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  • Hardcover: 1728 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 10th New edition of Revised edition edition (31 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198606362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198606369
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 16.3 x 5.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,333,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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69 of 75 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Mar 2003
Format: Hardcover
When the editors at Oxford began compiling the first edition of their English dictionary in the mid-19th century, their intention was to create the most comprehensive & academic such publication to date. By the time the eventual ten volumes had all been published in 1928 (originally four volumes), and indeed in the years since, this had arguably not been surpassed.
The dictionary, as the English language, has constantly evolved over time, keeping up to date with changes in word meaning, and with new words being constantly added all the time (for example, I don't imagine the first edition contained an entry for "Internet" or even "Television").
The title of this latest "concise" edition should not be misleading. Unless you need a full page for a definition, this edition should be sufficient for most needs. Its layout & broadness of definitions keep it head & shoulders above the rest, and have done since the introduction of the concise edition, beating off would-be contenders (such as the, admittedly excellent, Collins edition) for the crown of world's most popular.
The only criticism I could make of this is that this "concise" edition is perhaps not concise enough for the casual, lazy, user. However, if you want an up-to-date, definitive (who hasn't heard of the Oxford English Dictionary?), value for money and consice (enough) resource, this is the one to go for.
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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful
A superb dictionary with one flaw 5 April 2004
By Traveler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The "Concise Oxford Dictionary" is arguably the best dictionary in this price range.
The defintions are up-to-date, the text is easy to use with each entry in bold, and the physical size of the book is very easy to use. The number of defintions, well over 200,000, is more than adequate, and the thumb index makes it easy to find what you need.
I've looked at many dictionaries (and I own more than one) and I've found that in least some "current" Webster's versions that certain definitions are almost archaic. You won't have that problem with this book.
If you're looking for a general use dictionary that has as many definitions as possible, but doesn't weight ten pounds, this is about the best choice you'll find. It's almost perfect for both college students and for everyday use.
The only problem with this version is the quality of the paper which is rather thin. I highly recommend this dictionary, but I would be hesitant to give one as a gift to someone who I know is rough with their books. The pages feel as if they could tear quite easily. This is likely one of the reasons that the book is so compact and easy to use. So you have the trade off of compact size versus durability. If this is an issue I would recommend paying a little more for one of the heavier Oxford dictionaries.
39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Excellent everyday dictionary 16 Dec 1999
By W. Poon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Likes :
- Its definitions are short, to-the-point, current, and extremely clear compared with other dictionaries
- Its coverage is much more global compared to most American dictionaries
- It doesn't pretend to be an encyclopaedia. (If I want an encyclopaedia, I'll GET one!)
Dislikes (gripes really) :
- Pronunciations are not given for all words. I understand the desire to save space; but the justification that this is acceptable because the dictionary is meant for native speakers is weak, IMO. If one is going to assume that a user knows the pronunciation of common words, why not also assume they know the meaning and not list these words altogether!
- The IPA pronunciation system is hard to use.
Overall :
- An excellent desk dictionary which reflects the global state of the language at the end of the century
Note :
- This newest edition is a total revamp; it is based on the New Oxford Dictionary of English published in '98 but not sold in the U.S. The more controversial usage notes from the NODE have been removed (to its detriment).
69 of 85 people found the following review helpful
Best value for the best English dictionary 11 Oct 2003
By PJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I returned the Oxford English Reference Dictionary, and the Oxford Dictionary of English. Both are excellent reference books selling for the same price. The former has a noteworthy appendices. The latter is the most descriptive English dictionary (without an appendices) behind Oxford's world class 20 volume Dictionary of English.
The Concise Oxford English Dictionary Thumb Index Edition was half the price and weight. This less expensive version contained the words EEPROM, i-Mode, and off-gas. The Oxford Dictionary of English did not have the first two words. The Oxford English Reference Dictionary did not list the three words.
I needed a dictionary that would be no-nonsense, current on common words, and under $45CAN. With Chapter's September 2003 $10 discount coupon for purcases over $30, this was the dictionary to buy. And since I am Canadian residing in Canada, this dictionary contains the British spelling of words used in Canada.
The Random House-Webster English Dictionary rivalled the Oxford Dictionary of English and was the only dictionary sold at Chapter's to have the word lauan. Unfortunately, the Random House-Webster is an American style dictionary which normally would not be used in Canada.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
The other most important book I own 28 April 2001
By Charlotte Vale-Allen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Next to the Rodale Synonym Finder, I simply couldn't write without this dictionary. It offers both British and American spellings, and it's very complete in its offerings. Ninety-five percent of the time, I will find what I'm seeking, no matter how arcane. The big plus is its offering of quirky British words not found in North American dictionaries (although, I confess, I do have a supply of those for occasions when the word I'm seeking is just too American ever to find its way into the Concise Oxford English.) An essential tool for anyone writing, whether it be a letter, a student essay, or professional pieces. The best!
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Best one volume dictionary around. 31 Mar 2005
By S Peterson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I bought this dictionary for all my nieces and nephews this year. It's soooooooooo much better than any junky Webster's Collegiate dictionary. You can actually find the words you don't recognize.
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