One Word Substitution Problems: Definition & Practice

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  • 0:53 Examples of One Word…
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Instructor: Elisha Madison

Elisha is a writer, editor, and aspiring novelist. She has a Master's degree in Ancient Celtic History & Mythology and another Masters in Museum Studies.

One word substitution is the process of using one word for a phrase. This lesson provides the full definition and some practice problems to help get an idea how to solve these problems.

One Word Substitution

One word substitution is a process in which people use one word to replace a wordy phrase, to make the sentence structure more clear. This also makes work more succinct, instead of convoluted. For example, if you have a sentence that states 'He drives me in a vehicle around town.' instead you can use 'He chauffeurs me around town.' The meaning is identical, yet the sentence is shorter. This adds a complexity to writing, while still making sure the writing is concise.

How to Find One Word Substitutions

If you are not used to having to substitute your phrases, it can be challenging to figure out where to search for these replacements. A thesaurus can be a simple way to find these substitution words, especially when you do not have web access. There are actually websites available for one word substitutions, such as There are also other ways to find these words.

Examples of One Word Substitution Regular Words

The following problems will have the wordy phrase with its one word substitution next to it. There are some cases where there could be more than one word that could be used as a substitution, and these are shown as well. There are many other phrases, but these are several that are used frequently.

  • To fall apart over time - Disintegrate
  • A copy of something that is identical - Facsimile
  • Old age that results in odd and unique behaviors - Senility
  • A smart and educated individual - Intellectual
  • Someone who is driven by passion to do crazy things - Zealot
  • Things to be done throughout the day - Schedule
  • To leave somewhere that is treacherous - Escape
  • A person who pushes an idea or belief system they do not believe - Hypocrite
  • Someone who sees everything negatively - Cynic
  • Something that is not understandable - Incomprehensible
  • A person who is talented in many different facets of life - Versatile
  • A movie or play held during the daytime - Matinee
  • Timeframe between kids hitting puberty and being an adult - Adolescence
  • A person that is unknown - Anonymous
  • Someone that you work with - Colleague

Examples of Rarer One Word Substitutions

There are also one word substitutions that are rarer, but also useful in writing in academics.

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