Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary, 8th edition

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Editors’ review

by: Ben Markton on May 03, 2014

Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, 8th Edition is a complete resource for anyone looking to improve their vocabulary and understanding of the English language. With its smooth, efficient interface and highly customizable display settings, you’ll quickly find this program to be an indispensable companion.

Pros

Spoken words and sentences: For each dictionary entry, there are buttons to have the word spoken in either British or North American English. Many listings also have example sentences in both dialects that you can download individually as you want to hear them or in a complete batch. The entire batch in one dialect takes up just over 430MB of memory.

Customized listings: In the Settings menu, you can select what you want to see and not see in each listing. For example, you can hide pictures, pronunciations, synonyms and opposites, or examples, depending on what you’re using the program for and what helps enhance your understanding of the material.

Excellent interface: All of the features of this app are just a few taps away, thanks to its intuitive interface, which features a menu bar at the bottom of the screen that you can use to move from one section to another. You can also search for a particular word or jump to a section using the alphabet key on the right side of the screen.

Cons

No trial: This app does come with a substantial price tag at $30.99, and there is no option to try it out first to see if it’s what you’re looking for. If you’re in need of a good dictionary app, though, you really can’t go wrong with this one.

Bottom Line

Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary is an excellent app that provides you with all kinds of information to help you improve your reading comprehension and English vocabulary. And because it offers such a customizable experience, you should have no trouble getting the most possible out of this resource app.

Publisher’s Description

From Oxford University Press ELT:

Improve your English language skills with the Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary. Understand what words mean. Learn how to say them. Know how to use them.The Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary (OALD) is a world best-seller. It is now available as an app, with the full A-Z dictionary, real voice (not text to speech) audio, and My View to customize your screen. It has been developed by the same editors from Oxford University Press who created the printed dictionary, working together with Paragon Software, a leading software developer for mobile devices.Find exactly what you are looking for, fast: Listen to real British and American voices pronounce words and example sentences. Access the high quality audio online, or download all 116,000 example sentences to listen offline All the dictionary text is live- tap to instantly look up any word Use My View to choose how much information appears on your screen hide IPA, example sentences, pictures, synonyms etc. tap to show the full entry again Find words with similar or opposite meanings in the integrated Thesaurus Use Full Dictionary Search to find your word in any phrase or example sentence in the dictionary Did you mean? function and wildcard search allow you to find a word even if you dont know the spelling Create your own list of favourite words Tap on phonetics, abbreviations and symbols for help with what they mean View History to see the last 100 words you looked upLearn more with a dictionary thats written for learners of English 184,500 words, phrases and meanings explained clearly Easy-to-understand explanations written using the 3000-word defining vocabulary Use the Oxford 3000 keyword entries to learn the most important words in English Look up over 57,000 synonyms and opposites Learn words in their natural context with over 83,000 collocations (words that go together) highlighted Find the Academic Word List words easily they are all labelled Notes give extra help in difficult areas, for example the differences between similar words, tricky points of grammar, or British and American usage Find information about British and American culture 1000 new words and meanings keep you up-to-date with todays vocabulary and usage 1300 words illustrated in groups build your topic vocabulary. You can enlarge and explore the illustrations. Access over 95,000 extra example sentences Study all verb forms, and word origins

What’s new in this version:

We have made several improvements in this version: improved Favourites: now you can create folders to organize your Favourite entries, and Favourites are stored in alphabetical order. Please note that any existing Favourites will be retained when you update fixed corrupt sound files identified by users. Updating from version 1.3.1 to the latest version will retain your downloaded sentences but please re-download to access the fixed content