Antonyms and Synonyms – word lists, activities, and worksheets

Antonyms list in developmental order:

Basic – all/none;  big/little;  day/night;  fake/real; up/down;  near/ far;   loud/ quiet;  best/worst;  give/ take;  in/ out;   stop/ go;   fast/ slow;   wet/dry;   up/down;  good/bad;   hot/ cold;   give/ take;   pull/ push;   young/old

Elementary – add/subtract;  answer/question;  beginning/end;  create/destroy;  more/ less;  first/ last;  real/ make-believe;  left/ right;  easy/difficult;  remember/forget;  question/ answer;  hello/ goodbye;  listen/ignore;  cloudy/ sunny;  harm/ benefit;  east/west;  even/odd;  forward/backward;  most/ least;  male/ female;  straight/ bent;  loose/tight;  part/whole;  north/ south;  shiny/ dull;  invisible/visible;  tomorrow/ yesterday;  upper-case/lower-case

Secondary – attract/repel;  increase/ decrease;  cause/ effect;  fact/ fiction;  similar/ different;  future/past;  simple/ complex;  certain/doubtful; majority/minority;  problem/ solution;  multiply/ divide;  common/ rare;  probable/unlikely;  stimulus/response;  fire/hire;  lead/follow;  rise/fall; positive/negative;  guilty/innocent

Synonyms list in developmental order:

Early Elementary – angry/mad, assist/help, bad/awful, begin/start, below/under, bother/annoy, buy/purchase, choose/pick, close/shut, connect/join, combine/mix, company/business, component/part, conclusion/ending, couch/sofa, dad/father, data/information, dirt/soil, find/locate, easy/simple, equal/same, get/receive, image/picture, imitate/copy, intelligent/smart, law/rule, lucky/fortunate, mix/stir, object/thing, observe/watch, name/title, quiet/silent, right/correct, order/sequence, rich/wealthy, tell/say, raise/lift, rescue/save, thin/narrow, trade/swap, trash/garbage, unusual/strange, watch/observe

Later Elementary – accomplish/achieve, answer/reply, antonym/opposite, artificial/man made, attribute/property, bargain/deal, choose/select, collect/gather, complete/finish, danger/hazard, directions/instructions, empty/vacant, estimate/guess, faithful/loyal, float/drift, genuine/real, hall/corridor, hurry/rush, illustration/picture, job/occupation, labor/work, last/final, many/numerous, praise/compliment, reliable/dependable

Secondary – brief/concise, casual/informal, clear/transparent, country/nation, dive/plunge, enlarge/ magnify, evidence/support, freedom/liberty, inspect/examine, instance/occurrence, meaningful/significant, necessary/required, previous/former, value/worth

Antonym Contrast Cards

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(1) Antonyms Basic 1 Doc PDF;  (2) Antonyms Basic 2 Doc PDF;     (3) Antonyms Elem 1 Doc PDF;    (4) Antonyms Elem 2 Doc PDF

Antonym and Synonym Word Searches

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(1) Basic Antonyms Word Search Doc PDF;      (2) Later Developing Antonyms Word Search Doc PDF

Antonyms and Synonyms Matching Worksheets

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(1) Antonyms Matching – Basic  Doc PDF;      (2) Antonyms Matching – Early Elementary  Doc PDF;     (3) Combined Antonyms Matching Activity Doc PDF;     (4) Synonyms Matching – Early Elementary  Doc PDF;      (5) Synonyms Matching – Later Elementary Doc PDF;

Other Antonyms and Synonyms Worksheets and Activities

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(1) Antonyms and Synonyms Sentence Jumble Doc PDF;     (2)  Antonyms Grid  Doc PDF;      (3) Synonyms Grid Doc PDF  (4) Basic Antonyms Remember It Doc PDF;     (5) Later Developing Antonyms Remember It Doc PDF(6) Basic Synonyms Remember It Doc PDF;     (7) Later Developing Synonyms Remember It Doc PDF

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104 thoughts on “Antonyms and Synonyms – word lists, activities, and worksheets

  1. ahme badr

    thanks very much
    that is really great source that can always help us to imrove and develop our english as teachers and students too.


  2. Anonymous

    My second grade students love these worksheets especially the word searches. Thanks alot !!!


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  4. sunny

    thanks a lot ,im very poor in these grammatical .i hope so i could improve my knowledge by overviewing ur above pdf files.if possible could you please mail me basic english course files, so that i can go through it.


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  6. hira

    thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks……………………………
    thankyou so much …………………..


  7. sadie

    this page is very very good, you must do table of comparations of antonyms and synonyms



  8. Anonymous

    Thanks so much for this site. I am an ESL teacher , currently working with a “mild to severe ” synonym continuum. ( “annoyed, angry,enraged). I now have new ideas, and it’s my hope my student will enjoy this as she learns . Thanks again. – Island mom


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  10. kim

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  11. Paul Post author

    At the time I created the lists, maybe 10 years ago, I used the Nevada Education Benchmarks, I think it was Ohio’s benchmarks, and much of just my own judgment. It was not meant to be scientifically based – which I don’t think something like that even can be – but a loose, flexible guide to language therapy.


  12. Rijan

    Thank you so much., this kind of synonyms are very important for your study. Thank you once again.


  13. Kristin Edmonds

    Could you please cite the source of the developmental word list? Thanks.


  14. Paul Post author

    I developed these about 15 years ago, based on a combination of Nevada’s and (I think it was) Virginia’s grade level expectations, and my own opinion. My list is similar to any core criteria, or grade level list, in that it has to be more reliant on belief than rigid science. They’re meant to be a helpful, and loose, guideline about what sort of order in which these words are generally learned.


  15. Linlyn Amistad

    thank you very much. it was really a great help. less stress to a working parent.


  16. Anonymous

    This is very helpful to me . I was having a test and the day before I was finding synonyms and antonyms list but could not


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  19. Lore

    Thank you, you are the best. I am hoping to create the same in Spanish!


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