How to Use the Roget's Thesaurus Online

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How to Use the Roget's Thesaurus Online
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People who write sometimes draw a blank searching for just the word needed in a sentence. Perhaps you cannot think of the precise word you want or you have already used a word too many times and you need a synonym. In these situations, you need a thesaurus to help you find a suitable word. Roget’s Thesaurus is an authoritative thesaurus that publishers update regularly so it stays current. The latest edition of Roget’s Thesaurus is available for free use online.

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  1. 1

    Visit to find the third edition of Roget’s Thesaurus online. offers the latest edition of Roget's Thesaurus in conjunction with its reference resources.

  2. 2

    Enter a word into the search box at the top of the page. Select “Definitions” and then click “Go.”

  3. 3

    Click the “Synonyms Thesaurus” tab at the top of the page.

  4. 4

    View the various synonyms for the word you entered. If the word can be more than one part of speech (a noun and a verb, for example), find the applicable part of speech and look at the synonyms listed.

  5. 5

    Choose the most suitable word for your writing.

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