We are pleased to announced a reimagined writing tool on Thesaurus.com. Since Dr. Peter Mark Roget created his monumental thesaurus in 1852, few have reevaluated how we consider synonymy in English. Are some words exact synonyms and others further afield? When you are looking for a synonym, what problem are you trying to solve?
Lists of synonyms are useful when we are struggling to write, searching for just the right word, but can’t we do better than that? The new Thesaurus.com has revolutionized that “list of synonyms” into a dynamic experience that sorts and filters words by their senses, relevance, complexity, and length. What are senses? Think about the word “light.” Just that one word has a range of meanings: illuminated, context, not heavy, funny, to start a fire, and so on. Once you select which sense of a word you are aiming for, our proprietary algorithms sort the results by relevance. You can further refine the results by complexity and length. Are you looking to impress your boss or professor? Try incandescent. Writing a note to your seven-year-old cousin? Use shining. (Of course, you can still sort words in the traditional alphabetical format if you prefer.) You can filter by commonly used and informal words too.
We also added more than a thousand new synonyms for modern words and jargon, like stakeholder, optimize, positivity, morph, seamless, and more.
Thesaurus.com now also allows you to save your favorite synonyms by your search query. Do you constantly look up synonyms for important? Now you can save your ideal synonyms for all those tricky but ubiquitous words. The new Thesaurus.com is here to simultaneously simplify and enliven your language, because every word search should also be a treasure hunt!
(On an iOS mobile device? You can get these new features in Thesaurus Rex by Dictionary.com.)
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