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Dictionary & Thesaurus


Dictionaries and thesauruses can serve as resources for students to expand their Vocabulary knowledge. Easy access to definitions and similar words helps students understand and remember words more readily.

Use It in the Classroom

At 5:00, watch how this teacher introduces digital dictionaries and takes her class through exercises to understand their features compared to print dictionaries. Tying the elements to concepts in class like parts of speech and sentence creation also supports Foundational Writing Skills.

  • Incorporating web dictionaries and thesaurus into a Vocabulary lesson allows learners to quickly search and understand unfamiliar words. When learners look up challenging words while they read, they monitor their comprehension and activate cognitive processes that support increased recall and consolidation to Long-term Memory.
  • Design It into Your Product

    Videos are chosen as examples of strategies in action. These choices are not endorsements of the products or evidence of use of research to develop the feature.

    Starting at 2:50, learn how the Merriam-Webster Dictionary app allows learners to conveniently search for and define unfamiliar words. By offering voice search and audio pronunciation functions, this product supports learners who prefer audio over text. The embedded quizzes also allow for continued vocabulary building and practice.

  • Word Central is a kid-friendly Merriam-Webster web dictionary that also includes a thesaurus, rhyming dictionary, and word games. When learners misspell a word, the dictionary offers suggestions to help students search for the correct word.
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