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Collins English Dictionary [Hardcover]

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6 Oct 2011 Dictionary

Collins English Dictionary is a comprehensive word reference with definitions for world, regional and dialect English.

Improve your vocabulary with 130,000 entries and over 200,000 definitions, including the latest words to enter the language.

Usage notes give advice on using the right word in the right place, and thousands of etymologies trace the roots of modern English. There are also thousands of entries for people and places and in-depth coverage of scientific and technical vocabulary.

All words, definitions, and usage notes are based on the Collins Corpus – our 4.5 billion-word database of today’s English – making it an authoritative and up-to-date word reference.

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  • Hardcover: 1920 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; 11th edition edition (6 Oct 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 0007437862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007437863
  • Product Dimensions: 27.8 x 22.4 x 7.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“I am absolutely thrilled to have a copy of the Collins English Dictionary. If I am ever cast off on a desert island, this is the book I want to have with me. What a wonderful gift.”
Dame Judi Dench, actor

“I find Collins English Dictionary invaluable because is it an encyclopaedia as well a dictionary, and it stands up to really intensive use.”
John Grant, Crossword Editor, The Times

“The dictionary I reach for first …”
Roger Cooper, Sunday Telegraph

“It has offered to a current generation of students the possibility that the study of language might be exciting, as it was to Dr. Johnson. In short, I think it’s brilliant.”
Professor B A Harris, University of Dublin

“I spend my working life with the Collins dictionary permanently open. It is, in its way, a masterpiece. On New Scientist it is also a bible; we take all our spellings from it (with a few exceptions) … The dictionary has managed to take advances in science in its stride.”
Peter Wrobel, New Scientist

“I have never known a dictionary with such scope. The biographical entries are particularly useful. I would not be without it for anything.”
Professor John Carey, Merton College, Oxford

“The inclusion of so many proper names and colloquialisms is especially valuable.”
Dame Penelope Lively, author

“It is a stupendous achievement … the best and sanest interpretative dictionary I have ever seen.”
Auberon Waugh, The Spectator

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Modern approach dictionary 24 Feb 2012
This is a large dictionary, one for the bookshelf, not a carry-around. It is comprehensive, well bound and the entries are presented pleasingly, with quite a lot of etymological and historical detail. It has a modern, contemporary approach to definitions, as well as including the classical ones, and what I liked was the wealth of biographical detail - why, even Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe gets a mention! This gives the work a slightly encyclopaedic aspect. Internet and computer language/jargon is well covered.

Good value for a modest price.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Collins English Dictionary 11th edition 2011 18 Nov 2011
A very comprehensive reference of modern-day English words and phrases, including UK, US and Australian usage. It is quite large due to Collins practice of assigning a new headword to each variant phrase rather than including them within one long section under one heading. The definitions are outstandingly clear and easy to read. It also has a good selection of scientific and technical terms, as well as biographical, historical and geographical references. A book for modern usage rather than obscure spellings. It also has a ribbon. Pronunciation is via the International Phonetic symbols and not the more natural ones used for example by Chambers. A very good buy - my only criticism is that its a bit heavy to hold.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars How about an electronic version? 3 Sep 2012
Collins English Dictionary is a good dictionary. Yes, it is! It is so good that I own each edition from the 6th to 10th edition. The idea to buy a newest 11th edition has formed in my mind for quite a while. With the release of the 9th edition, the publisher provided a free download of a Windows-based application for print version owners. The 10th edition was published at the time when mobile devices were growing in popularity. I was happy to have an iOS version of the 30th anniversary edition, i.e. the 10th edition, running on my iPhone 4 and iPad.

An electronic version, either Windows-based or iOS-based, has proven highly efficient, portable, and usable. It's hard for a user like me who feels completely at ease with electronic versions to go back to use a dictionary by turning pages. I've shelved my plan to buy an 11th edition pending a direct reply from the publisher. Unfortunately, the publisher remains indifferent to my query regarding the above question. I sent three emails to the customer support at HarperCollins Publishers last month. Nobody has replied to me so far. What's wrong with HarperCollins? Should I believe they keep publishing good dictionaries?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Dictionary 19 Dec 2011
This is a good word-smiths tool, i use mine everyday and rarely has it let me down. It has a good selection of word and their meanings. One could go on and on but this dictionary is quite simply brilliant.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 23 May 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Quick delivery and well packaged. A little bit grubby at the top of the dictionary on the white pages, and tiny rip on the outer sleeve. Nice red ribbon. Almost like an encyclopeodia and so is heavy (7 1/4 kilos). Wanted another Collins as been very pleased with previous pocket one. I'm very happy with this useful tool and will refer to it often.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Compatibility 9 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Whilst this product works perfectly on Windows 7 PC it does not work on either Kindle Fire or Android smart phone. This is recognized by Harper Collins on their website and it is a pity that this is not made clear on the Amazon website. See [...] Collins English Dictionary & Thesaurus
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is what my grand son wanted 7 Jan 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have had a Collins dictionary and thesaurus for many years. But these large hard backed copies are for home use only. They are too heavy to carry around
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars full of information 2 Jan 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
My wife is a crossword buff and this provides a wealth of information over and above a standard dictionary - its by her side when she is "crosswording"
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2.0 out of 5 stars It's not an easy book to navigate
Just not for the kindle.
It's a bit embarrassing really. This could have been a versatile resource had somebody thought to tweak it for use on A digital platform. Read more
Published 1 day ago by GroundedReviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything in the book
What more can I say. I bought the Kindle version and it is fantastic and I would be happy to recommend it to anyone.
Published 2 months ago by Jake
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Dictionaries
Twice as many entries as my Oxford dictionary which has 90,000 entries, also it has words you would not find in other dictionaries
Published 2 months ago by Jack
1.0 out of 5 stars Collins English Dictionary & Thesaurus
This dictionary is as near to useless as can be. As a simple test I tried to look up the word RUN. After 20 minutes I gave up and concentrated my efforts on writing this review. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Relaxed
5.0 out of 5 stars Excllent Purchase
Bought this for my Kindle and am very pleased with it. Having dictionary definitions and thesaurus synonyms listed for words is a great boon when stuck on a crossword clue!
Published 4 months ago by Alun Morgan
1.0 out of 5 stars Not fit for purpose as a kindle edition
As a kindle edition this dictionary cannot be searched properly, does not have a fast proper reference function, and is therefore useless as a reference book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Word search is hopelessly slow on Android tablet
I have used this dictionary in paper form for years with great pleasure, but find the Kindle edition quite hopeless on my Android tablet. Word look up takes ages. Read more
Published 4 months ago by James Wallace
1.0 out of 5 stars Useless for use on Kindle
Utterly useless as an "online" resource. No quick search facility - must read like an ordinary book, page by page. Duh! What good is that for a "dictionary"??
Published 4 months ago by EmmyPeabody
5.0 out of 5 stars A First Class Dictionary
Bought this Dictionary out of some Christmas money that was given to me back in 2011 it has been invaliabe source to me as I must admit my spelling is not very good the dictionary... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Stephen Turner
4.0 out of 5 stars Works well. Quick and easy to use
So far works well when I am reading magazines with long words. Don't know if updates will be available for free.
Published 4 months ago by mrs davina skelly
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