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Vocabulary

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Augmenting one’s vocabulary is often the key to success and opportunity. This not only pertains to academics, for the ability to articulately express a thought with fluency and persuasiveness can determine the outcome of copious situations that require contextual clarity or even casual conversation, but also to interviewers and professors. All praise literacy and erudition, and it is this first impression that is likely to make a difference. If you wish to better express your ideas, feelings, and self, then it will behoove you to browse through the following links:

Words and Definitions

Dictionary.com:
http://www.dictionary.com
A wonderful tool for both students and instructors, this Website gives access to definitions. The best part is that it even can pronounce words!

SAT Vocabulary Builder: http://www.freevocabulary.com/vocabulary.pdf
5,000 Collegiate Words with Brief Definitions–The list of words and definitions presented are used to build a broader vocabulary in preparation for the official SAT. This is a great tool to augment your lexicon!

Wiktionary: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Wiktionary:Main_Page
A Wiki database of words and translations—It is a notable site, for it adheres to strict editing parameters. It aims to describe all words of all languages (including Latin) using definitions and descriptions in English.

Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary: http://www.merriam-webster.com/
Quick access to an online dictionary and thesaurus—to have fun while building vocabulary, play some of the word games and sign up for the Word of the Day.

Thesaurus Tools

Thesaurus.com: http://www.thesaurus.com/
Connected to Dictionary.com, this site provides a convenient resource for synonyms, while allowing you to simultaneously pinpoint relevant definitions.

Lexipedia Visual Thesaurus: http://www.lexipedia.com
Simple to use—type any word and Lexipedia instantly displays the target word along with other words. It also color-codes the words by both parts of speech and relationships. As you hover over a word, a complete definition is displayed.

Plumb Design Thesaurus (also visual): http://www.visualthesaurus.com
Great for visual learners! Explore words and their various threads of meaning relationships within the English language by creating a spatial map of linguistic associations.

Free Rice: http://freerice.com/#/english-vocabulary/1364
This site gives multiple-choice, synonym-based questions in order to improve word choice. For each answer an individual correctly answers, the site promises to donate 10 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program. Amounts of rice increase with more challenging questions.

Idiom Help

The Idiom Connection: http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com
A collection of English idioms and quizzes, arranged either alphabetically or topically—for instance, scroll through the alphabetized categories to browse through the information, or choose a particular area of interest, such as color, food, medical, or number idioms.

Another idiom resource: http://dictionary.cambridge.org
A site that provides a dictionary of idioms—type a particular idiom to go to the phrase listed alongside other idioms using the same key word. For example, type bird in bush, eat like a bird, etc., Definition as well as use in a sentence is shown.

Poetry and Creative Writing Aids

Rhyme Zone (Rhyming Dictionary): https://www.rhymezone.com/
Having trouble finding the right word for your sonnet or other piece of creative writing? This site is helpful for those taking creative-writing courses or writing poetry, as it provides quick rhyme matches. It also provides rhymes specific to literature and homophones; phrase and slant rhymes also are available.

Word Safari—Vocabulary Expeditions: http://home.earthlink.net/~ruthpett/safari/index.htm
A word-guessing, general-education site that helps expand vocabulary while exploring remote cyber trails to other sites. It is an excellent resource to enhance vocabulary, for it includes dictionary, thesaurus, word pitfalls and notorious “confusables,” and a spelling test. The site was selected as one of Writer's Digest's 101 Best Web Sites for Writers.