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Antonyms

Concept : Find the Opposite Word!

Definition :

There are words that have exactly the opposite meaning to another. We call them antonyms.

Examples :

Hot - cold

Look for Meanings of the Word

The way to find antonyms is to remember the meaning of the word. The meaning of both the words are opposite to each other hence the words would be called as antonyms.

Examples:

  1. This is a picture of an elephant and an ant. We all know that an elephant is a huge animal. On the other hand, an ant is a tiny animal. These two words mean exactly the opposite thing. Therefore, we can call them antonyms.

  2. These two words are also antonyms or opposite words. Because they describe two opposite meaning.

  3. In the above example, the first child is very happy, and the other seems sad. The two words happy and sad describe different emotions. Therefore, we can call them antonyms or opposite words.

  4. In the above picture, we can see rocks and a teddy. A rock is hard, and a teddy is soft. These two words – hard and soft are two opposite words. Therefore, they are antonyms.

Why do we learn opposite words or antonyms?

  • Opposite words are great for descriptive writing. We use them in writing to show the two extremes of the thing we are decribing.
  • We can use antonyms to compare two things and describe what we exactly feel.
  • Antonyms help us to improve our vocabulary.

Look at the list of antonyms given below.

Sr. No. Words Antonyms
1. slow fast
2. strong weak
3. bad good
4. up down
5. hard soft
6. wet dry
7. question answer
8. loud quiet
9. strong weak
10. empty full
11. in out
12. boy girl
13. asleep awake
14. clean dirty
15. hot cold
16. big small
17. loud quiet
18. cry laugh

Common Mistake:

Antonyms are two different words that describe exactly the opposite meaning. But the two different words can’t be a combination of a naming word and a describing word or an action word and a naming word. Both have to be naming words, action words or describing words.

Example:

Crying - laugh

Crying – laughing

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