We have set up a termset for our site collection (onsite SP 2013). For several of the terms we have set up synonyms as documented here.
They are working and very helpful for the data entry folks to map different terms to our preferred terms.
But I can't figure out how they provide any benefit to the content users. For example we've got things tagged by color. "Purple" is the official tag, but somethings are also "Plum" or "Violet" and a user of the content might search on either of those.
But neither term produce any results.
As I did some more research I found that to get synonyms is search one needs to add a thesaurus file as described here.
I'm guessing that there is no automagic connection between the term store synonyms and the thesaurus synonyms for search?
Our team has Site Collection admin privileges, but no access to the central admin. Am I correct in assuming that we are out of luck for making synonyms work in search?