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The American Heritage Dictionary: Fifth Edition Mass Market Paperback – Illustrated, June 26, 2012
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- Publisher : Dell; Revised edition (June 26, 2012)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 960 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0553583220
- ISBN-13 : 978-0553583229
- Item Weight : 15.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.18 x 1.5 x 6.82 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #46,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Content wise I'm sure it's missing a lot of words, you can only cram so much in a book this size. That hasn't really come up for me, but if you can't find a word you can do a web search or go grab a bigger dictionary. The main point of something like this is it can always be right there with you-Phones die, some classes and libraries frown on them or you don't get service-Other dictionaries are just too big and you don't want to keep it with you.
As far as definitions go, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the American Heritage Dictionary. So many times when a question arises about usage of words and we pull out a dictionary to discuss, my usage is not properly covered. Then I go to the AHD, and sure enough, they've got my back! I don't know if it is a regional thing (I'm from the midwest-live in chicago, a lot of Iowans in my family), if other areas of the country/world don't accept the way we use words here, or just an oversight, but the AHD is the only choice for a dictionary for me!
You're either going to love it or hate it.
If this is going to be your only dictionary to have around the house, won't have to travel with it, has to be all-inclusive/easy to read-THIS IS NOT THE DICTIONARY FOR YOU. Get something bigger.
If you need something ultra light and portable that you can keep with you as the first place to go, this is a fantastic choice.
Bottom liine is that of all the dictionaries out there I prefer this one for clarity, depth if infomration, synonyms, antonyms and number of words covered.
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Later on, when a Canadian edition of the AHD was released and it was time to get a new dictionary, I passed up the Canadian version and went for the new US version instead. I renew my various (French and English) dictionaries about every decade, but the AHD remains my favorite and the one I always return to. And my wife is a now convert, too!
In questa versione molto leggera i termini sono comunque molto ben leggibili.
In realtà questo libro, oltre a essere un dizionario, è anche una mini enciclopedia, riportante fatti e personaggi importanti del panorama internazionale (ritenuti importanti per il lettore americano)
Purtroppo mancano le espressioni idiomatiche. E non si capisce bene il criterio di esclusione di alcune voci relative a fatti esteri.