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#Tip of the day for journalists: Use ‘define’ to check a dictionary definition

February 22nd, 2013Posted by in Search, Top tips for journalists
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Image by plentyofants on Flickr. Some rights reserved

As a journalist you no doubt have to check a dictionary definition now and again. It may be to check the meaning or to reassure yourself you have the correct word (compliment or complement, illicit or elicit, virality or virility, for example).

You will see from this list of errors that appeared on the New York Times site that sometimes a spell check does not help.

So do you reach for a book, launch an application or look to an online dictionary? A quick way is to use the Google advanced operator to give you the result.

Type ‘define:keyword‘ into your Google search bar and you will be given a result.

For example, here I typed ‘define:complement’ into Google.

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