Dictionary use

Dictionary use

Use more than one dictionary

My favourite dictionaries are:


  • Search on google

  • Write the word e.g. coffee + meaning or definition


One meaning isn’t enough. To understand vocabulary clearly, use more than one dictionary

synonyms (helps you understand meaning of new words)

Words with similar meaning

E.g. happy > glad

E.g. small > tiny, little


Words with opposite meaning

E.g. happy > sad

E.g. big > small

E.g. short > long


The study of words and how they change

Why are suffixes and prefixes important?


Part of the word that is at the end

-etic (relating to) athletic, energetic, poetic

-ful (full of). helpful, thankful, cheerful


Part of the words that's at the end of the word

(helps you understand meaning of new words)

un = reverse, cancel, not ---> undo - unable - unwanted

dis = not - ---> dislike - disagree - dishonest

Part of speech

Noun: A noun is the name of a person, place, thing or idea.

e.g. John, Mohamed, dog, pencil, sadness, dream

Verb: A verb shows an action or state of being. A verb shows what someone or something is doing.

e.g. go, run, drink, dance, live, jump, have, hate, are,

Adverb: describes a verb

E.g. slowly, quickly, very, always, sometimes, well, yesterday,

Adjectives: describing word

e.g. smart, small, sad, approachable, happy

In this English lesson, I'm going to teach you how to learn new vocabulary. The lesson includes the following dictionary use, meaning words, synonym, antonym, morphology, suffix, prefix, part of speech.