Academic Word List

The 570 most common words in English academic texts

Type: noun

Definitions: (noun) A device is a clever way of doing something. (noun) A device is a small machine or tool.

Examples: (noun) The film uses the island as a device to highlight the man’s loneliness. (noun) A metaphor is a useful device to help explain or describe complex ideas. (noun) She has a device in her kitchen for cutting garlic. (noun) Devices such as phones and laptops are becoming thinner and faster.

Synonyms: nouns: instrument, tool, gadget. method, strategy, design.

Academic Word List Sublist and Group: 9 D