An exciting new offer from Oxford University Press: the latest (8th) edition of their Advanced Learner’s Dictionary is now freely available online at oxfordadvancedlearnersdictionary.com.
The elegantly simple design lets your students focus on the main thing: the search box in the top left corner. On typing staple and clicking on the Search button, this is what you get:
From the box on the left choose which staple you’re interested in – as you can see, some headwords have picture illustrations too (funny though that the image of staple as an office tool is shown for the adjective staple), and you can always listen to the pronunciation in both British and American English, plus you get the phonetic transcriptions.
Most (if not all) words come with sample sentences, and when necessary, the definitions are accompanied by a special note; in this case, for staple: “only before noun”.
Above is a screenshot of the the staple (noun) page – you pretty much get what you can expect: clear definitions and carefully chosen sample sentences.
A very useful feature of the site is the Oxford 3000TM – a list of the most important 3000 words for learners.
You can also subscribe to their Word of the Day feed and get a new word in your reader every day.
Of course, there is still a lot left out that you will only get if you buy the printed dictionary and its accompanying CD-ROM but you can’t blame Oxford here – this online dictionary is such excellent value that we can only thank them for making it freely accessible.
13 thoughts on “Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary freely available online”
I would like to research on those words that have come into common use and are acceptable in the English language of the East African region.
these can be added to the general vocabulary
is there a chance for sponsorship?
Thanks, Elek, for the nice review. Of course, I’m biased, but your summary is exact and informative.
Wonder how you came across the anomaly about ‘staple’… — hoping that it can be fixed soon!
Wow, cool tip. I will show this to my students.
I want to learn english and this tip is important for me. thanks, Mehraban
This is the best dictionary i’ve ever seen in the world
It’s very good
it is very good programme
This dictionary is an essential tool for excellent performance.
This is the dictionary be all and end all in the English literature.
This is the most important dictionary I have ever seen since i was born
Why don’t the online dictionaries show line breaks for syllables for each entry? it is very useful in learning a language.
an excellent reading-for-meaning material
Perfect dictionary for learning English! Excellent work! Transcriptions, definitions, exampls are given in perfect way.