- Use a dictionary to find out what words mean and to make sure that words mean what you think they mean.
- Use a dictionary to see a word in context so that you have better understanding of how that word should be used in your own writing.
- Use a dictionary to find out the preferred spelling of a word because the same word can be spelled differently.
- Use a dictionary to determine the usage of a word, such as the preposition that normally goes with it.
A thesaurus may help you find the right word to use. Sometimes you cannot recall a certain word that you may wish to use; in that case, a dictionary may not be able to help you. A thesaurus provides words and phrases that are close in meaning.