Common Meanings and Parts of Speech
A thesaurus will include synonyms and antonyms for the different possible meanings of words. Sometimes you want the most common meaning- which will usually be the first one listed- and sometimes you don’t. You have to choose the meaning that suits you, then choose from the relevant synonyms or antonyms listed.
A quick way to find what you want is to think about the part of speech. For example, think about the word book. Do you mean book, a noun, like a book you read? Or do you want book, the verb, as in book the tickets?
Try it yourself by replacing the word “good” in each sentence below. Use a thesaurus to find other words.
The child's behavior had been good all day.
It is a good day today.
They sell good clothes in that shop.
He is a good runner.
They all had a good time.
His results in the test were good.
She was a good mother.
It is a good walk from my house to school
It’s for your own good.
He showed me the good I was doing as a teacher.
Don’t pass by the goods on that table.