What does synonymous mean?

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.


  1. synonymous

    Synonymous generally refers to words or phrases that have the same or nearly the same meaning as another word or phrase in the same language. It can also refer to something closely associated with or suggestive of something else.

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. Lori Lightfoot:

    Here in Chicago, the word' Lollapalooza' has always been synonymous with summer, great music and four days of unforgettable fun -- which made last year's decision to postpone it all the more difficult, now, less than a year later and armed with a vaccine that is safe, effective and widely available, we are able to bring back one of our city's most iconic summer music festivals.

  2. Christopher Rufo:

    What I've discovered is that about a third of the Fortune 100 companies that I can verify are promoting the principles of CRT, including systemic racism, White privilege, this idea that whiteness is synonymous with evil, exploitation and oppression. And one of the companies that actually was the one of the worst offenders was American Express, american Express is teaching its employees that the country was fundamentally racist, that capitalism was fundamentally oppressive and that their White employees were guilty of White privilege and internalized White supremacy. All of these horrific crimes based solely on their skin color.

  3. Greg Moon:

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

  4. Sakio Bika:

    It's not the Dark Destroyer no more, because everything synonymous with the Dark Destroyer I don't want to know, it's Nigel Benn' Benjamin Button' Benn, the older I get the fitter I am. I'm telling you, 100 %. Forget about age. If you watch how I train, it's not about age.

  5. 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.

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