How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words


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Which of the following sentences has a synonym for 'inconsistent'?

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Which word could be substituted for 'querulous' in the following sentence?

'The querulous child I babysit just won't stop bothering me until I let him play video games.'


In the following sentence, which word serves as a definition of 'transient'?

'Her transient thoughts of quitting her dead-end job are fleeting, lasting only as long as the weekly meeting she abhors.'

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

You can use context to understand words you don't know, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you learn how. You'll be assessed on your ability to define words through context in sample sentences.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on your understanding of:

  • Reading
  • Context
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related reading lesson
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as synonym and antonym
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding context
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about context

Additional Learning

To learn more about reading, review the accompanying lesson How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Know the meaning of context
  • Understand how to find word meanings through context
  • Identify and define examples