Recognize the meaning of words in context

Recognize the meaning of words in context

Understanding Words in Context

  • Use your understanding of the context within the sentence, paragraph, or broader text to infer the meaning of unfamiliar words.
  • Pay attention to signal words that indicate relationships between words and statements, such as ‘however’, ‘since’, ‘because’, and ‘in addition’. These words may hint towards the essence of the term you’re trying to understand.
  • Look out for synonyms or antonyms used immediately before or after the unfamiliar word. This might offer clues to its meaning.

Using Word Parts

  • Recognise elements of the word like prefixes, suffixes, and root words. Many English words are formed from the same roots, so knowing the meaning of a root can help decipher the meaning of a word.
  • Connect to words you know. Many words share common roots or stems. If you can recognise a portion of an unfamiliar word that is identical or similar to a word you already know, you might be able to guess its meaning.

Using Dictionary Skills

  • Sometimes context isn’t enough and it’s important to refer to a dictionary. Try guessing the word’s meaning from context first, then check your guess against the dictionary definition for accuracy.
  • Understand that some words have different meanings depending on the context they’re used in. Confirm with a dictionary if in doubt.

Reflecting on Word Meaning

  • After deciphering the meaning of a word, reflect on whether that meaning makes sense in the context of the text.
  • Try to incorporate the newly learnt word into your vocabulary by using it in your speech and writing. The more you use it, the better you understand its nuances and potential applications.