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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)
  • Publication Date: October 19, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047T86G0
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Meets expectations but is somewhat outdated eg population stats are year 2000 stats so we expect many recent additions to the language will also be missing. Otherwise easy to use and reasonable value. We have loved the previous version to death so it has retired to the bedroom for those who cheat at crosswords.
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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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