Googling Effectively: How to use the tilde (~)

Updated: Apr 12, 2019


When googling something it can be useful to use the tilde (~) in order to search for the word that you've entered as well as the synonyms for that word. Google will also search for that word with alternative endings. For instance if you are searching:


Best ~films 2019


Google will search for that exact set of words and any synonyms of 'films' (e.g., movies, pictures, flicks, etc.). It is important to remember that the tilde needs to go right beside the word that you are interested in searching the synonyms for.


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