Sometimes when I am writing I struggle to find the right word. Sometimes I catch myself repeating the same work too often. To tackle these issues, I regularly use online thesauruses (other plural form: thesauri). This short post offers my top 3 online thesauruses that I use when I am writing (in English).
thesaurus.com is a tried and true staple. Many of you probably already know about this site, but since I use it so often I wanted to include it. It’s easy to use and pretty effective.
I was introduced to Wordnik by a colleague during the first year of my doctoral program. Since then, it has been one of my favorite writing tools. It’s not a pure thesaurus, but more of an all-around word resource. The ‘Related Words’ section is the thesaurus part. I tend to use Wordnik when I am carefully trying to find the right word. It’s especially useful to have the various meanings of a word and examples of its usage on the same page.
I recently found Power Thesaurus and I am hooked. If you don’t think thesaurus.com offers enough words, then Power Thesaurus has you covered. In addition to producing an abundance of words, I really like the ‘Broader’ and ‘Narrower’ tabs, which allow you to explore words in those categories.
I hope these online thesauruses will be useful the next time you get stuck on a word.
What’s your favorite online thesaurus? Have you tried any on this list? Let me know in the comments below.
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