Tips & Tricks

Building Lists with Advanced Search

Nothing shows the power of Vocabulary.com better than a test drive of our Dictionary’s advanced search feature. It allows you to look up words based on their parts of speech, synonyms, antonyms, rhymes, beginnings, endings, or even just partial information about their definitions. You can search for a president whose name rhymes with daft, a two-syllable word that rhymes with jelly, and more.

And with the few clicks, you can turn these sophisticated advanced search results into a Vocabulary List. (Watch the video below to see how.)

How does this work? Let's say you want to make a list of ways of walking. Open Advanced Search from the Vocabulary.com Dictionary page, enter "walk" in the "type of" box, and you’ll see a list of words that are types of walking: amble, clomp, promenade, or trudge. Then click the "list builder" button to build a list based on that search, picking which words you want to include. (To select them all, click the first word, hold down the shift key, then click the last.)

We built this tool to feel simple but go deep, so play around with it and see what you can do.

(Can't access YouTube videos? Click here to watch it on Vimeo.)


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Use the Vocabulary.com "Add to List" feature in the Dictionary to keep track of the words you're looking up.
When building lists, shorter is often better.
A good introduction to list learning.