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Dictionaries and Concordancers:

Merriam-Webster Dictionary<http://www.m-w.com/home.htm> -- includes sound for pronunciation, inflected word forms and related word forms (adj, n, v), as well as the date of first occurrence! A basic, but complete online English dictionary and thesaurus; includes Word of the Day, Word for the Wise, Word Game of the Day, Words from the Lighter Side.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Online (LDOCE) <http://pewebdic2.cw.idm.fr/> -- for English language learners specifically; includes sound for pronunciation in British and American English, IPA in British and American English, countable/non-countable, levels of formality and politeness;  idiomatic expressions--some with pronunciation (British English and American English, depending on usage), sample sentences with pronunciation, sentence usage notes (e.g. determine how/whether/what, etc.)

Gabriela's-Lexical-Notebook-pageWeb Concordancer (English) <http://vlc.polyu.edu.hk/concordance/WWWConcappE.htm> -- Use this to see how the word or phrase is used in context (with which other words --lexical collocation -- and with what kinds of grammatical structures -- grammatical collocation) and .  In the "Select corpus" box, choose Brown Corpus. 


Other dictionaries

Answers.com <http://www.answers.com/> -- includes sound for pronunciation (note the WordTutor, which gives the pronunciation in slowed-down speech along with definitions and example sentences using the word); inflected word forms and related word forms (adj, n, v), synonyms, antonyms, etymology (origin) of words, some encyclopedia entries, translations for the word into different languages (user can set preferred language/s), and a ready-made citation for MLA, APA, or Chicago Style Manual.

More dictionaries, encyclopedias, thesauri on Christine's Links to Useful TESL/CALL Resources page


Instructions: Choose only words that are essential to understanding the content and cannot be guessed or analyzed from context.


New Word or Phrase
 + Word Form
(N, V, Adj, Adv, Prep, Conj)
Collocation (phrase as used
in a sentence; use Concordancer)
Definition of the word/phrase
as used in the sentence

(Choose the appropriate definition.)
Related Word Forms
and Parts of Speech(dictionary) 
Teacher's Comments  Points 
abolish (v)  ... asked the Continental  Congress to abolish slavery  to end the observance or effect of : annul <abolish a law> <abolish slavery>  
abol·ish·able  Listen to the pronunciation of abolishable \-li-shə-bəl\ adjective
abol·ish·er noun
abol·ish·ment  Listen to the pronunciation of abolishment \-mənt\ noun  
manifestation (n) could be subjected to Law only by a manifestation
of self-will, or consent. 
a very clear sign that a particular situation or feeling exists


- Manifest(adj) 

recapture (v)  the historian who seeks to recapture the
ideas that have motivated human behavior  
to bring back the same feelings or qualities that you experienced in the past -
1re·cap·ture  Listen to the pronunciation of 1recapture
\(ˌ)rē-ˈkap-chər( noun) 
influence (n)  To increase faculty influence and decrease tension,  the power to affect the way someone or something develops, behaves, or thinks without using direct force or orders 

- influentce (v)

- influential(adj) 

The verb is the same as the noun, influence.   
threatening(adj)  a lawless new society
that was threatening a beloved way of life. 


 to announce as intended or possible

threat·en·er  Listen to the pronunciation of threatener \ˈthret-nər, ˈthre-tən-ər\ noun
threat·en·ing·ly  Listen to the pronunciation of threateningly \ˈthret-niŋ-lē, ˈthre-tən-iŋ-\ adverb
threat·en  Listen to the pronunciation of threaten / verb 
Depict(v)  The contemporary painter tends to  depict not the concrete objects   to describe something or someone in writing or speech, or to show them in a painting, picture etc 
de·pic·ter  Listen to the pronunciation of depicter \-ˈpik-tər\ noun
de·pic·tion  Listen to the pronunciation of depiction \-ˈpik-shən\ noun  
traits(n)  cultivated in himself those traits necessary to  its preservation  a particular quality in someone's character    good    
acquire (v)  He had to acquire  everything    to come to have as a new or added characteristic, trait, or ability (as by sustained effort or natural selection) 

ac·quire  Listen to the pronunciation of acquire

acquisition (n)
Please find all related word forms.  Use more than one dictionary if necessary.   
glance(n)  I took another sidelong glance at the other registration  card  a quick look or to make sudden quick movements  
glancingly adverb

glancing adjective 

- glance verb

conform(v)  we do well  to conform this way with all that God requires
to behave in the way that most other people in your group or society behave    con·form·er noun
con·form·ism  Listen to the pronunciation of conformism \-ˈfȯr-ˌmi-zəm\ noun
con·form·ist  Listen to the pronunciation of conformist \-mist\ noun or adjective  
good   4.7 



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