Oxford English Dictionary: A Resource for the Ages

The Oxford English Dictionary is a great resource for people searching for the meaning, pronunciation, usage and etymology of English words. It defines etymology, by the way, as "(a) The process of tracing out and describing the elements of a word with their modifications of form and sense." Abbreviated "OED," the dictionary contains over 500,000 words from across the English-speaking world. Some of the content is historical, opening the door for you to trace meanings back through the years and centuries.

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