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Dictionaries and thesauruses

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English dictionaries

There are probably more than 250,000 English words - so pocket-sized dictionaries have only the most common words in them.

Most English dictionaries will tell you what a word means and what type of word it is, eg a noun, a verb or an adjective.

Foreign language dictionaries

A foreign language dictionary tells you how to say a word or a phrase in a language other than your own, but it does not tell you what the words mean. For example it might tell you that the French word for 'dog' is 'chien' - but it won't tell you it's "a 4-legged animal often kept as a pet."

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