January 28, 2015
Today I want to share with you three useful Google search tips that students can use to enhance their language learning and enrich their vocabulary. These tips are related to the use of Google’s integrated dictionary. There are actually three ways students can use Google’s dictionary right from their search bar: the first way is to search for definitions, the second one is for synonyms ( words with almost similar meanings) and the third one is for antonyms (words with opposite meanings).While I have been using the definition feature of Google for years now, it is only recently that I learned about the antonyms and synonyms functionality from a post by Drive Bunny which also inspired me to write this blog post.
1- Searching for word definitions
Google offers a quick and easy way to search for definitions of any term by simply typing “define” followed by the word you want defined. If you are using Chrome browser, you can do this right from the address bar otherwise you need to head over to Google and type in the search phrase in its search box. For instance, to look for the definition of the word ‘antonym’ type in “define antonym’ as shown in the screenshot below.
2- Search for synonym
Students can also use Google integrated dictionary to search for word equivalents.For instance if they are writing an essay and want to avoid being redundant by using the same word over and over. They can instead use one of its equivalent.
To look for synonyms on Google simply type in “synonym’ followed by the term whose synonyms you are looking for.
3- Search for antonyms
Similarly, students can use Google integrated dictionary to search for words that have opposite meanings. To do this they can type in “antonyms” followed by the word whose antonyms they are looking for.