Dictionary definitions

Dictionary definitions

Read dictionary definitions for academic words and review parts of speech to practise and improve your reading skills.

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Reading text
to officially go to a place, like a school, university or class
You must attend 80 per cent of classes to pass the course.
dormitory plural dormitories
1. a place where many people sleep
2. US: a big building at a university where students live (UK: hall of residence)
I know John. He lives in my dorm at university.
faculty plural faculties
all the teachers who work at a university
Norman Brown was in the English faculty for twenty years.
teaching assistant
a person who works to help a university teacher in a classroom
The teaching assistant has the exams for you at the end of class.
tuition fee
an amount of money that you pay to go to university
Tuition fees are very high this year.
a student at a college or university who is studying for a first degree
They met when they were undergraduates at Cambridge University.


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Average: 4.4 (24 votes)

Submitted by Asni on Wed, 16/09/2020 - 21:36

I use a dictionary very often, especially when I'm studying English. I look up for a word not only when I don't understand the meaning, but also to know the pronounciation. As English is a non-phonetic language, a dictionary is a necessary tool to enhance either spelling skills or pronunciation. I use electronic dictionary just as most people do nowadays I suppose.
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Submitted by shelly on Mon, 07/09/2020 - 09:18

Comparing to hard dictionary I prefer to use soft one because it is faster to check meaning of the words that I do not know. While on the other hand the dictionary book is very suitable for me to take long time study and memory.

Submitted by sonjoy on Sun, 06/09/2020 - 11:13

I randomly use hard copy of dictionary but i am very much habituated with my smart phone dictionary,it is extremely easy to find out any words within single moment of times.Also, it shows synonym and antonym of the particular word i like it.

Submitted by Pola on Sat, 05/09/2020 - 19:51

Iam use the dictionary every day .

Submitted by Maria19 on Sun, 02/08/2020 - 21:53

I use the dictionary virtually often.

Submitted by fatfat on Fri, 10/07/2020 - 12:31

I always use dictionary when I study English. Especially I use to find second meaning of the word.

Submitted by Ronake on Mon, 29/06/2020 - 23:01

I use the dictionary every day when I see any new words that I didn't hear before. Usually, I use an electronic dictionary, it reliable and suitable. But also using a dictionary book, it's helpful for finding the meaning of the word that u need to know, and finding some examples where to use it.
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Submitted by Hennadii on Tue, 23/06/2020 - 11:58

I use dictionaries every day. Because I learn two foreign languages (English and Polish) and also I need it sometimes when I'm not sure if I use Ukrainian words correctly. Fortunately, we can use electronic dictionaries nowadays. It's much handier than paper ones. I still remember how it was when you had to use those fat books and spent time on thumbing ((

Submitted by Bushra.a on Thu, 18/06/2020 - 01:03

I know about the advantages of use the dictionary as a book but I’m rarely use it, I use dictionary from my Phone