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...ts longevity by being in use for a reasonable amount of time – ideally 10 years, but five is the minimum. We continuously monitor developments in the English language. oxforddictionaries.com: The process for adding words to oxforddictionaries.com is similar to that of the OED, but the turnaround...

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Free resources for English language learnersOxford Dictionaries provides lots of practical help for people learning English. Our free online resources ensure you avoid making s...

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The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is the accepted authority on the English language, providing an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of more...

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Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2016 is...

...lated verb to adult shift the noun adult into verbal use. Such ‘verbing’ of nouns is often criticized, but it is a common source of new words in English (it’s how we got the word parenting,  which adulting is probably modelled on). The word adulting was used from time to time during the 20th cent...

Word of the Year 2015

...oanword from Japanese defined as ‘a small digital image or icon  used to express an idea or emotion in electronic communication’. It was used in English-language Japanese publications as early as 1997 but remained rare outside of Japanese contexts until 2011, when Apple launched iOS 5 with emoji suppo...

Word of the Year 2015

...rd from Japanese defined as ‘a small digital image or icon  used to express an idea or emotion in electronic communication’. It was used in English-language Japanese publications as early as 1997 but remained rare outside of Japanese contexts until 2011, when Apple launched iOS 5 with emoji suppo...

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Institutional subscriptions are available for each Oxford Dictionaries Premium language module: English, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish – and for the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). To purchase a subscription...

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...ord School Thesaurus free resources (10+)Oxford School Dictionary of Word Origins free resources (10+)Free Secondary resources (for age 11-14+)Oxford English Dictionary for Schools free resources (11+)Oxford English Thesaurus for Schools  free resources (11+)Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary f...

One hundred years of Roald Dahl: an Oxford English Dictionary update

   12 SEPTEMBER 2016, Oxford, UK -- Today the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) announces its latest update, including more than 1,000 revised and updated entries and around 1,200 new senses. This confirms the OE...

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...UP), a department of the University of Oxford. OUP traces its history back to 1478, but its defining moment was perhaps the publication of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), the definitive record of the English language. In 1857, members of the Philological Society of London declared existing English lan...

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OxfordDictionaries.comOxforddictionaries.com began with English and Spanish language sites, offering definitions and translations, thesauruses, grammar guides and help, and much more.As part of the...

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...occurs. For example, all the occurrences of a word can be grouped to reveal its most frequent usage patterns. Here is a short extract from the Oxford English Corpus of the word sublime:The Oxford English CorpusThe Oxford English Corpus is one of many language corpora used by Oxford lexicographers. It conta...

Setswana online dictionary launched by Oxford Dictionaries

“the most definitive lexicographic project in the development and  promotion of the Setswana language since the publication of the first  English-Setswana bilingual dictionary” Professor Thapelo Otlogetswe    May 2016: Setswana has become the 6th language to become available in a...

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English at  your fingertipsOur wide range of dictionary and reference apps makes it easy to understand what words mean, how to use them and how to say t...

Bilingual dictionaries for learners of English

Oxford’s bilingual dictionaries for learners of English explain the words you need to know in English, and help you learn how to use them.The dictionaries are compiled by people who have taught English in...

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...f Oxford. Our mission is to provide reliable, evidence-based, up-to-date dictionaries. We are a global organization, covering major languages such as English, Chinese, Arabic, Spanish, French, and Portuguese, and less widely spoken ones such as isiZulu and Malay. See a list of all of our languages her...

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...enticated by OUP and conforms to standard data models.We offer monolingual, bilingual, synonyms, and children’s datasets for these languages:AfrikaansEnglish (SA)HindiMongolianSpanishArabicEnglish (UK)HungarianNorthern SothoSwedishBulgarianEnglish (US)IndonesianNorwegianThaiChineseFinnishisiZuluPolishTurki...

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...orms and processes.Rich, detailed, versatile dataWe have comprehensive dictionary datasets in many different languages, from global languages such as English and Chinese to regional languages such as isiZulu and Malay. These datasets go far beyond simply giving the definitions of words: they include inform...

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...with language, there is a product to suit you:oxforddictionaries.comOxford Dictionaries offers free access to dictionary content from these languages:EnglishSpanishisiZuluNorthern SothoUrduMalaySetswanaIndonesianIndonesianHindiSwahiliRomanianLatvianHistorical EnglishOxford Dictionaries is home to the world...

Why do children need a children's dictionary?

...ity of spellcheckers why do children need a dictionary?A spellchecker is fine if you want to check a word like ‘Tyrannosaurus’ or ‘archaeologist’ but English has many confusable words and homonyms that a spellchecker cannot identify e.g. ‘there’ and ‘their’. Only a dictionary can help with common grammar a...

What will English Language look like in the future?

Interview with OUP author, Simon Horobin, author of How English became English. Simon Horobin takes a global view of the English language and seeks to answer the question: what will it look like in the future...

Oxford Learner’s Dictionary of Academic English

Oxford  Learner’s Dictionary of Academic EnglishThe Oxford Learner’s Dictionary of Academic English (OLDAE) focuses exclusively on academic language and the way it is used in academic contexts. It h...

Blogs from Oxford Dictionaries for Children

...all of these authors have written for it........Spell with Pip: a fun new app to help children practise their spellingThere are lots of quirks in the English language which make it tricky for children to spell words correctly. Here at OUP our Children’s Dictionaries team has a huge database of children’s w...

Case study: Amazon

SituationThe Kindle is the most popular e-reading device in the world, and since its launch it has offered readers trusted English definitions from Oxford dictionaries.  As the Kindle has grown in popularity around the world, the need to provide  dictionaries in languag...

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