Exercises To Improve Your Vocabulary: Words N-P, Synonyms

Here is the next exercise to increase your vocabulary. Think carefully about the different shades of meaning each word has in the following groups of synonyms. Then write a sentence that uses each word precisely. If you need help, double click the word and we’ll open an online dictionary for you at the relevant word.

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The following vocabulary list is adapted from The Century Vocabulary Builder.


Near, nigh, close, neighboring, adjacent, contiguous.


Neat, tidy, orderly, spruce, trim, prim.


Needful, necessary, requisite, essential, indispensable.


Negligence, neglect, inattention, inattentiveness, inadvertence, remissness, oversight.


New, novel, fresh, recent, modern, late, innovative, unprecedented.


Nice, fastidious, dainty, finical, squeamish.


Noisy, clamorous, boisterous, hilarious, turbulent, riotous, obstreperous, uproarious, vociferous, blatant, brawling.


Noticeable, prominent, conspicuous, salient, signal.


Order (noun), command, mandate, behest, injunction, decree.


Order (verb), command, enjoin, direct, instruct.


Oversight, supervision, direction, superintendence, surveillance.


Pale, pallid, wan, colorless, blanched, ghastly, ashen, cadaverous.


Patience, forbearance, resignation, longsuffering.


Penetrate, pierce, perforate.


Place, office, post, position, situation, appointment.


Plan, design, project, scheme, plot.


Playful, mischievous, roguish, prankish, sportive, arch.


Plentiful, plenteous, abundant, bounteous, copious, profuse, exuberant, luxuriant.


Plunder, rifle, loot, sack, pillage, devastate, despoil.


Pretty, beautiful, comely, handsome, fair.


Profitable, remunerative, lucrative, gainful.


Prompt, punctual, ready, expeditious.


Pull, draw, drag, haul, tug, tow.


Push, shove, thrust.


Puzzle, perplex, mystify, bewilder.

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