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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

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Transcription

Curriculum subtopic:   Use a Dictionary to Check Spellings

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

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.

Read this definition:

 

a vehicle with two wheels and pedals

 

Which of these words is it describing?

car

bus

bicycle

train

Read this definition:

 

an animal with black and white stripes that is part of the horse family

 

Which of these words is it describing?

lion

giraffe

zebra

rhinoceros

Read this definition:

 

a container that is used to hold cut flowers

 

Which of these words is it describing?

cup

pan

vase

mug

Read this definition:

 

a column of wax with a wick that produces light as it burns

 

Which of these words is it describing?

fire

flame

candle

light bulb

Read this definition:

 

a small animal with a pointed nose, large ears and a long tail

 

Which of these words is it describing?

goat

sheep

rabbit

mouse

This time you need to choose the best definition for the word below.

 

saucepan

an item for cooking with

a round container made of metal with a handle and a lid

a container that usually has a handle and lid and is used for cooking food

Choose the best definition for the word below.

 

cow

a farm animal that provides milk

an animal that provides milk

a farm animal that provides beef and milk

Choose the best definition for the word below.

 

chair

a piece of furniture for one person to sit on

something to sit on

a piece of wooden furniture that people sit on

Definitions need to be specific enough so that they are not confusing. This definition is not very good because it could be describing two of the animals below. Which ones?


an animal with four legs that can be ridden on

horse

rat

cat

rabbit

donkey

This definition is not very good either. It could be describing two of the people below. Which ones?

 

a person who works in a hospital

pilot

nurse

gardener

doctor

lorry driver

  • Question 1

Read this definition:

 

a vehicle with two wheels and pedals

 

Which of these words is it describing?

CORRECT ANSWER
bicycle
  • Question 2

Read this definition:

 

an animal with black and white stripes that is part of the horse family

 

Which of these words is it describing?

CORRECT ANSWER
zebra
  • Question 3

Read this definition:

 

a container that is used to hold cut flowers

 

Which of these words is it describing?

CORRECT ANSWER
vase
  • Question 4

Read this definition:

 

a column of wax with a wick that produces light as it burns

 

Which of these words is it describing?

CORRECT ANSWER
candle
  • Question 5

Read this definition:

 

a small animal with a pointed nose, large ears and a long tail

 

Which of these words is it describing?

CORRECT ANSWER
mouse
  • Question 6

This time you need to choose the best definition for the word below.

 

saucepan

CORRECT ANSWER
a container that usually has a handle and lid and is used for cooking food
EDDIE SAYS
The third definition is best because it tells us what a saucepan looks like and what it is used for.
  • Question 7

Choose the best definition for the word below.

 

cow

CORRECT ANSWER
a farm animal that provides beef and milk
EDDIE SAYS
Again, the third definition is the best. Cows are not the only animals that provide milk, but they are the only ones that provide beef and milk.
  • Question 8

Choose the best definition for the word below.

 

chair

CORRECT ANSWER
a piece of furniture for one person to sit on
EDDIE SAYS
This time the first definition is the best. Not all chairs are made of wood.
  • Question 9

Definitions need to be specific enough so that they are not confusing. This definition is not very good because it could be describing two of the animals below. Which ones?


an animal with four legs that can be ridden on

CORRECT ANSWER
horse
donkey
EDDIE SAYS
People ride on donkeys and horses.
  • Question 10

This definition is not very good either. It could be describing two of the people below. Which ones?

 

a person who works in a hospital

CORRECT ANSWER
nurse
doctor
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