Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary

The world’s best-selling advanced-level dictionary for learners of English

Over 100 million English language learners have used the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary (OALD) to develop their English skills for work and study. It is a world bestseller, trusted for its clear explanations and example sentences.

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  • Study phrasal verbs and idioms.
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