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Synonyms and Anonyms > Exercise #15 for Practice - Pg. 31

Finding Gold in the Dictionary 31 Exercise #15 for Practice Look up the following words in your dictionary. For each one, list an antonym in the space provided. You may want to use a large, unabridged dictionary, which you will find in a library or a resource center. When you complete the exercise, check your answers at the end of this section. Example: big small (or little, or tiny) 1.1. free _____________________ free: bound, dependent, enslaved; 1.2. happy _____________________ happy: unhappy, distressed, gloomy, pensive; 1.3. polite _____________________ polite: rude, uncivil, impolite; 1.4. good _____________________ good: bad, unjust, unworthy, negative; 1.5. old (person) _____________________ old: young, youthful, junior Your dictionary is the most important tool you have to help you build your vocabulary. You can find out how to pronounce words, how to spell them, what they mean, how they function grammatically, what their history (etymology) is, where you divide them at the ends of lines and which words mean the same or the opposite. Your dictionary has many surprises as well. The larger your dictionary is, the more likely it is to include some or all of the following information: Rules for punctuation and grammar, capitalization rules, a guide for writing footnotes, information on avoiding sexist language, parliamentary proce- dure, meanings and origins of people's names, famous quotations, U.S. population by cities, defi- nition of abbreviations and the rules for writing research papers. In a sense, your dictionary is like a small encyclopedia. Just for fun, set aside a lunch hour, take a break from television, or walk your dictionary to the park and spend an hour or two becoming acquainted. As you get to know your dictionary you will be rewarded many times over. It is truly one of the most valuable books you own.