vocabulary


vocabulary
noun
ADJECTIVE
big, extensive, large, rich, wide

English has a rich vocabulary and literature.

Try to develop a wide vocabulary.

limited, poor, restricted, small
active, expressive
passive, receptive
basic, essential, key
formal
everyday
new
business, musical, political, scientific
specialized, technical
common, shared
VERB + VOCABULARY
have
acquire, learn

Learners of languages acquire vocabulary through practice.

build, develop
broaden, enlarge, enrich, expand, extend, increase

This book has been designed to help you expand your vocabulary.

enter

The expression ‘think tank’ entered the vocabulary (= became part of the language) in the 1960s.

use

Specialized vocabulary is used in all the major disciplines.

VOCABULARY + NOUN
item, word (AmE)
list
test
development
PREPOSITION
vocabulary for, vocabulary of

the essential vocabulary for tourism

the vocabulary of science

PHRASES
not in sb's vocabulary

The word ‘failure’ is not in his vocabulary (= for him, failure does not exist).


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  • vocabulary — [vō kab′yə ler΄ē] n. pl. vocabularies [ML vocabularium < L vocabulum, a word: see VOCABLE] 1. a list of words and, often, phrases, abbreviations, inflectional forms, etc., usually arranged in alphabetical order and defined or otherwise… …   English World dictionary

  • Vocabulary — Vo*cab u*la*ry (v[ o]*k[a^]b [ u]*l[asl]*r[y^]), 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vocabulary — index language, parlance, phraseology Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • vocabulary — (n.) 1530s, list of words with explanations, from M.L. vocabularium a list of words, from L. vocabulum word, name, noun, from vocare to name, call (see VOICE (Cf. voice)). Meaning range of language of a person or group is first attested 1753 …   Etymology dictionary

  • vocabulary — *language, phraseology, diction, phrasing, style …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • vocabulary — [n] language of a person or people cant, dictionary, glossary, jargon, lexicon, palaver, phraseology, terminology, thesaurus, wordbook, word hoard*, words, word stock*; concepts 276,280 …   New thesaurus

  • vocabulary — ► NOUN (pl. vocabularies) 1) the body of words used in a particular language or in a particular sphere. 2) the body of words known to an individual person. 3) a list of words with an explanation of their meanings. 4) a range of artistic or… …   English terms dictionary

  • vocabulary */ — UK [vəʊˈkæbjʊlərɪ] / US [voʊˈkæbjəˌlerɪ] noun Word forms vocabulary : singular vocabulary plural vocabularies 1) [countable/uncountable] all the words that a person knows a wide vocabulary (= knowledge of a large number of words): He has a wide… …   English dictionary

  • vocabulary — vo|cab|u|lar|y [ vou kæbjə,leri ] noun * 1. ) count or uncount all the words that a person knows: a limited vocabulary: Her grammar isn t bad, but she has a limited vocabulary. a wide vocabulary (=knowledge of a large number of words): He has a… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • vocabulary — n. 1) to command a vocabulary 2) to build, develop, enlarge one s vocabulary 3) an extensive, huge, large, rich vocabulary 4) a meager, restricted, small vocabulary 5) a basic; technical vocabulary 6) an active; passive vocabulary * * * [və… …   Combinatory dictionary


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