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 Tun Lin on Sat, 07/03/2020 - 01:04

I use the dictionary when I see an unknown word more than three times.

Submitted by ademyonet on Fri, 14/02/2020 - 15:04

I use a dictionary for every word I don't know. However, dictionary using decreases in course of time.

Submitted by MaryaSun on Fri, 17/01/2020 - 17:06

Hi, i use dictionary every time that i meet a new word and i don't know its meaning. When i was child i used it a lot, instead now i use dictionary only few times.
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Submitted by Optimist on Sun, 12/01/2020 - 08:15

I'm use a dictionary every day practice

Submitted by serena lee on Mon, 06/01/2020 - 15:25

I usually use dictionary. When I was child, I always Vietnamese - English dictionnary. But now I grown up and I find out a secret that is using English-english dictionary will be better than for studying English.

Submitted by nverma on Thu, 02/01/2020 - 17:28

I used to refer to dictionary during my childhood when there were no resources such as internet or the online apps. Whenever I need to know the meaning, I either use online dictionary or the dictionary app on my phone. It's usage depends on the requirement. Sometimes, it is like 20 words a day and the other times, it is like a single word in 20 days.
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Submitted by Magedelabd on Mon, 23/12/2019 - 13:47

I am using dictionary everyday . Because i write emails in English in my work . also i study english everyday too then I use the dictionary as well.

Submitted by shahhoseini on Mon, 23/12/2019 - 13:37

I rarely use the dictionary. if I don't know the meaning of a word I search it in some web sites for example Google Translate.

Submitted by frfandinod79 on Thu, 28/11/2019 - 13:48

i usually use the dictionary when i study english. it help me to know the difficult words