An English dictionary is a vital tool. It allows you to craft impressive writing with the correct word usage and to widen your vocabulary. Dictionaries are also useful if English is not your first language, or if you enjoy a game of Scrabble. Choosing from among the top three English dictionaries enables you to purchase the best possible dictionary to meet your needs, whether you want to improve your vocabulary or impress your Scrabble partner.
"The Compact Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary in 2 Volumes"
"The Compact Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary in 2 Volumes" contains 4,116 pages across two volumes. This dictionary features 23 cm by 30 cm pages, each of which contains nine pages from the original 1933 "Oxford English Dictionary". "The Compact Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary in 2 Volumes" comes with a magnifying glass because the font is so small, which is a necessity to condense all of the information from the original 14 volumes. Each word entry contains the word in question with an exact definition, below which you find a group of quotations containing the word, with a chronological layout, demonstrating the use of a particular word through history.
"Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary"
"Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary" contains 1,664 pages. This dictionary commemorates 100 years of Merriam Webster dictionaries. With in excess of 100 more pictures than in earlier editions, this particular dictionary is engaging and interesting, also containing a history of the dictionary and a history of the English language, along with Gregorian, Jewish, and Islamic calendars. There is a pronunciation guide and sections dedicated to geographical and biographical names, along with chemical element abbreviations. Each of the 215,000 entries have a definition, the approximate date of first usage, and a list of synonym examples.
"The Oxford Dictionary of Current English"
"The Oxford Dictionary of Current English" contains 120,000 definitions across 1,104 pages and is written in simple English. It is available in both paperback and hardback editions and each entry contains examples of how the word fits into a sentence, or idiomatic examples. Along with standard definitions, each entry has all noun, verb, and adjectival variations, along with notes explaining how to use the words with the correct grammar, as well as information of related words. The dictionary provides pronunciation help and explanations of commonly confused word usage. "The Oxford Dictionary of Current English" is compact and portable, so is a great all-round dictionary for home, school, or the office.