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Dictionary definitions

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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 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.

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

when i learn English a use dictionary.

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

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.

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

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.

Every single day

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.

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.