Writing Tool: Synonyms for ‘Said’

English is an amazingly rich language. There are synonyms for anything and everything out there. Writing prose in this language is a beautiful thing because there are countless options to describe the same thing.

Over the years, I have assembled many synonyms for the word ‘said’. Using them has improved my dialogue greatly. Personally, I even avoid the word ‘said’ itself. Instead I use one from the list instead.

NOTE: If you have any to add, please leave them in the comments so I can enrich my own list.

Accepted

Accounted

Accumulated

Accused

Acknowledged

Added

Admired

Admitted

Addressed

Advertised

Agreed

Allowed

Announced

Answered

Anticipated

Apologized

Applauded

Appointed

Approved

Argued

Arranged

Asked

Assigned

Assumed

Attempted

Authorized

Awarded

Bargained

Beamed

Began

Begged

Bellowed

Blamed

Bellowed

Bragged

Brainstormed

Breathed

Calculated

Called

Calmed

Challenged

Chanted

Charged

Cheered

Chose

Claimed

Clarified

Comforted

Commanded

Compared

Completed

Concluded

Confronted

Contradicted

Convinced

Counted

Cursed

Dared

Decided

Declared

Declined

Defended

Demanded

Denied

Described

Desired

Determined

Dictated

Differed

Discovered

Dismissed

Disturbed

Dramatized

Educated

Estimated

Evaluated

Exaggerated

Exclaimed

Explained

Expected

Exposed

Expressed

Favored

Finalized

Finished

Flirted

Forced

Foretold

Found

Gasped

Giggled

Granted

Greeted

Grinned

Groaned

Growled

Grunted

Grumbled

Guessed

Hinted

Hissed

Howled

Hummed

Imitated

Implied

Indicated

Informed

Initiated

Inquired

Insisted

Inspired

Instigated

Instructed

Interrupted

Introduced

Judged

Knew

Laughed

Lectured

Lied

Listed

Mentioned

Marveled

Mocked

Motivated

Mourned

Mouthed

Mumbled

Muttered

Named

Notified

Objected

Opposed

Ordered

Panted

Permitted

Planned

Plotted

Pleaded

Pledged

Pointed out

Pondered

Practiced

Prayed

Preached

Predicted

Preferred

Prescribed

Presented

Pretended

Proceeded

Proclaimed

Promised

Promoted

Pronounced

Protested

Proved

Queried

Questioned

Quoted

Rationalized

Read

Realized

Reasoned

Recited

Reckoned

Refined

Refused

Rehearsed

Rejected

Rejoiced

Released

Remembered

Reminded

Repeated

Replied

Requested

Responded

Returned

Revealed

Roared

Said

Sang

Scolded

Scowled

Screamed

Shot

Shouted

Sighed

Silenced

Sobbed

Soothed

Spat

Spoke

Stammered

Stated

Summarized

Summoned

Swore

Sympathized

Taught

Teased

Tested

Thanked

Thought

Threatened

Told

Translated

Tried

Uncovered

Understood

Urged

Uttered

Validated

Verified

Wept

Whispered

Wished

Wondered

Wrote

Yawned

Yelled

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