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A superb resource for writers that packs an extraordinary amount of information in a convenient, affordable paperback format, this second edition of the Pocket Oxford American Thesaurus
features a new text with more than 15,000 main entries and more than 350,000 synonyms and antonyms, with sample sentences or phrases for virtually every sense.
The new edition makes it easy to find the perfect word, with Oxford's unique arrangement of core senses and subsenses. We draw on the latest evidence from the Oxford English Corpus--a vast database of more than two billion words--to uncover the most common and most important meanings of words and phrases in contemporary American English. We then use these findings to organize the entries in the thesaurus, listing synonyms in order of frequency of use, so that the first choice you see is probably the one you need, and preventing you from inadvertently picking a word that is not in common use. In addition, virtually every sense includes a sample sentence drawn from the Corpus, revealing how the words are used in actual speech. And finally, the thesaurus now boasts a completely new page layout, with a more open and accessible design, with an emphasis on readability.
Portable, affordable, reliable, this revolutionary new resource stands on the shoulders of the colossal Oxford English Corpus, providing readers with the clearest vision of American English as it exists today. No other thesaurus on the market has anything like this authority behind it. It is the first choice for writers on the go and for anyone who wants to select words accurately and with confidence.
This new edition (replacing the Oxford American Thesaurus of Current English) packs an extraordinary amount of information in a package that is practical, dependable, affordable, and easy to read. It includes more than 15,000 main entries and over 350,000 synonyms, plus sample sentences or
phrases for virtually every sense; and the Oxford exclusive Language Guide, with information about grammar, usage, punctuation, frequently misspelled words, and much more.
Based on a vast database of over two hundred million words, the Oxford Pocket American Thesaurus of Current English offers superb coverage of American English. Oxford's U.S. Dictionaries Program has takes a state-of-the-art approach to the design of reference works, focusing on the words users most commonly encounter. All Oxford American dictionaries use an easy-to-use respelling system to show how entries are pronounced. It uses simple, familiar markings to represent common American English sounds. The result is the most reliable word resource available, one that is more practical and less expensive, perfect for students or the general reader. Its features include:
DT Key entries that include antonym lists, with cross references to other main entries
DT Synonym Studies that illuminate the subtle nuances of meaning among a group of closely related words
DT Oxford's exclusive Writer's Toolkit, including a punctuation guide, usage notes, and much more With clear, expert advice on grammar, usage, and pronunciation, this up-to-date thesaurus is the first place to look when you want just the right word.
DT 15,000 main entries keyed to over 350,000 synonyms
DT Sample sentences or phrases for virtually every word sense
About the Author
Christine A. Lindberg is Staff Project Editor in the U.S. Dictionaries Program of Oxford University Press, in Connecticut.