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The new OED Online offers many tasters and routes into the dictionary’s 600,000 words and 3 million quotations. If you like words, then these may be for you.

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Access the new OED Online free and from home using your local library’s subscription. Nearly every public library in the United Kingdom now subscribes to the OED. Remote access means you can log-in at home—or anywhere at any time—using your library membership number. Find out more.

The OED is also available worldwide via the libraries of universities, colleges, schools, and other institutions. We offer 30-day trials of the OED Online for non-subscribing institutions as well as personal subscriptions to the OED.

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Aspects of English

In addition to its quarterly updates of revised entries and new words, the OED Online includes regular commentaries on the language, written by dictionary editors and specialist authors.

Aspects of English explore the history, shapers, and uses of the language, as well as word stories offering many routes into the OED.

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