- Hardcover: 1984 pages
- Publisher: Collins; Seventh edition edition (2 Jun. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007261128
- ISBN-13: 978-0007261123
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 7.2 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 550,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Collins Concise English Dictionary (Collins Concise) Hardcover – 2 Jun 2008
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The availability of an online version provides extra value in an excellent package which is up-to-date with many new words and usages. Recommended as a good general purpose-reference for the home and study.
Despite the fact that this is a 'concise' dictionary, the actual size of the book is fairly hefty. The paper, however, is lightweight so the dictionary never appears cumbersome, heavy or difficult to use.
At the beginning of the dictionary is the guide on how to use it. Brief and to the point - it is as good an introduction as you will need to different types of verbs, tenses etc. and certainly easier to understand than some books dedicated wholly to the subject.
Each entry in the dictionary has the word highlighted in blue and the following explanation in black. This makes it easy to identify whichever word you are searching for on a particular page without much effort. Each entry also has the fairly standard (and to my mind, fairly confusing!) pronunciation guide, followed by the explanation(s) of the word and in some cases an etymology showing the history and first occurrence of the word in print. Overall, each word is very well covered.
As well as your usual words, this dictionary also boasts entries for abbreviations, geographical places such as towns, regions, mountains etc, and famous folk from singers through to inventors and writers. This again belies the 'concise' title and makes the dictionary useful for more than just finding out the definitions of unknown words.
Towards the rear of the dictionary is a small supplementary section on writing reports and giving presentations. It's very short and to the point but if you need guidelines for school, university or work then it doesn't go amiss.Read more ›
It is incredibly-well laid out. Every word is highlighted in blue, which makes searching for specific words as easy as possible and it also serves an encyclopedic function, with many key events and names quoted inside, as well as just general vocabulary.
The dictionary itself has a very quality feel about the covers and the pages feel light but not cheap, which helps to keep the weight down and your impressions up. Overall, I would recommend this as the main dictionary to have in your household, if you are looking for one. Or if you just need a dictionary in general. There is no cause to fault it and everything to recommend about it.
The front few pages of the dictionary detail how the book can be used and understood. It also details how, using the array of symbols, each word can be precisely pronounced. There are also detailed descriptions of the grammatical variety of the words... verbs, nouns, conjunctions, adjectives etc. and other guides to get you through all 2000 pages of this big weight alive!
The structure of the dictionary is well thought out. The chapter letters are printed to the edge of the page so that one can search out a specific letter whilst looking at the edge of the book. The words which one might be looking for are highlighted in the most pleasant blue colour. All the definitions are easy to find and well printed.
I am not so sure that I agree with a number of the items in this dictionary. I feel that there are many words and descriptions which are just not needed and could probably eliminate a fair few words, decreasing the weight and thickness. For example, when you look up names, a famous leader or celebrity figure may be in the book. I find this strange and unnecessary. For example under Leo, there are five different Leo's from history. Leo I, Leo III, Leo IX, Leo X and Leo XIII - who are these guys, and why do I need to know their names? The addition of all the names adds a sort of historical element to the dictionary, which some might find interesting, but it makes me ask why!
The paper which the book is printed on is slightly thin.Read more ›
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I bought this book for my office. I was working with an old school one till it fell to bits,
Its good value and decent print and
easy to read. Read more
Excellent value, very comprehensive. Have had a Collins Concise twice before, both are now falling apart with use! I think the first one was bought in the 1960's!! Read morePublished on 13 Oct. 2011 by Barbara
Excellent quality- great comprehensive dictionary at a great price. It arrived promptly in perfect condition. It was a gift for my friend who loved it!Published on 17 Sept. 2011 by Kindle Customer
I am really pleased with the book, It is easy to use with the main words written in blue. I goes the exta mile in that the information is far more interesting and varied than other... Read morePublished on 21 April 2011 by Lollster
I am quite a keen crossword puzzler and recently came across a word that I needed to look up in my dictionary and was surprised that I could not find it. Read morePublished on 13 July 2010 by Barry J. Lawler
My wife and i love to do countdown on channel 4
this dictionary has been a godsend in helping us to spell
the words.I would recommend it to anyone.
Collins Concise - Collins Concise English Dictionary
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