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Which one is better dictionary

  1. Sep 20, 2015 #1
    which one is better dictionary
    Cambridge
    Oxford
    Merriam -webster
    please tell which has easy to learn definitions ,I have seen that merriam has quite confusing way to define a word
     
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  3. Sep 20, 2015 #2

    Borek

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    There is no "one dictionary good for everyone". Check them all and see which one works for you.
     
  4. Sep 20, 2015 #3
    yes!you are actually RIGHT in this
    thanks a lot
     
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  5. Sep 20, 2015 #4

    SteamKing

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    Now, pick up a dictionary and check the definition of "write". :wink:
     
  6. Sep 20, 2015 #5
    hahah ! I feel so embarrassing .I can't recall how it came there. I must be in my dreams .
    thank you so much for mentioning that .how stupid of me .:cry::sorry::frown::headbang::headbang::headbang::headbang:
     
  7. Sep 20, 2015 #6

    jtbell

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    Blame it on the auto-correcting spelling- or grammar-checker in your browser. :oldwink:
     
  8. Sep 20, 2015 #7
    I actually find the Merriam-Webster to be the all around best. I don't know why you'd find it confusing.
     
  9. Sep 20, 2015 #8

    OCR

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    Google actually works pretty well... sometimes you have to put "define" in front of the word, though.

    Usually, you can just highlight a word and left click... Search Google for, in this example... "click".

    Serch with google.JPG

    Merriam-Webster probably is the all around best, though.



     
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  10. Sep 21, 2015 #9

    Ryan_m_b

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    Note that the Cambridge and Oxford English Dictionaries are British English, Webster's is American English. Not many but some words will be spelt differently, some will be used differently and other words will be completely different. For example:

    British English: "By accident I fell over the centre of the pavement"

    American English: "On accident I fell over the center of the sidewalk"
     
  11. Sep 21, 2015 #10
    Actually "by accident" is correct American English, and is the preposition I learned. "On accident" is a sort of slang perversion that started among young people within the last twenty years. Like a lot of slang, quite a few of the second generation of people who use it don't realize it's slang and receive it as the "normal" usage.

    Indeed, there has been a widespread screwing up of prepositional convention lately in English that doesn't bode well for the future of effective communication.
     
  12. Sep 21, 2015 #11

    WWGD

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    Its like, downward.
     
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