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    Which dictionary meaning is to be considered.

    English is my Second language. I would like to know the process to have the exact meaning from a dictionary in respect to a sentence.

    Example:
    David, the youngest of the seven brothers, was a shepherd-boy. Just like other days, he was out on the green hills, dotted with tiny, yellow flowers, minding his flock of sheep. David kept a careful eye on them. They must not wander off. No fierce wild animal must hurt or kill them.
    David was good at his job. The sheep knew they were safe when David was with them. He led them to the spots where the grass was fresh and juicy. He found them streams of clear, fresh water so that they could quench their thirst.

    How to pick exact meaning from a dictionary considering Parts of Speech, idioms, phrase, etc.?

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    Re: Which dictionary meaning is to be considered.

    Every word in a sentence can be identified as a "part of speech". If you know the parts of speech, take each word and classify it as one of them. I am not certain what you mean by "exact meaning".

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    Re: Which dictionary meaning is to be considered.

    One problem with dictionaries for this is when a word has more than one grammatical form- you have to understand the grammar to know whether a word is, say, an adjective or an adverb, and a dictionary can't always help with this as it will only tell you what a word can be, not what it is in a particular context.

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