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Oxford Dictionary of English, 2nd Edition [Kindle Edition]

Oxford Dictionaries , Catherine Soanes , Angus Stevenson
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2nd Edition: The Oxford Dictionary of English is at the forefront of language research, focusing on English as it is used today, informed by the most up-to-date evidence from the largest language research programme in the world, including the 800-million-word Oxford English Corpus. This revised edition includes hundreds of new words and senses, as well as up-to-date encyclopedic information, and extensive appendices covering topics such as countries, heads of state, and chemical elements.

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`Review from previous edition A model of clarity -- hardly surprising given its illustrious pedigree' Time Out

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The Oxford Dictionary of English is more than a dictionary. Every school should own one. El Gazette

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  • File Size: 19844 KB
  • Print Length: 2110 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (October 19, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047T86G0
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185 of 187 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE single volume English dictionary October 7, 2004
By Zordano
Format:Hardcover
Precise, comprehensive, meticulous, rich: for extent and scope - the only single volume dictionary of English to own (namely, for those seeking a non-American English dictionary (in practice, a non-Merriam-Webster work)).

Editors Catherine Soanes and Angus Stevenson have revised and updated the pioneering work of Judy Pearsall (Editor) and Patrick Hanks (Chief Editor, Current English Dictionaries) who led production of the outstanding `The New Oxford Dictionary of English' in 1998.

This revision builds upon that body of work - adding 3,000 fresh words, senses and phrases. The editors and their team drew upon a new 100 million word Oxford English corpus. As with the 1998 dictionary, it focuses its definitions on current usage.

What gives this indispensable breadth and depth is its layout of core senses and subsenses within each definition and the provision of word history: etymology (word origin) and morphology (word form) as well as reference to development of both sense and form.

This provides a rich reference work that would strengthen anyone's vocabulary and sharpen accuracy of expression.

This edition also adds usage guidance where prudent and includes new Appendices: a very useful `Guide to Good English' and encyclopaedia like information (including: countries and their capitals; weights & measures; punctuation marks; alphabets; the chemical elements; data on the solar system; proofreading marks; Prime Ministers and Presidents; Internet Forum & Chatroom keystroke emoticons :~) and shorthand (`FYI' etc); collective nouns; and even categories of wind forces!).

While it might retain the typical dryness and staidness of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), this volume surely sets a global standard for single volume works (cf.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wait for the Third Edition, out now. August 22, 2010
By Sam
Format:Hardcover
I would suggest that you wait for the Third Edition, released August 19, 2010. In addition to the 2000 additional words and 200 phrases, it includes a year of online access.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great reference book. June 8, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a great english dictionary. The paid $48 edition includes appendixes. The free one on kindle for pc only includes the dictionary A to Z. I like the encyclopedic information under some entries. On my Kindle 2 there seems to be a formatting error at locations 801955-801964. At the start of appendix 1 countries of the world, some of the data looks messed up. Data for some of the countries is missing while other country data is repeated twice. But it looks correct on my kindle for pc. There are no formatting problems with this on kindle for pc.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Worth The Price July 15, 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is the book that settles all word usage discussions in our house! From Scrabble words to writing papers for work and school this is the one dictionary we turn to again and again for the definitive answer to all things vocabulary in nature. An interesting book just to peruse as well...if your into the global use of English words and their meanings. So worth the price for a family dictionary.
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An e-dictionary that can't be searched?!?! January 11, 2012
By LLinNY
Format:Kindle Edition
Perhaps I am missing something, but I can't get the dictionary on the Kindle Fire to actually find words. Well, it will find words but not the way you would expect. For instance, if you type the search word "help" the kindle will look for every instance of the word help within the text.
Not exactly useful when one is looking up the meanings of words. Insipid and utterly useless.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and Up-To-Date March 1, 2012
Format:Hardcover
I would reccomend this dictionary to anyone who finds themselves reading literature in translation from other cultures. American dictionaries may be great in their own respect, but I have the feeling that this dictionary takes into account a more worldly set of meanings/connotations. Because it was published in 2010, it takes into account many of the newest terms derived from advances in technology, particularly in the realm of social networking. For example, one of the entries for 'friend' reads: "a contact on a social networking site." Furthermore, the word as a verbal definition: "add (someone) to a list of friends or contacts on a social networking website." For newer definitions like these, Oxford has laid "Word Trend" boxes into the text in order to explain what may be unfamiliar to some.

The only drawbacks: 1) The sleeve around the book could have been stronger, or, even better, scrapped in turn for some nice 'foily' lettering engraved on the front cover. 2) I may be splitting hairs, and there isn't any apparent damage, but I expected a heavier cover/spine/binding overall. I wouldn't call it inadequate by any means, however I am sure that there are editions of this (or at least similar) dictionary that have something more suited to heavy use over time.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Dictionary" December 27, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
As a South African who grew up in London this will always be my gold standard. Not sure why I was lucky but I slipped though a time window and ended up with it on my iPhone for free. Now the Kindle version is not available in the USA. Very glad to have it on my iPhone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst dictionary ever October 5, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I did not like this book because it did not let you search a word or let you search anything
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This dictionary is okay but not my kind of book . If you enjoy reading this is a perfect book for you to read. Good luck with the dictionary
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Kindle edition as good as the actual paper edition?
In any event "The Oxford Dictionary of English" is useless in the Kindle Edition. The only way to find a word is to work your way through the book page by page, or with the scroll bar to manually find the entry you want. Very slow and laborious process with a book of a couple of... Read More
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