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Definitions for synonymous
sɪˈnɒn ə məssyn·ony·mous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. synonymousadjective

    (of words) meaning the same or nearly the same


  1. synonymousadjective

    having a similar meaning

  2. synonymousadjective

    of, or being a synonym

  3. synonymousadjective

    Such that both its forms yield the same sequenced protein.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Synonymousadjective

    Expressing the same thing by different words.

    Etymology: synonyme, Fr. συνώνυμος.

    These words consist of two propositions which are not distinct in sense, but one and the same thing variously expressed; for wisdom and understanding are synonymous words here. John Tillotson.

    Fortune is but a synonymous word for nature and necessity. Richard Bentley, Sermons.

    When two or more words signify the same thing, as wave and billow, mead and meadow, they are usually called synonymous words. Isaac Watts, Logick.


  1. synonymous

    A synonym is a word, morpheme, or phrase that means exactly or nearly the same as another word, morpheme, or phrase in a given language. For example, in the English language, the words begin, start, commence, and initiate are all synonyms of one another: they are synonymous. The standard test for synonymy is substitution: one form can be replaced by another in a sentence without changing its meaning. Words are considered synonymous in only one particular sense: for example, long and extended in the context long time or extended time are synonymous, but long cannot be used in the phrase extended family. Synonyms with exactly the same meaning share a seme or denotational sememe, whereas those with inexactly similar meanings share a broader denotational or connotational sememe and thus overlap within a semantic field. The former are sometimes called cognitive synonyms and the latter, near-synonyms, plesionyms or poecilonyms.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Synonymousadjective

    having the character of a synonym; expressing the same thing; conveying the same, or approximately the same, idea

Editors Contribution

  1. Synonymous

    To be directly correlated with another object or subject

    "Laughing is synonymous with happiness."

    Submitted by anonymous on January 10, 2018  


  1. Synonymous

    words of different derivation applied to the same conception.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of synonymous in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of synonymous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of synonymous in a Sentence

  1. Malcolm Turnbull:

    We all woke up this morning shocked and bitterly disappointed by the news from South Africa, it seemed completely beyond belief that the Australian cricket team had been involved in cheating. After all, our cricketers are role models and cricket is synonymous with fair play.

  2. Benjamin Disraeli:

    We live in an age when to be young and indifferent can no longer be synonymous. We must prepare for the coming hour. The claims of the Future are represented by suffering millions and the Youth of a Nation are the trustees of Posterity.

  3. Will Ferrell:

    Ruth, Musial, Mantle, Will Ferrell, who would have thought that one day those names would be synonymous? Show of hands -- scratch that, never mind.

  4. Greg Moon:

    Grab is now synonymous with Southeast Asia’s exciting growth story.

  5. John Henry Cardinal Newman:

    A great memory is never made synonymous with wisdom, any more than a dictionary would be called a treatise.

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