The Meaning of Word Root DICT

The Meaning of Word Root DICT

The word root DICT is one of the more common word roots in English although some of the example require a little concentration to see the connection.

In his video we examine 6 words with the root DICT, with quite a variety of meanings. However, they all have one thing in common. Words that contain DICT are related to saying something, speaking, or publicly declaring as with an announcement.

Look at the illustrated examples in this video and increase your English vocabulary by making important connections between words that use the root DICT.

Here is a transcript . . .

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The meaning of the word root DICT is:

Say | Declare | Speak

Words with the root DICT include:

  • adDICTion
  • inDICTment
  • preDICTion
  • DICTator
  • DICTionary
  • contraDICT

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Definition: a compulsive use of a harmful substance (original idea: to adjudge, delivered over by judicial sentence)

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Sentence example: She found it increasingly difficult to hide her addiction.

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Definition: a formal charge or accusation of an offense; an expression of strong disapproval

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Sentence example: The growing number of homeless persons is a sad indictment of our society.

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Definition: something foretold or predicted, a prophecy

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Sentence example: The fortune teller’s prediction seemed to unnerve him.

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Definition: one who commands; an absolute ruler

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Sentence example: Benito Mussolini was the dictator of Italy from 1930 to 1943.

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Definition: a reference book containing an alphabetical list of words

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Sentence example: is a good online dictionary combining information from a variety of sources.

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Definition: to speak against; to express the opposite

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Sentence example: With irritation in her voice she said: “Why do you always have to contradict me?”

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When you see words with the root DICT, look for a meaning related to saying, declaring, or speaking something.

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