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 hoailinh on Mon, 04/11/2019 - 03:11

I think the dictionary is very essential for anyone learning a foreign language. When I was in high school, I used to use the dictionary books. When I went to the university, I used to the dictionary applications on my phone. Therefore, I learn English easier and more convenient. When I have new word, I will look it up in the dictionary to understand the meaning and the usage of the word. I think everyone should have the dictionary because it helps you a lot in learning a foreign language.

Submitted by Siti Fatimah on Thu, 10/10/2019 - 04:37

be a beginner to learn english, I am often to open the dictionary every time when I cant understand about sentence or words. I try to use english to english dictionarry cause I know that will help me to improve my english more but I am still difficulties.

Submitted by Abdelmouttalib on Wed, 02/10/2019 - 09:13

I use the dictionary rarely

Submitted by Abdijalil on Mon, 30/09/2019 - 20:02

I mostly use dictionary if I don.t know word thank you for help

Submitted by arifin on Sun, 29/09/2019 - 06:05

nowdays, usually we use digital dectionary. but printed dictionary is always best.

Submitted by Toanrt on Fri, 16/08/2019 - 15:12

when I see a new word

Submitted by Lameed Mohamed on Fri, 02/08/2019 - 10:54

I don't use a hard dictionary at all but I use app dictionaries most of times although they aren't profissional as hard ones but they're cheaper and more affordable ..

Submitted by Pawani on Wed, 31/07/2019 - 13:37

I use google translate because it's very helpful.

Submitted by Hkn18 on Mon, 29/07/2019 - 20:41

I usually don't use the dictionary but I looking search some words in İnternet

Submitted by salehisalehi65 on Thu, 18/07/2019 - 14:58

i could say always,whenever i searching in the internet and see a word itis hard to undrestand i use dictionery, it is best to use english to english dic, because acting this way made and open a wide range of vocabulary for us and so helpful for our learning english