Super-Charging Your Vocabulary Lists
We at Vocabulary.com are very excited to announce some great new improvements we're rolling out for making vocabulary lists. Vocabulary lists were already a popular feature of the site, and with these changes we're confident that the experience of exploring and making lists will be better than ever.
The first change you'll notice is right up front, with an improved look and feel. On the Vocabulary.com home page, you'll see featured lists on the bottom right. And if you're logged in to the site, you'll see your own vocab lists on the home page as well. Then, if you click through to our vocabulary lists page, you'll find a new set of tools that will help you explore the thousands of lists that have already been created, and also make your own with ease.
On the left side of the lists page, we've organized hundreds of preexisting lists into six categories: test prep, literature, historical documents, speeches, just for fun, and news. We've selected the best vocabulary lists in each of these categories, and we'll keep adding new ones to keep the content fresh. You'll also notice a search box (both on the main vocabulary lists page and on each category page) that allows you to navigate through our entire collection of lists to find just the one you're looking for.
Making your own vocabulary lists has never been easier. Just click on the "create new list" button, and you'll be taken to the list builder, where you can get started making a list from any words or text. Whether you want to keep track of your favorite words, study for a test, or grab vocabulary from an article or book chapter, we've made the list-making experience a breeze.
When you're making a new list, you'll have three options for entering words: one at a time, all at once, or from a text. If you enter words one at a time, then you'll see a box in which you can start typing your first word. Just like in the main Vocabulary.com search box, as soon as you start typing, we'll make our best guess at the word that you'd like to type before you've even finished, with lightning-fast results. When you have the word that you're looking for, we'll also provide a definition for the word, but you can click "choose definition" if you'd like to pick another one from the word's dictionary entry. You'll also find options for adding notes and example sentences for each word.
If you choose to enter words to your list all at once, then you can enter up to 1,000 words at one time. The words can be separated by commas or new lines. That makes it easy to copy and paste a list of words that you're studying. After you've entered the words in that fashion, you can always go back to the "one at a time" view and select definitions for the words and add notes and example sentences.
What if you want to study vocabulary words from a given text? We've made it easier than ever to make a list from any text you're interested in. Select "from text" and paste the text into the box — anything up to 100 pages is fine, whether it's from a novel, news source, or online textbook. As soon as you paste the text and click the "grab vocab" button, we'll generate a list of top vocabulary words that appear in that text. You'll be able to choose an example sentence for each word as well. After you've selected the words for your list and the sentences that illustrate them, returning to the "one at a time" view will display the words and sentences, once again giving you the choice to pick definitions and write any additional notes you want for the words in your list.
Regardless of the input method you choose for entering words, you can keep adding more words to your list any way you want. You can build a list out of vocabulary words found in multiple texts, or grab vocab from a text and supplement it with other words that you enter in one at a time or all at once. When you've got the list how you want it, click "save list" and you'll be prompted to enter a title and description for your creation. Voilà!
We've added some other cool bells and whistles, too. Let's say you're looking up words in the Vocabulary.com dictionary from the dictionary search box. At any time, you can click on "list builder" and start adding words to a new or saved vocabulary list. This is especially useful if you're using our "advanced search" feature, which allows you to find words that fit many different criteria, like parts of speech, letter combinations, rhymes, and number of syllables, or you can search for words that are related to other words by being a type of, example of, or part of something else. So, for instance, if you want to make a list of different ways of walking, all you need to do is enter "walk" in the "type of" box in advanced search, and then click "list builder" to start selecting any of the words that fit that description, whether it's amble, clomp, promenade, or trudge. We'll also preselect the definitions for the words to fit what you're searching for.
One handy tip for when you're building a list from a text or a search query: if you see a long display of words and you want to select a range of them for inclusion in your vocabulary list, click on the checkbox for the first word in the range and then shift-click on the checkbox for the last one to select all of them at once. That makes it even easier to deal with creating longer lists.
After you've saved a vocabulary list, you'll be able to go to that list and review it. In the review display, by default we list the words with all of their accompanying definitions, notes, and example sentences. If you prefer, you can select a display that only shows the definitions of the words, or simply display the words themselves in a list separated by commas. A pull-down menu allows you to sort your words from A to Z, Z to A, easy to hard, or hard to easy. Or you can just revert the sorting back to your original list order. And finally, you can always go back to any of your lists and click "edit" to pick up where you left off, adding and removing words, notes, examples, or definitions as much as you want.
That about covers it! So what are you waiting for? Head on over to the vocabulary lists page and get cracking!