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The Merriam-Webster Dictionary Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0877799306 ISBN-10: 087779930X Edition: Revised

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 939 pages
  • Publisher: Merriam-Webster Mass Market; Revised edition (July 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087779930X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877799306
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 4.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (270 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

If you need a small desk dictionary this is a good one.
Brian Martin
And, when you finally get to the very last Z, you will wish the words would just keep on going!
Randall Skyway
Explanations are easy to grasp. quick and to the point.
Vivian Houston

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215 of 222 people found the following review helpful By Anne Greene on September 2, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Being a university student, a dictionary that is compact enough to fit in a backpack amongst many textbooks is a must. This, the latest edition of the M-W Dictionary, fits that requirement. The text is easy to read and there is even a nifty reference section at the back containing "foreign words & phrases, biographical names, and geographical names".

I rate it at 3 stars because although the cover boasts "Over 75,000 definitions", words such as ontological and multivalent are not included.

I highly recommend this dictionary for students at the high school level, but university students should keep searching.
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117 of 122 people found the following review helpful By Brian Martin on March 30, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have a old hard cover Webster's collegiate dictionary that my parents gave me before I went to college sitting under my bed. I also have a huge 2 volume Oxford Shorter English dictionary gathering dust in my closet. I even have a unabridged Random House dictionary on the very computer I am writing this review on. I use all of the above occasionally, but the one I use the most is this little paperback dictionary that sits on my desk beside my bed. It usually has what I'm looking for and I rarely have to use one of the bigger dictionaries. The size is nice and it is light weignt so it is easy to carry around if you have to. If you need a small desk dictionary this is a good one.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Melanie on March 2, 2006
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I bought this for my son who is in grade 5, he had the cheap dollar store one, he was fed up with not finding words he needed for his project, i thought ok its for college students, but he loves it,...loves showing me new words he has learned...Great buy.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By PWL on May 26, 2007
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The type is too small, the quality of the print poor and the pages and cover are neither well nor consistently centered. I prefer a dictionary that provides at least a brief etymology, which helps me remember the definition of a word that is new to me; there are very few entries that provide this important information. During a recent read of PD James that had several words unfamiliar or unknown to me, I was disappointed to find no entry for some and had to go to another dictionary (a Webster's Collegiate fifth edition from 1941) to find the words. Certainly better than nothing for quick "look-ups", but not more than that.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sheri L. Robertson on October 30, 2008
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I think this is just about one of the most comprehensive little dictionaries I've seen. For the price and the fact that it is compact, it is a great buy. I bought 20 for my 7th and 8th graders and they have been worth every penny! My only complaint is that the ink comes off on their fingers, just like newsprint. Their fingers are black after using them. Hope this is just temporary due to the fact that they are new.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Schorr on February 17, 2007
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This dictionary has everything I wanted in a small, inexpensive dictionary. It has the briefest possible descriptions for each word. Yet so far it has had all the words I've need to look up, except for just one. It doesn't tell you the root meanings or origins of the words. It basically gives one or two synonyms. It seems to be meant for exactly what I use it for-- reading in bed, needing something handy but small for quick word lookups.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Bahr on August 31, 2007
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I bought this for grade school children. They needed a real dictionary like this one, not a kiddie dictionary. This dictionary is what I wanted. It has any word they could use at this age level, plus it will help build their skills looking up words in a dictionary (I know that sounds funny, but it's sad to see kids who are not able to use a dictionary). Great price for what you get. We also have the Collegiate Dictionary which has more words and better etymology for the really tough words or for more in depth word study.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By MaryAnne C. on August 3, 2009
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Print is microscopic. Need a really good magnifying glass to read this. Plan on returning this item and hope to find a large print edition.
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