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Longman Active Study Dictionary

Longman Active Study Dictionary
Teacher’s Resource Pack
© Pearson Education 2003

Longman Active Study Dictionary
The Vocabulary Builder

1 Know Your Dictionary

Photocopiable Classroom Activities using the Longman Active Study Dictionary

1. In this extract what part of speech is clothes?

2. Is there a singular form of clothes?

3. What is wrong about this sentence: ‘He was clothed in
jeans and T-shirt’? Can you think of another word for

4. Where do you hang your clothes in American English?

5. How many pronunciations are there of the word clothes?
How many are English and how many American?

6. What do you do if your clothes are creased?

7. Transform this sentence: This jumper is too big for me. It
doesn’t __________ me.

8. When you wash clothes in the United States what do you
use to hang them on the clothes line?

9. If you go away for the weekend you need a __________
__________ .

10. What is the opposite of put on your clothes?

11. Look at the pictures below. Match the names to the
articles of clothing.

It’s worth spending time getting to know your Longman Active Study Dictionary so that you can get the
most from it.

Look at this extract and answer the following questions:

Trousers BrE / Pants AmE

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2 Using the Thesaurus

Longman Active Study Dictionary
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Longman Active Study Dictionary
The Vocabulary Builder

Look at the extract from the Longman Active Study Dictionary below. The headword is gain and the
thesaurus section shows words that have a similar or related meaning.

Exercise 1

Look at the following headlines and replace gain with the
correct word from the thesaurus box, or leave it unchanged if it
is correct.



Now look up the word ‘part’ in your dictionary. Look at the
sentences below and use the thesaurus box to choose a more
appropriate word meaning part.

4. One of the parts of the puzzle was missing

5. The non-smoking part of the restaurant

6. Have you read the last parts of the book yet?


Exercise 2

Find synonyms or related words in the thesaurus sections of your dictionary to complete the crossword.

2. Newspaper
4. Advertisement
6. Organisation
9. Normal

10. Angry.

1. Book
3. Practise
5. Accommodation
6. Completely
7. Accident
8. Place

10. Money.

Exercise 3

Look up each of the words used in the crossword clues in Exercise 2. Now write 5 sentences about
yourself using new words from the thesaurus boxes. 3 should be true and 2 untrue.

e.g. I never read tabloids, I always buy a broadsheet.











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3 Using the Topic Boxes

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Longman Active Study Dictionary
The Vocabulary Builder

Look at the extract from the Longman Active Study Dictionary below. It shows a topic box related to
restaurant. You can use these topic boxes to expand your vocabulary in a particular subject.

Exercise 1

Read the text below.

What is the topic area?

In groups brainstorm the words you know to do with
the topic.

Now try to complete the gaps.

Sasha and Sue decided to go to the cinema. They could never agree on what films they liked. Sasha was

feeling a bit depressed so he wanted a good laugh. There was a really funny (1) __________ with Billy Crystal

and Robert de Niro who was his favourite (2) __________ but he knew that Sue liked (3) ________________

_____________ , with laughs but love and a happy ending. She hated (4) _____________ __________ with

lots of special effects and fighting. Sue knew a lot about cinema and chose films by finding out which
(5) __________ had made them. She wasn’t interested in super (6) __________ like Arnold Schwarzeneggar. By

the time she arrived there were only two films that hadn’t started, a (7) _____________ _____________, which

looked really scary, and a new (8) _____________ _____________ _____________, set in the 23rd century.

They went for a burger instead.

Check your answers in the topic box for film

Exercise 2

Look at the list of 15 words below. Can you divide them into 3 topic areas of 5 words each? If you don’t know
the word look it up in your dictionary.

dial buggy number hang up log in

crash infant receiver reboot toddler

get through pram document crawl file

Now label each topic area and look it up in the topic box in your dictionary.

Check any other words you don’t know.

Now add 2 new words to each list.

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5 Vocabulary Building

Longman Active Study Dictionary
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Longman Active Study Dictionary
The Vocabulary Builder

Exercise 1
Look up these words in your dictionary. What do they mean? What combining words can they be used with?

Loss Situation Questions Pace

When you have discovered the meaning of each word, complete the sentences below. Each pair of
sentences should be completed with the same word.

The first one has been done for you.
a.) I love the _________ of life in Spain, much slower than in England.

He drives me mad, moving at snail’s _________. It takes us forever to get anywhere!

b.) She cut herself so badly that she had to go to hospital because of _________ of blood.
Since he was made redundant his _________ of confidence is dreadful.

c.) Inflation is at 13%. The economic _________ is appalling.
The last bus had left; there was no one around. It was a tricky _________ for a girl alone to be in.

d.) At the interview they positively bombarded me with _________.
The _________ they set in the French exam were really easy.

Exercise 2
Look up the word in bold in your dictionary. Using the thesaurus box, rewrite the underlined parts of the
sentences to make them more appropriate. You might need to alter the grammar to make sure the sentence
is correct.

For example
In the army you have to do what the sergeant says. (obey)
In the army you have to follow the sergeant’s orders.

1. She kept the name she had before she was married, as she didn’t want to change her name (name)

2. The lake in the park looks real but was built by people (natural)

3. On the form it asked me to state my work. (job)

4. I asked Jeremy to lend me $20, as I’m destitute at the moment (poor)

5. You can throw that apple core on the ground because it can be destroyed by natural processes.

Exercise 3
Match the words on the left with the definitions on the right, and then check your answers by looking in the
topic box at the entry for court. The first one has been done for you.

1. Defendant The person who controls a court of law

2. Defence The decision given in a court at the end of the trial.

3. Prosecution A group of 12 ordinary people in a court who decide if someone is guilty.

4. Judge The person who is accused of a crime.

5. Jury A formal statement made in a law court.

6. Testimony Facts given or objects shown in a court of law.

7. Evidence The lawyers who are trying to prove someone is innocent of a crime.

8. Verdict The lawyers who are trying to prove someone is guilty of a crime.


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7 Reading

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A burglar, who became
trapped in a chimney
for seven hours after
trying to break into a
pub, had to be rescued
by firefighters after a
delivery man heard his
cries for help coming
from a ventilation shaft.

Six feet tall Foster had
crawled into the 18
inch wide shaft, armed
with screw drivers,
pliers, a hammer, and
chisel - believing it
would lead him straight
to where cash was kept.

He managed to wriggle
down 12 feet of
aluminium piping,
before he became
lodged in a bend.

Greengrocer Thomas
Fuller heard noises when
he arrived at the King’s
Head pub in Newcastle,
to deliver fruit on
Tuesday morning.

Foster claimed he got
stuck after trying to
rescue a cat just after
midnight. It eventually
took five firefighters to
free him. The crew used

extending ladders to
clamber onto the roof
and managed to lower a
rope to the trapped man.

Foster was handed straight
into the arms of two police
officers who were waiting
to arrest him.

Fire station officer Dave
Cotton told the court:
“The man was stuck 12
feet down the narrow
shaft and was out of
sight. He was wedged
down the bend.

“We lowered a rope
down and told him to
put his foot in the loop
and managed to slowly
winch him up,” added

the fire officer. “He was
shouting and swearing
as he was being brought
up as his skin was
scraping off his
knuckles and other parts
of his body. It took
about 40 minutes to get
him out.”

Foster made a full
admission when he was
questioned by police

Judge Edward Luck told
him: “You made a silly
attempt at a crime. You
risked your life getting
out of that chimney and
the lives of firemen.”

Silly Crime

Now answer these questions.

a. Why did Foster try to break into the pub?

b. What was his excuse?

Exercise 2

Look at the words in bold in the text. Look at the words before and after them.

Decide what you think they mean.

When you think you know, check in your dictionary.

Exercise 1

Read the text below and put these events in order.

a. Firemen go up on the roof.

b. Fuller calls the fire brigade

c. Police arrive and take him away.

d. Foster goes down chimney.

e. Foster goes to court.

f. Foster pulled out of chimney.

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