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    Please help - an English dictionary online showing words roots

    Dear teachers,


    Could you please advise where I can find a good English dictionary online?

    I need a good English dictionary, which showing the roots of words. For example, when I look up the word “artery”, it can show the root of the word is “arter”.

    Many thanks!

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    Re: Please help - an English dictionary online showing words roots

    Many will show you where words come from. Merriam Webster and the American Heritage Dictionary both show that:
    Artery - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary
    artery - Dictionary definition and pronunciation - Yahoo! Education

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    Re: Please help - an English dictionary online showing words roots

    Thanks Tdol for the guidance. They are useful as showing the origin of the words.

    Could you please advise if there is one that can show the root or combination of words? For example, "ascend" is a combination of "a" and "scend".

    Many thanks again.

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    Re: Please help - an English dictionary online showing words roots

    Quote Originally Posted by forfantast View Post
    Thanks Tdol for the guidance. They are useful as showing the origin of the words.

    Could you please advise if there is one that can show the root or combination of words? For example, "ascend" is a combination of "a" and "scend".

    Many thanks again.

    Perhaps here: Wordinfo
    Last edited by nyota; 06-Jul-2011 at 23:28. Reason: typo

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    Re: Please help - an English dictionary online showing words roots

    Quote Originally Posted by forfantast View Post
    Dear teachers,


    Could you please advise where I can find a good English dictionary online?

    I need a good English dictionary, which showing the roots of words. For example, when I look up the word “artery”, it can show the root of the word is “arter”.

    Many thanks!

    NOT A TEACHER


    Please google:

    Online Etymology Dictionary

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    Re: Please help - an English dictionary online showing words roots

    Thanks all!

    They are very helpful.

    The background is that: when I learning new words, I go to a colleague (Chinese), quite frequently he can explain to me how a word is formed.

    For example, the word "aspirant", "a" - negatively; "spir" - breathe; "ant" - "people". So in a way, "aspirant" means somebody doing things holding his breath – in a way, it is “a person with a strong desire to do something”. To me, it’s a very good way to memorize words.

    So I just wondering if there is a website can function the same.

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    Re: Please help - an English dictionary online showing words roots

    Quote Originally Posted by forfantast View Post
    For example, the word "aspirant", "a" - negatively; "spir" - breathe; "ant" - "people". So in a way, "aspirant" means somebody doing things holding his breath – in a way, it is “a person with a strong desire to do something”. To me, it’s a very good way to memorize words.
    Just a word of caution (such as in the case of "aspirant"): Whilst it may be a way of memorising its meaning, if not researched, your assumption may not represent a strictly correct etymology - see:

    aspire - definition of aspire by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.
    [from Latin aspīrāre to breathe upon, from spīrāre to breathe]

    Regards
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    PS See also (re ascend):
    ascend - definition of ascend by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.
    [from Latin ascendere : ad-, ad- + scandere, to climb]
    Last edited by Route21; 07-Jul-2011 at 04:48.

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    I am so glad to see and receive the attention and helps regarding the matter.

    Great weekend to all!

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