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How to use the OED Online
Use the search box on the front page of OED Online to enter your search term(s):
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From the results page you can select the specific word you're looking for. As you can see, the results page offers concise excerpts from full definitions that can help you narrow down your search and find the entry you're looking for. Additionally, the letter after the word on this page will indicate the part of speech described in the entry: "alphabet, n." will bring up the word's usage as a noun, while "alphabet, v." will bring up the word's usage as a verb.
The OED Online provides:
- An index of common abbreviations used in the OED Online
- A key to symbols and other conventions
- A key to pronunciation
Unlike the print edition, the online edition is updated quarterly (March, June, September, December). With each quarterly update, Oxford provides an index of the most recent additions to the OED Online. A Google search for "OED new words" will provide links to the most recent lists of additions.