(adj) similar, equivalent, parallel
(verb) enjoy, relish, appreciate
Example: "I liked the candy" becomes "I relished every bite of the candy"
See how it adds a new dimension. Try the thesaurus and insert different words until you find what conveys the meaning you are going for.
pleasant, satisfying, gracious, charming
Example: "The man was nice" becomes "The man was charming"
The connotation is more revealing than just "nice" and I think it opens up more possibilities for his character.
conceive, imagine, ponder, reflect, contemplate
Example: "I needed to think about his question" becomes "I contemplated his question"
desire, crave, yearn, long
alter, transform, vary, replace, diversify
preferable, superior, worthier
There are so many others, but you get the picture. So, the next time you notice the same words popping up in your manuscript, pull up the thesaurus and add a little spice. You will find a new depth entering your writing and the power of words will amaze you.
Finally, a bit of fun for you.
The dog ate the bone.