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Concept clusters in the subject Social systems (Top)
Academia Active woman Administration Adult magazine Advanced degree All-nighter Allying Ancestral homeland Anointing Anti-Black racism Appointed representative Art-science hub Arthurian Legend Attendants at a wedding Attending an event or activity Attending school Auditorium Awards BDSM BDSM play Baby or toddler Baron or baroness Belief Bench in a legislative body Bicameral legislature Bitcoin Bonded relationship Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Branding British government British history Brothel Brotherhood Burg or fortified town Business Business hub C-suite executive Camping Caravan of travelers Caring for a baby Cash Celebration day Chapter Chick lit Chief or leader Child or young person Christmas celebrations Church chancel Circus or carnival sideshow Citizen Cohabiting Coins Coins (2) Coins (3) Coins and notes Coins and their values Collaborating Collaborating (2) Communion in Christianity Community Organization Confederacy in the Civil War Confession Congress/Parliament Corrections Court enforcement officer Court of law Court of law (2) Court of law (3) Currency Currency (2) Currency (3) Currency (4) Currency (5) Currency names Currency unit Day work Days of the week Delegating Different sizes of nails Different types of theater Domestic worker Dwelling Earth Mother Easter season observances Ecclesiastical benefice Elderly person Elderspeak Empowered female leader Endearment Entity Entourage Envoy Escorting someone Espionage Expressing one's opinion Family members Family members and relatives Fantasy or imaginary place Farmer Farmer's market Farming Farming (2) Father Father (2) Fatherhood Fatherhood (2) Feast Federal union Female authority Female domestic servant Female expert Female hero Female leader Female religious roles Female role worker Female role/profession Female roles Female ruler Feminine titles Festival Feudalism Filmmaking dolly Forensic science Forming a corporation Fraternity is a united group Freedom Freshman Friendship Friendship (2) Friendship to romance Funeral Gangsta Gangster or thug Gender roles in the workplace Girl Guiding Giving advice or consulting Giving orders or instructions Global currencies Gov't/org admin role Governing Governing body or authority Governing or managing a school Government by multiple rulers Government officials Grading Group dominance Group of animals or people Group/status-based Guard Guiding Having a close bond with someone not related Having a godparent Having a job or career Having a large amount of money Having authority Having control Having fun with friends Having money Hero High-end fashion Hired servant Historic architectural styles Historical currencies Historical currency Holding a position Holding a position or office Holidays Holy Bible Holy Roman Emperor Holy day Home life Homemaking Honorable or honourable Honorific titles Hostel as a type of lodging House Housekeeper Housewife Illicit trade In charge of In power Infantryman Inferior Influencing public opinion through communication Inheritance Innkeeper James Bond character Jesus as the son of God Judgment Day Junket outing Jury trial King or ruler Knight in medieval times Labor unions Labour Large group of people Laws and legal systems Lawyer or attorney Leader Leader (2) Leadership Legal authority Legal decree Legal judgment Legal representation Legion Legislation Legislative session Legislature Letter grades Little old Living in a rural area Living in an urban area Living independently Lobbyism Local official Mafia Making something yourself Male romantic partner Man Manager Mania Manual labor Mariology Marriage Marriage (2) Mass Master Mason Mateship Matryoshka dolls Medical care Medieval court Mega Merchant or trader Military rank Monarch or ruler Monarchy Month names Motherhood Neighbourliness Network marketing Nightclubs Nighttime Noble title Numismatics Object manipulation Office worker Online trolling Otaku culture Participation Particular month Paternal genealogy Patriarchy Patron/protector Peasant or rural person Penny specifically Person who is travelling Pet ownership and care Physical location Physical seat Pioneering Place where someone lives Playground Plaza Plebeian Plex = # units Police officers Police officers (2) Police officers (3) Political power Political subdivision Portmanteaus Prayer book President and their family Primary election Prison Prison cell Private detective Private law Prostitute or sex worker Protective guard(s) Protesting/demonstrating Providing care for children Providing food and drink Providing legal representation Providing medical care Provincial Purebred animals Racism and racial slurs Recording information Regent Regional head Registry Regulatory framework Related by blood or marriage Religious devotion Renaissance fair specifically Residing Retail store Room Room in a house Royalty or a monarchy Ruler having absolute power Ruler/leader Rural or rustic people Safe haven Safeguarding Scholarship School or university Seigneurial system Selling goods or services Separate legal entity Servant Servicemember Shilling Siblings Skilled Slang terms for prison or jail Slang words for money Slavery Slum living Small or little Small pieces or amounts Social status Sovereign state Sovereignty Specific type of room Squire in medieval times State or a ruling body Straw buyer Strip club Strong woman Style of house Subordinate Subordinate official Subordinate rank or position Supervising Supreme Being or Creator Surveillance Taking a short trip Taking a vacation or holiday Teacher Teaching or being a professor Teaming Tech entrepreneurship Territory in particular Titles of nobility Tour or touring Tourism Tourist Translation/interpretation Traveling Travelling on a road Troop Troubles UK Holidays & Observances Unifying Unionism vs CSA Unit of soldiers United Nations Units of measurement Unmarried Unmarried woman Very frugal with money Vocational study Voting in an election Warfare Watching or guarding something Wedding party members Westminster System White supremacy Whiteness Widow Woman Woman (2) Womanhood Worker Working a typical 9-to-5 job Working on the ground Written constitution Young woman

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How do I use OneLook's thesaurus / reverse dictionary?

OneLook lets you find any kind of word for any kind of writing. Like a traditional thesaurus, you can use it to find synonyms and antonyms, but it's far more flexible. Describe what you're looking for with a single word, a few words, or even a whole sentence. Type in your description and hit Enter (or select a word that shows up in the autocomplete preview) to see the related words. You can order, filter, and explore the words that come back in a variety of creative ways. Here's a video which goes over some of the basics.

What are some examples?

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
🔆 Find more words similar to some examples (comma-separated list) squishy,spongy,gooey
ice cream,pie,cookies
🔆 Answer basic identification questions capital of Vietnam
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

Exploring the results

Click on any result to see definitions and usage examples tailored to your search, as well as links to follow-up searches and additional usage information when available. OneLook knows about more than 2 million different words and expressions covering every topic under the sun. Try exploring a favorite topic for a while and you'll be surprised how much new stuff there is to learn!

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

You can refine your search by clicking on the "Advanced filters" button on the results page. This lets you narrow down your results to match a certain starting letter, number of letters, number of syllables, related concept, meter, vowel sound, or number of syllables. Read more details on filters if you're interested in how they work.

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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Is this available in any language other than English?

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

How does it work?

We use a souped-up version of our own Datamuse API, which in turn uses several lingustic resources described in the "Data sources" section on that page. The definitions come from Wiktionary, Wikipedia, and WordNet. Here are some known problems with the current system.
Much gratitude to Gultchin et al for the algorithm behind the "Most funny-sounding" sort order.

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