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Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition

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9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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Merriam-Webster's Collegiate is probably one of the best dictionaries available, no matter the language. It's definitions are at times elegantly phrased and it contains just about the right elements. However, for specific nomenclature (e.g. scientific terms), it would b...
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate is probably one of the best dictionaries available, no matter the language. It's definitions are at times elegantly phrased and it contains just about the right elements. However, for specific nomenclature (e.g. scientific terms), it would be best if American Heritage College could be used side by side for comparison to get a better understanding. I have been using Merriam-Webster's for 5 years now and it almost never failed me. But from what I gather from other's opinion it may not contain the more modern and fashionable terms in use as does American Heritage which seems to be more progressive and which has more modern phrasings in its definitions. On the technical side, the CD-ROM included is great, and I use the digital version of the dictionary frequently when I am reading in front of my computer and it has made looking up a word much more convenient. For the CD-ROM alone the price is well worth it. But if you want something more concise and less traditional (rigid and comprehensive) this dictionary is not for you. Then, you should try Oxford, Cambridge, or Collins.

posted by Anonymous on July 30, 2008

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1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Ehhh...

This dictionary started out really good, but I kind of lost interest halfway through. I have to admit that based on all the good reviews here, my hopes were really high for this book, but it was sort of a let down. Not the page-turner I had hoped for.

posted by Anonymous on September 20, 2006

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2009

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    If you enjoy etymology...

    ...then this is the dictionary for those who can't afford the OED. After looking at a number of dictionaries I purchased the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary because I wanted something more than pronunciation, parts of speech, and definitions. I enjoy knowing where and when a word comes from and how it made its sometime tortuous way into modern usage. The M-WCD package has this information. The accompanying CD-Rom is a wonderful addition to any desktop and relatively easy to use. (Be careful with the "Back" button because it may not take you back to where you thought it should and if you are doing multiple word searches, make sure your option hasn't gone back to the default.) Exploring the Search options is an engrossing endeavor. Want to know a cryptogram of a word? its date? a rhyming word? a crossword? an author quoted? Do you have a problem thinking of the right word but you know what it means? Just select the option you want, type in the word, and up pops all of the possibilities. Don't know the meaning of a word within the definition? Double click and it pulls up the entry for the selected word. Purchase of the dictionary also entitles you to a one-year free online subscription to their website which has even more information. My favorite feature? The Word of the Day - it¿s an alluring delight for lovers of lexicality.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2009

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    Great Dictionary

    This is the most comprehensive well organized dictionary I have ever owned. It is just a joy to use at times I just open it up and browse the entries

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2004

    Great for Spelling Bee!

    I am just a ten year old with a normal life, and I LOVE to read but nobody really notices. But when the spelling bee time comes I really shine out. I study real hard and practically almost missed my summer break (I at least got to go to Stone Mountain and Six Flags). I was only in the fourth grade when I was runner-up for my school speling bee. I was against a fifth grader so don't go so hard on me. It might seem dumb to you about this spelling bee junk, but it's real important to me so this book helps cause it's the book/dictionary they use in the Scripts Howard Spelling Bee.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2009

    good purchase

    the dictionary is good and was easy to find!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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