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  • Select the source language of your entry at the top left of the template in the entry field Source Language Next, check the Headword field. Please note that the headword which appears automatically in this field is the word you last typed into the search. If you want a different item, simply adjust spelling, capitalization or wording accordingly. The headword should ideally be in its so-called canonical form. For nouns, this is generally the singular form without an article in front of it, e.g. child (instead of the child or children); for verbs it is the unconjugated base form without to in front of it, e.g. disappear (instead of to disappear, disappears, etc.). Multiword phrases are generally entered under one of their elements. The expression to go out for a meal, for example, is entered under the headword meal.
  • Now, select the Part of speech of your headword from the dropdown menu.
  • For the Word/Phrase field you may need to adjust the word or change the automatically entered word to a phrase, e.g. to go out for a meal under the headword meal; in our dictionaries we use the abbreviations sb for somebody and sth for something, e.g. to be at ease with sb under the headword ease, to box sth up, under the headword box up.
  • Our lexicographers verify each OpenDict entry to ascertain that all of the information is as correct and as homogenously presented as possible. You can help to simplify their task by providing information about where you encountered the word or phrase under the heading Contextual Information. Indicating the national context in which you encountered an item is an important detail which can be particularly relevant for languages such as English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. This information also helps other users to better understand exactly which particular usage of the word or phrase you are translating. Our dictionary records authentic and actual usage, so we kindly ask you to refrain from simply copying other dictionaries. This is unprofessional practice not only in our view but also for copyright reasons. We look forward to seeing the fruit of your own personal linguistic experiences!

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Last update on 2017-10-05.


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