Important Information
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The Sea of Words is an exercise designed to make you think about the meaning of words. You can revise the words you know and learn new words.

Important information about this exercise

Words can have several meanings!

Where more than one is included, meanings are separated by a semi-colon (;).

Similar meanings are separated by a comma (,).

Not every meaning is given for all words.

The meanings most useful for students have been chosen.

Some words have been entered separately as verbs (v), nouns (n) or adjectives (adj) e.g. incline (n) = slope or sloping surface; incline (v) = be or make likely to do something.

Others have this information in the definition e.g. abstract = article summary (n); not concrete (adj).

If you think there is a useful meaning which we have not included, please
contact us.

How to do the exercise

You are presented with a word and four choices of definition. Read the four choices carefully and select the one you think is correct. Then click on
Be careful not to do this before you have made your choice or you will go back to zero!
If you don’t know the meaning of a word:

  1. Read the four choices carefully and think which meaning could be right.
  2. Use the Cambridge On-line dictionary at the bottom of the page to check any words you are not sure of.
  3. When you have the right answer –
    write it down
Keep a notebook with you and note down words that you learn. Revise these regularly.

Can you help us?

We are always looking for extra photographs of the sea to make this exercise interesting. If you have any good photographs, please send them to

Play Sea of Words