Q. Do you cite definitions from the dictionary?


Yes, if you use a dictionary definition you should cite it.

To see examples, consult the APA Help guide.  Click on References and In-text Citation Examples.

Examples for the word speculate:

Internet Dictionary:

Speculate. (2014). In Merriam-Webster. Retrieved from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speculate

In-text: (“Speculate”, 2014).

Print Dictionary:

Speculate. (2014). In M. Agnes (Ed.)., Webster’s new world college dictionary (5th ed., p. 1377). New York, NY: Macmillan.

In-text: (“Speculate”, 2014).


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