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Cambridge International Dictionary of English [Paperback]

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16 Feb 1995 0521484219 978-0521484213
Cambridge International Dictionary of English (CIDE) is a dictionary for learners and users of English as a Foreign Language (intermediate and upwards). Resulting from several years of language research and analysis, CIDE is based on information from the Cambridge Corpus of 100 million words. Entries and examples demonstrate vocabulary, grammar and usage as they are used today. The strictly controlled 2000-word Defining Vocabulary ensures that the language level of the definitions is within the comprehension of the lowest level of student at which CIDE is aimed. Full coverage of international English is given including British, American and Australian varieties. The unique Guide Words act as 'signposts' and help the student distinguish quickly between different senses of the same word. Detailed grammar information is given but complicated grammar codes are avoided.

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  • Paperback: 1792 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (16 Feb 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521484219
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521484213
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 15.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,170,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'CIDE is a state-of-the-art advanced learner's dictionary … this is a fascinating dictionary. Our oldest publisher has produced something distinctly new.' EFL Gazette

'This is a major new dictionary - the first Cambridge have produced for this market ... All in all this is a very impressive dictionary.' BBC English Magazine

'There is a section on grammar and the parts of speech which is a model of clarity, and most welcome in an age when for many people grammar appears to be a closed book.' The Magazine of The Cambridge Society

'It is a pleasant surprise to open the Cambridge International Dictionary of English with its fresh approach and many welcome features … I will be glad to recommend it to our students.' Professor Jan Svartvik, Lund University

'… its size is a function of what I consider the great success of one of Cambridge's aims: … completeness. CIDE provides more entries and more examples than has been possible in other learners' dictionaries.' ATESOL No 2, 1995

'This new arrival must be regarded as a serious contender … All in all, the layout, print size and quality of paper make it very user-friendly indeed … a very valuable and attractive addition.' ATESOL Newsletter, 1995

'CIDE carefully explains parts of speech and their applications, is generous with idioms, and, best of all … strongly labelled.' Sunday Telegraph, 1995

'This is an attractive, comprehensive, genuinely international dictionary, with a genuinely fresh approach. Highly recommended to both learners of English, and teachers of those learners.' ATESOL ACT, No.2, 1995

'This is the dream dictionary for EFL and ESL learners. It is comprehensive and clear.' VATME Newsletter, Australia, 1995

' … the Cambridge International Dictionary of English … is a valuable and fascinating addition to the reference shelf, and of use to students (and teachers) of English whether as a foreign, second or even first language … the book is immediately user-friendly.' EA Journal Vol 13, No 2

'It is certainly a treasure-house of everything that a student of English could ever wish to find in one volume.' Frederick J Featham, The School of English, Greece

'All in all this is a pleasant dictionary to use. The type faces are clear and easy to read. Throughout it seems evident that there has been a deliberate effort to meet the needs of foreign learners.' ESP France Newsletter, 1995

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Cambridge International Dictionary of English (CIDE) is for learners of English as a Foreign Language (intermediate upwards). Full coverage of international English (British, American, Australian) ensures the vocabulary and examples, showing usage and context, demonstrate English as it is used today.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive? I don't think so 5 Jun 2008
By Paul Magnussen TOP 500 REVIEWER
While conceding the generalities described by other reviewers, I think it worth mentioning that the first two words I tried to look up in this dictionary — "secular" (as in "secular increase") and "exiguous" — weren't in it.

And neither is particularly difficult. I'm having a mild attack of buyer's remorse.

Update: I have now replaced my Cambridge with the Concise Oxford, with which I'm definitely happier. If English is not your native language, however, I'd say you're better off sticking with the Cambridge (see my review of the Concise for the reasons).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta have 22 Jan 2000
As a teacher of English at a German College this book has often been a great help to me. I use a lot of dictionaries, this one is a+. Important is the inclusion of US and AUS usage, which some other dictionaries just ignore.
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5.0 out of 5 stars indispensable... 5 Sep 2001
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this dictionary is unbelievably comprehensive - it has both words and phrases used in everyday language. it is therefore especially useful for non-native speakers who are finding it hard to get to grips with colloquialisms. this dictionary is simply the best i have every used and would recommend it to everyone and anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for all levels 8 July 2001
This dictionary is so comprehensive you can find everything you look for. It has got plain English to explain anything even very complicated ones. It is for from beginners to proficient and native English people. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 5 Oct 2000
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Even though English is my first language, I have found this dictionary invaluable due to the usage examples given. I wish this dictionary had been available when I was at school. My colleagues are often asking to borrow it.
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