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.


Request (synonyms, thesaurus, similar words)


Advice, Help


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

I am going to ask my boss for a vacation.



To ask someone for advice, help, etc.

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


Ask politely or officially



To ask for something politely or officially.

I requested permission to film at the castle.

Put in for something


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.


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.


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


Fishermen have appealed to the government for help.


Emotional Request


To make an urgent and emotional request for something.

She pleaded with me not to go.


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


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.


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

The kids kept pestering me to take them to Disneyland.


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

I have to badger my children into doing their homework.


More Words


To say firmly that you want something.

The union is demanding a ten percent pay rise.


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

The female workers claimed better working conditions.


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)



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.


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.


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.



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.


To teach one student or a small group.

She tutors a small group of students in English.


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.


To train a sports player or a performer.

He coaches young actors.



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

I am going to upskill the department.


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


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.


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

My boss is showing me how the component works.


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

My job involves demonstrating kitchen equipment.


To make clear to understand

Can you explain how the system works?



To make something clearer or easier to understand.

The doctor clarified my health condition.


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

Let me give a few examples to illustrate my point.


To say what something or someone is like.

I need to describe how we will do the experiment.


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


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


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)


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



To talk to someone about something.

To have a conversation with someone.


I’ve spoken to the manager about the matter.





To have a conversation with other people.


We all talked and laughed together.





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


We communicate in sign language.






To have a conversation with someone.


They are conversing quietly in the corner of the room.




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)


A conversation or discussion.


I had a nice talk with Matthew yesterday.




Talks (noun)


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.





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.




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.





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.




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)



Informal conversation about things that are not very important.


We exchanged some chitchat about the exams.




Chatter (noun)


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


I couldn’t stand their gossip and idle chatter.




Small talk


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)


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


I enjoyed their friendly banter.


Gossip (noun)



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


They always spread office gossip.