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Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary, Seventh Edition: Hardback with Compass CD-ROM [Paperback]

A. S. Hornby
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April 20 2005
This is the world's bestselling advanced learner's dictionary, recommended by learners of English and their teachers, and used by 30 million people.brbr font style="color: #FF0000;"NEW/font 32-page Oxford 3000and#8482; Vocabulary Trainer, only available with the Paperback and CD-ROM edition.

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'Truly a joy to use. It has to be the most user-friendly, information-sensitive dictionary available for the upper-intermediate to advanced English learner.' - David Shaffer, Vol. 3, No 1, Korea TESOL Journal 'The only dictionary a typical language student would ever need. Bang up-to-date and bursting with fun new expressions.' - The TEFL Farm '... the focus is more than ever on helping the learner.' - The International House Journal 'The best dictionary I have ever read in my life.' - Customer review, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary March 8 2010
It's a great learning resource. I always keep one such learning support with me and now I have this for my kids.
A must buy for any one with a reading and learning habit.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Starting Point Sept. 10 2009
I've been using this dictionary for a month or so, but so far so good. Once memorizing the codes and abbreviations used in the dictionary, it's pretty easy to understand the entries (although I wish that all English dictionaries used the same pronunciation and phonetic symbols). I mainly consult this dictionary to check noun types, which are confusing to me because my first language does not distinguish singular and plural nouns. Each entry comes with simple yet informative examples, and entries for verbs list verb patterns as well as prepositional and adverbial phrases often used with the headwords. Since entries in this dictionary are intentionally written in simple words, entries for abstract concepts and technical terms are a little bit vague, but I guess no dictionary is perfect. I have to find some complimentary references that remedy this problem. Overall, this dictionary is a good starting point for people learning English as their additional language.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very good content hampered by copy protection April 20 2004
The dictionary is excellent, and the extras as very good as well. This is a very well known product and I won't spend much to praise it. It lacks thesaurus, though.
My problem is with the CD-Cops protection used (and you're not told when buying). It is tricky, sometimes it will stop working with no explanation and manual registry cleaning is necessary to fix it. And now, I found out that the dictionary will not start without the cd-drom drive in the bay, even when I'd done the full installation.
If you want my advice, go for the Collins Cobuild, that will give you less fancy extras, but more functionality: a thesaurus and lots of usage examples.
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4.0 out of 5 stars My compliments, but it needs a complement. Feb. 4 2004
Just a few points:
This dictionary is intuitive, informative and aesthetically appealing.
Not only are the lexical entries themselves of a praiseworthy degree of clarity, the grammatical tables, diagrams and explanations to the front and back of the book are well placed and a ready reference.
I have used it for some years now and it has certainly grown on me.
My only reservations about this dictionary are:
1) It is weak on archaic words, the usage for which I use dictionaries most of all. For this, I supplement my dictionary needs with the much older "New Standard Illustrated Dictionary and Encyclopædia (Williams, A.M, ed, Odhams Press, undated (!)).
2) The phonetic symbols at the front are handy, but not always used, even in other Oxford dictionaries. However, it is naturally important that the phonetic symbols themselves are retained. This isn't actually a criticism of the dictionary itself, but rather a plea for inter-publishing house consistency.
3) In the preface, the term 'polysemous' is used. This word is not found in the dictionary itself!
Despite these minor reservations, this dictionary is recommended, especially if you are coming to English as a second language (which isn't the case for myself). It has been well worth the money.
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An excellent dictionary for people who have studied phonetic transcription. The only dictionary that shows how to pronounce words with British pronunciation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still a good choice July 1 2003
By A Customer
I will not repeat what other reviewers have said about this classic learner's dictionary. It has been a valuable reference for ESL students for many decades. I own several learner's dictionaries published recently (Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English 4th Edition, Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary, and Collins Cobuild 3rd edition) and some of them have features this one does not have. But I still use this dictionary a lot and will continue to use it. I hope a new edition of it will come out soon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book for Foreign Students April 15 2003
By zaava1
I volunteer teach in the library Literacy Program and bought this book for my student from Fiji. She loves it and carries it with her all the time. Although it's geared for advanced learners, my student is just reading English at about 4th grade level and finds this book very helpful. She uses it to look up words she doesn't understand and to learn synonyms and antonyms. She will still be using this book ten years from now when she's reading English at college level.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for context and sentences. Jan. 18 2003
By Buzz
I dont know why this book is not very popular inspite of being the best book to teach english in a simple manner. I used this dictionary during my GRE preparation and I found it very useful. I scored 700 on the verbal section (99%ile). I still have this book and use it first especially to see how the word is used in a sentence.
It wouldnot give you the origin of the word and other details of pronunciation, etc. But it would tell you the several meanings the word can have in a simple manner. More importantly it uses the word in a complete sentence. Doing so not only gives you the context but reinforces your memory. One problem with other dictionaries is that they give too long sentences (typically these sentences are popular or published in a newspaper). I hate those type of sentences. By the time you read the sentence you lose sight of what you are looking for. The sentences in this one are small sometimes just a short precise meaningful phrase.
I followed older edition. I saw the new edition and its even better. It has more pictures than the previous editions. Ofcourse if you want illustrated dictionary you shoudl go for the American Oxford Illustrated dictionary.
Grab this one right now if you are preparing for GRE or SAT. Also if you are looking for a dictionary which would give you meanings in a context then buy this dictionary.
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