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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.



Language level

Beginner: A1


I don't use the dictionary. I just use the tratuctor

I'm using a dictionary every day since I started to study English.

I use dictionary every day that to help learn new vocabulary

When I was a elementary student, faculty in school taught students how to look up a Chinese dictionary and assigned several homework to make us familiar to this skill. It was the time that i used a dictionary frequently. For now, thanks to the development of technology, it's convenient to look up a dictionary online or with some apps. I use it when reading journals, speaking to foreigners, and writing texts.

I rarely make use of the dictionary

I use dictionary all time. Often, when I write an academic text, because I'm studying two years ago.

A this moment I don't use the dictionary.

I use the dictionary several times a week.