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A completely revised and updated edition of this best-selling language reference is now available. Covers the core vocabulary of everyday life with over 75,000 clear, concise definitions. Includes pronunciations, word origins and synonym lists. Special sections and tables.

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For more than 150 years, in print and now online, Merriam-Webster has been America's leading and most-trusted provider of language information.

All Merriam-Webster products and services are backed by the largest team of professional dictionary editors and writers in America, and one of the largest in the world.


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Product Dimensions 1.5 x 4.2 x 7 inches
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By Anne Greene on September 2, 2004
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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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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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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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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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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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I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I enjoy reading and all, but come on, there is no character development and literally a non-existent plot.

Half way into this book, somebody suggested it wasn't a novel. So I have updated my review, the rest of this review is based on that premise.

I found this book very difficult to read. It would seem to me, that if somebody wants to know what all the english language words mean, it would make sense to start with the most common words at the beginning, yeah know, so people can start using them sooner. I mean, it's not like somebody is going to fly through this book in an hour or two . . . I gotta believe it will take most people at least two weeks to get through it all.

How ridiculous, I literally had to read about 2/3rds of this book before I got to the word "THE". Now, I know from personal experience that THE is a pretty common word. In fact, it was used in many of the (<<<see, there it is again!) sub-chapters that came before it in this book, like that doesn't confirm my belief.

I really think THE should have appeared in one of the first few pages.

And another complaint: ZOO. I know ZOO is a word used a lot more frequently than a bunch of those other words that appeared in the (<<< see, its used again) first 100 pages, heck, I couldn't even pronounce some of those words. Are people really spending time on those words that are like never, ever actually used? If they want to get more younger readers, they really should move ZOO closer to the (<<< and again) front. I think a lot of younger kids will get tired of this book before they can learn what a zoo is. And I think ZOO is something a lot of kids would be interested in.
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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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Been using this dictionary for about a week, I have always been able to find the words I am looking for thus far. The print is somewhat small, but about what you would expect from a "pocket sized" dictionary.

Mine came with what seems to be some sort of misprint on the entry for the word 'fate', but besides that, so far so good.
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