Retrieve a definition for a selected idiom from an online resource
This feature retrieves and displays definitions for idioms and figures of speech. These definitions may be retrieved from a local/personal glossary, an idiom dictionary, or a collaborative knowledge base (such as Wikipedia).
Discussion by Disabilities
Cognitive, Language, Learning Disabilities & Low Literacy
For people with cognitive, learning, and language disabilities or literacy problems, this feature can clear up the confusion of many common idioms that would otherwise be taken literally.
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