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"Oxford's American editors drew on its 200-million-word databank of contemporary English, plus the citation files of the Oxford English Dictionary. The result is an all-new and updated American dictionary, the crowning achievement in the Oxford line of American dictionaries and thesauruses." "To provide unprecedented clarity, the entries are organized around core meanings, "Oxford's American editors drew on its 200-million-word databank of contemporary English, plus the citation files of the Oxford English Dictionary. The result is an all-new and updated American dictionary, the crowning achievement in the Oxford line of American dictionaries and thesauruses." "To provide unprecedented clarity, the entries are organized around core meanings, reflecting the way people think about words and eliminating the clutter and confusion of a traditional dictionary entry. Each entry plainly shows the major meaning or meanings of the word, plus any related senses, arranged in intuitive constellations of connected meanings. Definitions are supplemented by illustrative, in-context examples of actual usage." This new edition of The New Oxford American Dictionary includes a guide to the pronunciations on every page spread, a new etymology essay, completely updated and revised maps, and more than a thousand new entries, covering everything new in our language from low-carb to warblog and beyond.


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"Oxford's American editors drew on its 200-million-word databank of contemporary English, plus the citation files of the Oxford English Dictionary. The result is an all-new and updated American dictionary, the crowning achievement in the Oxford line of American dictionaries and thesauruses." "To provide unprecedented clarity, the entries are organized around core meanings, "Oxford's American editors drew on its 200-million-word databank of contemporary English, plus the citation files of the Oxford English Dictionary. The result is an all-new and updated American dictionary, the crowning achievement in the Oxford line of American dictionaries and thesauruses." "To provide unprecedented clarity, the entries are organized around core meanings, reflecting the way people think about words and eliminating the clutter and confusion of a traditional dictionary entry. Each entry plainly shows the major meaning or meanings of the word, plus any related senses, arranged in intuitive constellations of connected meanings. Definitions are supplemented by illustrative, in-context examples of actual usage." This new edition of The New Oxford American Dictionary includes a guide to the pronunciations on every page spread, a new etymology essay, completely updated and revised maps, and more than a thousand new entries, covering everything new in our language from low-carb to warblog and beyond.

30 review for The New Oxford American Dictionary

  1. 5 out of 5

    Patti

    The plot really sucked! I couldn't follow it at all. :(

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jaime

    Now THIS book knows how to define stuff.

  3. 4 out of 5

    blueMeridian

    I have a confession to make: I love dictionaries. I love to read dictionaries. Each entry is like a mini-story! The implications of a word's history! Although a bit hefty for casual reading, The New Oxford American Dictionary covers an admirable portion of the English language, complete with numerous slang references (a warning for the purists) and many illustrative icons. Currently my favorite dictionary.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Madelyn

    I kinda put this on as a joke, but as I'm nearing the district spelling bee, I'm thinking I actually should read it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    bARRY

    it has a definition for "blah," although not for the word "janky."

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kristen Johansen

    My Kindle uses this dictionary. Very often, I am told the following.... "in·ter·po·la·tor: n. a person who interpolates something." ARE YOU KIDDING ME WITH THIS?!?!?

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    ok I accidently opened this and now its saying I am reading this lol there needs to be a option to delete a book if you opened it by accident or you read a small amount and don't want to read it now or even if it's so awful you just can't read anymore. I don't like to review a book I haven't read all the way thru so putting an option for "have read so many chapters or pages but just not interesting" or something like that, just so you can get it off your list. I do look something up now and then ok I accidently opened this and now its saying I am reading this lol there needs to be a option to delete a book if you opened it by accident or you read a small amount and don't want to read it now or even if it's so awful you just can't read anymore. I don't like to review a book I haven't read all the way thru so putting an option for "have read so many chapters or pages but just not interesting" or something like that, just so you can get it off your list. I do look something up now and then in the dictionary but I sure don't read it like a book lol. But I sure will give it 5 stars because hey it's a dictionary that has good info in it so everyone should have one handy.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Particle_Person

    I really like the usage notes in this dictionary.

  9. 5 out of 5

    John Hawkins

    How does one read a dictionary? It is in use. A bit wordy. I have not read it front to back.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Donadee's Corner

    Great book to have on your Kindle for reference!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Look, a dictionary never wears the label "read" in the past tense. This is a valuable tool, and I frequently turn through its "pages" but, no, I have not "read" the entirety. Solid, easy to navigate, and dependable.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Gary Anderson

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It's a dictionary. It is a good reference tool.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mrs Ross

    it's the damn dictionary LOL

  14. 4 out of 5

    Dana Ross

    Cover to cover page turner. I couldn't put it down. Fascinating. I read and reread it almost every day.

  15. 4 out of 5

    T.Kay Browning

    My kid apparently gave the kindle dictionary two stars. My hope for the future is diminished.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Janet Denise Ross

    Date I finished this book: NEVER Words are important regardless if by spoken word or written word, and it is best to know the meaning of a word in all uses, before you start putting it in your speech/writing patterns; also by knowing the meaning of words will you know the correct way to respond when they are aimed at you. The New Oxford is great to be on hand just to clarify a word or words that you might be a little foggy on or don't know at all, one should never just rely on others to convey t Date I finished this book: NEVER Words are important regardless if by spoken word or written word, and it is best to know the meaning of a word in all uses, before you start putting it in your speech/writing patterns; also by knowing the meaning of words will you know the correct way to respond when they are aimed at you. The New Oxford is great to be on hand just to clarify a word or words that you might be a little foggy on or don't know at all, one should never just rely on others to convey the meaning of words in a message, because words do sometimes receive you different reactions from different people. It never hurts to learn the meaning of a new word, expanding ones vocabulary is a life long pleasure.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten

    Always a classic you will return to again and again! I return to read favorite passages frequently. {Added when Kindle opened it}.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jim Syler

    The best dictionary of American English I've ever found. I wish they would kill most of the "personality" entries (I don't go to a dictionary to find out who Michael Jackson was), but that's just about the only flaw. This is the only prescriptive (as opposed to descriptive) dictionary of American English I'm aware of. This is the book I go to to find out what a word actually means, as opposed to how it's been used in popular culture in the last few years, which is how most dictionaries work.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ella

    This is in place of the book jolt that i've read twice now and can't put double ups on so yeah. Jolts (By bernard Beckett) is a good book. You should read it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

    It's a dictionary. Pretty self explanatory.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Steve Ros

    It's a dictionary.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Angieleigh

    For some reason this ended up on my currently reading shelf. It's a dictionary, which means it's pretty much self-explanatory (ha ha). My one issue, believe it or not, is the fact that it can't always find a definition of a word (It's the default dictionary on my kindle fire). I suppose I should find a different dictionary to put on my kindle(s) that can also define historical words or anything that isn't strictly American English.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rob Grondahl

    Loved it! Probably could have used an editor. I think a lot of it is just made up.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Autumn Stars

    This book doesn't define me. LOL

  25. 5 out of 5

    Patti Guerrero

    I am not reading this book...........using as dictionary instead of one provided .

  26. 4 out of 5

    Seth McClure

    Ending is weak. Especially the X's.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Peter Cameron

    A little dry

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    This is a dandy book, however it somehow is put in my currently reading when I look up a word while reading it on my kindle. I am not really reading it, but it is helpful to look up words I am not familiar with yet.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    This is the Dictionary on my kindle fire. I am not sure what happened to the dictionary that was previously on it. But I hate this one. It doesn't show the different tenses of the word and my last dictionary did. I really find that I miss that when I am editing a book on my kindle and need to check the tenses.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Marianne

    One of the best! I use this one the money

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