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The Oxford English Dictionary is the world's leading authority on the history and development of the English language since 1150.

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language, an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words from across the English-speaking world. The recently-relaunched OED Online now contains the full content of 2009’s acclaimed Historical Thesaurus of the OED and allows users to see detailed information about the major sources of content drawn upon to create the OED; view search results as a timeline; and personalize their research experience by saving searches and entries to their own customized profile.

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