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basic vocabulary

noun, Linguistics
1.
the set of lexical items in a language that are most resistant to replacement, referring to the most common and universal elements of human experience, such as parts of the body (foot, eye), universal features of the environment (water, star), common activities (eat, sleep), and the lowest numerals.
Also called core vocabulary.
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  • Unless the basic vocabulary is extremely limited, maintenance of the auxiliary dictionary is impracticable.
  • To recall and expand basic vocabulary, crossword and other puzzles, mazes and word-search puzzles can be used.
  • Presents a basic vocabulary strategy to boost elementary students' reading comprehension and success.
  • Overall, students understood a large proportion of individual words and simple sentences drawn from a fairly basic vocabulary.
  • Most adult learners have little difficulty with this level of basic vocabulary.
  • He began with the basic vocabulary, tools and techniques that are part of this ever-expanding field.
  • We have provided basic vocabulary necessary to provide a foundation for additional exploration.

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