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Collins English Dictionary

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Collins English Dictionary Complete and Unabridged 12th edition
Collins English Dictionary Complete and Unabridged 12th edition

The Collins English Dictionary is a printed and online dictionary of English. It is published by HarperCollins in Glasgow.[1]

The edition of the dictionary in 1979 with Patrick Hanks as editor and Lawrence Urdang as editorial director, was the first British dictionary to use the full power of computer databases and typesetting in its preparation. This meant that, for instance, subject editors could control separate definitions of the same word and the results could be blended into the result, rather than one editor being responsible for a word.[citation needed]

In a later edition, they increasingly used the Bank of English established by Hanks at COBUILD to provide typical definitions rather than examples composed by the lexicographer.

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Hi there, Vladimir here with another video about how to learn English When it comes to learning a foreign language, I strongly believe that Monolingual learner’s dictionaries are our most important study tool. I highly doubt you can master a foreign language as an adult without monolingual learner’s dictionaries and even if you could, it would take double the time, triple the time. Luckily for us, English language learners, English has the best monolingual learners dictionaries in the world all free, on the internet In this video I will walk you through some of the main features of Collins English Dictionary Pioneers in dictionary publishing since 1819 A great dictionary Here are some of its main features: Say you are reading an article and you come across a new word the word: Success Let us type it in Success Here at the top we see those 6 tabs let us go through each and every one of them First tab is: learner Here on the left we have the pronunciation of the word and since Collins is a British dictionary, they first give the British pronunciation And right below, Collins gives you the plural form Interesting feature It is worth noting that some words come with a YouTube video of how the word is pronounced The verb "succeed" for instance Very weird don’t you think, is that the Scottish pronunciation I wonder? Own YouTube channel with countless 10-second videos of unhappy people pronouncing words SEX being the most viewed Very unusual and amateur like, totally unnecessary Anyway, back to our word: Success Here on the right we have Word frequency I talk a lot about Word frequency in my book Virtually Native Here we have these 5 red dots What do they mark? To find out let us click on the Trends tab And we read: Extremely Common "success" is one of the 1,000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary 5 red dot words are the most common words in English The verb "succeed" for instance is a 4 dot word Click on the Trends tab And we read: Very Common. "succeed" is one of the 4,000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary According to Collins publishing director: 85% of everything that we all say and write every day is made up from about 2,000 words and their inflected forms So needless to say that 5 and 4 dot words are the ones you should focus on The word "unsuccessful" is a 3 dot word In Common Usage. "unsuccessful" is one of the 10,000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary The word: Inept = unskilled is a 2-dot word Used Occasionally. "inept" is one of the 30,000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary And finally the word Excoriate = Criticize I word I came across recently So, I excoriate you That's a big words that I don't know what it means "excoriate" is a 1 dot word Used Rarely. "excoriate" is in the lower 50% of commonly used words in the Collins dictionary Shouldn’t it be 5%? anyway, you should focus on 5 and 4 dot words Back to Success Next we have the definition: And a couple of example sentences It's important for the long-term success of any diet that you vary your meals. Not much grammar here as you can see. Nothing highlighted in bold Next Collins give us a few synonyms A synonym is a word or expression which means the same as another word or expression. victory, triumph, positive result, Now, at this point if you still don’t understand the meaning of Success, you could refer to a bilingual dictionary And Collins makes it super easy Just click on the Translations tab and voala Look at this beauty, over 20 language With pronunciation great job Collins You even have Brazilian Portuguese and European Portuguese Latin American Spanish and European Spanish Chinese Japanese Same character vastly different pronunciation Russian, Czech, Polish Now that you understand the meaning of Success, go back and read the monolingual definition once again Next we have British English Next American English And next Collins gives us some additional example sentences from the real world sort of speak And next is another cool feature Quotes containing the word in question, "success" in our case Let me read you my favorite So there you have it, Collins English Dictionary A great dictionary, lots of cool features, lots of pros One big negative is the lack of grammar and collocations A great dictionary nevertheless and believe it or not, this is just half of it. There is so much more about how to use monolingual dictionaries, how to cross reference them, how to study grammar and collocations how to study example sentences I talk a lot about monolingual learner’s dictionaries in my book Virtually Native I give you step-by-step instructions on how to use them My book is available on Amazon and



The current edition is the 13th edition, which was published in November 2018.[2] The previous edition was the 12th edition, which was published in October 2014. A special "30th Anniversary" 10th edition was published in 2010, with earlier editions published once every 3–4 years.

The unabridged Collins English Dictionary was published on the web on 31 December 2011 on, along with the unabridged dictionaries of French, German, Spanish and Italian.[3] The site also includes example sentences showing word usage from the Collins Bank of English Corpus, word frequencies and trends from the Google Ngrams project, and word images from Flickr.

In August 2012, introduced Facebook-linked crowd-sourcing for neologisms,[4][5] whilst still maintaining overall editorial control to remain distinct from Wiktionary and Urban Dictionary. This followed an earlier launch of a discussion forum for neologisms in 2004.[6]

In May 2015, added 6500 new Scrabble words to their Collins Official Scrabble Wordlist. The words are based on terms related to and influenced by slang, social media, food, technology, and more.[7]


  1. ^ History HarperCollins, 2010.
  2. ^ "Collins English Dictionary [13th edition]". HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  3. ^ Collins launches free dictionary site Wired UK, 2012-01-03.
  4. ^ YOLO in the Dictionary? Collins Crowdsources Lexicon Mashable, 2012-07-17
  5. ^ Blootered? Online dictionary gets new words BBC News, 2012-07-11
  6. ^ Collins launches online dictionary to debate new words The Guardian, 2004-12-15.
  7. ^,210,HCB.html

External links

  • CollinsDictionary.comCollins English Dictionary, American English Dictionary, Thesaurus, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

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