Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition

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The Eleventh Edition of America's best-selling dictionary merges print, electronic, and online formats to deliver unprecedented accessibility and flexibility at one affordable price. Fully revised print content features more than 225,000 clear and precise definitions and newly added words and meanings. Includes an electronic version of the dictionary and a free one-year online subscription.

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Overview

The Eleventh Edition of America's best-selling dictionary merges print, electronic, and online formats to deliver unprecedented accessibility and flexibility at one affordable price. Fully revised print content features more than 225,000 clear and precise definitions and newly added words and meanings. Includes an electronic version of the dictionary and a free one-year online subscription.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780877798095
  • Publisher: Merriam-Webster, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Edition description: Indexed
  • Edition number: 11
  • Pages: 1664
  • Sales rank: 16,834
  • Age range: 16 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.90 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2008

    Authoritative resource

    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.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2009

    Excellent!

    My purchase was to replace my 60 year old, well worn college dictionary with Webster's latest edition and I am well pleased.

    Most of the above "Detailed Ratings" are not really applicable to a dictionary.

    4 out of 4 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 June 6, 2006

    Spread the word- its a winner!

    Nothing bad to report here, just a complete, handy, easy to use classic- and I swear they're somehow making these things lighter! If you're looking for a good reference tool, then this is your book. Additionally, comes with CD-ROM attached to the inside back cover.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

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    Used this dictionary for years

    I believe this dictionary is by far the best for what it offers, and I mean that in all respects. I have used one version or another since I entered college in the 1960's and it always gave me the most understandable definitions as well as those which made the most sense. The more recent edition is simply a step and in complete consistency with other previous editions only with an improvement in quality, terms, and so on. The term "Collegiate Dictionary" should not cause one to think the definitions are narrow or only for college use. It's applications are broad and the title only assures one that if they are in college these definitions would prove to be more adequate for their needs and what they are doing to obtain proficiency in standard use English. When I was a small child my grandmother would insist that Merriam-Webster provided the most reliable definitions and it has paid off for me having relied on that perception and wisdom.

    3 out of 3 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 December 13, 2003

    ES in New York

    One of the greatest and best dictionaries ever. I take this book to college, work, even church, and basically everywhere I go. If you want to expand your vocabulary, this is the right book to help you with it. The CD-ROM is also a big help also. I am on that CD-ROM at least an hour a day without fail. This really is the greatest dictionary I ever bought.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2009

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    Great Dictionary

    This is a great dictionary. I've been using an old dictionary from the 1960's that my dad used in college. There's duct tape holding the binding together. I still don't have the heart to throw it out, but figured it was time for an update. I love the fact that it includes a CD and it's comprehensive (hey, it's a dictionary) and easy to read. Now, I'll be caught up to 2009!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2007

    A reviewer

    this is so nice to have the cd did not work but you have 1year of it online not 14 days not 30days and not even 90 days but a full 365 days and you can sign up for it anytime but the dictionary is so help full i love merriam-webster if your locking for a dictionary this the one e-mail at lilbuckman564@verizon.net for a lot more info

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2003

    Quality Dictionary and a Very Good CD-Rom

    Confession, I bought this dictionary for the CD. And I am glad that I did. But first, the book review. For an abridged dictionary this is very good. The very good rating is based upon the accuracy and breadth of the definitions I have encountered. The CD is also good, but the interface is not perfect. If you can disregard such flaws as the window opens too small and your mouse scroll wheel is disabled, then I think you will be happy having this dictionary loaded onto your hard drive. Aside from some interface quirks, the dictionary works great, is fast, and offers some interesting search functions. You can also look up words from your MS Word documents without the copy/paste hassle.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2013

    Still amazingly useful and up-to-date, considering the 10-year-o

    Still amazingly useful and up-to-date, considering the 10-year-old copyright date. So much faster to find a definition or etymology by flipping a page rather than laboriously typing in a hand-held device. Love the review dated Spet 20, 2006--I have to agree the plot is a bit slow--Librarian.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2012

    STILL THE BEST

    GOING UP FROM A THIRD EDITION TO THE ELEVENTH HAS BEEN
    GREAT. WE ARE FINDING MORE DEFINITIONS FOR O'REILLY'S
    'WORD OF THE DAY'. :-)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    'Merriam-Webster' says it all

    I needed to update my 1994, tenth edition, paperback, dependable, yellowing, thumbed thru, pages curling, trusty, look up anything, underlined, notes running up the margins, dog eared, first reference go to, still finding new things, collegiate dictionary. There was no other choice in my mind. Yep, I got another Webster's. Is it just me or do other people like to open a dictionary randomly and learn something new? If Merriam or Webster is listening, please add more drawings, pictures, graphs, charts, etc. I can't remember a time in the last 30+ years when I didn't have a Merriam-Webster dictionary for personal use.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2009

    Profane Dictionary

    This dictionary came highly recommended. I am all for a useful dictionary, but this one is awful. Please before ordering take note. Every nasty word and phrase you can think of is in this book. This is even being recommended for public schools middle and high school.

    1 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2009

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    Words about words...

    It's a dictionary!!! :) Does include much slang (not excited about that 'cause it slang--on the other hand, it can come in handy for those that aren't familiar with certian terms.) have to revise the rules for word games that say a word has to be in the dictionary! (smile)

    Used for High School student who is very appreciative of this dictionary and finds most if not all the words needing to be looked up inside!

    1 out of 1 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2014

    This is an excellent dictionary. However, I was directed here th

    This is an excellent dictionary. However, I was directed here through a link on Merriam-Webster's site, on their page advertising the latest version (© 2014), with new words added. I expected to receive this version, but instead received an older copyright. I work in publishing, and it is imperative that I have the latest, most-up-to-date version of this dictionary. I must say, though, that B&N was very good about the return, and they refunded me as soon as they received it. So if you're someone who wants/needs the latest copyright of this dictionary, note that you may not necessarily receive it if you purchase on this site. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    An excellent companion for middle school students

    If you are in love with spelling and words this Dictionary is a very complete one.

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  • Posted April 13, 2010

    This is the One!

    I have several dictionaries in my house, so many that I can made a resonably good comparison. Other than the very expensive multi-volume works, this is the one to buy and depend on. It has the words!

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