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Thesaurus

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The thesaurus enables you to look up synonyms (these are different words with the same meaning), and autonyms are words with the opposite meaning

Click on Tools < Thesaurus

Example using the thesaurus

To change the sentence below, I chose the words a lot to change to something more appropriate.

Today a lot of great things happened, on this day in 1845 – German composer Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, one of the most popular and most frequently performed violin concertos of all time, and was first played in Leipzig.

You can right click on the words, the Synonyms menu appears with the Thesaurus tool.

When you select Thesaurus from the dialogue box, a list of appropriate words with their meanings will appear to the right of your screen.

To insert the word you want to use, click on the wording and choose Insert “a large number” and these words will be inserted over the word you wanted to change.