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  • Hardcover: 1728 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 11th Revised edition edition (22 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199296340
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199296347
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 6.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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A dictionary may not contain narratives and poems, but the best ones, like this one, give you the tools. (David Malcolm, Times Literary Supplement)

This is the dictionary par excellence for the general reader. (David Malcolm, Times Literary Supplement)

It answers a lot of questions; it is easy to use; it does not take up too much space on a crowded desk. (David Malcolm, TLS) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Peter Biddlecombe VINE VOICE on 12 Feb 2009
Format: Hardcover
Anyone old enough to remember the days when executives had secretaries should be able to confirm that the well-thumbed dictionary most likely to be found in the sec's office was the Concise Oxford. It was also the dictionary that a wise parent might give to their child going off to college or university. It earned this position by combining the authority that came ultimately from the OED with the common sense and practicality that chose the right subset of words to represent the English used or likely to be encountered, in real life by real people. To those who know about popular dictionaries in the USA, I can just say "this is our Websters Collegiate".

You can of course get one-volume dictionaries with many more words - the full versions of Chambers and Collins, and the Oxford Dictionary of English. Very good dictionaries all, but a notch heavier and more expensive. But for clear coverage of the vast majority of words you're ever likely to meet, the Concise does the job. It does more than the job in some cases, with usage and history notes for various words. The usage notes are the more useful (and more frequent), telling you about things like the times when round is used instead of around, and vice versa, or the offensiveness of 'spastic' in modern use. As another reviewer points out, pronunciations are only given where they're not obvious to English speakers. Not a problem, I think, unless you're a non-native speaker of English - but there are dictionaries designed specifically for use by students of English, which I suspect deal with this issue.

Placed right in the middle of the dictionary is a 24-page "Centre Section" with information about the way lexicographers deal with English words, lists of ineteresting words of various kinds, and a guide to good English.
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103 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Kok Heng Phua on 30 Aug 2006
Format: Hardcover
Summary: Comprehensive, up-to-date, but short on definitions and illustrative examples

Reviewer: A reader from Singapore

The revised eleventh edition is very comprehensive and up-to-date in its coverage of words from different varieties of English. I am particularly impressed by the large number of "informal" words and phrases that have not yet appeared in other dictionaries, even those available online.

However, I am disappointed that, to accommodate the new additions, the definitions tend to be short, so much so that the full nuance is lost. Illustrative examples of word use are also greatly reduced. Like othe recent Oxford dictionaries, it does not provide the pronunciation of many words that the editors consider familiar to native speakers of English in the UK.

I have changed my mind about giving away the eighth and ninth editions of the COD, which give more detailed information on the words that they include.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Lucas on 15 Feb 2009
Format: Hardcover
Concise Oxford English Dictionary

The COD has always been the best small English dictionary. Its rivals have drawbacks: Chambers has too many obscure Scottish words, and Collins lacks many useful words.

The latest edition of the COD updates the vocabulary well, without including too many temporarily topical words whose life is likely to be short.

My only criticism of the latest edition is the inclusion in the middle of a guidance section. This should have been at the beginning or the end. But this is a very small point - perhaps largely a matter of taste - about what is otherwise a very useful book.

David Lucas
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dick Pearson on 13 April 2010
Format: Hardcover
Whilst I agree with the other reviewers that the explanations are getting terser, this doesn't really matter too much as dictionaries are NOT encyclopedias. There will always be a trade off between size and content, and my 10th Edition has fewer pages than my 4th Edition but the latter is smaller as the paper is much thinner and the print size much smaller. The COED also exists in a hierarchy of dictionaries,and the assumption is that if you need more information you'll go to the Shorter OED, or even to the full dictionary.

As an owner of the 4th Edition (my father's from 1952), and 8th Edition, a 10th Edition and an on-line version of the 11th I am still sensible of why the COED exists: it was created in 1911 as the OUP was anxious that all people should have access to a definitive dictionary. The COED is exactly that and it is THE definitive English 'English Dictionary', as Chambers is Scottish (not in any way a criticism or slur of things Scottish merely an appreciation of their difference), and Collins now a transatlantic hybrid.

A final point is that the COED remains the spelling standard for the UK Civil Service (even though you'd never guess there were any standards from many official publications).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. J. E. Silva on 25 Sep 2009
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Concise Oxford English Dictionary: 11th edition revised 2008

Have dictionaries already but needed a `slap-bang` up-to-date one. Play a lot of scrabble with my partner and it had got to the stage where although we have to agree that a word has to be in the dictionary, sometimes words that we knew didn`t actually appear. This dictionary is awesome, much better laid out and easy to use, with a good print. I find myself just browsing through it sometimes. An excellent bargain at the price as well. Would recommend this version to anyone.
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