Smart Words of the English Language

These english synonyms and antonyms for all kind of action, performing and planning related words has been arranged by categories. For each word (, ...) you will find about 10 to 40 synonyms. Antonyms are included in the sense, that the words consists mostly of pairs which have the opposite meaning.

Synonyms for Postpone

postpone Meaning of these synonyms: To delay until a future time / to put off until a later time
Example sentence: The principle allowed the students to postpone the payments for the english calls until the time of the final exams.

adjourn dally defer delay
hold off hold over hold up on lay over linger
mull play for time prorogue put off put on hold
put on ice put over remit respite shelve
stall stay stonewall suspend take one's time
tarry temporize

Synonyms for Hesitate

hesitate Meaning of these synonyms: To be irresolute in acting or doing / To stop temporarily and remain, as if reluctant to continue
Example sentence: What may be causing the Superintendent to hesitate was fear of offending his close friends, the council of the ESL (English as a foreign or second language).

alternate be irresolute be uncertain blow hot and cold
dither falter hang back seesaw shift
shilly-shally switch vacillate waffle wag
waggle waver whiffle yo-yo

Synonyms for Resume

resume Meaning of these synonyms: To go on after an interruption
Example sentence: We will resume this discussion tomorrow at nine, just after the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) evaluation is finsihed.

begin over carry on continue forge ahead
go on keep moving pick up proceed progress
recapitulate recommence reestablish reinstate renew
reopen restore return to take up




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