The Takeaway:

To broaden your search without getting too far away from your original query, use the tilde (~) character before a specific word

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Wanna make searching more effective, easier and faster? Use Google’s Synonym Search.

It’s very easy!

While you can certainly make great use of “Operators” like the + and – characters to modify your search, (adds or removes words from your search) you can also make quicker work of this by simply using the tilde (the ~ character) directly before the word for which you want Google to also find synonyms.

Example: you can search for “~cheap christmas trees” and Google will also return results like:
– cheap christmas trees
– inexpensive christmas trees,
– affordable christmas trees, etc.

It’s really helpful when you want to broaden your search results without getting too far away from your original search. Pretty cool!

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