the meanings in a word never or rarely used, help?

i am a english language learner.

i know there are many meanings in a word, but some of the meanings in a word are rarely used.

when i look a word up , how to know what meanings can be ignored ? how to know what meanings i must memorize and remember?


meanings of a word

8 Answers

  • 8 months ago
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    I would not put it into a "must memorize" category.  If you encounter the word enough, you will be able to get its meaning from the many different contexts in which it appears.  The dictionary is only there to help you understand the general idea that the word is used for, rather than for a very specific and proscriptive purpose.

    As to words with several possible meanings or even nuances (and nuances are often not indicated in dictionary definitions), the context has to dictate which is intended.

    I do understand your issue because I also learned a second language.  The problem is that words in other languages do not carry the same precise meaning as the foreign translation would indicate.  The meaning and usages are not identical.  You can only truly learn them in detail through experience, through the ways that the native speaker uses them.

    The dictionary will tell you the general meaning.  The actual, real and intended meaning can be a bit different.  There are values and weights that come with words that are not openly part of the dictionary definitions.

  • 8 months ago

    english has  exceptions for most of it;s 'rules',, what you need to get into your grey matter,is understanding 'the context' and use of subject verb,pronouns,,possessives plurals,,etc,learn them by readings using, writing cursively,printing,learn spelling,,same way

  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    If you want to become adept with English, just learn their spellings and meanings and usages.

  • 8 months ago

    Dictionaries usually put the most common meaning or meanings first on the list.

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  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    What kind of words are "Rarely or never" used

  • 8 months ago

    Its a learning and ever changing experience the words you use and how you use them.

  • J
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    Practice! You can learn by reading books, or ebooks in English.

  • 8 months ago

    The meanings OF a word depend on the context in which it's used.

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