Discuss the following terms: word, lexicon, vocabulary, and dictionary. 

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Below are the definitions to the following terms: word, lexicon, vocabulary, and dictionary.

  • Word- A word is a unit of language that has a discrete meaning. Words are put together to make sentences.
  • Lexicon- A lexicon is the vocabulary that is used by a person or peoples, language, or a branch of knowledge.
  • Vocabulary- The term ‘vocabulary’ refers to the collection of words and phrases that is used within a language or field. The term ‘vocabulary’ may also imply all of the words that are known and used by an individual.
  • Dictionary- A dictionary is a book or electronic device that lists the words of a language and provides the definitions to those words.  Definitions may also provide synonyms and/or antonyms to the words being defined. Additionally, dictionaries may include information on the pronunciation, origin, and usage of words.

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