Look up words in the thesaurus (2023)

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Using the thesaurus, you can look up synonyms (different words with the same meaning) and antonyms (words with the opposite meaning).

Tip:In the desktop versions of Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook, you can get a quick list of synonyms by right-clicking a word and choosing Synonyms.The Office Online apps don't include a synonym finder.

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  1. Click the word in your document that you want to look up.

  2. On the Review tab, click Thesaurus.

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  3. To use one of the words in the list of results or to search for more words, do one of the following:

    • To replace your selected word with one of the words from the list, point to it, click the down arrow, then click Insert.

    • To copy and paste a word from the list, point to it, click the down arrow, then click Copy. You can then paste the word anywhere that you like.

    • To look up additional related words, click a word in the list of results.

Tips:You can also look up words in the thesaurus of another language. If, for example, your document is in French and you want synonyms, do this:

  • In Word 2007, click Research options in the Research task pane, and then under Reference Books, select the thesaurus options that you want.

  • In Word 2010 or Word 2013, on the Review tab, click Research. Click Research options in the Research task pane, and then under Reference Books, select the thesaurus options that you want.

  • In Word 2016, on the Review tab, click Thesaurus. At the bottom of the Thesaurus task pane, select a language from the drop-down list.

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  1. Click the word in your workbook that you want to look up.

  2. On the Review tab, click Thesaurus.

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  3. To use one of the words in the list of results or to search for more words, do one of the following:

Tips:You can also look up words in the thesaurus of another language. If, for example, your workbook is in French and you want synonyms, do this:

  • In Excel 2007, click Research options in the Research task pane, and then under Reference Books, select the thesaurus options that you want.

  • In Excel 2010 or Excel 2013, on the Review tab, click Research. Click Research options in the Research task pane, and then under Reference Books, select the thesaurus options that you want.

  • In Excel 2016, on the Review tab, click Thesaurus. At the bottom of the Thesaurus task pane, select a language from the drop-down list.

  1. Select the word in your notebook that you want to look up.

  2. In OneNote 2007, on the Tools menu, click Research, and then in the All Reference Books list, click Thesaurus.

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    In OneNote 2010, on the Review tab, click Research, and then in the All Reference Books list, click Thesaurus.

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    In OneNote 2013 or OneNote 2016, on the Review tab, click Thesaurus.

  3. To use one of the words in the list of results or to search for more words, do one of the following:

    • To replace your selected word with one of the words from the list, point to it, click the down arrow, then click Insert.

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    • To copy and paste a word from the list, point to it, click the down arrow, then click Copy. You can then paste the word anywhere that you like.

    • To look up additional related words, click a word in the list of results.

Tip:You can also look up words in the thesaurus of another language. If, for example, your text is in French and you want synonyms, on the Review tab, click Research. Click Research options in the Research task pane, and then under Reference Books, select the thesaurus options that you want.

  1. Click the word in your Outlook item that you want to look up.

  2. In Outlook 2007, on the Message tab, in the Proofing group, click Spelling, and then click Thesaurus.

    In Outlook 2010, Outlook 2013, or Outlook 2016, click the Review tab, then click Thesaurus.

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    Note:In Microsoft Outlook, the Thesaurus or Research task pane is available in any new Outlook item -- such as a message, or a calendar item -- but not from the main Outlook window.

  3. To use one of the words in the list of results or to search for more words, do one of the following:

    • To replace your selected word with one of the words from the list, point to it, click the down arrow, then click Insert.

    • To copy and paste a word from the list, point to it, click the down arrow, then click Copy. You can then paste the word anywhere that you like.

    • To look up additional related words, click a word in the list of results.

Tips:You can also look up words in the thesaurus of another language. If, for example, your text is in French and you want synonyms, do this:

  • In Outlook 2007, click Research options in the Research task pane, and then under Reference Books, select the thesaurus options that you want.

  • In Outlook 2010 or Outlook 2013, on the Review tab, click Research. Click Research options in the Research task pane, and then under Reference Books, select the thesaurus options that you want.

  • In Outlook 2016, on the Review tab, click Thesaurus. At the bottom of the Thesaurus task pane, select a language from the drop-down list.

  1. Click the word in your presentation that you want to look up.

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  2. On the Review tab, click Thesaurus.

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  3. To use one of the words in the list of results or to search for more words, do one of the following:

    • To replace your selected word with one of the words from the list, point to it, click the down arrow, then click Insert.

    • To copy and paste a word from the list, point to it, click the down arrow, then click Copy. You can then paste the word anywhere that you like.

    • To look up additional related words, click a word in the list of results.

Tips:You can also look up words in the thesaurus of another language. If, for example, your document is in French and you want synonyms, do this:

  • In PowerPoint 2007, click Research options in the Research task pane, and then under Reference Books, select the thesaurus options that you want.

  • In PowerPoint 2010 or PowerPoint 2013, on the Review tab, click Research. Click Research options in the Research task pane, and then under Reference Books, select the thesaurus options that you want.

  • In Outlook 2016, on the Review tab, click Thesaurus. At the bottom of the Thesaurus task pane, select a language from the drop-down list.

  1. Click the word in your publication that you want to look up.

    In Publisher 2007, on the Tools menu, click Research, and then in the All Reference Books list, click Thesaurus.

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    In Publisher 2010, on the Home tab, click Spelling, and then click Thesaurus.

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    In Publisher 2013 or Publisher 2016, on the Review tab, click Thesaurus.

  2. To use one of the words in the list of results or to search for more words, do one of the following:

    • To replace your selected word with one of the words from the list, point to it, click the down arrow, then click Insert.

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    • To copy and paste a word from the list, point to it, click the down arrow, then click Copy. You can then paste the word anywhere that you like.

    • To look up additional related words, click a word in the list of results.

Tip:You can also look up words in the thesaurus of another language. If, for example, your publication is in French and you want synonyms, on the Review tab, click Research. Click Research options in the Research task pane, and then under Reference Books, select the thesaurus options that you want.

  1. Click the word in your diagram that you want to look up.

  2. In Visio 2007, on the Tools menu, click Research, and then in the All Reference Books list, click Thesaurus.

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    In Visio 2010, Visio 2013, or Visio 2016, on the Review tab, click Thesaurus.

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  3. To use one of the words in the list of results or to search for more words, do one of the following:

    • To replace your selected word with one of the words from the list, point to it, click the down arrow, then click Insert.

    • To copy and paste a word from the list, point to it, click the down arrow, then click Copy. You can then paste the word anywhere that you like.

    • To look up additional related words, click a word in the list of results.

Tips:You can also look up words in the thesaurus of another language. If, for example, your diagram is in French and you want synonyms, do this:

  • In Visio 2007, click Research options in the Research task pane, and then under Reference Books, select the thesaurus options that you want.

  • In Visio 2010 or Visio 2013, on the Review tab, click Research. Click Research options in the Research task pane, and then under Reference Books, select the thesaurus options that you want.

  • In Visio 2016, on the Review tab, click Thesaurus. At the bottom of the Thesaurus task pane, select a language from the drop-down list.

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FAQs

How do I find thesaurus in word? ›

You can also use Thesaurus using the Review tab. Step 1: Open the new Word document or an existing Word document. Step 3: Go to the Review tab on the Ribbon and click on the Thesaurus option in the Proofing section or you can simply press shortcut key Shift + F7.

What is the synonym of look it up? ›

Synonyms and related words

To try to find out information. investigate. look into. follow up.

Whats the word for look up to? ›

TO ADMIRE SOMEONE OR SOMETHING

I've always admired her for her generous spirit. I respect her for what she has achieved, but I would have approached it very differently. Everyone thinks highly of him. Her colleagues in Washington hold her in very high esteem.

How do you use smart lookup in word? ›

Get insights into what you're working on with Smart Lookup
  1. Select a word or phrase.
  2. Right-click the selected text, and choose Search.
  3. The results pane opens showing more information about that word or phrase, including definitions, Wikipedia articles, and top related searches from the web.

Does Google have a thesaurus? ›

The OneLook Thesaurus add-on for Google Docs brings the brainstorming power of OneLook and RhymeZone directly to your editing process. As you're writing a document in Google Docs, just select one of the 6 function buttons to find engaging alternatives, admirable adjectives, rapturous rhymes, and more.

Whats meaning of look up? ›

transitive verb. : to search for in or as if in a reference work. look up an address. : to seek out especially for a brief visit. look me up when you're here.

What look up to meaning? ›

: to respect and admire (someone) I've always looked up to my older brother. The kids really look up to their coach.

What do it mean by look up? ›

/lʊk/ B1. to try to find a piece of information by looking in a book or on a computer: If you don't know what the word means, look it up in a dictionary.

What kind of word is look up? ›

Look up is a verb - Word Type.

How do you use look up in a sentence? ›

look up
  1. She looked up from her book as I entered the room.
  2. She looked up at me sharply when I said that.

Is there a lookup function in Word? ›

Use LOOKUP, one of the lookup and reference functions, when you need to look in a single row or column and find a value from the same position in a second row or column. For example, let's say you know the part number for an auto part, but you don't know the price.

How do I do an advanced search in Word? ›

To display the Advanced Search page, click the Advanced link next to the Search box on the search results page or on a Search Center site. Under Find documents with, type words or phrases in the fields that are shown in the following illustration.

How do I make a word searchable? ›

CONVERTING A WORD DOCUMENT TO A SEARCHABLE PDF 1) Open your document in Microsoft Word. 2) Click on File. 3) Choose “Save as.” 4) Choose the correct file folder you want the document to be saved in and then click on the drop down arrow under “Save as type:” Page 2 5) Choose “pdf” and then click “save.”

Is there a free thesaurus? ›

Macmillan Dictionary includes a free thesaurus. Every word, phrase, phrasal verb, and individual meaning in the Macmillan Dictionary has a corresponding entry in the Macmillan Thesaurus. The thesaurus website provides a fully searchable resource with the full content of the thesaurus.

Is OneLook Thesaurus free? ›

We offer a OneLook Thesaurus iPhone/iPad app for a low subscription fee, with a two-week free trial. This gives you OneLook at your fingertips, and several cool app-only features, while helping us maintain the service for all!

Is look up one or two words? ›

Lookup and look up

“Look up” is a verb. “I'm going to look up the address.” The same distinction holds true for “hookup” and “hook up.” The single word is the noun.

What means look up to you? ›

to admire and respect someone: He'd always looked up to his uncle.

Who do you look up to means? ›

If you look up to someone, especially someone older than you, you respect and admire them.

Which is correct lookup or look up? ›

To look up is a verb, and only a verb. A verb cannot be used to qualify a noun like an adjective or another noun can. A lookup is a noun. Nouns can be used to qualify other nouns like adjectives can.

Why we look up is used? ›

Use VLOOKUP when you need to find things in a table or a range by row. For example, look up a price of an automotive part by the part number, or find an employee name based on their employee ID.

When to use look for and look up? ›

The phrasal verb look up means to find in some kind of authoritative reference, like a dictionary or encyclopedia. The phrasal verb look for means to try to find something, but not necessarily in an authoritative reference.

Is look up a preposition? ›

In this case, the combination of the verb and the preposition (look up) means to research. It does not mean the physical action of the eyes (look). This preposition does change the meaning of the verb, and therefore “look up” is a true phrasal verb and not just a verb followed by a preposition.

What is the shortcut key for thesaurus in word? ›

For the thesaurus, just select a word, then press Shift+F7. Watch the video below to see these shortcuts in action.

Does word processor have thesaurus? ›

1. A thesaurus is a software tool included with some word processors that provides synonyms for selected words on command. Users using Microsoft Word can open a thesaurus by highlighting the word they want to look up and pressing the shortcut key Shift + F7 .

How do you use Thesaurus? ›

This is how you can use a thesaurus in your research:
  1. Choose a word as a starting point.
  2. Like a dictionary, find the word in the alphabetic arrangement.
  3. Once you find the word, look at the words that are listed alongside the main word.
  4. Choose another word that will work to replace the word that was your starting point.

What is Shift F7? ›

Shift+F7 Runs a Thesaurus check on the selected word. Shift+F12 Save the open document.

What is the function of F12 key? ›

F12: Prints the file in the active window. F3: Cancels the previous undo action. F7: Replies to the e-mail in the active window. F11: Saves the file in the active window.

What is the best app for thesaurus? ›

The 5 Best Thesaurus Apps for Android and iOS
  1. Power Thesaurus. 3 Images. Close. There are no frills with the Power Thesaurus app. ...
  2. Concise Oxford Thesaurus. 3 Images. Close. ...
  3. Word Hippo. 3 Images. Close. ...
  4. Pocket Thesaurus. 3 Images. Close. ...
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Is there a thesaurus in Grammarly? ›

Next time you're writing with Grammarly's browser extension, double-click a word you've written to see a list of synonyms. (This works in the Grammarly Editor, too.)

How do you use LibreOffice thesaurus? ›

Open any Writer document, and put your cursor to a word . Then choose Right Click > Synonyms . Thesaurus feature is enabled by default in LibreOffice if the Synonym option is available. You can now click on any synonym and apply it to the LIVE document.

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