If you are looking for practical help or advice on how to use English in writing and speaking today, then Oxford Dictionaries will provide you with the information you need.
If you’re interested in how the English language has developed over time or want to dig deeper into its origins or variations around the world, then the Oxford English Dictionary is the definitive resource.
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However, if you are looking for an English dictionary that provides meaning and history of English words from past to present, you should use the . Present-day definition is included, but you’ll also find the history of individual words, and of the language. Meanings are ordered chronologically in the OED, according to when they were first recorded in English, so that senses with the earliest evidence of usage appear first and more recent senses appear further down the entry – like a ‘family tree’ for each word. Below is a direct search box: