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How to Use the Oxford English Dictionary Online | Oxford Academic

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is the main historical dictionary of the English language, published by the Oxford University Press. It traces the historical development of the English language, providing a comprehensive resource to scholars and academic researchers, as well as describing usage in its many variations throughout the world. The second edition came to 21,728 pages in 20 volumes, published in 1989.
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    • Historical nature 

    • Entries and relative size 

    • Origins 

    • Early editors 

    • Oxford editors 

    • Completion of first edition and first supplement 

    • Second supplement 

    • Second edition 

    • Additions series 

    • Third edition 

    • New entries and words 

    • Compact editions 

    • Electronic versions 

    • Relationship to other Oxford dictionaries 

    • Reception 

    • 1st edition