This is a tome of ~1600 pages filled with 225,000 word definitions. After using it over the last few weeks, I'm happy to say that its been one of the most satisfactory book purchases I've made. I've found every damn word I've looked for in it until now. And the meanings/pronunciations/shades/details/etymology provided for each word in the dictionary have clearly justified its size.
The collegiate dictionary comes in two flavors - one with a CD containing the dictionary and thesaurus software and one without. The buyer is also entitled to an one-year subscription at Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Online, which otherwise costs $14.95. The online collegiate edition has a dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia, word games and lots of other stuff.
Choosing a dictionary was real hard. I'd decided that I wanted a real big one, it would have to cover almost every word I threw at it. Usually, the unabridged, the mega tomes (which come in several volumes) are the ones with all the words. That was a little too much for me. I aimed for the next lesser one, which are typically named collegiate, learner's or advanced learner's. In the end, it all came down to choosing between the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary and M-W Collegiate....Continua