Commonly Overused Words

When you write, use the most precise word for your meaning, not the word that comes to mind first. Consult this thesaurus to find alternatives for some commonly overused words. Consult a full-length thesaurus to find alternatives to words that do not appear here. Keep in mind that the choices offered in a thesaurus do not all mean exactly the same thing. Review all the options, and choose the one that best expresses your meaning.

 
about approximately, nearly, almost, approaching, close to
 
absolutely unconditionally, perfectly, completely, ideally, purely
 
activity action, movement, operation, labor, exertion, enterprise, project, pursuit, endeavor, job, assignment, pastime, scheme, task
 
add attach, affix, join, unite, append, increase, amplify
 
affect adjust, influence, transform, moderate, incline, motivate, prompt
 
amazing overwhelming, astonishing, startling, unexpected, stunning, dazzling, remarkable
 
awesome impressive, stupendous, fabulous, astonishing, outstanding
 
bad defective, inadequate, poor, unsatisfactory, disagreeable, offensive, repulsive, corrupt, wicked, naughty, harmful, injurious, unfavorable
 
basic essential, necessary, indispensable, vital, fundamental, elementary
 
beautiful attractive, appealing, alluring, exquisite, gorgeous, handsome, stunning
 
begin commence, found, initiate, introduce, launch, originate
 
better preferable, superior, worthier
 
big enormous, extensive, huge, immense, massive
 
boring commonplace, monotonous, tedious, tiresome
 
bring accompany, cause, convey, create, conduct, deliver, produce
 
cause origin, stimulus, inspiration, motive
 
certain unquestionable, incontrovertible, unmistakable, indubitable, assured, confident
 
change alter, transform, vary, replace, diversify
 
choose select, elect, nominate, prefer, identify
 
decent respectable, adequate, fair, suitable
 
definitely unquestionably, clearly, precisely, positively, inescapably
 
easy effortless, natural, comfortable, undemanding, pleasant, relaxed
 
effective powerful, successful
 
emphasize underscore, feature, accentuate
 
end limit, boundary, finish, conclusion, finale, resolution
 
energy vitality, vigor, force, dynamism
 
enjoy savor, relish, revel, benefit
 
entire complete, inclusive, unbroken, integral
 
excellent superior, remarkable, splendid, unsurpassed, superb, magnificent
 
exciting thrilling, stirring, rousing, dramatic
 
far distant, remote
 
fast swift, quick, fleet, hasty, instant, accelerated
 
fill occupy, suffuse, pervade, saturate, inflate, stock
 
finish complete, conclude, cease, achieve, exhaust, deplete, consume
 
funny comical, ludicrous, amusing, droll, entertaining, bizarre, unusual, uncommon
 
get obtain, receive, acquire, procure, achieve
 
give bestow, donate, supply, deliver, distribute, impart
 
go proceed, progress, advance, move

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good satisfactory, serviceable, functional, competent, virtuous, striking
 
great tremendous, superior, remarkable, eminent, proficient, expert
 
happy pleased, joyous, elated, jubilant, cheerful, delighted
 
hard arduous, formidable, complex, complicated, rigorous, harsh
 
help assist, aid, support, sustain, serve
 
hurt injure, harm, damage, wound, impair
 
important significant, substantial, weighty, meaningful, critical, vital, notable
 
interesting absorbing, appealing, entertaining, fascinating, thought-provoking
 
job task, work, business, undertaking, occupation, vocation, chore, duty, assignment
 
keep retain, control, possess
 
kind type, variety, sort, form
 
know comprehend, understand, realize, perceive, discern
 
like (adj) similar, equivalent, parallel
 
like (verb) enjoy, relish, appreciate
 
main primary, foremost, dominant
 
make build, construct, produce, assemble, fashion, manufacture
 
mean plan, intend, suggest, propose, indicate
 
more supplementary, additional, replenishment
 
new recent, modern, current, novel
 
next subsequently, thereafter, successively
 
nice pleasant, satisfying, gracious, charming
 
old aged, mature, experienced, used, worn, former, previous
 
open unobstructed, accessible
 
part section, portion, segment, detail, element, component
 
perfect flawless, faultless, ideal, consummate
 
plan scheme, design, system, plot
 
pleasant agreeable, gratifying, refreshing, welcome
 
prove demonstrate, confirm, validate, verify, corroborate
 
quick brisk, prompt, responsive, rapid, nimble, hasty
 
really truly, genuinely, extremely, undeniably
 
regular standard, routine, customary, habitual
 
see regard, behold, witness, gaze, realize, notice
 
small diminutive, miniature, minor, insignificant, slight, trivial
 
sometimes occasionally, intermittently, sporadically, periodically
 
take grasp, capture, choose, select, tolerate, endure
 
terrific extraordinary, magnificent, marvelous
 
think conceive, imagine, ponder, reflect, contemplate
 
try attempt, endeavor, venture, test
 
use employ, operate, utilize
 
very unusually, extremely, deeply, exceedingly, profoundly
 
want desire, crave, yearn, long