A good reader never compromises comprehension for speed or laziness to look into a dictionary !!! When we come across a word, most of us, presume a meaning and fit it according to the context as if we are masters of English and move on with an excuse of loosing focus if looked into a dictionary! Terrible mistake!
Look at the statement below,
"On hearing the verdict, the veracious witness escaped".
Can you guess the meaning of the word 'veracious'? If you think it as cruel, barbarous, notorious or anything like that, you are wrong!! The word means truthful!
When you learn a new word, you have to look for three things, the pronunciation, parts of speech like noun, verb etc and the meaning of the word in a given context. Once you grasp everything, try to make a sentence of your own with the word and, I am sure you will never forget it! Put the word to use in your writing and speaking wherever applicable and this is the best way to build your English language skills.
One last important thing about words, which I had already mentioned in a previous post, is the appropriateness of a word to effectively express your thoughts, which is essential for a perfect writer or a speaker. The words, glim, gleam, flash, shine,shimmer etc are all related to light, but can you put any of these words for use in any context??!!