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Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary [Kindle Edition]

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You can set this dictionary as your default Kindle dictionary and look up words while reading. The default setting is The New Oxford American Dictionary included on your Kindle, but you have the option to change your default setting to this compatible dictionary after purchase.

Designed for learners of English, this groundbreaking new dictionary from North America-s foremost language experts provides in-depth and up-to-date coverage of basic English vocabulary, grammar, and usage. 

- Nearly 100,000 words and phrases

- More than 160,000 usage examples - the most of any dictionary

- More than 22,000 idioms, verbal collocations, and commonly used phrases

Editorial Reviews

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This is the first foray for any dictionary publisher in the U.S. into territory already covered by most of the major dictionary publishers. The new Merriam-Webster ESL dictionary is similar in format to the Oxford ESL Dictionary (2004), with black-and-blue print—definitions in black, examples in blue. It is larger both in size and word count, with approximately 100,000 words and phrases. There are 160,000 usage examples in addition to notes, drawings, and 16 pages of full-color art. British English definitions are included, but the emphasis is on American English, with a blue underline indicating 3,000 basic English words. The Merriam-Webster database of more than 100 million words was used to select words for inclusion, as were Internet sources, particularly the Lexis-Nexis database. The entries reflect current times, with definitions for chronic fatigue syndrome, crack baby, laptop, and the normal “informal offensive words.” Proper names are at a minimum (examples include Joe Blow, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Ponzi scheme), but there are special sections for geographical and common first names. Other useful sections for learners of the language are a grammar review, spelling rules, words that are often confused, prefixes and suffixes, word roots, and a handbook of style. A free e-book download to Mobipocket Reader is available to users, but the interface is not as user-friendly as that of other dictionary downloads. Although the ESL audience will be the primary user of this reference source, it also could be used as a current dictionary for English-speaking students. With its reasonable price, public libraries may want an additional copy for the circulating collection. --Christine Bulson


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  • Print Length: 1994 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001GX3ZWA
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Merriam-Webster's at its best September 27, 2008
The list of Advanced Learner's dictionaries is as long as my arm: Oxford, Cambridge, Collins...---and now there's Merriam-Webster's. I guess it was about time: the market for this kind of thing is huge. It is not surprising that M-W finally wanted its share of the pie.
Well, M-W did not re-invent the concept: If you know the layout of one, you know them all: headwords are in bold, pronunciations are in the International Phonetic Alphabet, definitions come next, usually followed by one or two examples (in blue) to clarify the meaning of the word in question. Usage notes and illustrations are interspersed throughout the book. Like the Oxford Advanced Learner's, M-W highlights approx. 3000 basic English words as the most important words a learner needs to know. Also included in the book: 16 pages color art (again, most dictionaries have those), an English Grammar review, often confused words, spelling rules, a handbook of style (mostly punctuation, capitals and italics), weight and measures, e-mail and letter writing, etc.
The dictionary covers both British and American English. But the focus is definitely on the latter: in spelling and pronunciation, American is the norm (which is fine by me: it is an American Learner's, after all!). The definitions are written in a clear and simple language (as far as I can tell). Entries are up-to-date. Last but not least, a free eBook download is included (but not yet available as I'm writing this).
What is mssing is an accompanying version on CD. The online edition makes up for it, though.

But the nagging question remains whether there is a compelling reason to buy it...
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful to Non-Native Speakers January 28, 2011
By Miriam
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Much easier to understand than the default dictionary!

Default dictionary--"expose the falseness or hollowness of (a myth, idea, or belief)"
This dictionary -- "to show that something (such as a belief or theory) is not true"

After you buy this, go to <HOME>
- press <MENU> - choose <Settings> - press <MENU> again
- choose <Change Primary Dictionary> - and pick Merriam-Webster's.

Then you can start using it upon reading.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good for foreigners July 17, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This dictionary is better than Kindle's original one for foreigners because the definitions are easier and noun words show difference between [count] and [noncount]. I didn't find any other Kindle ready dictionaries to show the difference clearly.
For some reason, the sample had a strange layout but the real one was o.k.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easier for non-native english speaker October 6, 2010
By nom52
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
One of the key factors that I bought Kindle was the internal dictionaries.
While, starting to read books, I found it rather difficult with these pre-installed ones because explanation using difficult words, or not clear for me. I had to check words in the explanation, found another difficulty and had to check 3rd word...
After reading several reviews to find solution, I decided to buy this one.
It was much easier to understand, and my frustration much less.
I recommend this learners dictionary to anyone who are frustrated with internal dictionaries but still willing to work with helpful English-English one.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Ease of use rivals that of the 7th edition of Oxford Advanced Learner's but word-completeness is about half as much (100K words vs 183K). This limitation is made up by its large number of well-selected example sentences/phrases - very useful for both native and foreign speakers.

The free online Mobipocket-download version of the dictionary is easy to use but unfortunately the very useful "Geographical Names" section (16 pages of place names with IPA pronunciations) is deleted from the online version. When the Mobipocket application is invoked on your PC, you can turn on a feature so that pressing the "F2" key will give you an instant small pop-up window of the word-definition of any highlighted word on your Windows screen. It's great for reading any heavy-duty online documents or web pages. I'm getting addicted to this feature! But then the Oxford Advanced Learner's dictionary (7th edition) is available on Mobipocket too so maybe this F2 feature is similarly available.

If you have young children using this dictionary, try picking the paperback version instead of hardback since the former is more kids-friendly for page flipping, and less intimidating than the bulkier hardback one - even though the latter costs just a few dollars more.

Overall, highly recommended if you treasure good examples more than word completeness. If not, you should probably pick Oxford Advanced Learner's.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Example in Plain English October 28, 2008
I bought this dictionary for my 3rd grade child, who finds the Children's dictionary is increasingly inadequate for his daily school needs. I like this dictionary as it contains lots of example in plain English. The only disappointment is the E-Book that is downloaded for free from the website does not contain pronunciation of words.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best E-E dictionary for non-English speaking foreigners October 26, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I (Japanese) find this one the best E-E dictionary for me (non-English speaking foreigner) although somehow much less known than Oxford etc in Japan. I, a foreigner, use "advanced learner's" dictionary not because explanations are easier to understand but because they contain phrasal verbs (and hopefully idioms/wordings and synonyms/antonyms) which we cannot usually find in such as "Merriam-Webster Dictionary." This dictionary has an excellent vocabulary and contains so abundant phrasal verbs. Furthermore, I like the style of this dictionary (Kindle) because example sentences are ably arranged below every explanatory text instead of using separate text boxes (selecting examples only in a cherry-picking way).
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Why on Earth is this dictionary incompatible with iOS and Android Kindles? It is so frustrating, having bought it and being unable to use
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