Macmillan English Dictionary was first published in 2002. Since that year the dictionary has been “regularly updated, and the latest edition, presented free online for the first time, includes a thesaurus, fully integrated into the entries“.
It has been crafted by a group of lexicographers of Britain and United States, and his source is a corpus “a database containing millions of examples of English as used around the world. Extensive analysis of this corpus of real spoken and written text, using state-of-the-art software, has allowed the dictionary writers to reveal fresh information about how and when words are used”.
This online dictionary also offers a unique treatment of metaphor which shows how many ordinary familiar words and phrases have metaphorical meanings.
This dictionary is appropriate if you are an English learner or if you need English in your daily life. The definitions are easy to understand, because the have used the most common vocabulary and the most frequent words in English, which are 7500 words, are in red and it also helps in you in the pronunciation.
Apart from that, this online dictionary offers to the learners the opportunity of keeping up with changes in the language. Moreover, we can suggest more words which do not appear in the dictionary, this way, all together, we can improve the vocabulary of this site, and become better every day.
If we compare this dictionary with Oxford Dictionary we find that they are similar in some aspects; especially, because both of them are well-known dictionaries and apart from that, both of them use different aspects of the language, such as, pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar, in order to help the readers learning good English.
The web sites are very similar too. The only difference may be that with oxford dictionary we could translate words and also texts; and that it is more prepared than the other one, because, you can use different dictionaries depending on what you want to search.
On the other hand, if we look to the examples that I had taken from both dictionaries, the Macmillan dictionary has found more meanings to the noun “mouse”, so, that could mean that this dictionary provides the reader with more vocabulary. Apart from that, Macmillan dictionaries gives the pronunciation of the word that we are searching in this case, however, the Oxford dictionary does not give any pronunciation; so it seems that, taking into account vocabulary and pronunciation, Macmillan is better prepared than Oxford.
In conclusion, I think that even if Macmillan English Dictionary is not as known as Oxford Dictionaries, it is very appropriate if we want to learn or improve our English, because it gives us all the facilities that we need in order to learn that language.
- Macmillan Dictionary online. Retrieved: 23 March, 2010 at 21.10 from http://www.macmillandictionary.com/about.html
- Oxford dictionary online: 10 May, 2010 at 20:00 from http://www.askoxford.com