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I very rarely find myself looking words up in a dictionary. I know most words and if I don't know one it's easy enough to just figure out what it means by looking at the context, although I can imagine that you're going to have to get a dictionary when reading books that are that old. To be honest, I stick to the twentieth century, and perhaps the end of the nineteenth.

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I don't often use a dictionary but whenever I do it is hardly ever for finding word meaning. Whenever I am reading and I come across a new word  I automatically know the meaning by the context of the sentence. If I am on the computer and I need to check out a word then I also don't need my dictionary, I just use the computer.

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Well when reading a parallel text it can be quite frequent. I know sentence translations are there on the next page, but sometimes you need a dictionary to determine which word is which. Otherwise fairly frequently as well as my vocabulary is still limited in many of the languages I have studied.

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I always try to refer to my dictionary when I come across a new word in my day-to-day life. Due to this practice, I have developed a strong vocabulary and it has also improved my command of the English language. I would recommend everybody to keep a dictionary nearby and refer to it for meanings of new words which you may come across.

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Context helps a lot but I still find myself referring to the dictionary a lot, even if most of the time it's just to confirm my suspicions. Also, as a kid, I used to love just opening the dictionary to a random and learning a new word every now and then. It was some of the best half hours I've ever spent. Anyone else ever do this?

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I don't even remember the last time I checked a dictionary. If I need help with understanding a word or a phrase, I either use context clues in the sentence to help me figure it out. Most of the time I just ask a friend what the word or phrase means.

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I rarely use a dictionary to define a word. I used to if I wasn't sure of a word but now I usually check online as it is quicker and easier than using a book form dictionary. I think dictionaries are important to know how to use but with all the technology these days I would be surprised if people continued to use them as often when the Internet is at your fingertips with enough information to answer almost anything.

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I use dictionaries almost every single day. This especially holds true when reading in Chinese. There are still so many characters I am not 100 percent sure about the meaning, so I will definitely want to look it up in a dictionary. I mainly use digital Dictionaries (however, when reading ancient Chinese texts, I got to switch to 'real' dictionaries, which is not a bad thing after all)  :grin:

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I often refer back to my dictionary to look for alternative meanings of words or even just and alternative word, I like to find new ways to say something and use words that one does not hear everyday. Whenever I am writing the dictionary is by my side.

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Of late I have been reading books that were written in the nineteenth century and I have to keep referring to the dictionary.Does it happen to you?

It happens to me yup. Every time I go off into a phase of reading, I always need a dictionary  by my side. Or...on my computer. lol.
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Sometimes. When I read and find a word that I don't know I would use the dictionary online (which is much more convenient and fast). I don't like to wait to know what certain words mean, drives me crazy  :grin:

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I sometimes use a dictionary to look up a few words that I may not be familiar with but this doesn't happen often.  I do this only if I can't decipher the mean of the word via the context of the sentence.

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I've never read old books, so this specifically has never happened for me. However, I do still check definitions online from time to time because I still run across a good number of words that I did not know the meaning of. Also, since I do like to write, I usually check online for synonyms of some of my more overused words.

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I simply feel too lazy to open the big fat dictionary that I have. If there's a word that I'm absolutely clueless about and cannot proceed any further unless I figure out its meaning, then I usually Google the word on my phone. I'm not exactly proud of this habit, but I guess it works for me.

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I NEVER use my dictionary, it has no use nowadays. It's a pretty old one I brought from my parents almost 20 years ago, but now I just check online for the meaning of words.

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I don't really check the language that much because I can mostly guess the word by the context it was used in.  But if I'm trying to define a word for someone I'll most likely just look it up on Google or something and get the definition.

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I would say I use an online dictionary at least once a day. I often come across words that I don't know the meaning of, and I can't stand not knowing what they mean! I also sometimes have to review the definition of a word before I use it, to make sure that I'm using it correctly.

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Sadly my future mother-in-law gave me a dutch-Spanish dictionary that I will probably never use  :shy:  I might try it tho, but I honestly think having Google translate installed on my mobile will come even more in handy, and will be using it far more than that dictionary.  But I was really grateful for her attempt to help me learn dutch, I can tell she really loves her son and that is why she wants me to learn dutch fast :) 

Physical dictionaries are no longer practical, sadly :(  I will try to use it today ;)

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