.
factor • Physical activity is an important factor in maintaining fitness.
item • The other item on the agenda is the tour.
aspect • Climate affects every aspect of our lives.
facet • The caste system shapes nearly every facet of Indian life.
8 taskDictionary • He will give you a list of things to do. often plural
task • He had the unenviable task of breaking the bad news.
job • Their main job is to preserve health rather than treat illness.
activity • Activities range from canoeing to birdwatching.
act • My insurance covers acts of sabotage.
undertaking • Organizing the show has been a massive undertaking.
deed • His heroic deeds were celebrated in every corner of the country.
chore • I find gardening a real chore.
piece of business
9 happeningDictionary • A strange thing happened.
happening • plans to hire freelance reporters to cover the latest happenings
event • in the wake of recent events in Europe
incident • They have not based it on any incident from the past.
proceeding • The whole proceeding went very smoothly.
phenomenon • scientific explanations of this natural phenomenon
occurrence • Traffic jams are now a daily occurrence.
eventuality • When you go on holiday, try to be prepared for every eventuality.
10 phobiaDictionary (informal) • She had a thing about spiders.
phobia • She has a phobia of spiders.
fear • Flying was his greatest fear.
complex (informal) • I have never had a complex about my weight.
horror • I felt numb with horror.
terror • I shook with terror whenever I flew in an aeroplane.
hang-up (informal) • I don't have any hang-ups about my body.
aversion • Many people have an aversion to insects.
neurosis • Her mother was over-protective to the point of neurosis.
bee in your bonnet (informal)
11 obsessionDictionary (informal) • He's got a thing about red hair.
obsession • yet another man with an obsession about football
liking • She had a liking for good clothes.
preoccupation • Her main preoccupation from an early age was boys.
mania • They had a mania for travelling.
quirk • the quirks and foibles of people in everyday situations
fetish • I've got a bit of a shoe fetish.
fixation • Somebody has a fixation with you.
idée fixe (French) • It is an idée fixe of mine that women work in a more concentrated way.
12 remarkDictionary • No, some things are better left unsaid.
remark • She has made outspoken remarks on the issue.
comment • He made these comments at a news conference.
statement • He now disowns that statement, saying he was depressed when he made it.
observation • This book contains observations about the nature of addiction.
declaration • I signed a declaration allowing my doctor to disclose my medical details.
utterance • the Queen's public utterances
pronouncement • the President's latest pronouncement about the protection of minorities
13 possessionsDictionary • She told him to take his things and not come back. often plural
stuff • He pointed to a duffle bag. 'That's my stuff.'
gear • They helped us put our gear in the van.
luggage • Leave your luggage in the hotel.
baggage • excess baggage
bits and pieces
paraphernalia • a large courtyard full of builders' paraphernalia
clobber (British, slang) • His house is filled with a load of old clobber.
odds and ends
14 equipmentDictionary • He forgot his shaving things.
equipment • Exports of military equipment to Iraq are banned under British law.
gear • fishing gear
tackle • fishing tackle
kit • I forgot my gym kit.
apparatus • He was rescued by firemen wearing breathing apparatus.
utensil • The technique uses a single utensil to cook and serve.
PHRASES:▷ the thing
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actAn act is a single thing that someone does.
• My insurance covers acts of sabotage.
• Activities range from canoeing to birdwatching.
affairIf an event or a series of events has been mentioned and you want to talk about it again, you can refer to it as the affair.
• The government has mishandled the whole affair.
Thesaurus for thing from the Collins English Thesaurus
an object, fact, affair, circumstance, or concept considered as being a separate entity