chapter  13
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Teaching Word Learning Strategies: Definitions

This is the third of three chapters about word learning strategies-how to help students make more effective use of word parts, context, and defini­ tions. In one sense, definitions are certainly the most reliable of the three. We have gone to some length to explain how word parts and context supply only partial, and sometimes even misleading, information about the mean­ ings of words. Definitions, on the other hand, are explicitly designed to give the most accurate and complete information possible about the meaning of a word. Both in and out of school, dictionaries are generally regarded as an authoritative source of information about word meanings.