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Revise Your Dictionary Skills

In this worksheet, students study an extract from a dictionary. Then they answer questions that check their understanding of how to use a dictionary.

'Revise Your Dictionary Skills' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:   Reading

Curriculum subtopic:   Understand Meaning

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

This is a page taken from an English dictionary. Read it carefully and then answer the questions in the worksheet. Remember that you can look back at this page as often as you want to by clicking on the Help button.

 

cold adjective (colder, coldest) 1 Not warm, low in temperature. Winter days are short and cold. 2 Unkind, unfeeling. He had cold eyes. coldly adverb, coldness noun.

cold noun (colds) An infection of the nose and throat.

cold-blooded adjective 1 Cruel, without pity. cold-bloodedly adverb. 2 Having blood that changes temperature according to the surroundings. Fish are cold-blooded animals.

coleslaw noun A salad dish made from shredded cabbage.

colic noun Severe pain in the stomach and bowels.

collaborate verb (collaborates, collaborating, collaborated) To work with another person or group on a joint project. collaboration, collaborator nouns.

collage noun (collages) A picture made from scraps of paper or other materials.

collapse verb (collapses, collapsing, collapsed) To fall down or cave in suddenly.

collapsible adjective Capable of being folded up.

collar noun (collars) 1 Part of the clothing that goes round the neck. 2 A band that goes round the neck of an animal.

collect verb (collects, collecting, collected) 1 To gather together, to bring to a central place. Please collect the maths books. 2 To get specimens of things for study or enjoyment. David collects stamps. 3 To come together. A large crowd collected. 4 To fetch. Ruth's father collected her from school. collector, collection nouns.

collide verb (collides, colliding, collided) To crash together. collision noun.

collie noun (collies) A kind of sheep dog.

colliery noun (collieries) A coal mine.

colon noun (colons) The punctuation mark :

colonel noun (colonels) An army officer of higher rank than a major.

colony noun (colonies) 1 A land that has been developed by settlers from another country and is not yet independent. colonial adjective, colonist noun. 2 A group of people, animals, or birds living together.

colossal adjective Huge, giant-like.

colour noun (colours) 1 Any of the different effects of light seen in the appearance of things, such as the different effects in the stripes of a rainbow. Red, yellow, and blue are all colours. 2 The use of colours, not just black and white. The pictures in this book are in colour. colourful, colourless adjectives. 3 The colour of a person's skin. 4 The flag of a ship or regiment.

colour verb (colours, colouring, coloured) 1 To add colour to something. 2 To blush.

colour-blind adjective Unable to see the difference between certain colours.

coloured adjective Having various colours.

colt noun (colts) A young male horse.

column noun (columns) 1 A pillar. 2 Something that is long and narrow. a column of smoke.

coma noun (comas) An unnatural deep sleep.

comb noun (combs) 1 A device for making hair tidy. 2 The red crest on a chicken's head.

comb verb (combs, combing, combed) 1 To tidy hair with a comb. 2 To search thoroughly.

combat noun (combats) A fight, a battle. combatant noun.

 

What definition is given for the noun collage?

a place where students go to learn

a picture made from scraps of paper or other materials

a scrap book

What definition is given for the noun colt?

a young male horse

a young female horse

a metal pin or bar used as a fastening

A derivative is a word that has been formed from another word. For example, the word colonial is given as a derivative of colony.

 

What other derivative of colony is given? Write it in the answer box.

Which adverb is given as a derivative of the word cold? Write it in the answer box.

 Write the noun that would describe two vehicles crashing into one another.

Which two word classes does the word comb belong to?

noun and verb

adjective and verb

What information is given in brackets if the main entry is a noun?

a derivative of the noun

the plural version of the noun

an example of how the noun is used

an alternative spelling of the noun

Which word is defined in the following way? Write it in the answer box.

 

To work with another person or group on a joint project.

To which word class does the word collapsible belong?

noun

verb

adjective

adverb

Why are some words listed twice?

They have different spellings.

They have more than one meaning.

They belong to more than one word class.

  • Question 1

What definition is given for the noun collage?

CORRECT ANSWER
a picture made from scraps of paper or other materials
EDDIE SAYS
A collage is defined as a form of art in which different materials (for example, photographs and pieces of paper or fabric) are arranged and stuck down to a larger piece of paper or card.
  • Question 2

What definition is given for the noun colt?

CORRECT ANSWER
a young male horse
EDDIE SAYS
A colt is defined as a young male horse, in particular one that is less than four years old.
  • Question 3

A derivative is a word that has been formed from another word. For example, the word colonial is given as a derivative of colony.

 

What other derivative of colony is given? Write it in the answer box.

CORRECT ANSWER
colonist
EDDIE SAYS
A colonist is defined as an inhabitant of or settler in a colony.
  • Question 4

Which adverb is given as a derivative of the word cold? Write it in the answer box.

CORRECT ANSWER
coldly
EDDIE SAYS
To do something 'coldly' means to do it unemotionally, without affection or warmth.
  • Question 5

 Write the noun that would describe two vehicles crashing into one another.

CORRECT ANSWER
collision
EDDIE SAYS
A collision is defined as one moving object or person striking violently against another.
  • Question 6

Which two word classes does the word comb belong to?

CORRECT ANSWER
noun and verb
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'comb' is both a noun and a verb. The verb 'to comb' means the action of combing something, e.g. combing your hair. The noun refers to the comb itself.
  • Question 7

What information is given in brackets if the main entry is a noun?

CORRECT ANSWER
the plural version of the noun
EDDIE SAYS
The plural version of the noun is always provided.
  • Question 8

Which word is defined in the following way? Write it in the answer box.

 

To work with another person or group on a joint project.

CORRECT ANSWER
collaborate
  • Question 9

To which word class does the word collapsible belong?

CORRECT ANSWER
adjective
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'collapsible' is an adjective, as it describes an object's capacity to fold or collapse.
  • Question 10

Why are some words listed twice?

CORRECT ANSWER
They belong to more than one word class.
EDDIE SAYS
Words with more than one meaning that belong to the same word class (e.g. they are all nouns) are listed in the same entry but with numbers to separate them. Words that belong to more than one word class (e.g. one is a noun and one is a verb) are listed as separate entries.
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