Do you refer to dictionary while reading something important???

Referring the dictionary... - It often happens that while reading something important, like reading newspaper or reading some novel, we come across words that we don't understand the meaning of.. Some of us continue reading by just ignoring those words, and some of us try to look thr meanings in the dictionary...

I like referring to the dictionary while I am reading smthing important like newspaper or while reading sm book.. I like to understand every word I am reading...
@Lifeless (2636)
India
November 5, 2007 1:01am CST
Hi mylotters... It often happens that while reading something important, like reading newspaper or reading some novel, we come across words that we don't understand the meaning of.. Some of us continue reading by just ignoring those words, and some of us try to look thr meanings in the dictionary... So, which category do u fall in?? Share with me people... I like referring to the dictionary while I am reading smthing important like newspaper or while reading sm book.. I like to understand every word I am reading...
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@yamimay (18)
• Philippines
5 Nov 07
I totally agree with consulting to the dictionary. I guess I belong to the dictionary-dependent category huh. heheh. Anyway, I am a big reader too and there are terms that I am not familiar with. Since I mostly read news and all stuffs online, I bookmarked dictionary.com. It is a nice site because it does not only offer dictionary but thesaurus, and encyclopedia.
@Lifeless (2636)
• India
6 Nov 07
Good for u that there's a site like that on the net.. But I always prefer the actual dictionary, the book one.. Its the most easy way to find out the meanings of words u don't understand and improve ur vocab... Thanks for responding neways...
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@hillock (749)
• Qatar
7 Nov 07
same here yamimay! i always depend on dictionary.com! and ive used their language translation. its pretty cool!
• Pakistan
25 Nov 07
Yes I need to refer dictionary, while I read some thing important and strange in meanings of world. I do not need dictionary while reading some thing important in my national or regional language. But I need dictionary in case of a language which is strange and new for me. I used to search the meanings of words in dictionary while reading something in English. But I need it little studying in English as practice made me a bit perfect. Dictionary is an important basic tool in reading and learning.
@Lifeless (2636)
• India
27 Nov 07
I agree to that.. Even I require the use of dictionary in those cases... Neways, thanks for sharing...
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@maapav (729)
• India
24 Nov 07
Yes I too sometimes refer to dictionary while reading books. It not only tells us the meaning but also a new word is added to our vocabulary. It is really useful.
@Lifeless (2636)
• India
27 Nov 07
I agree... Neways, thanks for sharing...
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@atchmon (140)
• Philippines
24 Nov 07
Yup.. referring in a dictionary is a much safer and faster way of knowing things.. the net is a large database and millions of data are stored there.. that's why it is very hard to find the exact things you are looking for.. :)
@Lifeless (2636)
• India
27 Nov 07
But I was not talking of net here, I was taking of the actual dictionary books that we need while we are reading some books... Neways, thanks for sharing...
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@wolfie34 (26789)
• United Kingdom
17 Nov 07
It is a great way of improving your vocabularly and word power! Knowledge is key. I am always doing that, with a dictionary close at hand any words I stumble upon and haven't come across before I will go and look them up, even if I am out I will write that word down or memorize it and on return I will find out it's true meaning.
@Lifeless (2636)
• India
27 Nov 07
So, u r always behind a word until u find its meaning, lol... Right??? Neways, thanks for sharing...
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@juhiram (187)
17 Nov 07
Dictionary is my hand book all the time and every time i do refer it for the meaning and its a good search engine.and it is good to view dictionay and also a good collection of words will lead to a effective communication also.
@Lifeless (2636)
• India
26 Nov 07
Yeah, very true... Thanks for the response, neways...
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• China
16 Nov 07
yes ,i will ,and i have a thick and heavy dictionary.i like it and i dress her a beautiful dress. 'cause i think she helps me and she is my best study partner. and i also think she can give me detailed concrete and exact explaination of some i can't understand. that helps me know more !
@Lifeless (2636)
• India
26 Nov 07
U and ur dictionary seem to be very close buddies, it seems.. Thanks for the response, neways...
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@ebtenorio (765)
• Philippines
16 Nov 07
I rarely use a dictionary when reading any article. I usually get the meaning of it from its context. But in some other cases, I do if the meaning of the word is kinda really really vague for me, only then that I would consult Mr. Webster or Ms. Merriam.
@Lifeless (2636)
• India
26 Nov 07
That's pretty neat way to refer to these dictionaries... Thanks for the response, neways...
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@maylaine (444)
• Philippines
16 Nov 07
I do...coz sometimes when you are reading you use to encounter some unfamiliar words, with dictionary by your side you can immediately understand the meaning of that word and next time you encounter it you already know the meaning..
@Lifeless (2636)
• India
26 Nov 07
Yeah, that's pretty true, I agree to it completely... Thanks for the response, neways...
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• United States
14 Nov 07
No but I should, and I usually feel guilty about it when I don't do it. Especially when reading classics or philosophy.
@Lifeless (2636)
• India
26 Nov 07
What's there to feel guilty abt dear??? Thanks for the response, neways...
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@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
7 Nov 07
I don't think we need to refer to a dictionary everytime we encounter a new word. I have a different way of handling it. I try to figure out a word's meaning using the context of it. After 4 or 5 such encounters in different contexts, i would certainly come to know its meaning and mainly its application. Dictionaries, i use only when there's a need for me to know the meaning instantly, like for e.g: myLot discussions. If i come across a new word in mylot and i find it hard to guage its exact meaning in the context of it, i will use the online dictionaries.
@Lifeless (2636)
• India
26 Nov 07
That's pretty true.. Even I practise that... Neways, thanks for the response...
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• India
6 Nov 07
Friend, You are right.Always I refer dictionary when I find difficult to understand a word used in News papers and Books.Then only the purpose of reading will be fulfilled.
@Lifeless (2636)
• India
6 Nov 07
Thanks for appreciating dear.. Even u r right that the purpose of reading can't be fulfilled if v don't understand the complete meaning... Thanks for the response neways...
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• China
6 Nov 07
em...maybe sometime i will,but not often.
@Lifeless (2636)
• India
6 Nov 07
Yeah, u only need it when u come across a dificult word, its not always that u require the dictionary... Thanks for the response neways...
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@Shaun72 (15965)
• Palatka, Florida
5 Nov 07
Oh yeah me to espically when I was taking home school. I had quit years ago so some of those words stumped me. Like in Biology or even English.
@Lifeless (2636)
• India
6 Nov 07
Yeah, it happens.. U need to constantly bolster ur vocab, or u r bound to loose touch gradually... Thanks for the response neways...
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@raijin (10371)
• Philippines
5 Nov 07
I refer to it most of the times, since I am not much good in understanding deeper english words. I love to read, but definitely love to learn about the language also!;) Even here on mylot, there are times that I come across with words that I need to check them on the dictionary to make sure that I'd provide better understanding about the subject being discussed.
@Lifeless (2636)
• India
6 Nov 07
Nice that u do it, it helps in improving the vocab in a big way... Thanks for responding neways...
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@fanji008 (782)
• China
5 Nov 07
Hi! I don't use dictionary too much while reading cause that's not too convenient and it costs time. So when I read daily newspapers or some magazines,I don't refer to a dictionary and actually I don't think we need to use a dictionary cause the words are not so strange for us or hard to understand. But when I read some masterpieces or some books which are about some special subjects,then I'll refer to a dictionary in order to get a better understanding.
@Lifeless (2636)
• India
6 Nov 07
Hi there.. I was just giving an example of where many of us like referring to the dictionary.. And good for u that u don't need one while reading newspapers... Thanks for responding neways...
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@diillu (5121)
5 Nov 07
I usually find it really boring while consulting a dictionary while I'm deep into novels. I just feel like its some kind of interruption. But the bad part is I can't move on unless I find out the meaning of that word. I think in novels words plays the important part and as long as we don't get the right meaning of that word we don't get the right meaning of that novel. so, for me it's important to know the meaning.
@Lifeless (2636)
• India
6 Nov 07
Yeah, it acts as an interruption ofcourse.. But rightly said that without knowing the meaning of all the important words, it wud be useless to end the novel just by ignoring them... Thanks for responding neways...
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@maryqnn (24)
• Hong Kong
5 Nov 07
I am coming from Hong Kong, English is not my mother language. But i am the kind of person that i like to guess the meaning rather than referring to the dictionary. However, if an unknown word appear many times, i will go to the dictionary to understand the word.
@Lifeless (2636)
• India
6 Nov 07
Yeah, guessing is done by all of us, u r not the only one here dear.. Most of us like guessing the meaning of the word by reading the sentence over n over again, and then on if v r not able to find the right guess, do v proceed for the dictionary... Thanks for responding neways...
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• Philippines
5 Nov 07
hello! i am a type of person that always seeks answers to questions. whatever it is that i don't understand, i won't proceed unless i find some answers. everytime i read and encounter a word that i am not familiar with i always go to a dictionary, encyclopeia, etc to search for its meaning. i remember, during elementary and high school, i have a long list of words with its corresponding meaning. it helped me a lot especially in improving my vocabulary.. :-)
@Lifeless (2636)
• India
6 Nov 07
Hey, even I had the same thing.. Infact all my class mates had the same thing, the list of difficult words alongwith their meanings.. That really helped me then.. Even now I refer to the dictionary everytime I come across some unknown word... Thanks for responding neways...
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@ssh123 (31086)
• India
5 Nov 07
Rather than checking in search engines, I prefer to see a dictionary whenever I come across a new or difficult words for their meaning. It is the only best way to develop vocabulary.
@Lifeless (2636)
• India
6 Nov 07
Yeah, dictionary is much easier to use than find the meanings of words on a search engine... Thanks for responding neways...
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