Collins English Dictionary

ISBN 13: 9780004721682

Collins English Dictionary

9780004721682: Collins English Dictionary

Collins are proud to announce a major new edition of their flagship English Dictionary – Collins English Dictionary. This fourth edition contains a wealth of new words and meanings, technical terms and abbreviations, as well as thousands of new and updated biographical and geographical entries. Encyclopedic entries offer you instance access to a range of key facts and figures about people and places in the news and of general interest – all the information you need in one alphabetical list – all the facts at your fingertips. With the added feature of thumb indexing.

The Bank of English – the biggest language database in the world – enables Collins lexicographers to keep the changing language under constant review. So you can be sure that the new words and meanings you come across in daily life are all explained

Encyclopedic facts from place names to populations have been reviewed and revised. New people are included and existing biographies updated. International English is well represented and new material supplied by specialist language consultants in each area.

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This major new edition of 'Collins English Dictionary' provides the most comprehensive, wide-ranging and up-to-date coverage of today’s English. It also includes thousands of essential encyclopedic facts, and all this presented in a layout and design that ensures this wealth of information is easily accessible.

• Over 18,500 encyclopedic entries – people, places, concepts, institution, and movements, both past and present, clearly described, with the latest important facts.
• Usage notes newly compiled from evidence gathered in the bank of English, Collins unique language database. These new notes give details of past and present usage and advise on current best practice.
• Special interest subjects such as science, computing, the arts, business, education, religion and sport – all treated in depth. These have been comprehensively updated, drawing on the expertise of consultants in over 200 subject areas.
• Full etymologies show the century of the first known occurrence of the word English.
• Pronunciations adapted from the International Phonetic Alphabet.

“I always go to Collins first because I find it pleasantly up-to-date in recognizing new conventions in meaning, spelling and grammar.”
BAMBER GASCOIGNE

“I have never known a dictionary of such scope. The biographical entries are particularly useful. I would not be without it for anything”
PROFESSOR JOHN CAREY, MERTON COLLEGE, OXFORD

"I spend my working life with the Collins dictionary permanently open. It is, in its way, a masterpiece. On 'New Scientist' it is also a bible: we take all our spellings from it (with few exceptions)… The dictionary has managed to take advances in science in its stride.”
PETER WROBEL, 'NEW SCIENTIST'

“It is a stupendous achievement…the best and sanest interpretive dictionary I have ever seen.”

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