Dictionary work

Use your own English dictionary or the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary at http://dictionary.cambridge.org/ and explore the following questions.


  1. Look up the word bonnet. How many meanings do you find? Does the word have the same meanings in British and American English? What does the expression "have a bee in your bonnet" mean?
  2. Look up the word spite. Which of the following word classes does it belong to: noun, verb, adjective, adverb? Do you find any fixed expressions that spite is a part of?
  3.  You know of course what bread means. But if you look up bread in the dictionary, you may find some expressions with bread that you did not know. For instance, what is the meaning of "the best thing since sliced bread"? What does it mean if somebody says "travel writing is my bread and butter"?
  4. Can you find out from the dictionary how to pronounce acknowledge? Do you say "she acknowledged to have lied" or "she acknowledged that she had lied"? List three other English words that mean approximately the same as acknowledge.
  5. What does xenophobia mean?  How is it pronounced? What do you call a person who shows signs of xenophobia?
  6. What preposition do you use after sceptical? Is the word spelled the same in British and American English?

Web resource

Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary


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