Vocabulary Tool

developed by Robin Roberts
Department of Interntional Business and Asian Studies

Vocabulary serves as a foundation tool for communication. The synonyms are grouped together in sets to provide matching words that would be most useful. Further explanations of these synonyms can be found by searching a dictionary. Illustrative examples shown have been taken from The Australian Concise Oxford Dictionary and the Oxford Thesaurus of English.

Writing about probability
This always
sometimes
usually
generally
nearly always
for the most part
invariably
traditionally
characteristically
historically
regularly
predominantly
normally
occasionally
periodically
rarely
seldom
infrequently
Discussing causes
This shapes
controls
underlies
underpins
develops the way for
makes an opening for
clears the way for
created a climate for
prepared the basis for
induces
precipitated
was a catalyst for
ignited
ensured
unleashed
essentially
presumably
usually
naturally
surprisingly
subsequently
eventually
finally
similarly
obviously
typically
inevitably
significantly
consequently
undoubtedly
Commencing a sentence
Essentially
Presumably
Usually
Naturally
Surprisingly
Subsequently
Eventually
Finally
Similarly
Obviously
Typically
Inevitably
Significantly
Consequently
Undoubtedly
Expressing a relationship between two things
This is compatible with
correlates with
is related to
is connected to
is associated with
is interrelated
resembles
is the equivalent of
equates to
is comparable to
is involved in
Expressing the difference between things/ideas
There is a distinction between ... and ...
a difference
This contradicts
The alternative
This clashes with
is inconsistent with
is distinct from
is diametrically opposed to
is incomparable to
is not to be equated with
Explaining someone's purpose
focuses on
centres on
attempts to
wants to
looks to
hopes to
wishes to
intends to
sought to
is concerned
managed to
tends to
grapples with
embraces
includes
Discussing a point of view
The author believes
assumes
considers
proposes
suggests
reflects
argues
espouses
continues
models
inspires
persuades
promotes
states
Classifying ideas
This is an example of
is an illustration of
is an instance of
is a case of
is a sample of
is a form of
is a species of
is a version of
is a type of
can be labelled as
can be perceived as
can be considered as
Writing about causes
This requires
depends on
is dependent on
cannot function without
is restricted by
is a function of
is organised around
is a result of
is influenced by
is caused by
is affected by
derives from
is a source of
arises out of

Synonyms & Phrases

forever; permanently; evermore; eternally; for all future time

Example

This always will be a special place to me.

occasionally; every now and then; on the odd occasion; irregularly; intermittently

Example

This sometimes presents a problem.

normally; generally; habitually; customarily; routinely

Example

This usually occurs daily at one o'clock.

normally; in most cases; routinely; typically; principally

Example

This generally is a very good idea.

just about; virtually; not far off; roughly; approximately

Example

This nearly always occurs nightly at 9 o'clock.

mostly; generally; by and large; to the greater extent

Example

This for the most part is the safer side of town.

always; every time; consistently; without exception; repeatedly

Example

This invariably is described as a practical solution.

according to tradition; in a traditional manner

Example

This traditionally has occurred in Australia for many years.

being a feature that helps to distinguish a person or thing; distinctive

Example

This characteristically is helpful to ensure an excellent performance.

throughout history; with respect to history; in times gone by

Example

This historically speaking is an island of great interest.

frequently; at regular intervals or times; often

Example

This regularly arises at our staff meetings.

for the most part; mostly; mainly; chiefly

Example

This predominantly was used during the 1970s and 1980s.

as usual; naturally; conventionally, regularly; generally

Example

This normally would happen after breaking a leg.

sometimes; every now and then; spasmodically; infrequently; intermittently

Example

This occasionally arises after an argument.

every so often; at regular intervals of time; cyclically

Example

This periodically transpires after a major story in the media.

seldom; infrequently; scarcely; almost never; sporadically

Example

This rarely happens after a famine.

rarely; almost never; on rare occasions; only occasionally

Example

This seldom has any repercussions.

unusually; rarely; uncommonly; irregularly

Example

This infrequently comes about when people work on projects as a team.

form; outline; profile; identify; the total effect produced by the outlines of a thing;

Example

This shapes my whole future.

be in command of; manage; restrict; regulate

Example

This controls the entire situation.

cause; inspire; be the cause of; motivate

Example

This underlies the entire situation.

strengthen; support; emphasise; underline; highlight

Example

This underpins the full impact of the theory.

expand; increase; grow; advance; builds on

Example

This develops the way for a better resolution.

enable; cause; create; prepare; frame

Example

This makes an opening for an excellent opportunity.

empties; move; permit; secure; approve

Example

This clears the way for a more profitable year financially.

generated; brought about; resulted in; constituted; fabricated

Example

This created a climate for a good working team.

made ready; produced; devised; formulated; concocted

Example

This prepared the basis for a clear plan of action.

persuade; prompt; inspire; influence; encourage

Example

This induces a feeling of social togetherness.

lead to; triggered; provoked; accelerated; instigated

Example

This precipitated a political crisis.

means; method; vehicle; mediumd

Example

This was a catalyst for the opposition winning the election.

aroused; triggered; sparked; stimulated; excited

Example

This ignited the success of voter interest in the campaign.

secured; guaranteed; warranted; confirmed; assured

Example

This ensured that the future of the business was successful.

released; freed; discharged; loosen

Example

This unleashed an atmosphere of anger in the meeting.

basically; primarily; mainly; intrinsically; inherently

Example

Essentially they are amateurs.

in all probability; undoubtedly; apparently; seemingly

Example

Presumably he will get the job as he is an excellent employee.

normally; generally; habitually; customarily; routinely

Example

Usually the weather in Brisbane is mild in winter.

of course; as might be expected; obviously; clearly; needless to say

Example

Naturally they wanted everything kept quiet.

unexpectedly; unforeseen; unpredictably; amazingly; astonishingly

Example

Surprisingly the number of informal votes was low.

later on; in due course; eventually; at some time in the future

Example

Subsequently as a result of the accident she had many months of physiotherapy ahead of her.

in the end; in time; ultimately; sooner or later; finally

Example

Eventually we arrived at a small town.

ultimately; after some time; at last; at the end of the day; eventually

Example

Finally she recovered fully from her mountain climbing accident.

likewise; comparably; closely; analogously; equivalently

Example

Similarly it is a utopian idea in an unfair world.

clearly; evidently; undeniably; unmistakably; naturally

Example

Obviously she was in great pain when she broke her leg.

characteristically; normally; usually; in general

Example

Typically he forgot to give me the message.

surely; naturally; necessarily; consequently; accordingly

Example

Inevitably good will overcome evil.

notably; remarkably; importantly; seriously; considerably

Example

Significantly our budget will be affected by these new cuts.

as a result; therefore; accordingly; inevitably; inevitably

Example

Consequently the price of the goods had to be raised due to increased production costs.

without a doubt; indubitably; beyond question; clearly; plainly

Example

Undoubtedly they are guilty of the crime as there were several witnesses.

basically; primarily; mainly; intrinsically; inherently

Example

Essentially they are amateurs.

in all probability; undoubtedly; apparently; seemingly

Example

Presumably he will get the job as he is an excellent employee.

normally; generally; habitually; customarily; routinely

Example

Usually the weather in Brisbane is mild in winter.

of course; as might be expected; obviously; clearly; needless to say

Example

Naturally they wanted everything kept quiet.

unexpectedly; unforeseen; unpredictably; amazingly; astonishingly

Example

Surprisingly the number of informal votes was low.

later on; in due course; eventually; at some time in the future

Example

Subsequently as a result of the accident she had many months of physiotherapy ahead of her.

in the end; in time; ultimately; sooner or later; finally

Example

Eventually we arrived at a small town.

ultimately; after some time; at last; at the end of the day; eventually

Example

Finally she recovered fully from her mountain climbing accident.

likewise; comparably; closely; analogously; equivalently

Example

Similarly it is a utopian idea in an unfair world.

clearly; evidently; undeniably; unmistakably; naturally

Example

Obviously she was in great pain when she broke her leg.

characteristically; normally; usually; in general

Example

Typically he forgot to give me the message.

surely; naturally; necessarily; consequently; accordingly

Example

Inevitably good will overcome evil.

notably; remarkably; importantly; seriously; considerably

Example

Significantly our budget will be affected by these new cuts.

as a result; therefore; accordingly; inevitably; inevitably

Example

Consequently the price of the goods had to be raised due to increased production costs.

without a doubt; indubitably; beyond question; clearly; plainly

Example

Undoubtedly they are guilty of the crime as there were several witnesses.

suit; like-minded; in agreement; in harmony; reconcilable

Example

This is compatible with the company's new strategy.

connect; agree; coordinate; conform to

Example

This correlates with tissue damage caused by inflammation.

referred to; associated; described; portrayed; outlined

Example

This is related to the story of the refugees.

linked; joined; affixed; coupled; secured; adhered

Example

This is connected to the path of the main house.

connected; linked; related to; coupled

Example

This is associated with the previous research undertaken.

interconnected; related; correlated; joined up

Example

This is interrelated to time design.

echo; mirror; duplicate; parallel; be similar to

Example

This resembles a view of the right-wing tabloid press.

equal to; identical; similar; parallel; comparable

Example

This is the equivalent of any good sound recording.

equal to; identical; similar; parallel; comparable

Example

This is the equivalent of any good sound recording.

correspond; be equivalent; amount; equal; be the same as

Example

This equates to the two accounts of the incident.

similar; equivalent; akin; approximate; parallel

Example

This is comparable to being an Olympic swimmer.

engrossed; absorbed; immersed; interested; riveted by

Example

This is involved in the process of selecting a committee.

difference; characteristic; peculiarity; division; feature

Example

There is a distinction between good and bad.

distinction; variation; diversity; discrepancy

Example

There is a difference between value and volume.

dispose; deny; challenge; disagree with

Example

This contradicts all previously held theories.

different; substitute; other; replacement; possible

Example

The alternative government would be much more effective.

disagree; conflict; incompatible; dispute; differ

Example

This clashes with my International Business examination.

conflicting; incompatible; contradictory; not in agreement with

Example

This is inconsistent with her previous statement.

separate; different; dissimilar; diverse

Example

This is distinct from my recollections of that day.

completely; absolutely; totally; entirely; wholly

Example

This is diametrically opposed to what the party stands for and their principles.

unrivalled; unparalleled; unsurpassed; unmatched; unique

Example

This is incomparable to the number one award winning games area.

associated; likened; compared; linked; connected

Example

This is not to be equated with last year's result.

concentrate; fix; centre; pivot; pinpoint

Example

The investigation focuses on areas of social need.

focus; concentrate; hinge; pivot; base on

Example

The story centres on a student finalising her PhD.

try; strive; endeavour; undertake; aim

Example

Attempts to answer all of the questions were impossible.

desire; like; crave; need; require

Example

She wants to drink as much coffee as possible to stay awake to study.

consider; heed; turn one's thoughts to; pays attention to

Example

He looks to the stars for inspiration.

aspire; desire; wish; aim; dream

Example

She hopes to become a diplomat when she completes her degree.

want; longs for; crave; aspire

Example

He wishes to become an advertising executive.

plan; mean; propose; hope; aspire

Example

She intends to complete her PhD within two years.

pursue; solicit; attempt; strive; set out

Example

He sought to nominate for the position of president of the club.

worried; anxious; disturbed; upset; uneasy

Example

Her mother is concerned about her welfare.

achieved; succeeded in; accomplished; controlled

Example

She managed to keep a smile on her face.

be inclined; veer; lean; shows a preference; gravitate

Example

He tends to get very involved in his work.

struggle; wrestle; take hold of

Example

She grapples with the concept of perfection.

include; cover; involve; comprise; encompass

Example

The faculty embraces a wide range of departments.

comprise; embrace; involve; contain; incorporate

Example

One of her extra-curricular activities includes sport.

think; be convinced; imagine; feel; conclude

Example

The author believes that his book is his best work to date.

presume; suppose; take for granted; surmise; expect

Example

The author assumes that his paper will be widely read.

contemplate; appraise; review; evaluate; compare

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The author considers that all his opinions are worthwhile.

intend; mean; plan; resolve; aspire

Example

The author proposes to raise money for his preferred charity.

recommend; encourage; propose; submit; advise

Example

The author suggests that his forte is poetry.

review; disclose; reveal; demonstrate; manifest

Example

The author reflects on his experiences.

dispute; contend; maintain; insist; advocate

Example

The author argues that critics are incorrect.

adopt; prefer; encourage; embrace; accept

Example

The author espouses to keep the country financially viable.

proceed; persist; pursue; prevail

Example

The author continues to write a regular column in the local newspaper.

replicate; imitate; mimic; emulate; follow

Example

The author models his writing on the Victorian era.

stimulate; motivate; persuade; animate; stir

Example

The author inspires his readers.

move; incline; induce; motivate; convince

Example

The author persuades his readers to think outside the square.

advance; encourage; recommend; urge; support

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The author promotes the idea of further reading on the subject.

voice; utter; declare; affirm; divulge

Example

The author states that she has a tendency to write romantic novels.

specimen; instance; typical case; illustration

Example

This is an example of a 20th century building.

example; demonstration; instance; sample; analogy

Example

This is an illustration of a children's book.

example; occasion; occurrence; case; illustration

Example

This is an instance of religious persecution.

argument; reasoning; logic justification; explanation

Example

This is a case of a student plagiarising their assignment.

specimen; example; illustration; instance; prototype

Example

This is a sample of a good quality soil.

kind; sort; type; style; strain

Example

This is a form of gender discrimination.

type; kind; sort; genus; breed

Example

This is a species of an unknown origin.

account; narration; report; statement

Example

This is a version of the report that was accepted by the committee.

sort; variety; category; strain; class

Example

This is a type of rose that grows better in drier conditions.

categorised; described; identified; stereotype; typify

Example

This can be labelled as an overachieving class.

viewed; regarded; assessed; considered; appraised

Example

This can be perceived as a positive outlook.

deemed; regarded; judged; rated; gauged

Example

This can be considered as an irresponsible act.

need; want; necessitate; has need of

Example

This requires further attention.

pivot on; rest on; be based on; rely on; be subject to

Example

This depends on obtaining a good reference.

subject to; determined by; controlled by; influenced by; resultant from

Example

This is dependent on the decision of a third party.

go; operate; perform; behave

Example

This cannot function without electricity.

limited; regulated; controlled; impeded; curbed

Example

This is restricted by space issues.

act; perform; behave; play the role of; form

Example

This is a function of war.

ordered; efficient; methodical; planned; systematic

Example

This is organised around a tight timetable.

culminate; involve; cause; create; generate

Example

This is a result of a shooting accident.

effected; impacted; swayed; guided; directed

Example

This is influenced by his upbringing.

resulted; created; prompted; triggered; induced

Example

This is caused by too little study.

influenced; impacted; formed; determined; controlled

Example

This is affected by global warming.

flow; spring; ensue; emanate; comes

Example

This derives from his interest in international property and finance.

origin; root; derivation; beginning; start

Example

This is a source of the problem.

s result; follow; ensue; derive; stem

Example

This arises out of the lack of planning.