Explanatory Notes to the Student Thesaurus

A thesaurus consists mostly of lists of words, and it is often difficult to know which word is best for a particular purpose. Because the English language has so many different ways of combining words with different shades of meaning, you should always use this thesaurus along with the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary.

Synonyms
Related Words
Antonyms
Near Antonyms
Entry Order and Kinds of Entries
Shared Meanings
Phrases
Plural Nouns
Variants
Cross-References
Usage Labels
Verbs
Verbal Illustrations
Word Duplication
Choosing the Right Word