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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Vocabulary'

Vocabulary Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    vocabulary n
  1. a listing of the words used in some enterprise
  2. a language user's knowledge of words [syn: lexicon, mental lexicon}]
  3. the system of techniques or symbols serving as a means of expression (as in arts or crafts); "he introduced a wide vocabulary of techniques"
Vocabulary Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Vocabulary \Vo*cab"u*la*ry\, n.; pl. Vocabularies. [LL. vocabularium, vocabularius: cf. F. vocabulaire. See Vocable.]
  1. A list or collection of words arranged in alphabetical order and explained; a dictionary or lexicon, either of a whole language, a single work or author, a branch of science, or the like; a word-book.
  2. A sum or stock of words employed. His vocabulary seems to have been no larger than was necessary for the transaction of business. --Macaulay.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Vocabulary'

A person's vocabulary is the set of words within a language that are familiar to that person. A vocabulary usually grows and evolves with age, and serves as a useful and fundamental tool for communication and acquiring knowledge. Acquiring an extensive vocabulary is one of the largest challenges in learning a second language.

A vocabulary is commonly defined as "all the words known and used by a particular person". Unfortunately, this definition does not take into account a range of issues involved in knowing a word.

The first major distinction that must be made when evaluating word knowledge is whether the knowledge is productive (also called active) or receptive (also called passive) and even within those opposing categories, there is often times no clear distinction. Words that are generally understood when heard or read or seen constitute a person's receptive vocabulary. These words may range from well-known to barely known (see degree of knowledge below). In most cases, a person's receptive vocabulary is the larger of the two. For example, although a young child may not yet be able to speak, write, or sign, he or she may be able to follow simple commands and appear to understand a good portion of the language to which he or she is exposed. In this case, the child's receptive vocabulary is likely tens, if not hundreds of words but his or her active vocabulary is zero. When that child learns to speak or sign, however, the child's active vocabulary begins to increase. Productive vocabulary, therefore, generally refers to words which can be produced within an appropriate context and match the intended meaning of the speaker or signer. As with receptive vocabulary, however, there are many degrees at which a particular word may be considered part of an active vocabulary. Knowing how to pronounce, sign, or write a word does not necessarily mean that the word has been used correctly or accurately reflect the intended message of the utterance, but it does reflect a minimal amount of productive knowledge.

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'Vocabulary' in famous quotation sentence

* Yes, you can be a dreamer and a doer too, if you will remove one word from your vocabulary impossible. - Dr. Robert Schuller

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  • Jennifer Stewart From Write101.com Shares Her Tips On Improving Vocabulary, Reports eReflect
    eReflect interviewed Jennifer Stewart, and the interview has been featured on the Ultimate Vocabulary blog. She shares tips on how anyone can build a better vocabulary, no matter where their current vocabulary level is. (PRWeb July 24, 2014) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/07/prweb12039735.htm Read more on this news related to 'Vocabulary'
  • BoomWriter Launches New Interactive Vocabulary EdTech Tool
    WordWriter, BoomWriter's new technology-based vocabulary tool, lets students apply, share, and assess their knowledge of vocabulary. (PRWeb July 22, 2014) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/boomwriter/news/prweb12033378.htm Read more on this news related to 'Vocabulary'
  • Ultimate Vocabulary Developer Believes Vocabulary is the Best Self-Investment for Everyone, eReflect Announces
    eReflect’s managing director, Marc Slater, explains why vocabulary building is a timeless investment people can make. Slater is convinced that it’s an investment people will reap many benefits from throughout their lives. (PRWeb July 16, 2014) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/07/prweb12014597.htm Read more on this news related to 'Vocabulary'

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