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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Submitted by Nam on Thu, 07/05/2020 - 10:08

I always use a dictionary when I meet a new vocabulary that is hard to understand. The dictionary is chosen when I need to use is the Cambridge Dictionary because I believe it easy to use and understand.

Submitted by mohua on Mon, 27/04/2020 - 16:31

I use English to Bengali Dictionary & google translate most time if i need.

Submitted by Djoo on Thu, 23/04/2020 - 04:20

English is not my second language so i always use dictionary app.

Submitted by Ronake on Sun, 19/04/2020 - 23:14

I use google translate, most of time.

Submitted by Melsaied264 on Sat, 11/04/2020 - 01:44

I used to use an old dictionary when I was studying ,but recently after graduation I use google translation because it is easier and more common
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Submitted by Berny Herrera on Wed, 08/04/2020 - 04:50

Years ago, I used to study English, basic German and my mother tongue: Spanish with dictionaries in order to get a bank of words (vocabulary). Now, I use "The wordreference.com" dictionary. It is an online dictionary and it gives you the pronunciation, explanation (meaning), its context uses and even examples of the words you are looking for.
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Submitted by zabiullah on Mon, 06/04/2020 - 15:19

i always use online dictionary on my phone when i dont know the exact meaning the words. sometimes when words have different meaning we must look for the right meaning. some my friends tell me why do you use dictionary but i response them english language has a complicate language...
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Submitted by OlaIELTS on Sat, 28/03/2020 - 20:52

I use dictionary more often.

Submitted by Mahmoud Gadelk… on Sat, 28/03/2020 - 17:01

I use it a lot, actually I am using it at the moment.