Decide which word in each of these groups is significantly different from the others.
What does it mean? (Use your dictionary where necessary.)
EXAMPLE: a custom, a habit, an anomaly, a tradition an anomaly = a strange or unusual feature of a situation
to celebrate , to commiserate, to commemorate, to honour
We always celebrate our wedding anniversary
by going out to dinner.
to inflame, to douse, to extinguish (to put out) , to smother
a spirit, a phantom, a ghost , a premonition
to originate, to terminate, to initiate, to conceive
to soothe, to startle, to alarm, to frighten
a rebellion, an insurrection , a mutiny , an assembly
In each of the groups of words in 1-8 above three of the words
have a similar meaning. Make distinctions about when you use each of the
three words which are similar.
EXAMPLE: a custom, a habit, an anomaly, a tradition
A custom is usually something which has been done for a long time by a group.
'It's our custom
to have a party at the end of every school year.'
A habit is something someone does again and again, perhaps without realising it.
'He has an annoying habit of biting his nails.'
A tradition is similar to a custom,
but may be older and passed down from parents to their children.
'We have a tradition in our family to go for a long walk after Christmas lunch.'
Use the most appropriate word from Exercise I
(in the correct form) in each of the following sentences.
to express sympathy to someone about some bad luck
I began by commiserating with her over the defeat.
Ahh never mind, it's not so bad.
Don't worry about a thing, because every little thing, is going to be alright
/kəmem.ə.reɪtt/ v [T]
to remember officially and give respect to a great person or event,
especially by a public ceremony or by making a statue or special building
Gathered all together in this church,
we commemorate those who lost their lives in the great war.
A statue has been built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the poet's birthday.
/prem.ənɪʃ. ə n/ uS
pronunciation symbol, /pri.mə-/ n [C]
a feeling that something, especially something unpleasant, is going to happen
[+ that] He had a premonition that his plane would crash, so he took the train.
She had a sudden premonition of what the future might bring.
/fæn.t ə m/uS pronunciation symbol/-t ̬ ə m/ n [C]
a spirit of a dead person believed by some to visit the living as a pale,
almost transparent form of a person, animal or other object; a ghost
A phantom coach is said to pass through
the grounds of this house when there's a full moon.
humorous The phantom wine-drinker has been around
- this was almost a full bottle when I
put it in the fridge (= an unknown person has been drinking the wine)!
(also dowse ) /daʊz/ v [T]
to make something or someone wet by throwing a lot of liquid over them
We watched as demonstrators doused a car in/with petrol and set it alight.>
to stop a fire or light from burning or shining,
especially by putting water on it or by covering it with something
smother verb (COVER)
/smʌð.ə r /US pronunciation symbol /-ɚ/ v [T]
to kill someone by covering their face so that they cannot breathe
They threatened to smother the animals with plastic bags.
To kill something by covering it and preventing
it from receiving the substances and conditions it needs for life
Snow soon smothered the last of the blooms.
figurative I tried desperately to smother a sneeze
(= I tried not to sneeze) during his speech.
to stop a fire from burning by covering
it with something which prevents air from reaching it
I threw a blanket over the cooker to smother the flames.
/ɪnfleɪm/ v [T]
to cause or increase very strong feelings such as anger or excitement
Reducing the number of staff is certain to inflame the already angry medical profession.
pictures of the bombed and burning city inflamed feelings/passions further.
/ɪn.s ə rek.ʃ ə
n /US pronunciation symbol/-sɚ- / n [C or u]
an organized attempt by a group of people
to defeat their government and take control of their country, usually by violence
revolution noun (CHANGE)
/rev.əlu.ʃ ə n/ n
[C] a very important change in the way that people do things
a technological revolution
penicillin produced a revolution in medicine.
/rev.əlu.ʃ ə n / n [C or u]
violent action organized by a group of people
who are trying to change the political system in their country
The government has brutally crushed the rebellion.
action against those in authority or against
the rules or against normal and accepted ways of behaving
a backbench rebellion against the new foreign policy
her teenage rebellion
Now find one approximate synonym for each of the following words.
(Refer to a thesaurus or a dictionary such as the Longman Language Activator.)
Make a note of any differences in meaning with the original word.
Then compare your synonyms with other students.
Record in your vocabulary notebook all the new words you have learnt.
Take care to note the exact meaning and context when particular words can be used.