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Concise Oxford English Dictionary: Main edition [Hardcover]

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18 Aug 2011 0199601089 978-0199601080 12
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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  • Hardcover: 1728 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 12 edition (18 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199601089
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199601080
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 9.5 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 24 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
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars CONCISE OXFORD DICTIONARY 25 Nov 2013
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Comparing definitions of mitosis from the 1964 and currently reviewed 2011 edition of this dictionary, illustrates a vast improvement in technical definition over the intervening five decades. This form of cell division was already well defined in 1964 as evidenced in A E Needham's book The Growth Process in Animals (Pitman), but the earlier dictionary defined it as 'division of a cell into minute threads'. The current edition of the OED says 'a type of cell division that results in daughter cells each with the same number and kind of chromosomes as the parent'. This also illustrates how the dictionary has changed over the years to one exploring specialised areas rather than confining itself to general conversational and cultural contexts. You will find a definition of Fauve in the 2011 edition and as the Fauvists were an early 20th century artistic group, their absence from the 1964 edition further demonstrates a broadening cultural outlook over the same period. You will also find bootylicious, but whether this represents a cultural advance depends upon your point of view!
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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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Great for kids as most words are in here. Gets them off the Internet to search for meanings. Top buy.
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