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    my friend and I were wondering this. Say you look up a random word in the dictionary and then look up all the words that are used in the definition of that word. And then look up all those words in those definitions and so on. Our question is, could you possibly go through the entire dictionary like that? (ignoring the sentences that are used as examples in the definitions of words, and words like the or and)
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    Hi nertil

    No, you can't go through the whole dictionary if you looked up the words like that because dictionaries use a definite number of basic words for definition ... for example as far as I remember LONGMAN dictionary use 3000 words to define all the words except for few entries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nertil1 View Post
    my friend and I were wondering this. Say you look up a random word in the dictionary and then look up all the words that are used in the definition of that word. And then look up all those words in those definitions and so on. Our question is, could you possibly go through the entire dictionary like that? (ignoring the sentences that are used as examples in the definitions of words, and words like the or and)
    As I mentioned in a post to a similar previous thread I cannot imagine how you might find a word like "xenophobe" in this manner, so I highly doubt it.

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