SYNONYMS

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.

back-formations
OxfordWords blog

The hypocrisy of hating back-formations

 

Does the verb incent make you grind your teeth? Can you cope with enthuse? Does spectate rankle? There are plenty of purported…

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.

500 WORDS is back for 2016

Oxford Dictionaries for Children have teamed up with BBC Radio 2 to find the most talented young writers.

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Dad's Army
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10 words you need to know before watching Dad’s Army

 

A while ago I tried to explain to my American colleague why the words “Don’t tell him, Pike” would bring a wry smile to any…