Find synonyms with the thesaurus

Find synonyms fast with the thesaurus in Word 2013.

  1. Right-click any word in your document and click Synonyms to open a short list.

  2. If you see a word you like, click it to replace the original word.

  3. If none of the words is quite right, click Thesaurus at the bottom of the short list to open the full thesaurus.

Or, to go straight to the full thesaurus, select any word in your document and click Review > Thesaurus.

Thesaurus command on Review tab

You’ll see a list of synonyms next to your document.

More thesaurus features


Do this

Insert or copy a word from the thesaurus

Pause over the word until you see the dropdown arrow and click Insert or Copy.

Explore related words

Click any word in the Thesaurus list to see synonyms for that word. (Do that a few times and see how quickly the meanings veer away from your original word.)

Hear a word pronounced

Click the speaker icon next to the word, below the list in the Thesaurus window.

See synonyms in a different language

Click the arrow next to the language box at the very bottom of the Thesaurus window, and click the language you want.

Define the word

If a dictionary is installed, you’ll see a definition of the word below the speaker icon. For more info see Where’s the dictionary or Install a dictionary.

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