Lost for words? – Thesaurus!

Unlike classic hand-made thesauruses with limited coverage, the thesaurus in Sketch Engine is automatically generated by ingenious algorithms analysing multi-billion text corpora which means a thesaurus can be generated for almost any word in the language (provided the corpus is large enough).

After logging in, start by selecting a corpus.

Corpus selection

Corpus selection

Click (1) Thesaurus, (2) type a lemma (=the basic form of a word, if the word is went, the lemma is go), (3) select a part of speech and (4) click Show .

Automatically generated thesaurus

Automatically generated thesaurus

Click on a blue word (1) or a word in the word cloud (2) to display a Word Sketch Difference between ‘argue’ and the clicked word.

Thesaurus with a word cloud

Thesaurus with a word cloud

To learn more about Thesaurus, please refer to the User manual.