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Oxford Dictionary of Current English 4th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0198614371
ISBN-10: 0198614373
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Catherine Soanes is Project Editor for English Dictionaries at OUP. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1104 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 4 edition (March 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198614373
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198614371
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 2 x 4.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #438,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Steve West on February 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
For anyone frustrated by dictionaries that seem to have every word except the one you're looking for, Oxford provides the best solution (that I know of). The key is it's thick and has over 140,000 definitions, twice the amount of some other dictionaries. It defines combination of words not just single words, has intelligible definitions and uses a font that is easy on the eyes. It has let me down a couple of times but this is the exception rather than the rule. This is the best dictionary I have used yet and I recommend it for a frustration-free dictionary experience.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Aramaki on September 3, 2007
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I wouldn't say it's a bad dictionary, but there's nothing that stands out about this one. I have the American Heritage Dictionary, 4th Edition paperback version. Comparing these two, they both failed about the same number of time when looking up words; this one just slightly better since it is thicker. I strongly recommend Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary 2nd Edition over any other desktop dictionaries. Since Amazon has excellent return policy on books, if you don't believe my words, simply get this one and Cambridge one and see which one you like better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Allan Bedford on December 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
Yes, I actually own two copies of this dictionary. One is kept at work (and gets borrowed several times per week by co-workers) and the other is at home next to my computer.

I bought this dictionary not only for the brand name 'Oxford' but also for the way in which the entries are presented. The word being defined is highlighted in clean bold text and this helps the words stand out from the page. That makes finding an entry quicker than in some dictionaries and thus makes the book more enjoyable to use.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Kokron on April 2, 2003
Format: Paperback
I use dictionaries every day in my high school courses, and this is one that I often recommend to my students. The Oxford Dictionary of Current English is one of the best, and I've seen many of them. Its name gives you an idea of its usefulness. There are many current terms that you will not find in other dictionaries, especially pocket paperbacks. I highly recommend it, especially for high school classes!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Valda Wells on July 30, 2006
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This is my "resolution" to the need for the large hard-cover versions of my favorite dictionaries. It gets to sleep in the drawer at night, but mainly it lives on top of the desk - always at hand; often consulted. I won't claim never to make errors, but I do try to avoid them. The Oxford Dictionary of Current English is how I do it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arseny on December 31, 2010
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The book itself is pretty nice: it has a lot of words, and the explanations are put in a right way. The big problem with it though is that is lacks phonetic transcriptions for many non-standard words. The most strange words do have phonetics shown, but some gray-zone words, which are somewhat more mainstream, but may be a problem for foreigners, don't show a transcription. So in these cases we have to double-check these words in the Internet. Otherwise, a nice book.
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I needed 10 copies of the Oxford Dictionary of Current English as I am teaching a course in Kenya leaving very soon. Amazon's site said they had 4 copies left. They sent me 3 packages of my books. I was impressed with that. I assumed that they went to their own vendors and obtained copies one-at-a time to fulfill my order of 4 books.
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