The American Heritage Children's Dictionary

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The American Heritage(R) Children's Dictionary for children ages 912 contains 37,000 entries plus informative and useful special features such as synonyms, word histories, and vocabulary builders. This best-selling dictionary has been expanded for 1997 with a new section on phonics and spelling to help children build their spelling, vocabulary, and reading skills and to make it easy for parents and teachers to help children learn. A detailed guide to vowel and consonant sounds gives the most common spelling as well as many less common ones encountered in everyday reading. The section on word building demonstrates how to form simple compound words, how to use prefixes and suffixes, and how to understand word roots. This dictionary is a complete language reference for every child.

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This brand-new edition of the best-selling American Heritage Children's Dictionary covers all the vocabulary young readers need today. More than 2,000 new words and senses make this the most comprehensive and up-to-date children's dictionary available. New entries cover the complete range of subjects and include such terms as aikido, burqa, dwarf planet, greenhouse gas, hip-hop, skate park, and sustainable. Over 25,000 entries are defined in age-appropriate, contemporary language. More than 16,000 expertly crafted example sentences show words in context. Hundreds of special feature notes expand children's knowledge of language and a separate phonics and spelling guide helps to develop sound reading and writing skills. The engaging and contemporary design includes 1,500 vivid full-color photographs, illustrations, and diagrams that supplement and expand upon the definitions. The art encompasses multidimensional presentations showing fascinating subjects such as cave, geyser, houseboat, and starfish. With the thousands of new words and senses and an all-new art program, nearly 80 percent of the book is fresh material. Rich in content and graphics, this comprehensive and easy-to-use dictionary is a must for every young reader.


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Sample Entry: acid rain-acoustic Sample Entry: bicycle-big dipper


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Kids live in the same world grownups do-they have to know what a modem or a hologram is, how to spell tsunami and Kwanzaa, and whether to write cyberspace and home page as one word or two.

Designed for children in grades 3-6, the American Heritage Children's Dictionary features expanded vocabulary, all-new art, and a fresh, appealing look. Over 800 full-color photos and original illustrations enhance the precise definitions. With 14,000 main entries and over 37,000 entry words in all, this new edition is more up-to-date and offers more definitions than any dictionary in its field. Hundreds of feature notes provide intriguing information about the history and regional use of words as well as useful tips for better spelling and vocabulary building. Also included is a special 10-page section on phonics, making this the only children's dictionary to feature phonics in a substantive way.

Imagine verb 1. To form a mental picture or idea of: Can you imagine a blue horse with a yellow man? 2. To make a guess; think: How do you imagine the story will turn out?
i-mag-ine (i maj'in)

verb imagined, imagining

Also available:

The American Heritage Picture Dictionary
The American Heritage First Dictionary
The American Heritage Student Dictionary

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