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The New Oxford American Dictionary

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An American dictionary--in the Oxford tradition. Produced by Oxford's U.S. Dictionaries Program, and drawing on the expertise of scores of American scholars and advisors, The New Oxford American Dictionary sets the standard of excellence for lexicography in this country. Here is the most accurate and richly descriptive picture of American English ever offered in any dictio ...more
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John In my experience, this (and several other dictionaries) are automatically part of my (Amazon) Kindle library, and available not only for reading, but …moreIn my experience, this (and several other dictionaries) are automatically part of my (Amazon) Kindle library, and available not only for reading, but for performing definition lookups of selected words when reading other ebooks.
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Patti
Feb 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reference
The plot really sucked! I couldn't follow it at all. :( ...more
Jaime
Sep 11, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: writesomething
Now THIS book knows how to define stuff.
blueMeridian
Sep 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Madelyn
Jan 18, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
bARRY
Sep 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
it has a definition for "blah," although not for the word "janky." ...more
Kristen Johansen
Aug 06, 2015 rated it did not like it
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?!?!?
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Particle_Person
Mar 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I really like the usage notes in this dictionary.
John Hawkins
Apr 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 423
How does one read a dictionary? It is in use. A bit wordy. I have not read it front to back.
Gary Anderson
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rebecca
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Kirsten
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Always a classic you will return to again and again! I return to read favorite passages frequently.


{Added when Kindle opened it}.
Donadee's Corner
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book to have on your Kindle for reference!
Julia
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Mrs Ross
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
it's the damn dictionary LOL ...more
Dana Ross
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cover to cover page turner. I couldn't put it down.
Fascinating.
I read and reread it almost every day.
...more
T.Kay Browning
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
My kid apparently gave the kindle dictionary two stars. My hope for the future is diminished.
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
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Ella
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Steve Ros
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a dictionary. ...more
Jim Syler
Jul 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reference
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. ...more
Kristi
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a dictionary. Pretty self explanatory. ...more
Marianne
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
One of the best! I use this one the money
Rob Grondahl
Loved it! Probably could have used an editor. I think a lot of it is just made up.
Patti Guerrero
Jan 25, 2018 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I am not reading this book...........using as dictionary instead of one provided .
Seth McClure
Ending is weak. Especially the X's. ...more
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.
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Autumn Stars
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book doesn't define me. LOL ...more
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.
Jonathan
I was bored, leave me alone
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Oxford University Press (OUP), a department of the University of Oxford, is the largest university press in the world. The university became involved in printing around 1480, becoming a major source of Bibles, prayer books and scholarly works. It took on the Oxford English Dictionary project in the late 19th century, and in order to meet the ever-rising costs of the work, it expanded into publishi ...more

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