Need to find the right word?

Use our dictionary of synonyms to find substitutes when you want to avoid using the same word repeatedly when speaking or writing, to find a more modern or more formal equivalent of a word, or to broaden your vocabulary.

World Teachers' Day
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World Teachers’ Day – how did our teachers get us interested in words?


Teaching is arguably one of the hardest jobs around. It is becoming increasingly demanding, and teachers are faced with the…

Questions about language

Why is the alphabet arranged the way it is? How many words are there in the English language? Get the answers to some intriguing language questions.

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Oxford Dictionaries Spelling Challenge

Test your spelling skills with this interactive spelling game, with difficulty levels ranging from tricky to fiendish.

Is a thumb a finger
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Video: is a thumb a finger?


Are there five fingers on a hand, or are there four? Find out whether a thumb is a finger in this video. Find out more about…