How can a dictionary help you improve your vocabulary?

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We normally refer to a dictionary to find out the meaning of a word. But, there is so much more to explore.

For example, let’s look at the word opportunity. If we go to a good online dictionary, we can find out its definition. We can also find out its pronunciation (both UK and US). And there is more to discover… We can see which words it collocates with (that is which words usually go with it).

How many words can you come up with which collocate with the word opportunity?

On the online Cambridge dictionary, the following phrases go with opportunity:

have an opportunity

at every opportunity

at the earliest opportunity

a golden opportunity

So, please take the opportunity to enhance your vocabulary by exploring dictionaries.

My preferred dictionary is:

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/

 

 

Author: amalfabian

I am an English language corporate trainer based in India. Am attracted to printed matter and I like to scribble sometimes.

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