Contributing to Oxford's dictionaries

Oxford Dictionaries are continually evolving, and every year new words are added to both OxfordDictionaries.com and OED.com. For a word to be considered for inclusion, there must be sufficient evidence of its use over a reasonable period of time. This evidence is accumulated by our editorial department through the Corpus and the Reading Programme.

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Can I submit a new word or a new meaning for a word for inclusion in your dictionaries?

Before contributing a new word or meaning, please make sure that it’s not already included in an oxforddictionaries.com entry by using the search bar above, and read the sections below to familiarize yourself with our policy on deciding whether or not to include new words. If you would like to make a contribution, you can contact us.

Every submission of evidence or information relevant to our dictionaries is read and considered, but the scope of our work in updating the dictionaries is such that we can’t guarantee to incorporate the material quickly, and we are not able to respond personally to individual contributions.

How do you decide whether a new word should be included in an Oxford dictionary?

 

Can I submit a word or sense that I’ve created?

People often send us words they have made up and ask if we will add their invented terms to one of our dictionaries. Unfortunately, the answer is probably no, because we generally only add words that have been used widely over a number of years: we assess this by looking at all the evidence we have in our files and databases. Of course, some invented words do catch on and become an established part of English, either because they fill a gap or because they are describing something new. Examples of this type of invented word include quarkspoof, and hobbit.

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I've found an older usage than you have in your dictionaries.

We are very grateful to receive evidence of older usage of words than we have recorded in the OED. If you have found evidence, please do contact us. Also, OED Appeals is a section of the OED website where OED editors invite assistance in finding older usages of particular words and phrases. Every submission of evidence or information relevant to our dictionaries is read and considered, but the scope of our work in updating the dictionaries is such that we can’t guarantee to incorporate the material quickly, and we are not able to respond personally to individual contributions.

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I want to let you know about a mistake in an Oxford Dictionary

If you have discovered an error in an Oxford Dictionary, please contact us. If you believe you have found a mistake in a definition, please check the questions about dictionaries before contacting us. It is worth noting that our definitions are descriptive rather than prescriptive. We are not able to respond personally to individual comments, but are very grateful to hear about any mistakes in our dictionaries.


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