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Unformatted text preview: r. THE PREVIOUS LESSON focused on strategies for ﬁnding the meaning of
words by looking closely at their context, or surroundings. In this lesson, you’ll learn to identify subtle differences in the meanings of words that may seem quite similar at ﬁrst. At ﬁrst glance, many words seem to convey the same thought, but upon closer inspection, you’ll discover that this is not always the case. Words can mean very different things. We describe a word’s meaning by using these two categories: Denotation: the literal, dictionary deﬁnition of a word. Connotation: the suggested, emotional, cultural, or implied meaning of a word. 36 tools for building word power Think about two simple words we all know and often use: home and house. Dictionary deﬁnitions of these words are quite similar: house (noun): a structure serving as an abode for human beings. home (noun): one’s own dwelling place; the house or structure in which one lives; especially the house in which one lives with one’s fami...
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