OXFORD CONCISE SCHOOL DICTIONARY by Fred McDonald
This work features annotated extract to give guidance on level, suitability, and content with new text for the market-leading school dictionary range. It contains: 40,000 words and phrases; comprehensive coverage of new words eg. air bag, alternative energy; Information boxes that give word families, usage, language and grammar notes; Word origins that give history of language; Pronunciation guides that help with unusual words eg. depot (say dep-oh), conscientious (say kon-she-en-shus); Idiomatic phrases and expressions fully defined; Labels (formal/informal, in science fiction, in grammar) that encourage accurate use of language; Up-to-date example sentences and phrases that show how words are used in context; No confusing abbreviations; Introduction that shows how to use the dictionary; and Appendices that include weights and measures and countries and peoples list.