To say something is similar to something else (synonyms, similar words, thesaurus)

To say something is similar to something else


To say something is similar to something else

The critics compare ‘Boy Bitten by a Lizard’ to ‘Boy with a Lute’.

Liken to

To say someone or something is similar to another person or thing


The critics liken ‘Boy Bitten by a Lizard’ to ‘Boy with a Lute’.

Make / Draw a comparison

To say two or more people or things are similar

The writer drew comparisons between the two musicians.

Draw / make an analogy

To say that two situations, processes, etc. are similar

Our manager always draws analogies between business and baseball.

Draw a parallel

To say some features of things are similar, especially things that exist or happen in different places or at different times

The book draws parallels between psychology today and Buddhism.



To say or show that there is a connection between two things or people

Police have evidence linking the suspect to several drug dealers.


Make / Draw a distinction between

To say two things are different

We need to draw a distinction between the two accidents.


Say something is true (synonyms, similar words, thesaurus)

Say something is true


To state officially and publicly that something is true or happening

She declared it was the best wine she had ever tasted.


To state firmly that something is true

She asserts that the boy stole money from her.


To state firmly and publicly that something is true

SW: confirm

He affirmed he had been at home all evening.


To say that something is definitely true or correct

OPP: deny

The police confirmed that the two politicians had been arrested.


Without proof


To say something is true although it has not been proved

The medication claims that it can make you thin without dieting.


To say that something is true or that someone has done something illegal or wrong without giving proof


Often passive

It was alleged that the mayor had accepted bribes.


When other people do not believe


To say firmly that something is true, even when other people do not believe you

She insisted on her innocence.


To keep saying that something is true, even if other people do not agree or do not believe it

SW: insist, claim

I still maintain my innocence.


To argue or say that something is true

SW: maintain, insist

I contended my client had never been near the scene of the crime.



Sounds you make with your mouth (synonyms, similar words, thesaurus)

Sounds you make with your mouth


To make a long deep sound, for example because you are in pain, upset, or disappointed, or with pleasure

SW: moan

She lay on the bed groaning.


To make a long low sound because of pain, unhappiness, or pleasure

The man was lying on the floor, moaning.


To breathe out slowly making a long, soft sound, especially because you are bored, disappointed, sad, tired or relaxed

I sighed deeply and sat down.


To breathe noisily and with difficulty, usually because you are ill

I was coughing and wheezing all night.


To make a short, low sound in your throat instead of speaking, usually because you are in pain, annoyed or not interested; to say something using this sound

I hauled myself over the wall, grunting with the effort.


To make a long high sound or cry

I could hear the children squealing with delight.



Cry (synonyms, similar words, thesaurus)



To make a long, loud, crying sound because you are in pain, angry, unhappy, amused, etc.

I stepped on a nail and howled in pain.


To make a long loud high cry, usually because of pain or sadness

People gathered around the coffin and began to wail.


To make a long loud cry, especially because you are unhappy or in pain

SW: howl, wail

She yowled with pain.



To cry noisily while taking sudden, sharp breaths

She began sobbing uncontrollably.



To give a sudden short cry, usually when in pain

I accidentally stepped on the man’s foot, and he yelped.



To make low, weak crying sounds, or to speak in this way

He started to whimper because I said he couldn’t have an ice cream.



Shout (synonyms, similar words, thesaurus)


When you need help


To say something loudly, especially in order to attract someone’s attention

I thought I heard someone calling.

Cry out (something)

To shout or say something loudly, especially when you need help or are in trouble

Someone just cried out my name.


To say something loudly

To speak loudly and angrily to someone

I heard someone shouting for help.


Shout in a deep voice


To shout loudly in a deep voice, especially because you are angry

SW: Yell

The sergeant bellowed orders to his troops.


To shout or say something very loudly because you are angry, afraid, excited, or in pain

I yelled at them to stop.


To shout something loudly in a deep voice

The crowd in the stadium roared with delight.


Shout in a high voice


To shout something in a very loud, high voice because of strong emotions such as fear, excitement, or anger

I screamed at him to go away.


To give a high loud shout, especially because you are frightened, angry, excited, or in pain

SW: Scream


To shout loudly in a high unpleasant voice because you are angry, frightened, or excited

SW: shriek, scream

I screeched at my son to take off his muddy shoes and pants.


In a sudden way


To say something suddenly and loudly, especially because of pain or strong emotions such as surprise, fear, anger, pleasure, etc.


She exclaimed in horror when she saw the men in black masks.

Burst out (Speech)

To suddenly say something loudly with strong feeling

‘I don’t believe it!’ he burst out angrily.

Blurt out something

To say something suddenly, and without thinking of the results, usually because you are nervous or excited


I blurted out the remark without thinking.


More Words

Raise your voice

To speak loudly to someone because you are angry

My boss always raises his voice to me.


To shout loudly because you are angry or unhappy

My son was bawling in the back of the car.


To give a loud shout of happiness, approval, or encouragement

The audience clapped and cheered when he got up on the stage.



laugh (synonyms, similar words, thesaurus)



To make a noise with your voice and move your voice while you are smiling because you think something is funny

I never laugh at his jokes.


Laugh in an unkind way


To laugh and talk about a person or idea in a way that shows disapproval and a lack of respect

They scoffed at the idea of me becoming a singer.



To laugh at or make fun of someone or something, especially by copying what they say or do in a funny but unkind way

They enjoy mocking my English accent.


To laugh at someone or something in an unkind way and say that they are stupid

My ideas were ridiculed at the meeting.

Make fun of someone / something

To laugh at someone or something or make other people laugh at them, or make jokes

about them, usually in an unkind and insulting way

My classmates made fun of me because I wore thick glasses.


Laugh quietly


To give a short, half-suppressed laugh because you are nervous or embarrassed

SW: giggle

Some people tittered nervously during an awkward pause in my speech.


To laugh lightly and repeatedly in an uncontrolled way because you are amused, embarrassed or nervous

The children giggled at the joke.

Snigger (British English)

Snicker (American English)

To laugh quietly in an unkind or unpleasant way, especially at something rude or at someone’s problems or mistakes

SW: Titter

I am sure they will snicker at me behind my back.


To laugh quietly in a private or secret way, especially because you are thinking about or reading something funny

I chuckled at the memory.


Laugh loudly


To laugh loudly and without trying to stop yourself, especially at something stupid that has been said or done

They all guffawed at my remark.



To laugh loudly in an unpleasant way

A group of girls were cackling in a corner.

Roar with laughter

To laugh loudly and continuously, especially with a deep voice

Tom was roaring with laughter.

Shriek with laughter

To laugh very loudly in a high voice

The audience was shrieking with laughter.

Hoot with laughter

To laugh loudly because you think something is funny or stupid

He had the crowd hooting with laughter.

Howl with laughter

If a group of people howl with laughter, they laugh very loudly.

She made her audience howl with laughter.

In stitches


Have / keep someone in stitches

Laughing a lot in an uncontrollable way

His jokes had us all in stitches.


Answer questions (synonyms, similar words, thesaurus)

Answer questions


To say something to someone as a reaction when they have asked you a question, made a suggestion, etc.

I want you to answer my question.


To answer someone

‘Reply’ is used especially in written English.

I asked Mike where he was going, but he didn’t reply.



To answer someone

The man asked me my name, but I didn’t respond.


To deal with questions, telephone calls, comments, etc., especially when there are a lot of them, or the questions are difficult

The minister fielded questions from journalists.


To reply quickly to a comment in an angry or funny way

‘It’s all your fault!’ she retorted.


To reply to an opposing opinion or action

We need to counter these rumors.


Come back

To quickly reply to someone angrily or with force

He came back at me with a strong response.

Talk back

To reply rudely to someone in authority such as a teacher or parent

Don’t talk back to your father.


Answer (noun)

countable, uncountable

Give someone an answer

I can’t easily give an answer to your question.

In answer to

In answer to your question, yes, you can go now.


Reply (noun)

countable, uncountable

Something you say or write as an answer

Make / Give no reply

We asked why, but she made no reply.

In reply to


I am writing in reply to your letter of 1st September.


Response (noun)

countable, uncountable

A spoken or written answer

Make / Give no response

He asked her but she gave no response.

Response to

I received a few responses to my suggestions.


Comeback (noun)



A quick reply that is often clever, funny, or rude to a critical comment

I couldn’t come up with a good comeback before he walked out.


Retort (noun)


A quick reply that is angry or funny

I was about to make a sharp retort.


Rejoinder (noun)



A quick reply, especially a clever or rude one

He always has a rejoinder to any question.


Riposte (noun)



A quick and clever reply, often to criticism

She made a sharp riposte.



Ask questions about crime (synonyms, similar words, thesaurus)

Ask questions about crime


To ask someone about something, especially officially

The police officer is questioning the man.


To ask someone a lot of questions for a long time in order to get information, often in an aggressive way

I was interrogated by the police for over ten hours.


To question someone during a trial after another lawyer has already asked them questions

I was cross-examined for over three hours.

Someone is helping the police with their inquiries

The police are questioning someone about a crime.

Three men were helping the police with their inquiries in London last night.



Ask questions (synonyms, thesaurus, similar words)

Ask questions


To speak or write to someone in order to get information

The teacher asked the students a question, and many of them wanted to answer it.


To ask a question

I put a question to the professor.



To ask a question, especially one that requires serious thought

The teacher posed a question to the students, and many of them wanted to answer it.

Enquire / Inquire


To ask someone for some information

The waiter inquired whether we would smoke.


Especially written

To ask a question very firmly

He demanded an immediate reply.



To speak to someone directly

I addressed a few questions to the speaker.


To ask someone questions during an interview

We interviewed five applicants for the post.


To say or write the same thing using different words in order to make the meaning clearer

Let me rephrase my question.


Ask a lot of questions


To ask someone a lot of questions about something for a long time, often in an unpleasant way

My boyfriend grilled me about where I had been all night.

Bombard someone with questions

To ask someone a lot of questions

They bombarded me with questions about what I’d seen.

Fire questions at someone

To ask someone a lot of questions one after another very quickly, often in order to criticize them

Reporters fired questions at me when I was leaving the court house.


Ask a lot of people


To ask a lot of people their opinions about something, especially a political issue, as part of a general study of what they think about a subject

58% of the women we polled said they would pay more for environmentally friendly food.


To ask a large number of people questions in order to find out their behavior or opinions

The researchers surveyed the behavior of over 10,000 college students.


Sing (synonyms, thesaurus, similar words)



To produce musical sounds with your voice.

The man is singing a song.


To sing or talk in a low soft voice.

My mother is crooning as she rocks my younger brother.


To sing or say something in a happy way.

The children are cheerfully caroling a song.



To sing in a high shaky voice.

Mike warbled a few notes.


To sing or play different notes at the same time, making a pleasing combination of sounds.

A group of teenagers are harmonizing on the street corner.


To sing with your lips closed.

She is humming while listening to music.


Sing / Do / Perform / Play a song

The man is performing a song.

Burst / Break into song

To start singing.

The child suddenly burst into song.

Play / Hum / Whistle a Tune

A series of musical notes that are played or sung and are pleasant and easy to remember.

He was humming a familiar tune to himself.

Play / Sing a Melody

A tune, often forming the main part of a song or piece of music.

I sang a few well-known melodies.