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Compact Oxford Dictionary, Thesaurus, and Wordpower Guide [Hardcover]

Sara Hawker , Catherine Soanes , Alan Spooner
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18 July 2002 0198603703 978-0198603702
The Oxford Compact Dictionary, Thesaurus, and Wordpower Guide gives you three books in one. The dictionary section offers excellent coverage of everyday English, with over 120,000 words, phrases, and definitions, while the thesaurus has over 140,000 alternative words. Other features include straightforward guidance on grammar and usage in the shape of in-text boxes and thousands of example sentences illustrating words in use. The Wordpower Guide offers extra help to improve your vocabulary, and includes a section on foreign words and phrases, information on collective names for animals and birds, useful vocabulary for use in word games, lists of common confusables, a section on selecting the right word, and an extensive Wordbuilder section which gives instant links to related words.

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  • Hardcover: 1120 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (18 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198603703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198603702
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14.2 x 6.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 668,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
As I write professionally, I have to confess to being prone to buying the odd dictionary or thesaurus: it doesn't make me a bad person ... and I'm not that boring. But I do believe everyone should have a decent dictionary and thesaurus, and I do believe you can get a lot of enjoyment reading little snippets and exploring the use of language.
"The Compact Oxford" is, indeed, quite compact. Given its 1100 or more pages, it is lighter and more manageable than many of the bulkier tomes on the market. Though not exactly a portable version - it won't really fit in a pocket, briefcase, or bag - it will fit on a desk or workspace, and it is the sort of thing you could carry around the house without inconvenience.
In terms of its contents, it has to be said that it is more of a dictionary than a thesaurus. Each page is divided into two sections, the top part of the page being the dictionary entries. Beneath, select words are given thesaurus entries. The dictionary part gets considerably greater prominence than the thesaurus; you get the sense that in order to keep down bulk and weight (compare it to the much bigger "Oxford Dictionary, Thesaurus and Wordpower Guide" or the "Collins Dictionary & Thesaurus"), the publishers have sacrificed the scope of the thesaurus rather than compromise on the scale of the dictionary. But then again, the dictionary entries themselves do give you a number of synonyms and alternatives for the word.
Print quality is excellent - small, but crisp and legible (though you may still need glasses). Paper quality is strong and robust without feeling cheap.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Possibly leans more towards the dictionary 11 Dec 2004
Format:Hardcover
As I write professionally, I have to confess to being prone to buying the odd dictionary or thesaurus: it doesn't make me a bad person ... and I'm not that boring. But I do believe everyone should have a decent dictionary and thesaurus, and I do believe you can get a lot of enjoyment reading little snippets and exploring the use of language.
"The Compact Oxford" is, indeed, quite compact. Given its 1100 or more pages, it is lighter and more manageable than many of the bulkier tomes on the market. Though not exactly a portable version - it won't really fit in a pocket, briefcase, or bag - it will fit on a desk or workspace, and it is the sort of thing you could carry around the house without inconvenience.
In terms of its contents, it has to be said that it is more of a dictionary than a thesaurus. Each page is divided into two sections, the top part of the page being the dictionary entries. Beneath, select words are given thesaurus entries. The dictionary part gets considerably greater prominence than the thesaurus; you get the sense that in order to keep down bulk and weight (compare it to the much bigger "Oxford Dictionary, Thesaurus and Wordpower Guide" or the "Collins Dictionary & Thesaurus"), the publishers have sacrificed the scope of the thesaurus rather than compromise on the scale of the dictionary. But then again, the dictionary entries themselves do give you a number of synonyms and alternatives for the word.
Print quality is excellent - small, but crisp and legible (though you may still need glasses). Paper quality is strong and robust without feeling cheap.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very useful and handy reference. 29 Jan 2001
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The dictionary and thesaurus are uniquely combined together so that a dictionary entry would have the thesaurus entry for that word straight after it. This makes it very convenient and it also has a large range of words which is useful when essay-writing or reading complicated books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Compact Oxford Dictionary and Thesaures 6 April 2010
Format:Hardcover
It's a good dictionary as you would expect from oxford. The thesaurus is basic but you would expect that from a compact edition (but a bit more in the thesaures would be nice). Bare in mind compact dosen't mean a pocket edition. It's a very good dictionary/thesaurus and good very good for day to day use and a bit more. Oxford make brilliant dictionary's and thesaurus's so you just got to make sure you get the best one for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For Crossword Buffs 12 April 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Had seen this Dictionary at the home of a friend and decided that I needed one of my own for the days when I have problems with the (cryptic) crossword. It has not let me down.
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