Webster's New World Basic Dictionary of American English by Michael E. The Editors of the Webster's New World DictionarieWebster's New World Basic Dictionary of American English by Michael E. The Editors of the Webster's New World Dictionarie

Webster's New World Basic Dictionary of American English

byMichael E. The Editors of the Webster's New World DictionarieCompiled byStaff of Webster's New World Dictionary

Paperback | July 21, 1998

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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.
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 o...
Title:Webster's New World Basic Dictionary of American EnglishFormat:PaperbackDimensions:1056 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1.9 inPublished:July 21, 1998Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0028623819

ISBN - 13:9780028623818

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Table of Contents



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.

From Our Editors

Newcomers to the English language often find it difficult to understand the seemingly minor variations between American English and British English. Perfect for learners enrolled in basic literacy programs, Webster’s New World Basic Dictionary of American English features close to 50,000 words Americans frequently use in common situations, such as grocery shopping, visiting the dentist or riding public transportation. This handy resource is an ideal companion for ESL learners.