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Understand Dictionary Definitions

In this worksheet students practise matching words with their definitions.

'Understand Dictionary Definitions' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 3 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Transcription

Curriculum subtopic:   Use a Dictionary to Check Spellings

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

We often use dictionaries to help us with spellings, but a dictionary has another purpose as well: it gives the meanings (or definitions) of words.

A definition is quite hard to write. It needs to explain exactly what something is without being too complicated, but it needs to be specific enough so that it only describes one thing.


Can you see why this definition of a car is not a good one?

a motor vehicle with four wheels


The definition could also be describing a van or a small bus, so it is not specific enough.

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