SYNONYMS

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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.

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Quiz: which classic should you read next?

 

To celebrate World Book Day, we've put together a quiz to help you determine which of six Oxford World's Classics titles…

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.

Word of the day innocuous
Pronunciation: ɪˈnɒkjʊəs
adjective
not harmful or offensive

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Quote of the week

“Literature is my Utopia.”

Helen Keller

(1880–1968)

American writer and social reformer

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From Guido of Arezzo to The Sound of Music: the history of do re mi

 

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the film adaptation of The Sound of Music. This year’s commemorations…