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Archive of posts published in the category: Vocabulary

Word Explorer: explore the world of the words

Unique to our Children’s Dictionary is the Word Explorer:  a word-finding and knowledge-exploration feature. It is an index of related words that allows a child to find words connected with multiple topics and to explore whole networks of words and their meanings.  The…


Animated vocabulary instruction for kids!

Having trouble making basic, essential concepts clear to your young students? WILD animations can help! In addition to thousands of colorful static images created by our artists, the Wordsmyth Illustrated Learner’s Dictionary (WILD) offers animated illustrations for some of the most difficult words…


Coronavirus glossary: a guide to the meaning of the most common terms

The following is a small collection of terms that have been in the news in connection with the pandemic that is now affecting us all.  These terms can be confusing, and we hope this short glossary will help to clarify the meanings of…


create vs. produce

Both “create” and “produce” have the meaning of making a new thing or bringing a new thing into the world.  One might expect the words to be close synonyms, yet, surprisingly, they do not generally overlap in usage.  The first important difference is…


aesthetic vs. ascetic

aesthetic |es the tik|vs. ascetic | ə se tik| These words have similar pronunciations and spellings, but quite different meanings.  The word “aesthetic” –with the “th” sound in the middle–has to do with beauty, so if you’re talking about beauty or the arts, “aesthetic” is probably the word…