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Definition of vocabulary noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    vocabulary

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    noun
    NAmE//voʊˈkæbyəˌlɛri//
     
    , NAmE//vəˈkæbyəˌlɛri//
     
    [countable, uncountable] (pl. vocabularies)
     
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  1. 1all the words that a person knows or uses to have a wide/limited vocabulary your active vocabulary (= the words that you use) your passive vocabulary (= the words that you understand but don't use) Reading will increase your vocabulary. The word “failure” is not in his vocabulary (= for him, failure does not exist). see also defining vocabulary Thesauruslanguagevocabulary terms wording terminologyThese are all terms for the words and expressions people use when they speak or write, or for a particular style of speaking or writing.language a particular style of speaking or writing:Give your instructions in everyday language. the language of the legal professionvocabulary all the words that a person knows or uses, or all the words in a particular language; the words that people use when they are talking about a particular subject:to have a large/wide/limited vocabulary The word has become part of everyday vocabulary.terms a way of expressing yourself or of saying something:I'll try to explain in simple terms.wording [usually sing.] the words that are used in a piece of writing or a speech, especially when they have been carefully chosen:It was the standard form of wording for a wedding invitation.terminology (somewhat formal) the set of technical words or expressions used in a particular subject; words used with particular meanings:medical terminology Scientists are constantly developing new terminologies. Literary/poetic terminology is used for talking about literature or poetry. Literary/poetic language is used for writing in a literary or poetic style.Patterns formal/informal/simple/everyday language/vocabulary/terms business/scientific/technical/specialized language/vocabulary/terminology A word enters the language/the vocabulary.
  2. 2all the words in a particular language When did the word “bungalow” first enter the vocabulary? Thesauruslanguagevocabulary terms wording terminologyThese are all terms for the words and expressions people use when they speak or write, or for a particular style of speaking or writing.language a particular style of speaking or writing:Give your instructions in everyday language. the language of the legal professionvocabulary all the words that a person knows or uses, or all the words in a particular language; the words that people use when they are talking about a particular subject:to have a large/wide/limited vocabulary The word has become part of everyday vocabulary.terms a way of expressing yourself or of saying something:I'll try to explain in simple terms.wording [usually sing.] the words that are used in a piece of writing or a speech, especially when they have been carefully chosen:It was the standard form of wording for a wedding invitation.terminology (somewhat formal) the set of technical words or expressions used in a particular subject; words used with particular meanings:medical terminology Scientists are constantly developing new terminologies. Literary/poetic terminology is used for talking about literature or poetry. Literary/poetic language is used for writing in a literary or poetic style.Patterns formal/informal/simple/everyday language/vocabulary/terms business/scientific/technical/specialized language/vocabulary/terminology A word enters the language/the vocabulary.
  3. 3the words that people use when they are talking about a particular subject The word has become part of advertising vocabulary. Thesauruslanguagevocabulary terms wording terminologyThese are all terms for the words and expressions people use when they speak or write, or for a particular style of speaking or writing.language a particular style of speaking or writing:Give your instructions in everyday language. the language of the legal professionvocabulary all the words that a person knows or uses, or all the words in a particular language; the words that people use when they are talking about a particular subject:to have a large/wide/limited vocabulary The word has become part of everyday vocabulary.terms a way of expressing yourself or of saying something:I'll try to explain in simple terms.wording [usually sing.] the words that are used in a piece of writing or a speech, especially when they have been carefully chosen:It was the standard form of wording for a wedding invitation.terminology (somewhat formal) the set of technical words or expressions used in a particular subject; words used with particular meanings:medical terminology Scientists are constantly developing new terminologies. Literary/poetic terminology is used for talking about literature or poetry. Literary/poetic language is used for writing in a literary or poetic style.Patterns formal/informal/simple/everyday language/vocabulary/terms business/scientific/technical/specialized language/vocabulary/terminology A word enters the language/the vocabulary.
  4. 4(informal vocab
    NAmE//ˈvoʊkæb//
     
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    a list of words with their meanings, especially in a book for learning a foreign language
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: vocabulary

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