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Collins Concise English Dictionary (Collins Concise) Hardcover – 2 Jun 2008

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  • 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)

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This is a moderately hefty one-volume English dictionary, roughly comparable in size and price to the Oxford Concise Dictionary. However, it differs in an important respect because this is actually more than just a list of word meanings and pronunciations including, for example, many proper names - notably people and places. In this respect it must be highly selective to remain within a manageable single volume, so I find that it includes my present home town (High Wycombe) but omits my previous home town (Lutterworth), presumably because it falls below some population threshold. It includes a fair selection of major overseas cities - for example I found the capital of Slovenia (Ljubljana) and the second city (Maribor) but not the country's major port (Koper). On a sample of cricketers, Andrew Flintoff gets a mention but Michael Vaughan does not.

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.
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I have to admit to having a fairly large collection of dictionaries however this particular one will soon be taking pride of place on my shelf.

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.
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As other reviewers have noted, there is little about this dictionary that is "concise". It is as hefty (at about 2 inches thick) and comprehensive as any dictionary I have seen. (And I haven't seen 'em all!)

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.
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For quite some time I have desired a large dictionary, one which can sit on my desk to be used as a reference for all of those words which I don't know the meaning of. Once this arrived, I thought that all of my language needs would have been filled.

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.
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