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spaCy WordNet

spaCy Wordnet is a simple custom component for using WordNet, MultiWordnet and WordNet domains with spaCy.

The component combines the NLTK wordnet interface with WordNet domains to allow users to:

  • Get all synsets for a processed token. For example, getting all the synsets (word senses) of the word bank.
  • Get and filter synsets by domain. For example, getting synonyms of the verb withdraw in the financial domain.

Getting started

The spaCy WordNet component can be easily integrated into spaCy pipelines. You just need the following:


  • Python 3.X
  • spaCy

You also need to install the following NLTK wordnet data:

python -m nltk.downloader wordnet
python -m nltk.downloader omw


pip install spacy-wordnet


import spacy

from spacy_wordnet.wordnet_annotator import WordnetAnnotator 

# Load an spacy model (supported models are "es" and "en") 
nlp = spacy.load('en')
nlp.add_pipe(WordnetAnnotator(nlp.lang), after='tagger')
token = nlp('prices')[0]

# wordnet object link spacy token with nltk wordnet interface by giving acces to
# synsets and lemmas 

# And automatically tags with wordnet domains

# Imagine we want to enrich the following sentence with synonyms
sentence = nlp('I want to withdraw 5,000 euros')

# spaCy WordNet lets you find synonyms by domain of interest
# for example economy
economy_domains = ['finance', 'banking']
enriched_sentence = []

# For each token in the sentence
for token in sentence:
    # We get those synsets within the desired domains
    synsets = token._.wordnet.wordnet_synsets_for_domain(economy_domains)
    if synsets:
        lemmas_for_synset = []
        for s in synsets:
            # If we found a synset in the economy domains
            # we get the variants and add them to the enriched sentence

# Let's see our enriched sentence
print(' '.join(enriched_sentence))
# >> I (need|want|require) to (draw|withdraw|draw_off|take_out) 5,000 euros

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