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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Language level

Beginner: A1

Submitted by Suraj paliwal on Fri, 15/10/2021 - 19:07


When I don't know meaning of any word then I use dictionary. It's very useful I get the meaning of words.

Submitted by KATIELLE RAIAN… on Sun, 11/07/2021 - 14:36

I hardly ever use the dictionary.

Submitted by avenesra on Fri, 18/06/2021 - 19:19

I use dictionary every day

Submitted by PuenteD on Tue, 01/06/2021 - 02:11

Normally when I read a book, I had been a dictionary.

Submitted by Laura390 on Thu, 27/05/2021 - 02:38

Generally, I use the diccionary all days for learn vocabulary and understand english sentences

Submitted by Marce-English on Sun, 23/05/2021 - 19:54

I frequently use the google translator for any query.

Submitted by Suraj paliwal on Wed, 05/05/2021 - 04:43

Often, I use internet for search words. Searching words in dictionary takes time to explore. But internet so quickly find the words.

Submitted by DarwinM on Tue, 13/04/2021 - 21:05

I hardly ever use a dictionay because I prefer to use internet.

Submitted by victor.07 on Wed, 07/04/2021 - 15:57

I don't use dictionary often

Submitted by mirtha on Thu, 25/03/2021 - 19:11

I used to use the Dictionary, but now I use the Internet.

Submitted by Andrea Valencia on Thu, 25/03/2021 - 18:30

I usually use dictionaries, I use an English dictionary and a Spanish dictionary.

Submitted by MikhailZatopliaev on Fri, 19/03/2021 - 00:45

Usually I do not use a dictionary, it take lot of time for me. I use translator, instead. Though I have packet dictionary, It belonged mine grandmother. This dictionary very little and nice)

Submitted by Alex.BC on Tue, 16/03/2021 - 14:53

I often use a dictionary while learning English.

Submitted by Veronikka on Sun, 14/03/2021 - 23:44

I use dictionary every day for search new words or phrases. If you are learning a language, it's a useful instrument for increase your vocabulary.

Submitted by PARIMALA MADIAZHAKAN on Tue, 09/03/2021 - 03:38

Yes definitely , I use dictionary to search some vocabulary that I can't understand directly. Some of my friends underestimate on me because I still used dictionary while they used internet to search definition of some difficult phrases. But for me dictionary is the best thing that can help you to search definition of some phrases.

Submitted by TIa vinaka on Fri, 05/03/2021 - 04:55

I don't use dictionary so much, I google the words instead. My school days I used dictionary book but anymore. especially, book, I use electric type more.

Submitted by Nasywa Shiyami… on Thu, 18/02/2021 - 03:52

i usually use the dictonary while study about foreign language, especially english

Submitted by Daniel16 on Tue, 09/02/2021 - 20:00

I never use dictionary

Submitted by senaguner on Mon, 01/02/2021 - 03:09

When I study English I use a online dictionary everyday. I want to learn English so I read English news, books, articles. So I need to use English dictionary for my unknow words.

Submitted by In on Sun, 24/01/2021 - 08:19

I do almost every day, but not more on paper only online.

Submitted by Leila77 on Sun, 24/01/2021 - 07:39

I often use dictionary when am I studying English. Sometimes it's a dictionary book but most of the time it's an app or google translator.

Submitted by Aliz on Fri, 15/01/2021 - 05:26

Yes, I used the dictionary book. I use the dictionary book when I wanna know words. Now I use the dictionary with my phone an app. It is very useful for me. It can be used everywhere. I think it is very useful for everyone. So we must use the dictionary book or the dictionary with the phone an app usefully.

Submitted by Ella on Fri, 15/01/2021 - 05:18

I often use dictionary when I wanna search the new words that I don't know. Actually, I always use it to improve my vocabulary skill and I use the new words back in my daily life that I searched from the dictionary. The more I search the new words the more I can use them when I speak in English. So, I think dictionaries are very useful for everyone and I wanna advise you that you should search the new words(10 words) everyday.

Submitted by German on Tue, 12/01/2021 - 23:29

I often use the dictionary on my phone with an app tha I downloaded one year ago.

Submitted by Hla Htwan Tin on Mon, 21/12/2020 - 04:44

I use a dictionary whenever I need to look for a word that I don't know.

Submitted by Tatiana barrera on Tue, 15/12/2020 - 02:23

I usually use a dictionary, because with this book I can search for words that I don't know, the grammarly and examples about them use.

Submitted by pabloxje on Thu, 10/12/2020 - 03:34

Now that I'm studying I use frequently the dictionary so I can find the meaning of different words.

Submitted by fariba on Tue, 08/12/2020 - 09:07

when i learn English a use dictionary.

Submitted by Pedro Javier on Fri, 13/11/2020 - 14:48

I always use a dictionary when I am studying English or when I am reading a book, newspaper or magazine, also when I am watching a video, I copy the words I don't know and then I find out their meaning in the dictionary I also use the google translator to listen to the sounds of the word

Submitted by Nurieta on Wed, 11/11/2020 - 11:46

I use the dictionary quite often. Years ago, I used to use a small dictionary that I had, but now I always work with the page Wordreference. It´s very useful.

Submitted by Ehsan on Tue, 10/11/2020 - 06:58

Because I am interested in foreign languages in particular English, I study English everyday and I use the dictionary everyday.

Submitted by Moon Wathan on Thu, 08/10/2020 - 16:05

I usually use English to English dictionary everyday. If I don't know new word meaning, I find this word from the dictionary. Nowadays, It is very easy to use dictionary because we have phone. If we have phone, we don't need to bring heavy book all the time. If we need to find any words, we type word we need in google. It is very easy today.

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.

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.

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

Submitted by EnglishIsChildsPlay on Wed, 17/06/2020 - 10:12

The paper dictionary has more meanings than Google Translator, but I prefer the online one because I can research wherever I want. I sometimes use the dictionary when I find words that I don’t know.

Submitted by SimbuKrishnan on Thu, 11/06/2020 - 13:55

Often I use the dictionary by Phone

Submitted by Leonardo Lisboa on Sat, 06/06/2020 - 00:21

It's rarely, when I have doubts about some word I use Siri, the iphone's assistant.

Submitted by Onur on Thu, 04/06/2020 - 12:04

I do not use dictionary as a book. If I need to learn a word which I don't know, I use Google Translate app on my phone. Btw, I try to translate English to English as possible as I can.

Submitted by eshan.saif on Wed, 03/06/2020 - 16:21

I use dictionary in my regular life. When I read any articles or any news in English, I find many words difficult and totally unknown. To get a clear idea about those texts, i often take help from dictionary. As i use dictionary in my regular life that's why i have installed Dictionary app in my mobile phone and it has made my life very easy to keep my connected myself learning new words everyday.

Submitted by Thucuoi on Mon, 25/05/2020 - 05:41

My English is not good so i usually use the dictionary to translate any words i don't understand. I choose Cambridge Dictionary because it's a standard.

Submitted by casssioesousa on Tue, 19/05/2020 - 04:16

I use the dictionary all days. Frequently, I find new words in my mother tongue, the Portuguese, and see other new words in English that I study daily.
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