Words beginning with des...
A daily written record of (usually personal) experiences and observations is a diary.

Words beginning with des...

Can you describe your descent into the well? See how many words you know in this KS3 spelling quiz beginning at des.

"My mother's father taught English literature. When I was about ten or eleven, I could recite Macaulay's 'Lays of Ancient Rome.' While other kids were playing pedestrian war games, I'd be Horatius keeping the bridge." - Bernie Taupin.

One way of increasing your vocabulary while at the same time improving your spelling is to search out and collect related words. How many words related to "pedestrian" can you find? Take a moment to think.....

Not many? Maybe you could only think of "pedestrianise" or "pedestrianised"? Perhaps "pedestal", which is loosely related?

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But related words could be related in a broader sense, for instance when words have similar meanings. So a vocabulary list for "pedestrian", which literally means a walking person but is often used metaphorically, might include such synonyms as "prosaic", "dull", "boring", etc. How many can you find?

Work on your spellings with this quiz.

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  1. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    The shape or appearance given to an object, especially one that is intended to make it more attractive
    Try to remember the word "sign" in "design"
  2. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A daily written record of (usually personal) experiences and observations
    If you accidentally transpose the i and a, you end up with "dairy", which is not at all the same thing!
  3. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A prescribed selection of foods
    The first syllable ends with the i and the second begins with an e: di - et
  4. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A list of words normally ordered alphabetically, explaining each word's meaning
    The unstressed a is the tricky part here
  5. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    The length of a straight line passing through the centre of a circle and connecting two points on the circumference
    You have to wonder: why is it "metre" but "diameter"?
  6. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    The lines spoken by characters in drama or fiction
    Don't forget the -ue at the end of the word!
  7. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A glimmering glass-like mineral that is an allotrope of carbon
    Don't forget the a!
  8. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    The act of improving by expanding, enlarging or refining
    "Develop" + -ment makes "development"
  9. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    To arrange and integrate in the mind; "I cannot d...... all this information"
    If you can remember how to spell "digestive", you will easily remember "digest"
  10. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    The organic process by which food is converted into substances that can be absorbed into the body
    "Digest" and "digestion" are related words

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