How to use Context Clues and Develop good Vocabulary

Context clues are clues an author gives to help you understand a difficult word. The clues may appear in the same sentence or preceding sentences. The clue could come as an example, an antonym, or a synonym.


Context Clues can help you improve your vocabulary and aid in interpreting word meaning.

The following are the most frequently encountered context clues:

  1. Direct explanation
  2. Experience
  3. Reflection of a mood
  4. Explanation through example
  5. Summary
  6. Synonym
  7. Comparison or contrast
  8. Familiar expression
  9. Words in a series
  10. Inference