Dictionary Skills

There are thousands of words in the English language. It is hard to know them all. If you are stumped by a word, look it up in a dictionary.


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A dictionary is a reference book, containing an alphabetical list of words with information about them like pronunciation, functions and meanings.

The words in a children's dictionary have been carefully selected for children who are learning to read. These words are the common ones that young children see and use everyday. The dictionary will help children develop the skills that will eventually enable them to become confident users of adult dictionaries. Young children will also enjoy looking at the colorful pictures matching with the words. Older children will have fun refering the dictionary for spellings and meanings.

The definitions in a dictionary are carefully written in clear and simple English for the user. The example sentences show how to use the words. Some dictionaries also have attractive illustrations and photographs, which help to clarify the meanings of the difficult words.

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The meanings for the difficult words can be found in the dictionary. Some words have more than one meaning. Look at the words and their meanings below. Guidance may be given to you to find the meaning of any particular word, its usage and pronunciation.

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