Defining a Word

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 30, 2014)

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As you are working with a document—particularly a document written by someone else—you may run across a word that you don't know the meaning of. You can use Docs' built-in dictionary to find out the definition of any such word, along with any synonyms (words that mean the same) or antonyms (words that are opposite). Follow these steps:

  1. Place the insertion point inside the word you want defined. You can, if you prefer, select the entire word. (If you need the definition of a phrase or a compound word, you'll want to select it completely.)
  2. Choose Tools | Define. Docs displays the Research pane at the right side of the document, containing the definition. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. Finding the definition of a word.

That's it. You can read the definition of the word you specified in step 1. It is interesting to note that Docs will automatically adjust the word being searched for to the root word. For instance, if you search for longer, then Docs actually displays the definition of long. Similarly if you try to get a definition for a plural (such as roses), then Docs displays the definition for the singular form of the word (rose). If there is potential confusion as to whether you really want the word specified or its root (such as with the word fishing) then Docs displays information about both the word and its root (fishing and fish).

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is seven more than 3?

2014-01-30 10:34:34

Pat Layton

Very Helpful!