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Working out the meaning of words

The two easiest ways to work out what a word means are to:

  • look it up in a dictionary, or

  • ask someone what the word means.

However, these options aren’t always available to you. Sometimes you might be reading something by yourself, and not have a dictionary with you. Or you might be in an exam, where you’re not allowed to use a dictionary, and obviously you’re not allowed to ask anyone! However, there are other ways to work out the meaning of a word you don’t know.