Webster's New Worldo Basic Dictionary of American English

Webster's New Worldo Basic Dictionary of American English

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In the United States, 20 percent of the adult population is marginally literate. Of these roughly 30 million people, approximately 1.8 million are enrolled in basic skills literacy programs. Webster's New World has created a dictionary that is uniquely designed to help these beginning readers. Webster's New World Basic Dictionary of American English defines 49,000 of the most commonly used words in the American English lexicon. These are the words adult readers are most likely to encounter in newspapers and magazines, on job applications and product instructions, on advertising billboards and their children's school progress reports. The dictionary defines these words in clear, easy-to-understand language, using only words that are themselves defined in the dictionary, but never condescending to the adult reader. Definitions are liberally supplemented with example phrases and sentences that put words in context and help new readers understand meaning and usage. Special notes on synonyms help new readers differentiate between words with similar meanings. And selected illustrations help readers identify and remember words.
This quality paperback book is designed for ease of reading and use, as well as for durability. Primarily created for native English speakers, it is also a valuable reference for more advanced readers of English as a second language. From the editors of the prestigious Webster's New World College Dictionary, the Basic Dictionary of American English brings the full scholarship behind that work to this important new offering in the field of literacy.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 1056 pages
  • 159 x 231 x 49mm | 1,458g
  • Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0028623819
  • 9780028623818
  • 1,865,692

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Webster's New World(TM) Basic Dictionary of American English - The Dictionary You Can Count on to Help You ... ... understand what you're reading. Nearly 50,000 entries cover the most basic and important terms you'll meet every day in the news, at work, and in the classroom. Definitions are based on the renowned Webster's New World College Dictionary-always reliable and up to date. ... write with real confidence. Discussions of synonyms show you how to pick your words carefully and correctly. Notes on usage provide expert advice on grammar and punctuation. Over 25,000 examples of how words are actually used help you know from the start that you're writing correctly. ... know you have the facts on your side. Tables give you helpful information on everything from nations of the world and their capitals to standard measurements. The facts you need are always easy to find. The most complete resource with the most useful information about the words you really need to know.
* Instant, accurate spellings
* Reliable, easy-to-use pronunciations
* Common abbreviations
* Basic vocabulary in law, government, science, education, medicine, the arts, and more
* Widely used business and financial terms
* Entries for important people-historical and contemporary
* Geographical information for cities, countries, historic places, oceans, rivers, and mountain ranges worldwide
* Hundreds of clear, helpful illustrations
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Table of contents

Staff. Foreword. Guide to the Use of the Dictionary. Abbreviations Used in This Dictionary. Basic Dictionary of American English. Nations of the World. The United States. U.S. Cities by Population. Canada and Mexico. Weights and Measures.
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About Michael E. Agnes

The Editors of the Webster's New World Dictionaries are a team of professional lexicographers with advanced degrees in various scholarly fields. The editors familiarize themselves with the vocabulary in specific subject areas, collect materials on new developments and usage, and work with expert consultants to ensure that the content of our publications is as accurate and as up-to-date as possible.
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