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Collins Spanish Dictionary (Collins Complete and Unabridged): Complete & Unabridged [Hardcover]

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6 Jun 2005 0007183747 978-0007183746 Eighth edition

The world’s leading Spanish/English dictionary, revised to cover all the latest vocabulary, with a clear,colour layout. Ideal for advanced learners and professional users of Spanish.

This seventh edition of the market-leading Spanish dictionary draws once again on Collins’ unique multi-million word databases of contemporary English and Spanish to ensure the user has the most complete and accurate picture of real language available today. The dictionary is ideal for advanced learners and professionals using Spanish.

• This edition has been revised to include all the latest vocabulary from a wide range of fields, with additional language and grammatical notes to tackle classic translation problems.

• Special treatment of long and complex entries, with key phrases, idioms and set grammatical problems highlighted ensures that users find the right translation time.

• The attractive, clear, colour layout ensures users find exactly what they need quickly and easily.

Also available in the Collins Spanish Dictionary range are Collins Concise Spanish Dictionary, Collins Spanish Dictionary and Grammar and Collins Gem Spanish Dictionary.


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  • Hardcover: 2256 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; Eighth edition edition (6 Jun 2005)
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 0007183747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007183746
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 20.2 x 7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 462,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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120 of 121 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy any other! 19 Feb 2006
Format:Hardcover
If you wan a Spanish dictionary don't look any further. Seriously, don't. This is a fantastic dictionary.
Each word is given with its full meanings, and put into context for easier understanding. Some words which have lots of uses have huge sections with plenty of examples so you don't get confused. Some commonly mixed up words, like 'por' and 'para' have an explanation of when each should be used.
Loads of usage examples, very accurate, and almost every word you could think of. I've said it once, but I'll say it again - don't buy any other Spanish dictionary. It's the best.
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90 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Spanish English dictionary there is 9 Oct 2006
Format:Hardcover
If you are looking for a comprehensive Spanish English dictionary then this is the one to go for. Its a weighty tome, so definitely not one for the schoolbag, but it really has got everything.

If you want to test a dictionary just try looking up some idioms, some new phrases, and some swearwords. This one passes on all three. It explains words so well that I've found myself spending half an hour just reading its notes on Spanish words.

Its miles better than the Oxford Dictionary, which is really only any good for American English.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Contemporary Spanish Dictionary available 18 Dec 2004
Format:Hardcover
I used this book for two years whilst learning Spanish and found it invaluable. Although other books may perhaps have a larger number of words, I haven't used another dictionary that comes close to this for the contemporary Spanish that people actually speak and use. It includes the less grammatical and more frequent expressions that confuse foreigners. This is to be contrasted with (for example) the dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy which, whilst clearly the last word on 'correct' Spanish, often fails to keep up with a constantly evolving modern language.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Without doubt the Collins Spanish Dictionary is a reasonably-priced, thorough and well-edited dictionary.

However, linguists who are looking for a dictionary focused on European / Castillian Spanish are likely to be disappointed by its heavy emphasis on Latin American Spanish and its lack of European Spanish coverage. In this respect, the Larousse unabridged dictionary is a much better choice Larousse Unabridged Dictionary: Spanish-English / English-Spanish (Larousse Diccionario/Dictionary (English-Spanish/Espanol-Ingles)).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's the best so buy it... 19 Feb 2009
Format:Hardcover
I received this book, a weighty tome, yesterday. Since then I have used it as a translation aid and memory jogger and, in conjunction with the dictionary of Spanish synonyms/antonyms, it has already become invaluable. It is the best Spanish dictionary I have seen and possibly the easiest to use.
If you need a Spanish/English dictionary buy it today...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Sue B.
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a great dictionary for someone learning the language, it contains every possible use of all words, including colloquials. It is very large and would benefit from indentations or coloured markings on the sides of the pages indicating where the alphabetic changes occur to speed up searching.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but electronic version delayed 28 July 2009
Format:Hardcover
The standard of this dictionary is excellent, as expected from Collins.

However I bought this product specifically because of the accompanying electronic version, only to find that this is not yet released. The web site promises that it will be available "by July 2009", but as of 28 July still no change. I trust it will be in place ready for the coming term.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, Up to date reference work 9 Aug 2009
Format:Hardcover
Having decided that I will be studying Spanish at university it made sense to take the plunge and buy this item. Having previously used the Collins Gem and then later the Collins Spanish dictionary and Grammer it made sense to move to the 'Big Brother product'

The pages in the dictionary are easy to use and well laid out. The central section in particular is an absolute God-send as it provides examples of Spanish in everyday use (writing letters of complaint, telephone calls etc.). The basic dictionary is exhaustive providing examples of words even an advanced user of the language is unlikely to need.

The dictionary is expensive but it is a worthwhile investment that you will not regret!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good - better than expected
This is my second order of these, they arrived in better condition than I had expected - VERY MUCH WORTH THE MONEY.
Published 6 months ago by Austin Tansley
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Probably among the very best bilingual dictionaries for Spanish. Its forte is that most translations appear in context, as in real language, making the right choice easier. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Allie
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative for A level Spanish
Useful for comprehension section in A level Spanish. Handy for all the tricky words used in the language. Would recommend although the book is really large.
Published 8 months ago by jamjo
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Dictionary
I love this book. It has a great feel and I like the layout within and the fonts used in it.
It is very easy to find words as it uses a different colour for the word (blue)... Read more
Published on 12 Sep 2011 by Ms. M. Gregoriy
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a gift
I bought this as a gift. It was well recieved and looked impressive. It contains everything that had to be looked for in numerous other dictionaries before. Good buy it seems.
Published on 4 July 2011 by Ron P
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best
Useful for basic words, but alot of the words I needed for my AS/A level spanish course were not included in this, though they were included in the pocket size!!! Read more
Published on 17 Jun 2011 by Kijo
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Published on 2 Jan 2011 by Wendy G
4.0 out of 5 stars A curate's egg!
I purchased this (ninth) edition as my old sixth edition is now falling to pieces! It should be a big improvement, but... Read more
Published on 24 Nov 2010 by P. Tilson
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Published on 19 Nov 2010 by Spider Monkey
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful Dictionary
I am very statisfied with the book`s quality, it`s good in general. But there is a flaw - lack phonetic symbols which makes foreign learners hard to find the pronunciation of new... Read more
Published on 5 Nov 2010 by S. Luther. Lee
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