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Concept clusters in the subject Communication (Top)
Abbreviation Abbreviation (2) Affixation After or following Alphabet Alternate realities Analysis Analysis and interpretation Ancient Greece Antepenultimate Aphasia Art Artistic expression Axiom Beginning of the day Behavioral psychology Behaviorism in psychology Bibliographic indexing Biography Bookishness Bracket Breaking down Breaking down (2) Breaking down (3) Building design Calendar year Catastrophe Change and motion Characters Characters in computing Citing sources Clairvoyance Classifying Code-switching Collection of works Combinations Creating a fictional world Creating acronyms Creating and studying myths Creating new words or phrases Creating or capturing an image Cultural studies Day Definition Derivation Diacritical marks Dialogue Discourse Analysis Divination Documentary filmmaking Double letters Dramatist Dramaturgy Early morning Encyclopedic Epic poem or story Epistemology Epithalamium Ether in various forms Ethnic group Ethnicity Ethnography Experiential learning Experimental poetry Extra-sensory perception Extrasensory perception (ESP) Fabricating Figurative Figurative language Figurative phrase Figures of speech Figures of speech (2) Figures of speech (3) Form Forming or having ideas Frequency Gender-neutral entity Generations Geospatial technology Global or worldwide Graphology Greek alphabet Grouping Halftime Harmony Having multiple parts Having two of something Historical Homonyms Iconology Imagination In the middle ground Inauthentic Inauthentic (2) Industrial Informal logical fallacies Interaction among entities Interdisciplinary research Interpreting religious texts Jargon Language Language (2) Language (3) Language evolution Language variation Lexicographer Linguistics Linguistics (2) Linguistics (3) Linguistics (4) Literary studies Localization Logical reasoning Loving books and reading Magick Marks Mathematics Media studies Media studies (2) Meta Metafiction Metrical feet Middle or mid Military strategy and tactics Morphology Multi-party conversation Multiculturalism Multiculturalism (2) Multifaceted Multifaceted (2) Multifaceted (3) Multilingualism Multiperspective Multiple universes Museology Music Naming Naming (2) Naming after Narratology Necronym Noetic Numbering or enumeration Old or ancient Oneirology Onomatopoeia Ordering Palmistry Paradox Part of something Parts of speech Pattern recognition Penmanship Perfect or ideal place Periods of time Philosophical expression Philosophy Phonemes Phonology Phonology (2) Phonology (3) Physical matter Plagiarism Poetic Poetic language Poetics Polyphony Population Positioning of parts Post Post-event/period occurrence Postmortem Praising someone or something Pre in linguistics Pre-introducing Pre-speech sounds Predicting the future Preparation Prior event Producing sound with the voice Producing sound with the voice (2) Prophecy Pseudonym Psychology Psychology (2) Psychotherapies Public speaking Public speaking (2) Quotation marks Quotation marks (2) Religious belief systems Remote writing/communication Republic of Letters Retro-futurism Rhetoric Rhyming in poetry Rhythm in Music Robots Root noun Roundedness Runic Scientific research Season of autumn Season of summer Second Self-assembly Self-governance Semiotics Sigillography Signifying/indicating Single-word Sound as a noun Sound production Speaking cryptically Speaking in a particular way Speaking in obscene language Speech and language pathology Statistics Storytelling Structure Study of the mind Studying and analyzing methods Studying rocks and stones Studying the mind and behavior Sub- as a prefix Subdividing Subgroup Subliminal Subordinate clause Subset Supernatural Syllable count Syllables in a line of poetry Symbols and their meanings Syntactic Tech Technology Technology enthusiast Text interaction Theology Time-keeping Tone in music Tone or timbre Translation studies Transmigration Tropical Twins Twins or duality Two or being in pairs Ventriloquism Verb morphology Verbal communication Verse Visual perception Visualizing Vocabulary Vocabulary (2) Vocalizing Widespread coverage Word associations Word evolution Word formation Word formation (2) Word formation (3) Wordplay Worldview Writing and reading fiction Writing poetry Writing stories Writing systems Writing very short stories

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Example searches
🔆 Find a word by describing it barrel maker
before the flood
museum guide
search for food
urge to travel
what a milliner makes
tried twice for the same crime
when cancer spreads through the body
🔆 Explore synonyms and related concepts fancy
industrial revolution
🔆 Get a list of words in some category ("type of...") type of bird of prey
type of soft cheese
type of light bulb
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ice cream,pie,cookies
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longest river in the world
original host of Jeopardy
🔆 Solve crossword puzzle clues, or find words if you only know some of the letters.
(Use pattern:description syntax)
??lon:synthetic fabric
c*:board game

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Ordering the results

Your results will initially appear with the most closely related word shown first, the second-most closely shown second, and so on. You can re-order the results in a variety of different ways, including alphabetically, by length, by popularity, by modernness, by formality, and by other aspects of style. Click the box that says "Closest meaning first..." to see them all. (Here's a short video about sorting and filtering with OneLook Thesaurus.)

Filtering the results

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I'm only looking for synonyms! What's with all of these weird results?

For some kinds of searches only the first result or the first few results are truly synonyms or good substitutions for your search word. We highlight these results in yellow. Beyond that, the results are meant to inspire you to consider similar words and adjacent concepts. Not all of the results will make sense at first, but they're all connected with your search in some way. We'd rather give you too many options than too few. If you're unsure of a word, we urge you to click on it to check its definitions and usage examples before using it in your Oscars acceptance speech or honors thesis.

What are letter patterns?

If you know some letters in the word you're looking for, you can enter a pattern instead of, or in addition to, a description. Here are how patterns work:
  • The asterisk (*) matches any number of letters. That means that you can use it as a placeholder for any part of a word or phrase. For example, if you enter blueb* you'll get all the terms that start with "blueb"; if you enter *bird you'll get all the terms that end with "bird"; if you enter *lueb* you'll get all the terms that contain the sequence "lueb", and so forth. An asterisk can match zero letters, too.
  • The question mark (?) matches exactly one letter. That means that you can use it as a placeholder for a single letter or symbol. The query l?b?n?n,  for example, will find the word "Lebanon".

  • The number-sign (#) matches any English consonant. For example, the query tra#t finds the word "tract" but not "trait".

  • The at-sign (@) matches any English vowel (including "y"). For example, the query abo@t finds the word "about" but not "abort".

  • NEW! The comma (,) lets you combine multiple patterns into one. For example, the query ?????,*y* finds 5-letter words that contain a "y" somewhere, such as "happy" and "rhyme".

  • NEW! Use double-slashes (//) before a group of letters to unscramble them (that is, find anagrams.) For example, the query //soulbeat will find "absolute" and "bales out", and re//teeprsn will find "represent" and "repenters". You can use another double-slash to end the group and put letters you're sure of to the right of it. For example, the query //blabrcs//e will find "scrabble". Question marks can signify unknown letters as usual; for example, //we??? returns 5-letter words that contain a W and an E, such as "water" and "awake".

  • NEW! A minus sign (-) followed by some letters at the end of a pattern means "exclude these letters". For example, the query sp???-ei finds 5-letter words that start with "sp" but do not contain an "e"or an "i", such as "spoon" and "spray".

  • NEW! A plus sign (+) followed by some letters at the end of a pattern means "restrict to these letters". For example, the query *+ban finds "banana".

  • On OneLook's main search or directly on OneLook Thesaurus, you can combine patterns and thesaurus lookups by putting a colon (:) after a pattern and then typing a description of the word, as in ??lon:synthetic fabric and the other examples above.

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The same interface is now available in Spanish at OneLook Tesauro as a beta version. More languages are coming!

How does it work?

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Much gratitude to Gultchin et al for the algorithm behind the "Most funny-sounding" sort order.

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