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Concise Oxford English Dictionary: Main edition [Hardcover]

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18 Aug 2011 0199601089 978-0199601080 12
presents the most accurate picture of English today.

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  • Hardcover: 1728 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 12 edition (18 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199601089
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199601080
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 16.2 x 5.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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100 years after its first publication, the twelfth edition of this world-famous bestseller gives the most up-to-date picture of the English language today. The original 1911 edition, revolutionary at the time for its focus on current English and its use of illustrative examples, combined a succinct yet approachable style with coverage of everyday as well as specialist terms. This centenary edition continues this ground-breaking tradition, giving you rich authoritative coverage of English as it is used today.

Explore our language resources on oxforddictionaries.com, Oxford's home for dictionaries and language reference. Updated regularly with the latest changes to words and meanings, the site provides hundreds of thousands of definitions, synonyms, and pronunciations in a range of languages. Access the highest quality language content, built from our extensive research, for free on your desktop or device.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still my preferred dictionary 3 Nov 2011
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Having missed the two previous editions of the Concise Oxford I thought it was time for a new one, particularly in the COD's centenary year (a very nice facsimile of the first edition has also just been published). This twelfth edition is a particularly successful one, in terms of design, paper and format and, strangely, I've consulted it more in the few weeks since I've had it than I looked at its predecessor over several years! It is still my preferred dictionary and this edition definitely does not disappoint. The Fowlers would be more than happy with it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oxford concise dictionary 23 May 2013
By Bob B
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I recently purchased a rival dictionary (Collins) and was rather disappointed with it. The Oxford concise suits my needs much better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oxford English dictionary 26 Feb 2013
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There is no need to go on endlessly about this dictionary. It is as good as one expects it to be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Concise Oxford English Dictionary 31 Jan 2012
Format:Hardcover
Quite a different style to the old book I have printed in the 70's. Very informative on how a word can have different meaning with the same speeling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oxford English Dictionary 6 Jan 2012
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My husband was very pleased with his new dictionary as he does crosswords and his old one was worn out. The new dictionary contains words that have been recently added to the English language.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Oxford! What more can I say? 25 Oct 2012
Format:CD-ROM|Verified Purchase
I bought this dictionary so that I could have a handy reference on my Windows 7 64-bit computer. What a disappointment. The dictionary itself is not too bad if all you are seeking is the most common words and slang; but for me it appears to have a rather limited vocabulary. Many words I try to look up are not included, and these are simply ordinary, not specialist, English words. To make matters worse, the search results have been pared to the bone: no synonyms or antonyms; no examples of usage; and only the scantiest information about etymology.

Then there is the software itself. This looks as if it was written when Windows was just a futuristic dream. It is basic in the extreme, and operates with difficulty on a modern PC. It frequently freezes when opening; throws up a meaningless Error Code every time it is started, for which there is no support offered; and fails to automatically highlight the search box when you wish to look up a new word.

All in all I feel that it is a poor effort, especially when one considers the high opinion which Oxford University Press has of itself. It is not a patch on the old Encarta which was originally a stand-alone programme, then was included with Microsoft Student; and now, sadly, is no more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 14 April 2012
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This dictionary is an excellent compromise between the pocket sized dictionaries and the full version which stretches to several huge volumes. It's small enough to keep it handy,near your desk and big enough to contain most of those words that appear in academic volumes. Very good value for money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good value 15 Feb 2013
By artist
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Not too much to say about a dictionary. This was well laid out and the type face was sufficiently bold for a 70+ person to see however, the paper does seem slightly thin hence a 4* rather than a 5*.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Easy to read
Published 21 hours ago by Dianne Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars For Finnish High School students
This dictionary is perfect for the Lukio (High School) student awards at the end of each academic year. English Teachers have approved it and are happy to award it.
Published 1 month ago by Peter Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Every word you need in one book!
Brilliant. Very happy with my book. Good delivery. Everything I need all in one! With a great price tag to match!
Published 1 month ago by R. MUHITH
4.0 out of 5 stars Great update
I purchased this after deciding that the last copy we have is looking a bit battered, and as it is the 1990 edition, I thought I would treat myself to the most up-to-date version. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cat lover
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Ordered as a birthday present for my Father-in -law. arrived on time and is helping him complete his crosswords as I type
Published 2 months ago by k a mccormack
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I knew it would have a lot of words but there just so many! Not just words either, but descriptions, morphemes and even origin. A great read, I'd recommend it to anyone.
Published 2 months ago by Daniel Horlock
5.0 out of 5 stars more savey
great book this is a must have here a word dont know what it means look in the book should have bought one years a go
Published 2 months ago by golden eye
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the best
Great for kids as most words are in here. Gets them off the Internet to search for meanings. Top buy.
Published 4 months ago by Jang
5.0 out of 5 stars A definite upgrade, but it has its drawbacks.
As a keen amateur author, I’ve used the 11th edition of this software for many years. Even the British version of Microsoft’s Word dictionaries have an American bent and I write... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dave Laurie
4.0 out of 5 stars No problems with delivery
useful CD-ROM which I loaded onto my computer. Not quite as good as the MacMillan though there is information on etymology if required.
Published 4 months ago by Jacqueline A Martin
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