English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'word'

(noun) 
Definition
the smallest single meaningful unit of speech or writing
The word `ginseng' comes from the Chinese word `Shen-seng'.
Synonyms
term
What's the medical term for a heart attack?
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name
I don't even know if Sullivan is his real name.
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expression
He uses some remarkably coarse expressions.
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designation
Level 4 alert is a designation reserved for very serious incidents.
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appellation (formal)
We were known by the appellation of `green coats'.
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locution
`Sister boy' - that's an odd locution if ever there was one.
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vocable
(noun) 
Definition
a brief conversation
James, could I have a quick word with you?
Synonyms
chat
She asked me into her office for a chat.
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tête-à-tête
a brief tête-à-tête between the two leaders
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talk
I think it's time we had a talk.
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discussion
There was a discussion about the wording of the report.
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consultation
Next week she'll be in Florida for consultations with her Mexican counterpart.
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chitchat
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brief conversation
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colloquy (formal)
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confab (informal)
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powwow (informal)
(noun) 
Definition
a brief statement
I'd like to say a word of thanks to everyone who helped me.
Synonyms
comment
He made these comments at a news conference.
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remark
She has made outspoken remarks on the issue.
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expression
From Cairo came expressions of regret at the attack.
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utterance
the Queen's public utterances
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brief statement
(noun) 
Definition
news or information
There is no word from the authorities on the reported attack.
Synonyms
message
Would you like to leave a message?
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news
They still haven't had any news about the survivors.
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latest (informal)
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report
Press reports vary dramatically.
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information
They refused to give us any information about her.
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notice
Unions are requested to give seven days' notice of industrial action.
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advice
Most have now left the country on the advice of their governments.
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communication
The ambassador has brought a communication from the President.
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intelligence
a senior officer involved in gathering intelligence
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bulletin
the early morning news bulletin
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dispatch
this dispatch from our West Africa correspondent
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gen (British, informal)
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communiqué
The call came in a communiqué sent to the Irish Prime Minister.
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intimation
their first public intimation of how they will spend the budget
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heads up (US, Canadian)
(noun) 
Definition
a solemn promise
He simply cannot be trusted to keep his word.
Synonyms
promise
If you make a promise, you should keep it.
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guarantee
We can give no guarantee that their demands will be met.
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pledge
a pledge to step up cooperation between the states
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undertaking
The new owners gave an undertaking that the factory would remain open.
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vow
Most people still take their marriage vows seriously.
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assurance
an assurance that other forces will not move into the territory
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oath
a solemn oath by members to help each other
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parole
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word of honour
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solemn oath
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solemn word
(noun) 
Definition
a command or order
I want nothing said about this until I give the word.
Synonyms
command
The tanker failed to respond to a command to stop.
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will
He has submitted himself to the will of God.
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order
Mr North had been arrested on the orders of the Spanish government.
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go-ahead (informal)
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decree
He issued a decree ordering all unofficial armed groups to disband.
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bidding
the bidding of his backbenchers
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mandate
The union already has a mandate to ballot for a strike.
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commandment
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edict
In 1741 Catherine the Great issued an edict of toleration for Buddhism.
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ukase (rare)
(noun) 
The word is that he's planning to retire.
Synonyms
rumour
There's a strange rumour going around.
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talk
There has been a lot of talk about my fancy new job.
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gossip
There has been a lot of gossip about the reasons for his absence.
a magazine packed with celebrity gossip
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goss (informal)
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hearsay
Much of what was reported to them was hearsay.
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the word on the street (informal)
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(plural noun) 
I was devastated when her words came true.
Synonyms
(plural noun) 
Definition
the text of an actor's part
Can you hear the words on the album?
Synonyms
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lyrics
(verb) 
Definition
to state in words
If I had written the letter, I might have worded it differently.
Synonyms
express
He expressed grave concern at their attitude.
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say
I hope you didn't say anything about me.
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state
Clearly state your address and telephone number.
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put
To put it bluntly, he just doesn't care.
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phrase
The speech was carefully phrased.
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utter
They departed without uttering a word.
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couch
This time the proposal was couched as an ultimatum.
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formulate
I was impressed by how he formulated his ideas.

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related adjectives lexicalverbal
related mania verbomania
related phobia logophobia

Quotations

In the beginning was the Word [Bible: St. John]
Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind [Rudyard Kipling]For words, like Nature, half reveal
And half conceal the Soul within
[Alfred, Lord Tennyson]
I am a bear of Very Little Brain, and long words Bother me [A.A. MilneWinnie-the-Pooh]`When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said in a rather scornful tone, `it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less.' [Lewis CarrollThrough the Looking-Glass]Words just say what you want them to say; they don't know any better [A.L. KennedyThe Role of Notable Silences in Scottish History]and once sent out, a word takes wing beyond recall [HoraceEpistles]Words are the physicians of a mind diseased [AeschylusPrometheus Bound]Thought flies and words go on foot [Julien GreenJournal]How often misused words generate misleading thoughts [Herbert SpencerPrinciples of Ethics]Words are the tokens current and accepted for conceits, as moneys are for values [Francis BaconThe Advancement of Learning]Words are wise men's counters, they do but reckon by them [Thomas HobbesLeviathan]Oaths are but words, and words but wind [Samuel ButlerHudibras]

Additional synonyms

in the sense of advice
Definition
formal notification of facts
Most have now left the country on the advice of their governments.
in the sense of appellation
Definition
a name or title
We were known by the appellation of `green coats'.
in the sense of assurance
Definition
a statement or assertion intended to inspire confidence
an assurance that other forces will not move into the territory

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