Sing (synonyms, thesaurus, similar words)

Sing

Sing

To produce musical sounds with your voice.

The man is singing a song.

Croon

To sing or talk in a low soft voice.

My mother is crooning as she rocks my younger brother.

Carol

To sing or say something in a happy way.

The children are cheerfully caroling a song.

Warble

Humorous

To sing in a high shaky voice.

Mike warbled a few notes.

Harmonize

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.

Hum

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.

 

Request (synonyms, thesaurus, similar words)

Request

Advice, Help

Ask

To make a request for advice, help, information, etc.

I am going to ask my boss for a vacation.

Seek

Formal

To ask someone for advice, help, etc.

The woman is seeking medical advice from the doctor about her baby.

 

Ask politely or officially

Request

Formal

To ask for something politely or officially.

I requested permission to film at the castle.

Put in for something

Formal

To ask for something officially.

I am going to put in for a pay increase.

Make / Put in / Submit a request

To officially ask for something.

I am going to put in a request for two weeks’ holiday.

Claim

To officially ask for money from an organization because you have a right to it.

The insurance agent checked if I could claim the insurance.

Appeal

To make a serious or formal public request for money, information, or help.

 

Fishermen have appealed to the government for help.

 

Emotional Request

Plead

To make an urgent and emotional request for something.

She pleaded with me not to go.

Beg

To ask for something in an anxious or urgent way because you want or need it very much.

I begged them for help.

 

Ask repeatedly

Nag

To keep asking someone to do something that they do not want to do.

My mother has been nagging me to get my hair cut.

Pester

To annoy someone, especially by asking them repeatedly to do something.

The kids kept pestering me to take them to Disneyland.

Badger

To try to make someone do something by asking them repeatedly.

I have to badger my children into doing their homework.

 

More Words

Demand

To say firmly that you want something.

The union is demanding a ten percent pay rise.

Claim

To ask for something because you believe you have a right to it.

The female workers claimed better working conditions.

 Order

To ask for food or drinks in a restaurant, bar, etc.

I ordered myself a glass of beer.

Request (noun)

We are going to make a request to the professor to postpone the exam.

 

 

Teach (synonyms, thesaurus, similar words)

Teach

Teach

To help students learn something in a school, college, university, etc. by giving lessons.

I teach English to foreign students.

Give lessons

To teach lessons.

She makes a living by giving private piano lessons.

Educate

Often passive

To teach someone using the formal system of school, college, or university, usually for several years.

I was educated in the US.

The school educates handicapped children.

Lecture

To give a lecture or a series of lectures to a group of people on a particular subject, especially to students in a university or college.

He lectures in British literature.

Instruct

Formal

To teach someone how to do something, especially a practical skill.

I work in a gym instructing athletes in the use of the gym equipment.

Tutor

To teach one student or a small group.

She tutors a small group of students in English.

Train

To teach someone the skills for a particular job or activity, or to be taught these skills

I will train the new employees to use the new security system.

Coach

To train a sports player or a performer.

He coaches young actors.

Upskill

Business

To teach workers new skills, or to learn new skills.

I am going to upskill the department.

Mentor

To teach or give advice to a younger or less experienced person, especially in a job or at school.

She mentors the employees who are training to be managers.

Show / Teach someone the ropes

Informal

To teach someone how to do a job or task that they have just started doing.

I spent an afternoon showing the new workers the ropes.

Show

To explain something to someone by doing it yourself or by giving instructions or examples.

My boss is showing me how the component works.

Demonstrate

To show and explain how something works or how something is used or done.

My job involves demonstrating kitchen equipment.

Explain

To make clear to understand

Can you explain how the system works?

Clarify

Formal

To make something clearer or easier to understand.

The doctor clarified my health condition.

Illustrate

To make the meaning or truth of something clearer by giving examples.

Let me give a few examples to illustrate my point.

Describe

To say what something or someone is like.

I need to describe how we will do the experiment.

Guide

To show someone how to do something difficult by giving them advice at different stages.

I guide the new students through the program one section at a time.

Tell a lie (synonyms, thesaurus, similar words)

Tell a lie

Lie (verb)

To say or write something you know is untrue.

If my son lies, I will know.

Tell a lie

If my son tells a lie, I will know.

Fib (verb)

To tell a small lie that is not important.

She always fibs about her age.

Invent (verb)

To say or describe something such as a reason, excuse, story, etc. that is not true, especially to trick people.

She invented a very convincing alibi.

Bend the truth

To say something that is not completely true to achieve an aim.

I did not lie.  I bent the truth a little.

Be economical with the truth

Humorous

To only tell part of the truth, often used when you do not want to say that someone is lying.

I think he has been economical with the truth.

Perjure yourself

Law

To tell a lie in court after promising to tell the truth.

I perjured myself in court.

Commit perjury

To tell a lie in court after promising to tell the truth.

I have been sentenced to six months in jail for committing perjury.

Deceive (verb)

To make someone believe something that is untrue.

I deceived him into handing over all his savings.

Trick (verb)

To make someone believe something that is untrue.

The man tricked me into buying an imitation of a famous painting.

Fool (verb)

To make someone believe something that is untrue, especially to laugh at them or to get what you want.

I was fooled into believing his promises again.

Take in

Often passive

SW: deceive

To make someone believe something that is untrue, usually to get what you want.

Don’t be taken in by her promises.

Con (verb)

Informal

To make someone believe something that is untrue, especially to get money from them.

I was conned into buying fake jewelry.

Make something up

To produce something such as an excuse or a story, especially to trick or entertain someone.

I made up some excuse about me being sick.

Fabricate (verb)

To produce false information to trick people.

I was accused of fabricating evidence.

Mislead (verb)

To make someone believe something that is untrue by giving them false or incomplete information.

The woman misled hundreds of people into investing their money unwisely.

Misinform (verb)

Often passive

To give someone incorrect information.

I am afraid I have been misinformed.

Misspeak (verb)

To say something that is incorrect by mistake.

The woman denied lying, but she said she misspoke.

Have a Discussion (synonyms, thesaurus, similar words)

Have a Discussion

Discuss (verb)

To talk about something with someone to decide something

They are discussing a project.

Talk (verb)

To discuss something serious or important with someone.

The two sides have agreed to talk about the issue.

Debate (verb)

To discuss a subject formally before making a decision or finding a solution.

We have been debating for several hours without reaching a conclusion.

Consider (verb)

To formally discuss something such as a report or problem before making a decision about it.

The committee has been considering the problem.

Confer (verb)

To exchange opinions or get advice on a particular subject to reach a decision.

Consult (verb)

To discuss something with someone before making a decision.

I will consult with my colleagues on the matter.

Canvass (verb)

To talk about an idea in detail.

The committee is currently canvassing our proposal.

Have / Hold a discussion

We had a discussion about the plans for next year.

 

 

Have a Conversation (synonyms, thesaurus, similar words)

Have a Conversation

 

Speak

To talk to someone about something.

To have a conversation with someone.

 

I’ve spoken to the manager about the matter.

 

 

 

Talk

To have a conversation with other people.

 

We all talked and laughed together.

 

 

 

Communicate

To give information about something to someone by speaking, writing, moving your body, or using other signals.

 

We communicate in sign language.

 

 

 

Converse

Formal

To have a conversation with someone.

 

They are conversing quietly in the corner of the room.

 

 

Chat

To talk with someone in a casual way, especially about things that are not important.

 

We chatted about nothing in particular.

 

 

 

Conversation (noun)

countable, uncountable

 

I had a short conversation with her last night.

They are deep in conversation.

 

 

 

Talk (noun)

countable

A conversation or discussion.

 

I had a nice talk with Matthew yesterday.

 

 

 

Talks (noun)

Plural

Formal discussions on an important subject between two or more groups, usually intended to produce decisions or agreements.

 

Talks will be held in Paris about the global warming.

 

 

 

Discussion

countable, uncountable

The action or process of talking about something that is important to reach a decision or to exchange ideas.

A conversation or debate about a specific topic that is usually important.

 

I had a discussion with them about the issue.

The plans have been under discussion for more than three years now.

 

 

 

Debate (noun)

countable, uncountable

A formal discussion of a particular issue, subject, etc. in which speakers express different opinions and often vote on them.

 

We had a debate on legalized gambling.

The issue is under debate in Congress.

 

 

Dialogue

countable, uncountable

A formal discussion between two groups or countries solve a problem, end a disagreement, etc.

 

We are trying to open a dialogue with the opposing party.

The two nations have been in constant dialogue with each other.

 

 

Consultation

uncountable

The action or process of discussing something with someone or with a group of people before making a decision about it or reaching a better understanding of it.

 

The decision will be taken after close consultation with the management.

 

 

Negotiations

countable usually plural, uncountable

A formal discussion between people who are trying to reach an agreement, especially in business or politics.

 

After long negotiations, we reached a broad agreement.

The contract will be prepared in negotiation with our client.

 

 

 

Chat (noun)

A friendly, informal conversation.

 

I had a long chat with Mark.

 

 

 

Chit-chat (noun)

uncountable

Informal

Informal conversation about things that are not very important.

 

We exchanged some chitchat about the exams.

 

 

 

Chatter (noun)

uncountable

Continuous, fast informal talk about things that are not important.

 

I couldn’t stand their gossip and idle chatter.

 

 

 

Small talk

uncountable

Polite conversation about things that are not important, especially at social occasions.

 

I hate parties where I have to make small talk with strangers.

 

 

 

Banter (noun)

uncountable

Friendly conversation in which people tell jokes and amusing remarks about each other.

 

I enjoyed their friendly banter.

 

Gossip (noun)

uncountable

Disapproving

Conversation or reports about other people’s private lives, often including unkind or untrue remarks.

 

They always spread office gossip.

 

Give a Speech (synonyms, thesaurus, similar words)

 

Give a Speech

 

Speech (noun)

Deliver / Give / Make a speech

 

I gave a speech at the conference.

 

 

 

Talk (noun)

Countable

A speech or lecture given to a group of people on a particular subject.

 

Give / Do / Deliver a talk

I will give a talk about my visit to Nepal.

 

 

 

Talk

 

The man is talking to his employees.

 

 

 

Speak

To give a formal speech.

 

I spoke at the conference.

 

 

 

Address

To give a formal speech to a group of people.

 

The man is addressing his employees.

 

 

 

Address (noun)

Countable

A formal speech given to a group of people.

 

Deliver / give an address

I have been asked to give a formal address at the ceremony.

 

 

 

Lecture (noun)

Countable

A talk or speech to a group of people about a particular subject, often as part of a university or college course.

 

Deliver / Give / Present / Do a lecture

I deliver a series of lectures on British literature every semester.

 

 

 

Present

To show or offer something such as an idea or plan for other people to look at or consider.

 

The man is presenting his plans at a conference.

 

 

 

Sermon (noun)

Countable

A speech on a religious or moral subject made by a religious leader, especially as part of a religious service.

 

Give / Preach / Deliver a sermon

The Reverend Thomas Hooker preached a sermon on forgiveness.