Comment / Give your opinion or idea (synonyms, similar words, thesaurus)

Give your opinion or idea

Make a comment


To express an opinion about someone or something

My girlfriend always comments on what I wear.

Make a comment

They made helpful comments on my work.


To say or write a comment about someone or something

SW: comment

He remarked that the book was disappointing.

Make a remark

They made a number of rude remarks about the restaurant.



To make a comment about someone or something

He observed that it was getting late.


Express an opinion


To tell or show a feeling, opinion, aim, etc. by words, looks or actions

I was afraid to express my opinions.


To express an opinion on something

Her doctor said that she should eat more vegetables.


To express your opinions or ideas in carefully chosen words

It took me a while to formulate an answer.



To mention something because it is important or interesting

It’s worth noting that the president gave no reason for his decision.


To publicly say your opinions

Speak out

To publicly say your opinions in a way that takes courage, especially in order to protest against or defend something

Some students who had spoken out against the government were arrested.


To publicly express your opinions

SW: voice

The workers should get a chance to air their views.


To say your opinions or feelings about a particular subject

The parents are going to voice concern about their children’s safety.

Sound off

Informal, disapproving

To express your opinions strongly and rather rudely without being asked

These students always sound off about politics.



Put forward

To offer an idea, opinion, reason, etc. for other people to consider or discuss

I encouraged individuals to put forward their views.


To put forward an idea, a plan, or an action for other people to consider

I suggested an Indian restaurant near the subway station for the party.



To put forward a plan, idea, action, etc. for other people to consider

Several politicians have proposed raising the tax.



Opinion (noun)

Give an opinion

I was invited to give my opinions about how the factory should be operated.

More verbs

Air, Express, Offer, State, Voice

In someone’s opinion

Used when giving your opinion

In my opinion, we should change the way we work.


View (noun)

A personal opinion, belief, or attitude about something

SW: opinion

Give one’s view

I always hesitate to give my own views on any matters.

More verbs

Air, Convey, Expound, Express, Make known, Present, Put forward,

Tell someone your view, Let someone have your view

In someone’s view

In my view, it is a waste of time.


Point (noun)

An idea, fact, opinion, or piece of information that is said or written as part of an argument or a discussion

Make a point

She made some interesting points in the conference.

More verbs

Raise, Illustrate, Demonstrate, Get across, Put across, Prove, Have, Emphasize,

Belabor / Labor, Press, Stress, Clarify


Observation (noun)


A written or spoken comment, especially based on something you have seen, heard, felt or read

SW: remark

Make an observation

May I make an observation?


Announcement (noun)

A written or spoken statement that officially tells people about something

Make / Issue an announcement

The president is going to make an announcement about his plans tonight.


Declaration (noun)

An official announcement about a particular situation or plan of a government or an organization

Make / Issue a declaration

Our government has issued a declaration of war against the rebel group.


Quip (noun)

A humorous and clever remark

I made several quips during the interview.


Aside (noun)

A remark that you make quietly to someone because you do not want other people to hear it

He made an aside about the speaker to me.


Taunt (noun)

An insulting or unkind remark, or a joke that is intended to make someone angry or upset

I tried to ignore their taunts.


Dig (noun)

A remark or joke that is intended to annoy or criticize someone

Dig at

He makes sly little digs at me when we meet.


Make clear to understand / Explain (synonyms, similar words, thesaurus)

Make clear to understand (Explain)


To make clear to understand

The doctor is going to explain the man’s health condition.

Make clear

To express in a simple and direct way so that people understand without any confusion

I tried to make my ideas clear, but the children did not understand them.


To say what something or someone is like

The doctor is going to describe the man’s health condition.


To give information about someone or something to someone by speaking or writing

I told him about his health condition.



To make something clearer or easier to understand

The doctor clarified my health condition.

Go through something

To carefully explain something, especially one step at a time

I went through how the project would be carried out at the meeting.

Put across

To explain an idea, beliefs, etc. in a way people can understand

I am not very good at putting my ideas across.

Set out

To explain, describe, or arrange something in a clear and detailed way in speech or writing

I set out our objections to the plan at the conference.

Lay out

To explain or describe something clearly, usually in writing

SW: set out

All the terms and conditions are laid out in the documents.

Run through

To explain, read, or look at something quickly

I ran through details of the evening’s events at the briefing.


Talk about something in detail (synonyms, similar words, thesaurus)

Talk about something in detail


To talk or write about something in detail

The female professor is discussing a math problem.


To think about, study or describe an idea, a subject, a plan, etc. carefully

The female professor is examining a math problem.


To examine or discuss a subject, idea, etc. carefully

He is exploring how the human brain will function.


To discuss something by speaking or writing about it

The professor treated the subject in his class.

Deal with

To talk about something

The teacher is dealing with the problem.



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.