(Online College Dictionary)
The Encarta Dictionary (online college
is a great free
resource for people with an advanced level of English.
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It is a college
. Now, what does this mean?
What is a College Dictionary?
A "college dictionary" (also known as "collegiate dictionary") is a
dictionary adjusted especially for college students.
should contain the words and phrases a college student is likely to
encounter in his studies, and shouldn't go into old and out-of-use
words. A good college dictionary should include over 200,000 word
entries. It should also be compact enough to be carried around rather
easily. (Compare this to a 20 volume full sized dictionary!)
The college dictionary is a key tool for any student.
is an online
college dictionary. It has a
wide scope of entry words and precise and full definitions.
Here is a comparison
between the Encarta
(online version), the Oxford
Advanced Learner's Dictionary
and the Oxford Essential Dictionary
(most basic level):
gene = there is no definition
for this word.
dictionary explains only the most important and basic words, and this
word is omitted).
Advanced Learner's Dictionary) gene = a unit inside a cell which
controls a particular quality in a living thing that has been passed on
from its parents.
dictionary is for advanced English learners, so it explains the word as
simply as possible.)
Advanced Learner's Dictionary) gene
= the basic unit capable of transmitting characteristics from one
generation to the next. It consists of a specific sequence of DNA or
RNA that occupies a fixed position on a chromosome.
dictionary gives the most data. You can really get the full picture.
HOWEVER, depending on your vocabulary level, it may contain words that
you do not know and would only confuse you.)
Another important feature of the Encarta Dictionary is that it
contain word etymology
What is word etymology?
= the origin and history of a word.
For example, this is the etymology
of the word prince
- It arrived to English in the 12th
- It arrived from French.
- The French word originally arrived from the
Latin word princeps,
which meant "somebody who takes first place."
course, dictionaries don't have place for such long stories, so they
usually write it in a short way. Here is how Encarta
century. Via French< Latin princeps "somebody who takes first
Why is word etymology important?
Imagine you are learning a new word. Let's say the word "omnipotent."
You find out that it means: "having total
power; able to do anything."
Then you look at the etymology
of the word, and you discover that it
comes from the Latin words: omnis
("all") + potens
Now the word makes much more sense, doesn't it?
So the Encarta dictionary
gives you full word
Yes. As wonderful and extensive as it is, it is a high level
dictionary. It can definitely be too high for beginning English
Should you use it?
This is up to you. If your level of English is advanced enough – go
ahead, take advantage of this data rich reference book.
the other hand, if the definitions sound complicated – it is probably
best to choose another dictionary and improve your English further
before using this one.
This dictionary is currently available online for free, but it also has
several "children" that can be purchased (in the form of books or CDs).
out online .
Unfortunately, the online version was discontinued. You can still order