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Using Dictionaries 3

In this worksheet, students will be asked to read new words and find their meanings in a dictionary.

'Using Dictionaries 3' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Reading: Comprehension

Curriculum subtopic:   Use Dictionaries

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

When we read we often come across new words that we have never heard of before. When you read a word that you don't understand, you can try looking up its definition (what the word means) in a dictionary.

 

Look at this word:

precise

 

How can you use a dictionary?

1. First, you need to look at the first letter of the word:

p

 

2. Now you need to find the 'p' section in your dictionary. Use the alphabet to help you here:

a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

'p' is at the middle/end of the alphabet, so you need to look in the middle/end of the dictionary to find the 'p' section.

 

3. Now you need to look at the second letter of the word:

r

 

4. Now you need to find the 'pr' section. Use the alphabet to help you here:

a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

'r' is at the middle/end of the alphabet, so you need to look for 'pr' words in the middle/end of the 'p' section.

 

5. Now you need to look at the third letter of the word:

e

 

6. Now you need to find the 'pre' section. Use the alphabet to help you here:

a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

'e' is in the beginning of the alphabet, so you need to look for 'pre' words in the beginning of the 'pr' section.

 

7. Now look down the 'pre' word section, until you find:

precise

You have now hopefully found its definition is:

Something that is exact in every detail.

 
 

In this activity, you will need to use your dictionary to find out the definitions of some new words.

Remember, the definitions in your dictionary may have a slightly different explanation, but the meaning should be the same.

Read this sentence. 

Finally, an official reprieve arrived from the Queen.

 

Use your dictionary to find the meaning of the word 'reprieve'.

Tick the correct meaning below.

something that is written or done by the government or someone in charge

to cancel or postpone a punishment

Read this sentence. 

Were Tyrannosaurus Rex killers or scavengers?

 

Use your dictionary to find the meaning of the word 'scavengers'.

Tick the correct meaning below.

an animal that feeds on other dead animals or dead plants

an animal that is full of energy and life

Read this sentence. 

"What a kerfuffle!" exclaimed the policeman.

 

Use your dictionary to find the meaning of the word 'kerfuffle'.

Tick the correct meaning below.

something that is written that is very rude or upsetting

when there is a commotion or a fuss

Read this sentence. 

The protest carried on all day and all night.

 

Use your dictionary to find the meaning of the word 'protest'.

Tick the correct meaning below.

showing that you disapprove of something

something that is not finished

Read this sentence. 

"Bring the essentials only please," said Karen. 

 

Use your dictionary to find the meaning of the word 'essentials'.

Tick the correct meaning below.

something that is exciting and interesting

something that is important

Some words have more than one meaning depending on how you use the word in a sentence.

Tick the correct definitions of the following word:

honour

to hold something or someone in great respect

to keep an agreement

to be completely enthusiastic

Some words have more than one meaning depending on how you use the word in a sentence.

Tick the correct definitions of the following word:

medley

a swimming competition where the swimmers do sections in different strokes

to be alone, without other people

a mixture of different things to make something else, such as music

Some words have more than one meaning depending on how you use the word in a sentence.

Tick the correct definitions of the following word:

wretched

a chief enemy

something that is low quality

to feel very ill or very unhappy

Some words have more than one meaning depending on how you use the word in a sentence.

Tick the correct definitions of the following word:

ascent

to rise or move up in the air

to agree with something

a climb or walk to the top of a hill or mountain

Some words have more than one meaning depending on how you use the word in a sentence.

Tick the correct definitions of the following word:

complement

something that adds to or improves something else

a number or amount that makes a group complete

to praise or admire something

  • Question 1

Read this sentence. 

Finally, an official reprieve arrived from the Queen.

 

Use your dictionary to find the meaning of the word 'reprieve'.

Tick the correct meaning below.

CORRECT ANSWER
to cancel or postpone a punishment
EDDIE SAYS
I bet they were relieved when the reprieve finally arrived!
  • Question 2

Read this sentence. 

Were Tyrannosaurus Rex killers or scavengers?

 

Use your dictionary to find the meaning of the word 'scavengers'.

Tick the correct meaning below.

CORRECT ANSWER
an animal that feeds on other dead animals or dead plants
EDDIE SAYS
Some scientists would say that the Tyrannosaurus Rex was a predator who would hunt and kill for food. Others argue that this dinosaur was more like a scavenger.'
  • Question 3

Read this sentence. 

"What a kerfuffle!" exclaimed the policeman.

 

Use your dictionary to find the meaning of the word 'kerfuffle'.

Tick the correct meaning below.

CORRECT ANSWER
when there is a commotion or a fuss
EDDIE SAYS
The children couldn't line up properly after break time and they were still arguing with each other when the teacher blew her whistle and said 'what a Kerfuffle!'
  • Question 4

Read this sentence. 

The protest carried on all day and all night.

 

Use your dictionary to find the meaning of the word 'protest'.

Tick the correct meaning below.

CORRECT ANSWER
showing that you disapprove of something
EDDIE SAYS
Have you ever taken part in a protest? Maybe you have seen people who protest on the news?
  • Question 5

Read this sentence. 

"Bring the essentials only please," said Karen. 

 

Use your dictionary to find the meaning of the word 'essentials'.

Tick the correct meaning below.

CORRECT ANSWER
something that is important
EDDIE SAYS
'His suitcase was very small so he could only pack the essentials.'
  • Question 6

Some words have more than one meaning depending on how you use the word in a sentence.

Tick the correct definitions of the following word:

honour

CORRECT ANSWER
to hold something or someone in great respect
to keep an agreement
EDDIE SAYS
'I will honour my word and will never disobey you!'
  • Question 7

Some words have more than one meaning depending on how you use the word in a sentence.

Tick the correct definitions of the following word:

medley

CORRECT ANSWER
a swimming competition where the swimmers do sections in different strokes
a mixture of different things to make something else, such as music
EDDIE SAYS
'I am going to make a vegetable medley with herbs for dinner.'
  • Question 8

Some words have more than one meaning depending on how you use the word in a sentence.

Tick the correct definitions of the following word:

wretched

CORRECT ANSWER
something that is low quality
to feel very ill or very unhappy
EDDIE SAYS
'She had to go back upstairs to bed, she just felt too wretched!'
  • Question 9

Some words have more than one meaning depending on how you use the word in a sentence.

Tick the correct definitions of the following word:

ascent

CORRECT ANSWER
to rise or move up in the air
a climb or walk to the top of a hill or mountain
EDDIE SAYS
'The group took their first ascent up the mountain, despite the windy weather.'
  • Question 10

Some words have more than one meaning depending on how you use the word in a sentence.

Tick the correct definitions of the following word:

complement

CORRECT ANSWER
something that adds to or improves something else
a number or amount that makes a group complete
EDDIE SAYS
'Wow, that new coat really complements your boots!'
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